The Colts win and make it into the playoffs!

For the past 3 years my big bro has let us snag his super-awesome, 7th row from the end zone Colts tickets and today we had the chance to go see the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans and clinch their spot in the playoffs. It was a great game that came down to the Colts kicking a last second, game-winning field goal into the end zone that we were sitting behind.

Of course I had to get a video of it, which you can see below or over here on YouTube. As you’ll see, there was a lot of celebrating and a lot of high-fiving by yours truly. What can I say, I was a little exited to see us pull off the game with a field goal that was kicked as the time ran out. I’m a sucker for fantastic endings.

Up next, the New York Jets.

Experiencing a rare moment of thunder and lightning in San Francisco

Before living in San Francisco a thunderstorm was pretty much second nature for us. But, since moving out to the Bay Area nearly 3 years ago we have yet to see one until today and man are people freaking out about it. I decided to go check out Twitter to see what some of the other people here in SF had to say about the rare appearance of thunderstorm and here’s what I found:

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To show you just how rare it really it to have a thunderstorm like this show up in San Francisco, check out the last tweet at the bottom of the image above:

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Wow, according to this guy it’s only thunder stormed 3 times in the last 7 years.

One thing to also note is that even though this is in fact a real thunderstorm that’s happening right now in San Francisco, it’s still nothing compared to what you would see in the Midwest. To get a good since of what a real thunderstorm looks like in Indiana (including hail), check out this video that I put together way back in the day.

For some reason I thought that it was a good idea to go chase a storm and I luckily ended up getting the last spot under an awning at a gas station near my old condo in Indianapolis. It wouldn’t have been good to get stuck out in this — watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

Ice skating at Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis, IN

It’s been about 10 years since I had been ice skating, so we felt like it was about time to give it shot. The video was taken at Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis, IN and man, did it end being a lot of fun. Some of our friends and family came along with us, too which made it even more entertaining (as you’ll see).

Check out the video below or over here on YouTube when you get a chance and here’s to the beginning of an amazing 2010! Stephanie and I (and Frank as long as he can still fit on the plane) head back to San Francisco tomorrow, but it’s been so great to see all of our friends and family the past month while we’ve been home. We’re extremely blessed to have all of the amazing people that we have in our lives and we can’t wait to see you all again!

Rocking out with IndyMojo at their New Year’s Eve Platinum Party — what are your plans?

I know that as I type this we’re nearly 24 hours away from 2010, but if you’re like me I’m sure that most of you have probably waited until the last minute to figure out what you’re doing for New Years, so I thought that I would give you an awesome option to check out. After hearing about what my friends over at IndyMojo were planning on putting together for New Years out at Mosaic (the night club inside of Shelbyville’s Indiana LIVE casino) and after they gave this old-school MoFo (and his old-school MoF0 wifey) an official invite, we booked our spots on the bus and are now planning on rocking out Mojo-style for the night.

If you’re still looking to book some plans for your New Years, head on over here to check out the details and to snag yourself some tix for the NYE bash. They’re only $15 today, so go on and get after it!

Here are some of the highlights and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below:

* - Receive a free 8″ x 10″ photo print and New Year’s Eve tickets as souveniers
* - Champagne toast and countdown at midnight
* - Free late night appetizer buffet
* - VIP Booths and bottle service available
* - Free shuttle to and from downtown AND Castleton!

If you don’t end up rocking out 2010 with us, just be sure to have fun and to be safe!

Getting our hair did at Style Salon in Broad Ripple, IN

When Stephanie and I got back to Indiana one of the first things that we did was make an appointment to get our hair did with our friend Jamie at Style Salon in Broad Ripple. I was WAY overdue (I hadn’t got mine cut since before our wedding) and Stephanie was looking for a little bit of a change (as you’ll see in the video below). I also needed to get mine chopped off due to the fact that I was going to be in my man Tony’s wedding down in Seymour, IN and I didn’t want to look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo while I was standing up there in my tux.

As with most things that Stephanie and I do, we had a lot of fun getting our hair cut and it was really great to hang out and catch up with Jamie while she did her thing. Also, we caught some of the highlights on video, which you can see below or over here on YouTube (it feels good to do some video again!).

When sponsorsips get ridiculous — a list of the various businesses that are the official *BLANK* of the Indianapolis Colts

Yesterday Stephanie and I decided to go out and face the elements of a good, old-fashioned Indiana Winter storm warning so that we could cheer on the then undefeated Indianapolis Colts. It was really nasty out, but we were excited to see the Colts lay the smackdown on the New York Jets as they became one step closer to getting their own spot in NFL history as one of the few teams that have had an undefeated season.

Well, after making it into Indy’s football mecca, Lucas Oil Stadium (the house that Peyton built), we unfortunately soon found that the game was going to be a little more boring than first expected after Peyton and the rest of the starters were yanked after the first half. At that point the Jets started to put the hurtin’ on our second-stringers who were being led by Curtis Painter and the boos started to fill the stadium as we lost our lead and our chances for an undefeated 2009 season.

But, when most fans decided to focus their energy on booing the Colts, I decided to shift mine elsewhere once I knew that the actual game wasn’t going to be enough to hold my attention. As a marketing guy, it’s hard not to notice all of the advertising that is now shown inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the 3-4 hours of any given Colts game. As the game got more and more boring I began to really take a look at all of this advertising and more specifically I began to notice all of the various businesses that have paid enough money to become “the official BLANK of the Colts”. As the game went on and I began to point out more and more of these sponsorships out to Stephanie it became a fun game that helped us pass the time as Cutis Painter continued to get sacked and/or throw interceptions.

I began to jot down our findings on my BlackBerry and by the end of the game we had accumulated quite a list which I must admit is pretty ridiculous once you see them all grouped together. I promise that all of the following Colts sponsorships are for real and they are only the ones that either Stephanie and I saw displayed somewhere inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the Jets game yesterday.

The official hair salon of the Colts cheerleaders (Tyler Mason)
The official data backup of the Colts (Venyu)
The official bread of the Colts (Bunny)
The official milk of the Colts (Fair Oaks Farms)
The official supercenter of the Colts (Meijer)
The official burgers of the Colts (McDonalds)
The official convenience store of the Colts (Speedway)
The official lawn mower of the Colts (Dixie Chopper)
The official courier of the Colts (Now Courier)
The official bank of the colts (Hunginton Bank)
The official away game airline of the Colts (Airtran)
The official document provider of the Colts (Sharp)
The official pizza of the Colts (Papa Johns)
The official hot dog of the Colts (Tyson)
The official resoration company of the Colts (Moore Restoration)
The official event production of the colts (Markeys)
The official catering company of the Colts (Jonathan Byrds)
The official air freshener of the Colts (Febreeze)
The official camera of the Colts (Canon)
The official car of the colts (Toyota)

Wow, what a list. If I have somehow missed one, please let me know in the comments.

Drinking, Smoking and the Bible? Pub Theology puts God on tap for a whole new audience in Broad Ripple

I hardly ever watch the local news and if I ever do end up watching it for some reason I usually have a better chance of hitting the PowerBall jackpot than I do with taking away something that’s interesting and/or useful to my life. With this being said, I guess that it’s about time for me to go buy me some lotto tickets at the local gas station because just yesterday morning I saw something on the local news that really caught my attention.

The story was all about Pub Theology (watch video here), which is an idea that has been brought to life by Daron Earlewine who is also the drummer of a local Christian band, The Travellers. Daron and his band play at this very non-traditional worship service every Sunday night at CT Peppers in Broad Ripple. Several members of the band are also  members of the worship team from East 91st St Christian Church and they have started Pub Theology as a way to really reach out to people who would never even consider stepping foot into a church or who have no idea what being a Christian even means.

“It’s for the people who are walking past the church, you know, who feel like if they go into church, they are going to burst into flames. This is a good step to get you in the right direction,” said worshipper Aaron Hubbard.

Although many church-going traditionalists think that preaching from the Bible in the same place where people are smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and shooting pool isn’t a very good idea, Daron and the 100+ people that attend each week think it makes total sense.

“Alcohol’s not the point. It’s about creating an environment for people to be able to investigate Christ and see that they’re never at a place where they’re unlovable,” Earlewine said.

“It’s your soul, it’s your spirit, it’s your heart. That who you are would fill its worth, that you are worthy to be loved by God, no matter what your story is,” Earlewine told the crowd.

Personally I think that this took some serious balls to get off the ground and I fully support any type of outreach that allows the word of God to be spread around to the people who need to hear it. I mean, if you take a look at how Jesus reached out to the non-believers and sinners of his time, I think that it’s pretty clear that he used many non-traditional methods to connect with those who needed to be saved through his grace and love. And just like with what’s happening with Pub Theology today, the traditionalists of His time also  thought that He was a complete disgrace for doing so.

For example, check out what went down in Mark 2:15-17 when Jesus was asked by scribes and Pharisees why he was eating with sinners and tax collectors:

And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with tax collectors and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with tax collectors and sinners?  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

With all of that being said, I think that what Daron and the rest of the crew that puts on Pub Theology is doing in Broad Ripple is really, really awesome and if you’re ever looking for a nice, relaxed place to hear about the word of God (and have a beer) on a Sunday night you now know where to go.

Groomsmen holding their balls and other great photos from Tony and Natalie’s wedding in Seymour, IN

This morning I was pleasantly surprised when my BlackBerry was full of Facebook notifications that told me I’d been tagged in a handful of photos by Natalie “Hinton” Jennings. The photos were from her and Tony Jennings‘ wedding, which was a couple of weeks ago down in Seymour, IN. The wedding was the main reason why Stephanie and I (and Frank) flew back to Indiana so early and it ended up being an absolute awesome time. We met the always entertaining duo of JD Arthur (who was in my wedding) and miss Aimee Achenbach (who did Stephanie’s makeup for our wedding) down there on Friday night after the rehearsal dinner and then met a ton of other awesome peeps at the reception the next night.

Well, the photos that were tagged of me on Facebook ended up being some of the groomsmen shots that we got the day of the wedding. Even though it was freezing outside that day, we sucked it up and made the most out of the opportunity and helped, in my opinion, get Tony some memorable moments on film. Of course, this was helped out by the fact that we had a playground and a bag of dodge balls to work with. :)

Check out some of the shots below, as well as some other great ones that were taken before and after the wedding. Thanks to Matt Nieman and Casey Pierce for the fantastic photog skillz.


Why is Casey on the ground? We’re not really sure.


Dangerous, but well worth the risk. Great shot!


Beatles, anyone?


Once we found the playground we were a little more creative.


Dodgeball! I’m not sure what face I’m making, but I guess it works.


Holding our balls (notice the Dora the Explorer balls — hardcore!)


I thought that we should take advantage of the beautiful sky that day.


One of my favorite shots of the night. What an awesome group of friends.


The ladies at the Funky Monkey in Seymour, IN. Heyyyyyyy….


Aimee and her Lady GaGa dress. Gah Gah Gah Gah Gahhhh lah lah lahhh lahhh


Me and Casey are both wondering what’s going on.


The dudes. Damn, we’re sexy.


Lady GaGa and JD (who has quite the ass cannon).


Stephanie and I are listening intently at something….?

Hup and Steph are back in Indiana (with Frank!)

It’s that time of year, kids — it’s time for the holidays! As I’m typing this, I’m sitting at my sister’s place in Noblesville, IN with Frank sleeping in my lap (weird, huh?). For the quick ones out there, these first couple of sentences could have potentially clued you in on a couple of things. Things such as:

We’ve now been home here in Indiana for a week and here are a few of the highlights of our trip so far:

Everything has been great so far and Frank is loving Indiana. More coming soon (going to see a movie with my sister)!

Follow the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on the road

revpeytonFor the past week or so, one of my buddies from back in Indianapolis has been followed by a camera every single day so that people like you and me can get a glimpse into the life on the road. No, my buddy isn’t some weird gypsy or Phish fan-boy who has just decided to hop on the road for no apparent reason besides to ‘find himself’. My buddy is the one and only Rev from the Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band, which is also made up of his pickle-bucket-hitting brother Jayme and his awesome, washboard-wrecking wife Breezy. The three of them make up one of the most unique bands that I’ve ever seen and I’m not just saying that because they’re from my home Hoosier state of Indiana.

Anyways, The Rev and co. have been tearing it up on the road since they sold all of their stuff in a yard sale in 2006 and they just seem to be getting bigger and bigger as time goes on. As long as their van continues to hold up (it’s had some serious issues), there’s no reason why they can’t become a household name here sometime soon.

When you get a chance, be sure to check out all of the Rev’s daily videos from the road and take a look at one of my favorite one’s below(where the band get treated to free Chinese foot massages). Oh, and props to Raidious for shooting all of the vids — they’ve done some great work and I’m loving every single one of these stories.

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