Blog Life

Steve’s BBQ & Mexican


When I saw this sign, I assumed it meant one of two things.

#1 – It’s a new resraurant owned by some guy named Steve that, for some reason, serves both BBQ and Mexican food.

#2 – Some guy named Steve is having a BBQ, invited a person of Mexican descent, and wants everyone in town to know it.

At first glance, option #1 seems like the obvious choice. However, when I reveal that this sign is in the ultra-diverse community of Lebanon, MO (with its 94.6% White/1.2% Hispanic population), #2 doesn’t seem nearly as ludicrous.

So which is it…#1 or #2? As far as I can tell, it’s option #1. Apparently, something called “Steve” decided to open a small eatery in Lebanon that serves both BBQ and Mexican food. It definitely seems like a peculiar pairing, but more power to him for thinking outside the saucy sombrero…err, box.

Blog Musings

3 Is A Magic Number

To celebrate the completion of three consecutive decades, I thought it would be fitting to share this with you…

Here is something I discovered one day when I was very, very bored. Up until that point my favorite number had always been 1 (Ozzie Smith’s number), but I am thinking that I have no choice but to change it to 3. Here’s why:

When combined in many different ways, the numbers in my birthdate can be reduced down to the number 3 or a multiple of 3.

3 x 27 = 81,

3 + 2 + 7 = 12

3 + 2 + 7 + 8 + 1 = 21,

3 x 2 x 7 x 8 x 1 = 336,

3 x 2 x 7 x 1 x 9 x 8 x 1 = 3024

Also, if you add those individual numbers together, you end up with a number that is a multiple of 3.

8 + 1 = 9

1 + 2 = 3

2 + 1 = 3

3 + 3 + 6 = 12 (1 + 2 = 3)

3 + 0 + 2 + 4 = 9

The same thing happens if I add together the number values of each letter in my name.
[A=1, B=2, etc.]

Adding the number value of each letter in my full name
[Timothy James Eugene Payne] equals: 276.

2 + 7 + 6 = 15 [1 + 5 = 6]

When the values of the letters in each name are multiplied together and then the value of each name are added together, it comes to a total of: 140,697,600.

1 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 9 + 7 + 6 + 0 + 0 = 33 [3 + 3 = 6]

When the values of every letter are multiplied all the way through my entire name it comes to a grand total of: 12,489,569,820,000,000,000,000

1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 9 + 5 + 6 + 9 + 8 + 2 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 54 [5 + 4 = 9]

Wow. Absolutely fascinating. Or maybe just weird.

Blog Life

Seems A Little Fishy


I went out to check on something for a customer today and this is what he gave me before I left – six freshly caught bass still on the stringer.

I took the fish to the house as soon as I left his place and discovered that they were still alive! So, rather than killing and eating them, we decided to put them in a bucket of water and keep them alive.

I didn’t think to take a picture of them on the stringer, but one of them in their private pool is the next best thing, I guess.

Blog Life

The Multitasking Dentist

What the Hale kind of dentist office is this?

Blog Musings

The Mystery Of The Bellybutton

I’m sure you’ve heard it asked a thousand times before – especially if you’ve ever been in or around a youth group at church.  It’s one of the great mysteries in life…one of those questions that we may never have a definite answer to until we meet our Creator.  But if you know the answer, please let me know.  The question I’m referring to is this…


I just blew your mind, didn’t I?  It’s something that I’ve always wondered and now you can always wonder too.  I’ve never found a definite answer either way, but here is what I do know:

1.  Adam and Eve were created by God as fully formed humans.
2.  Bellybuttons come from the umbilical cord being cut.

Here is what I would like to know:

1.  Since they were created by God instead of being born, did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons?
2.  If Adam and Eve did, in fact, have bellybuttons…
A.  What purpose did they serve?
B.  What caused them?  Did they bungee down from God by their umbilical cord, which was then cut by God?  Or was it where God poked them to see if they were done?
3.  If Adam and Eve had bellybuttons, does that mean that God has a bellybutton since man was made in His likeness?
4.  Did God just give us bellybuttons so that we would wonder what the point of them is and ask all kinds of weird questions about our bellybuttons?
5.  Do you feel like you just wasted a couple minutes of your life that you can never get back?

Are there any other questions that you’d like to ask God about bellybuttons?  Do you have any (or all) of the answers already?