Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Piotr's Cartoon Voice Impressions

This guy has become a favorite of mine and my family whom I showed his impression videos to back in the summer. Piotr has released another video, this time of cartoon voices. Some of these are spot on. Enjoy!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Quote of the week

Here is one of the absolute best quotes I have heard about success. Enjoy!

"I am your constant companion. I am either your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.

I will either push you upward or I will drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you would be just as well turning them over to me. I will do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed. You must either be firm, show me exactly what you want and how you want something done, and I will take after it. And after a few lessons, I will do it automatically, I am the servant of all great people.

Alas, I am the defeatist of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine although I work at the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a man. You may either run me for profit, or run me for ruin.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I?

I am your habits."

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

So it's Friday and not Thanksgiving anymore, but I think this whole weekend is a time to celebrate. Didn't the Pilgrims and Native Americans eat and celebrate for 3 days anyway? Isn't it astounding how a holiday that is in place to celebrate the right to worship how, where, and what we choose, has become synonymous with eating lots of food, watching football, and priming for Black Friday Christmas shopping deals?

Excuse me while I get on my soapbox for a moment. I took time yesterday and this past week to think about what I'm grateful for. Particularly, I am grateful for my challenges and adversities over the last 18 months. Through my faith and my family and just learning to believe in myself, I have overcome many things and feel like I've grown up in leaps and bounds. We've received many blessings as well and we are anxiously looking forward to a great 2008.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Broncos vs. Titans Report

It's not very often I go to sporting events, let alone twice in a week's time. My brother Dylan called me yesterday afternoon to invite me to the Broncos vs. Titans on Monday Night Football. It was my first regular season Broncos game and only the second game I have ever attended. We had pretty good seats. We were behind the north goal post about 30 rows from the field.

The crowd was a raucous one compared to the Nuggets game I went to on Wednesday. I realized very quickly why. Nearly everyone is drunk BEFORE the game! I was walking from the light rail station to Invesco Field and saw tons of tailgaiters and several people swigging down brews before they got into the stadium, because they weren't allowed to bring them in.

Despite the obvious atrocities of drunk driving and the poor decision making that accompanies alcohol consumption, you have to like that everyone is your friend. Every time Denver scored, you would hi-five the 15 people sitting around you, and they were your best friends. These were season tickets, and Dylan's friend Jeff goes to every game. So did the 15 people around us. As a result, it was a family reunion every time they got together. You don't get that at other games like you do with the Broncos.

The Broncos won 34-20. Jay Cutler and Vince Young, two of the 3 top quarterbacks of the 2006 NFL draft squared off. Jay Cutler didn't throw for as many yards, but he had the better game of the two players. I had a good time, my throat is a little sore, but it was worth it.

Let's see if I can get another free ticket to another sporting event. Two in a week, I'm on a roll.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sick Caleb

Caleb climbed into bed with me around 2 am this morning. After 4 times of waking up because he was nearly throwing up, he finally did around 6 am. Heather fell asleep on the couch so it was me that was with him last night. Heather stayed home from church while he topped the fever meter at over 101 degrees. Hopefully it's not contagious, and hopefully he will recover soon.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Nugget's Game Report

Heather and I had a great time at the Nuggets game. Truthfully, I think I had the better time of the two. Anyway, I got there a little early (um 4:30 to be exact). I took the liberty of walking around the Pepsi Center until Heather arrived at the Light Rail station at Pepsi Center. The first time I walked by the Trailblazers bus had just pulled in. I walked further and I walked past Julie Browman. It was funny, she didn't even make any eye contact with me. I wouldn't either, if I was a svelte female walking alone and some 6' 5" stranger tries to say hi. I didn't say a word, but it was amusing. The lady who holds up the "we love (Player's Name)" signs was on the street waiting for the team to arrive. I talked with her for a minute. She was nice but I'm sure she was thinking, "who the heck is this guy?" Round two around Pepsi Center. A $300k + Mercedes Benz pulls up into the team's parking lot. Based on from what I hear about Marcus Camby's nice ride, I assume it's him pulling in. The windows are tinted and I wasn't going to gawk as he got out of his car. I will just assume it was either him, AI, or Carmelo pulling up.

As the game starts, I notice there is virtually no one in the upper deck of the arena. I know we are playing Portland tonight, but holy crap, this arena would sell out every time AI came to town as a Sixer! People don't realize how good we have it in Denver. Anyway, two drunk early-twenty somethings are sitting in front of me in the first half, and they were completely obnoxious. Every other word an F-word, they smelled funny (like stale beer, or perhaps fresh beer I can't tell the difference), and were downright stupid. Then there was the guy in row 17 yelling "Blake sucks!" every time former Nugget Steve Blake touched the ball. I would understand completely if that was Nick Van Exel. But picking on Steve Blake is like trying to publicly humiliate your Grandpa. You look stupid trying to do it. Alcohol has an interesting effect on people.

Anyway we had a good time, the Nuggets played well, and they won 110-93. That makes me 4-1 the last few years of going to Nuggets games. Here's a picture of Allen Iverson and Brandon Roy that I took during the 3rd quarter.

The ride home was a chilly one, and we had to stand on a crowded light rail train. I hope to get back a couple more times this year.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The first of many posts to come!

This is the first of hopefully many blogs about DeShazer family in Aurora! Today was a busy day for the family. Heather and I had talks in our ward today. Heather's parents attended and kept Caleb occupied while we spoke. Heather and I were a little stressed as we prepared up until late this morning, making us a little late to church.

Heather and I are going to the Nuggets game on Wednesday night against the Portland Trailblazers. I won the tickets by being the lucky caller to a radio promotion as I was listening to the Nuggets season opener. I will post pictures and all the details on Wednesday!