As the saying goes…

Some people see the glass as half full, while others see the glass as half empty. You see, they’re both right but that’s not the point. The age-old saying is used as a representation of a person’s personality, their perspective on circumstances. Let’s say it’s raining cats and dogs outside. The half full person would say, “It’s a great day to stay indoors and do the laundry.” The half empty perspective is this: “Nothing good happens when it rains. Just look at all the puddles in the driveway.”

Now it’s about to get real. Check out my TV.

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Would you say my TV is half working and I should enjoy it for all it has to offer? Or would you say it’s half broken and how am I supposed to watch episodes of White Collar like this?

It’s all a matter of perspective, friends. To sum up, I think both the glass half full person and the half empty person would agree it’s time for me to start looking for new a TV.

-Out of the Wilderness

What the Bible says about the coronavirus, sort of not really

Who knew something in the Bible would still be applicable thousands of years later 🙂 But please note, these verses have been taken way out of context. For the full meaning, open up your Bible and check them out. Or just go to BibleGateway.com.


HOW TO AVOID GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS…

Wash your hands, you sinners (James 4: 8)

Cover your face (Ezekiel 12:6)

I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands (Genesis 20:5)


SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR…

His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:4)

They stayed at a distance (Exodus 20:18)

The people remained at a distance (Exodus 20:21)

You are to worship at a distance (Exodus 24:1)

my hand will not touch you (1 Sam 24:12)

do not touch anyone (Ezekiel 9:6)

spread out (Isaiah 54:3)


SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE IT ALREADY…

my body burns with fever (Job 30:30)

The boy sneezed seven times (2 Kings 4:35)


IF ANYONE HAS SYMPTOMS…

isolate the affected person for seven days (Leviticus 13:4)

isolate them for another seven days (Leviticus 13:5)


HOW STATES HAVE HANDLED IT… 

governors placed a heavy burden on the people (Nehemiah 5:15)


2020 IN A NUTSHELL…

disaster or disease may come (1 Kings 8:37)


That last one… uhhhhh yep! 2021 can’t get here soon enough! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment below with any additions.

-Out of the Wilderness

Do any other dog owners do this?

I’m sure I’ve been doing this for my dogs’ entire lives, but lately I’ve noticed that when they’re sleeping nearby, I’ll mute the TV just to listen to them breathe. Or lay 3 inches from their face just to watch their eyes twitch. Today I laid my head on the rib cage of one of the pups and loved hearing all the stuff going on inside her belly. She also had her nose squished against the side of the dog bed and she couldn’t have cared less.

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I hold their ears right after they come inside to check how cold it is outside. Or stand really still till they bark. In conversations with humans (if the dogs are around), I can’t ever say “let’s eat” because they’ll think it’s meal time.

But yeah, I stare at my dogs when they’re sleeping. I listen intently to their snoring. It’s music to my ears.

-Out of the Wilderness

Bird’s the word

On the wings of the snow white dove…

The only “sign from above” I’m having right now is chirping in my chimney!

Freebird!!

These birds are free to “leave here tomorrow” because making a home in my chimney is just not OK.

The story goes that the other night I was sleeping on my couch after finishing an episode of White Collar and sometime in the night I heard a lively bird chirping in the fireplace. At least that’s where I thought it was. I got my trusty flashlight and shined it through the glass fireplace door only to see paper and ash. No birds. But still there was chirping.

The next day I climbed up on the roof to peer down the chimney flue to see what I could see. Still didn’t see anything but I heard chirping and the flutter of feathers.

I guess when the storms blew through Nashville a couple of weeks ago and knocked off the chimney cap, I should’ve known a bird would take advantage of the safety a chimney flue provides.

It was my mistake for not covering the hole! [that’s what she said]

Now I’ve got to figure out what’s down there and how to get it out. Hopefully there aren’t any nests or eggs or hatchlings. I’m not having good luck with any of those this year, anyway!

-Out of the Wilderness

I almost witnessed a hit and run

The other day there was a VIP who’s schedule trumped everyone else’s. He didn’t let red lights stop him, because he had somewhere to be. Well, since laws don’t apply to him but some of us weren’t aware of his whereabouts, there was an accident. His majesty still kept to his plans… something the rest of us call a hit and run. Take a look.

I certainly hope he made it home to the trailer park in time to say hi to the chained up dog and command his wife to start cooking dinner.

-Out of the Wilderness

Is Adobe After Effects worth it?

Something that’s bothered me since it’s inception is Adobe charging a yearly subscription fee for After Effects (and their suite of programs). I understand there are benefits to it for the end user, the main one being full access to software/effects upgrades as they happen.

It’s a couple hundred dollars a year for one program, in my case it’s After Effects. I had an edit project last year that required AE so I had to subscribe. Why not just have a one-time fee? Last month I had to resubscribe without knowing if I’ll even need to use the program this year at all.

I guess this is another confirmation that I’m a Final Cut Pro guy.

Do you have any insight on how this type of business model is better for the customer, and not just a way for Adobe to make more money for providing the same service they did before? Am I missing something here?

-Out of the Wilderness

zoom zoom and a vroom vroom

Attending church since March has meant something totally different than it did…. well, anytime in history before March. A lot of congregations are utilizing the Zoom live meeting program, which is what my Sunday morning Bible study uses.

A typical Sunday for me is Bible study starting at 9am– oh wait, first I wake up at 855am– Bible study ends and I watch the church service live on YouTube.

I had only heard of this next type of church service on the news until my brother’s church held a successful service, drive-in movie theater style.

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Vroom vroom!

If you’re a church-goer, how has your church adapted to the situation? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness