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The way you get good at taking pictures is by taking lots of pictures. The way you get good at public speaking is by doing lots of public speaking. And the way you get good at doing video is by doing lots of video. And after 8 years of Saddleback being committed to doing lots of video, it’s starting to get noticed.
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At long last, here are the top entries from the 2013 Graduation Giveaway. Truth be told, every single one of the graduates who entered deserves a prize. Unfortunately, I could only pick three. Here they are. I think after reading them you'll feel as optimistic about the future as I do.
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Dave's Gift Ideas That They'll Use
Only My Very Favorite Things
Below is a Christmas list of the very best and coolest gifts that I've either given, received or wanted really bad. Notice I don't suggest anything that I make. These are just things that'll make you famous. An example, one particularly broke Christmas, I bought my nephews a 30 ft. length of thick rope for $12. They and all the neighborhood kids left their Christmas presents at home to play with that rope all Christmas day and into the night. To be the favorite around the Christmas tree this year.
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as there are certain Universal Simple Pleasures in life that we
all enjoy as in my last article, there are also Simple Universal Misfortunes or
Unpleasures that we all unenjoy as in my list below. Feel free to add to the list of your favorite
unfavorite things. The death of a pet, your
home burning down or a broken spine are not the kinds of things I'm talking
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When English speakers order a burrito at a local restaurant, should they pronounce Burrito as "Burrrrrrito" and roll their R like Speedy Gonzales or should they pronounce it "Berido" like all other non-Spanish speakers of the world? Perhaps it's prudent for people to pass on pronouncing properly. Possibly? There are a number of reasons why I don't use foreign accents for single words unless I'm in that country, and I can roll my R's.
What this man likes
Life is full of simple pleasures and so many people take them for granted. Below is a list of some of the things that bring me pleasure in life.
forget, I’m a man and so my list is, most likely, very different from what
would be found on a woman’s. Am I the
only man who enjoys these things? Do
women enjoy them more? Feel free to add
your own onto the end. Keep it PG-13 or under.
Glory! glory!, Saddleback Leather is part of the club!!! It's a great honor to be part of the most unique and exclusive club in the world, but it's not any fun. It's the only of it's kind that every company wishes they were in, but none want to be invited to.
This club is free to join, but very expensive to be a part of. Some members pay millions of dollar per year in dues. Only the best and most popular are invited and they can't say no.
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Being cheap is expensive when it
comes to buying everyday use items. Folks throw 1000's of dollars down
the drain in the name of frugality (being a tightwad). I'm guilty of this
myself, but am learning. The list of some of those items below may help
Tips from 50+ Flights with Babies Under 2My favorite thing to say out loud with my baby in my arms and sitting down on a crowded airplane is this:
Geez honey, I sure hope she doesn't scream the entire flight like she did last time.
I'm a traveler. My wife is a traveler. By default, our two year old daughter and 8 week old son are travelers too.
Tips from 50+ Flights with Babies Under 2, Continued?Enjoy part two of my series about how to make traveling with kids as painless as possible.
Trust me, I'm a seasoned child wrangeler.
Who is the better traveling partner?
I've travelled hundreds of thousands of miles in cars with just my wife, Suzette and with just my dog, Blue. Who is a better traveling partner? Well, they both have their drawbacks, but why dwell on the negatives when the positives are so plentiful.
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By now you've heard of the world-loving business my wife, Suzette, is launching. Love 41 is donating 100% of their profits to orphans, widows and street kids in Africa. It turns out that she’s great at design, but maybe some of you are too. So, check out the design contest she's hosting over the next two weeks. Among other things, the winner will get a $100 gift certificate for their choice of Love 41 or Saddleback Leather products. Here's Suzette...
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In my travels, I've had some great times indeed. I've slept in Bedouin tents in the Sahara, in hammocks in Central America, but there's just no place like Africa for an adventure. Leopards eating zebra legs, crocodiles eating Wildebeests, Masai warriors escorting us to dinner with their spears to fight off any would-be Munson-eater along the trail. It's simply amazing and that's why we're taking people back with us this summer. We're taking 30 of our employees, friends and family on the adventure of a lifetime deep into the heart of Africa and maybe we'll ask you to come along with us on a later trip.
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So, you know how I spell BOSS backwards? Double S... O-B. I don't like 'em. Never have, never will. Bunch of money hungry power starved asphalt holes. Actually, I always like them at first, but it doesn't take long for them to fall out of my good graces. They're cool until the nagging and complaining and demanding starts, and then it's all over. Well, there was this one guy who was cool for about 3 weeks, but he was the exception, not the rule.
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So, I'm sitting here on the patio of our little Tanzanian thatched roof hut high up on the edge of the Serengeti. I'm watching a herd of 11 elephants wander over to the river at a slow and leisurely pace. Perhaps someone told the elephants what they told me in Bora Bora. It seems like they heard the same advice. They said...
spent a lot of my high school and college years underwater. And the way I got there was by jumping
into it from really high cliffs and bridges. So, I feel like I have authority to speak about this unbreakable
law with confidence.
Here you go. If you jump off something, then you'll go
downwards every single time. It's
called gravity. You can't avoid it or get around it. Okay, so then here's
another unbreakable law that's just as true as gravity and you can't avoid it. God has established this law just like
he did gravity. The cool thing about this unbreakable law is that you have some say in itIt can either really suck or be really great.
Well, I'm not the authority on how to enjoyably roadtrip even though I DID LIVE IN MY CAR FOR QUITE AWHILE AND HAVE DRIVEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MILES around almost the entire continent of North America . . . and I did it all for pleasure. Below are a few of my tips for making a road trip more enjoyable. I just learned the first one on this current trip.
I've rolled my car, crashed other peoples', killed lots of things, slept in my car, truck bed, on the rack, alone, with my dog, under the stars, freezing in ice storms and hot and sticky with mosquitos. And I've slept with one eye open more than once. I've learned a couple of things along the way that may or may not be of value to you and maybe not. One thing I'm sure of though is that you probably have a couple of tips of your own. Feel free to help us out with one of your tips at the end.
I want to take a minute to share a little with you about the our decision to increase prices here at Saddleback. I'm not always the best at communicating, but since I've been married, I've been getting much better... ask my wife. Communication is key to keeping healthy family relationships, and that goes for our Saddleback family too.
Most companies raise their prices under the cover of darkness, but since you are or are about to become part of our family, I think it's right to bring it out in the open and talk about it .... We've been praying and thinking about this for some time now. There are two main reasons