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Month: January 2010

Marriage Hygiene Tips

Good hygiene is important to your health and your marriage too. For most people that is not an issue. Unfortunately, though, there is a dark side to hygiene that threatens every couple that has ever attempted to share a space. If you’re contemplating marriage, I recommend discussing these items in advance of setting a wedding date. You should reach an agreement now to reduce the frustration later. I’m giving my preferences in these examples but you may want to adjust them to suit your needs. A few of these I had to be taught and a few of them I’m trying to teach my wife. (I’m not saying which ones, though.) Toothpaste – The toothpaste should be squeezed from the end of the tube. If you squeeze the toothpaste from the middle it quickly becomes a mess. You are not in such a hurry that moving your hand a few inches further down the tube will make a difference. You can even roll the tube if you want, but at all costs squeeze from the end. Toilet paper – I realize most men do not replace toilet paper rolls, electing instead to simply place the new roll on the counter or sink. However, if replaced, I’m told the paper should roll down the front of the unit. I have included a picture for reference on this one since an example...

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A Public Service Message Regarding GPS Navigational Systems

This is a public service message about GPS navigation systems. If you are a married man and you use a GPS navigational system please follow these simple instructions as soon as possible: Find the “voice” settings on your GPS unit. Select a “Male” voice. It is now safe to continue using your device. Most GPS units today allow the user to select from a range of voices. Selections include male/female, US/British/French, etc. The TomTom units even allow you to download celebrity voices such as Austin Powers, Homer Simpson, Yoda or Sean Connery. The choices are numerous. For some reason, though, many GPS units are shipped with the default voice set to female. For married men this can pose a problem. No, I’m not talking about improper relationships, I’m talking about our ability to listen. Once a man says “I do” and places the ring on his finger his mind automatically begins to filter out the female voice. This is the gift that allows us to watch football games without hearing our wives ask us to take out the trash. In fact, some men can tune out their wives for weeks at a time. Well, total tune out is not possible for that long of a period, but they are able to filter it down to unintelligible gibberish- much like the teacher on Charlie Brown cartoons. “Wa Wa Wa Wa, Wa...

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My Best Books of 2009

Before 2009 gets too far behind me I wanted to write a few posts about some of my favorite things from the year. This post will examine the best works that I read during 2009. Please note, I read a lot but I don’t always read contemporary works. I do not claim that these were published in 2009, only that I read them during 2009. Those of you that know me may be surprised to find that I did not include the Bible on this list. That just seemed trite. So, without further ado here is my list: The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearn – This was by far the most challenging book I read during 2009. My review of this book can be found <a href=””http://www.chuckallen.us/The_Hole_In_Our_Gospel.htm””>here</a>. I am so impressed with the work of World Vision and this book, written by its CEO, affirms the passion that the organization has. The story of how Richard came to work for World Vision was interesting and inspiring, but his information about the current state of world poverty is the true gem of the book. I challenge you to read it and see if it doesn’t change your life attitude or desires in some way. The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley – This book is a great reminder of what the gospel is all about. It strips away the...

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My Best Books of 2009

Before 2009 gets too far behind me I wanted to write a few posts about some of my favorite things from the year. This post will examine the best works that I read during 2009. Please note, I read a lot but I don’t always read contemporary works. I do not claim that these were published in 2009, only that I read them during 2009. Those of you that know me may be surprised to find that I did not include the Bible on this list. That just seemed trite. So, without further ado here is my list: The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearn- This was by far the most challenging book I read during 2009. My review of this book can be found here. I am so impressed with the work of World Vision and this book, written by its CEO, affirms the passion that the organization has. The story of how Richard came to work for World Vision was interesting and inspiring, but his information about the current state of world poverty is the true gem of the book. I challenge you to read it and see if it doesn’t change your life attitude or desires in some way. The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley – This book is a great reminder of what the gospel is all about. It strips away the “”churchy things””...

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My 2010 Ball Drop List

Many people are familiar with the “bucket list” made popular by the movie of the same name. It’s a list of things someone wants to do before they die… or kick the bucket. I haven’t gotten around to creating a bucket list yet, but I do have a “ball drop list.” What’s a ball drop list? It’s a list of things I want to do before the ball drops on a particular year. (Yeah, I made that up, but play along, please?) In the US, a lot of people watch the ball in Time Square drop at midnight on December 31. For those of us that are not in the Eastern time zone, it’s double fun because we get to yell, cheer and kiss our lover and then sit around for another hour or two to do it again when the local TV station plays it again at midnight local time. These are not resolutions, they are activities or accomplishments. There may be some overlap with resolutions, but think of this list more as new year resolutions on Prozac. My goal is to include a variety of things from simple and easy to highly unlikely. Throughout the year I will check them off and provides status updates to see how it goes. Here is my list for 2010 in random order. Before the ball drops on 2010 I want...

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