Rants ‘n’ Praise

Before I start my random rants (LOL), here’s the quote of the day:

“UCI (University of California, Irvine for those of you who aren’t from California) is cool I guess.  Elmer overrated it too much.” -James Homan (Xanga: MarsBlackman)


Rant #1: Automobiles that don’t have a sporting pedigree should not try to look the part (from the factory).

Example #1: 2007 Toyota Camry SE – Sure, they’re great practical cars (which is why they’re selling so well) – Yes!  Sports cars – No (I know it has a 268 hp V6, it still isn’t a sports car by any means)!  That body kit is hideous!



That is just wrong!!!  But wait!  There’s more!

Coming to a NASCAR track near you in 2007 (the first one below is just a promotional vehicle, the others will actually be seen on the track…I just noticed this vehicle has the old front end on it):

#55 – Michael Waltrip

#83 – Driver TBA (interesting…this photo shows the car with the old front fascia)

#22 Dave Blaney (old front shown here as well)

#36 Jeremy Mayfield


Rant #2: Toyota Corollas and their drivers (no offense to those of you I personally know who drive one)

There’s just an uncanny combination of Toyota Corollas and their drivers that seem to be a tried and true formula for bad driving.  Maybe it’s because I’m driving in the San Gabriel Valley that I see so many heinous acts of bad driving.


Rant #3: People not knowing when to go at 4-way stop signs

All I have to say is it’s not that hard, folks!  Just go in the order ya’ll got there. If you go there at the same time, the person to the right goes.  Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.  It bugs me when the pedestrian stands at the corner and lets the vehicle before you go and then crosses when you want to go.  He or she is entitled to go before they even let the car in front of you go.  When pedestrians are crossing, some exceptions can be made to speed up the flow of cars going in the same direction as the pedestrian.  Again, part of this may be related to the fact that I live and drive in the San Gabriel Valley.  Enough said.

You are more than welcome to correct me if I’m wrong.

California DMV Handbook – pages 16 and 17, Entire handbook in PDF format – HERE


Rant #4: The Los Angeles Dodger$

It’s amazing to see their fans get so pumped up for a run at “almost, not quite”.  I don’t think they’ll make the playoffs.  They beat the lowly Colorado Rockies tonight 6-4 to close to within 1 game of the San Diego Padres in the NL West/Worst and hold onto the NL wild card lead by 1 game if the Phillies win (the Phils are in the top of the 13th inning while I’m writing this…and they did!).  I’m going to become a big San Francisco Giants fan this weekend.  Not that I need to; the Giants will want to beat the Dodger$ anyway.  The Giants usually give the Padres a hard time like the Pads give the Dodger$.  The Padres close the season with 4 games at the BOB (Bank One Ballpark) against the Arizona Diamondbacks who they’ve played well against lately.

EDIT: I shouldn’t call it the NL Worst anymore because the teams leading the NL Central actually have worse records than the Padres and Dodgers.


PRAISE GOD for His gift of music, especially that which gives Him all glory, honor, and praise!


I got the new Chris Tomlin album, See the Morning, on Monday thanks to Family Christian Bookstores.  They sold the special edition CD online which included a bonus live worship CD as well.

Here are the songs I like the most on the new album:
1) Everlasting God
2) Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (original lyrics with a new twist/chorus)
3) How Can I Keep from Singing
4) Made to Worship
5) Let God Arise

The Special Edition CD (only available through Family Christian Bookstores) also includes acoustic versions of “Enough”, “Made to Worship”, “How Can I Keep from Singing”, and an original demo of the song “Over Me”.

The Live Worship bonus CD has live renditions of “Famous One” (sounds like they took it from Passion: Our Love Is Loud), “Enough” (also from Passion: Our Love Is Loud), “Not to Us” (from Passion: Sacred Revolution), “Be Glorified” (I don’t know what album this came from…probably another Passion album I’ve never listened to), and “Raise Up the Crown” (sounds like this came from Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern).

UPDATE: If I ever meet Chris Tomlin, this is what I would ask him.

1) What exactly did you mean by “my unfailing love” in the chorus of “Unfailing Love”?  I don’t understand how humans’ love for God can be totally unfailing since we’re naturally sinful and depraved.

Praise You God of earth and sky
How beautiful is Your unfailing love, unfailing love
And You never change
God You remain the Holy One
Of my unfailing love

2) What do you mean by “You and I choose to believe” in the chorus of “Made to Worship”?  God chose us.  We didn’t choose Him.  Please help a knucklehead like me understand.  For clarification, I’m a believer of “limited free will”.  Call me close-minded or whatever you want.  That’s how I roll, yo.  You can try a Google search for “limited free will” and see what you come up with.

You and I were made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free
When You and I embrace surrender
When You and I choose to believe
Then You and I will see who we were meant to be

What do ya’ll out there in Xanga-land think about these two questions?

Thanks and praise to God not for Chris Tomlin, but for music our God can use to help His creation worship its Creatior and acknowledge Him as Lord of all!

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

10 responses to “”

  1. Miss_Oblivion says :

    Hey there, Loren!  How goes life?  I was going thru a box of my old photos and came across your address.  I recall writing you a letter many years ago and getting nothing in return.  And then we had a conversation about 3-4 years ago as a remedy to that problem, but once again, nothing.  😉  It’s ok, I forgive you. 

  2. GodFollower4JC says :

    Jess, I confess it’s (keeping in touch with people) something I am simply terrible at.  I’ll talk to you later! :o)

  3. FatBoyChubbs says :

    Several comments…
    1. Your posts on the cars is hilarious. It sounded like Josh Pai on another one of his endless rants on Toyota’s…
    2. Dodger fans are used to heartbreak. Feel free to keep pouring it on. We’re all numb now.
    3. Hahaha.. thanks for the correction. I grabbed pictures/info. from the wrong site which had confused me a bit…

  4. G4rR3tTx176 says :

    hey loren. 
    it sounds really fun, but i think i’m going to be pretty busy managing my time that weekend.  so i am not going to go. sorry. hope you guys have a lot of fun though. 
    Garrett

  5. heyjuke says :

    When You and I choose to believe
    Hmm… we are given free will to reject God, so in a way, by not rejecting God, we can be said as having chosen to believe
    As for those Corolla drivers, it must be the SGV, that’s all. Those whom I know are definitely not bad drivers

  6. udonoogen says :

    i actually like the camry kit. not a big fan of the corolla type-s but the new camry kit isn’t bad. it’s clean and resembles how the old school trd kits used to look like. new chris tomlin cd sounds like it is pretty good… i’ll have to check it out. interesting observations on the lyrics. theres something in a few other praise songs too. my church up north avoided a few because of questionable lyrics (mostly man-centric or doctrinal stuff).

  7. Alex115 says :

    ewww Don, you like the body kit? It makes the Camry look like a last gen Pontiac Grand Am… too many unclean lines, it looks like they’re all glued on after the fact. haha… Camry’s will always be “Camry’s”, although a NASCAR running may help change that fact slowly…As far as the first question… I’ve always had trouble understanding what he meant by those lyrics too… but I’ve come to believe that unfailing love needs to be written as “unfailing Love”. Love is capitalized because it is a noun, God is an unfailing Love… because He never fails to Love me.And to close off this comment… GO BLUE!!!! Padres are South of us physically, and soon their record will be also!

  8. udonoogen says :

    funny thing is, i like pontiacs, too.  ive driven quite a few g6’s and really like the way they drive.  the camry kit isn’t that bad is it?  the mazda 6’s sport kit and the toyota solara gen 2 kits make the car look 200% better.  while not as much for the camry, i think it does improve on the look.  maybe tomlin is equating our “unfailing love” to our reaction to “irresistable grace.”  kind of a stretch.

  9. spagetystwauce says :

    hahaha i agree camry se = ewwwand as far as the pedestrian thing goes they do have the right of way, but when im a pedestrian i always let cars go unless they wave me to go cause if a car hits me, its gunna hurt me a lot more than its gunna hurt the car…

  10. babylildreamer says :

    regarding the first tomlin question, i was thinking along the same lines of Alex.  God is our Unfailing Love.  (:

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