Friday, May 23, 2008

blog about....


All day today, I've been trying to figure out something to blog about. Something that will get me some hits and attention! (Come on...Don't act like you don't feel the same way some times!) All my past blog drafts have been posted. I have no more reservoir left. So now what?

Recently I have been extremely busy in life and work. This has taken all my physcial, emotional, and creative thoughts away. What's left? I feel like I have nothing to say right now.

So I ask. Come on Bloggers! How many of you have ever felt this way before? Have you ever felt like you wanted to blog, but felt like you had nothing to say?

Please, Let me know that I'm not alone!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

got twitter?

I've been using twitter for little over four months now. Honestly, at first, I thought it was pretty dumb. Why would anyone want to know my very thought or very move that I make during the day? Isn't my blog enough? Well... I was wrong. A lot of people want to know what's going on with Randy Parker! They want more of Randy Parker! I also enjoy seeing what's going on in the lives of other people around the world.

Twitter has changed the way I communicate. I'm able to keep in contact with friends and even family members, everyday, all the time, and whenever. I have made new friends and contacts though this social networking device. Blogs are mainly used to inform others of past or future events, but twitter is for now. This is happening now, now!

Twitter is like a "mini-blog" with Instant Messaging involved too. As well used for picture uploading. You can just simply choose to only update a few things that your doing during the day and/or you can send direct messages to people. Here's a video to help explain to you what twitter is all about.


Twitter has been spreading fast. I personally have noticed that some peoples blogs have been pretty weak lately, but there twitter updates have been growing strong. Some tweets don't even have a blog. I encourage you to start a twitter account. Make sure to follow me randyparker. I'll follow you back.

*I came across this on a twitter update the other day. "Control your house lights from twitter!" Check it out HERE. The sky is the limit!

**A Church in Michigan will be twittering LIVE during a Sunday service. Check that out HERE.

HT: Jvo - gaddis

This post is a part of Watercooler Wednesdays at Randy Elrod's blog ETHOS.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

mens softball league. wk4

Not much to talk about on this one. We didn't play well at all. I was very tired before the game even started. I just could not get up for this game tonight. No energy in me. A few of the guys came really late. They didn't have a chance to warm up at all. I don't think the heat was a factor, but it was pretty warm. The misters were even on in the dugout.

Riverpark is a good team. They find a way to get on base. They also play good D. The pitchers pitches are sweet and fat. They look so good. You just want to hit it so hard. I was swinging way to hard at the pitch. For some reason we stuggled tonight with hitting. Can't wait for the rematch later on in the season. We need to settle the score at 1-1. Plus the playoffs are right around the corner. That's what counts!

WEEK FOUR. Game at 810pm.

NewCovenant (3-1) Loses to RiverPark 6-1.

We just couldn't get anything going offensively. Didn't score the run until the fourth inning. They played good Defense, but all in all we just couldn't hit any gaps or holes.

I went 0-3. Lazy ground out to third. Fielders choice at second. Fly out to deep Left center.


You can't do much on Defense if they keep on hitting the ball into the holes all over the field. I would shift left over more into the hole and then they would hit it down the line. They are good hitters.

Had a ton of Balls hit over my head at third. A few were hit to my left, out of my reach, in the hole. I only got my glove on one ball tonight. It was hit to my right. I just closed my glove before the ball even got to me. It was a back handed grab. The ball went off the tip of the glove. It was an Error! I know.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Eating Lemons.

Went to breakfast this morning with the family to celebrate my wife, Jill's Birthday. My sons, McKay and Bryce, both wanted try to eat a lemon. Of course, we did stop them! It was to funny!

Got a picture of McKay first then a short video of Bryce. Sour Face!

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Bryce eats a Lemon

slicing watermelons.

If you ever need to slice a watermelon and don't have a knife around... use a T-Square!

Yesterday, Pat and I made another "funny" bumper video for the Leadership Toolbox sermon series at newcov. Make sure to check out the newcovproduction blog soon to see the videos.

(RSS: embedded pictures)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

mother's day videos.

HEY! You want to check out some of the videos I made? They were for The Mother's Day Service at NewCov last Sunday!

Well...You can (if you want to) over at the NewCovProduction blog. CLICK HERE! I think they turned out pretty good.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

mens softball league. wk3

Alright! Felt a little bit better before tonight's game. It was a late one though. Started at 915pm. I planned on getting there early this time. So I can have plenty of time to warm-up the old legs and arm. However, after I drove into the parking lot and got out of the car, I noticed I forgot my cleats at home. Got back into the car and went all the way home to get them. Now I was going to be late. Didn't have much time to stretch or throw the ball around.

It was great to have Pat come out and watch the game. It was nice to have a fan come out and root us on. Go Team! Go NewCov! (I wanted to show off my skills.)

This was a good game for us. We didn't hit the ball well at all at times, but scored a lot of runs. Our Defense was again solid the first 5 innings. Our sixth is always a tough inning to get out of. We either start to get tired or the other teams bats finally get going and find the holes. Of course our errors don't help. Here's the wrap up for game three.

WEEK THREE. Game at 915pm.

New Covenant smokes New Harvest 12-5.

We hit first scoring 3 runs.

We Just kept moving the runners on base with singles and doubles. Scoring anyway we could. Good hustle got us a extra bag here and there.

I snapped my two game hit streak.

I went 0-5 tonight. Three sacrifice flies to left. Flied out to deep left center. The fielder made a great play. He caught it up against the fence. Ground out to third on a lazy chopper. (I think I beat the throw.)

Got 3 RBI's.

Held them scoreless for 4 innings.

Bob pitched great. He caught a few line drives up the middle. Turned a double play.

Barnes made a good play at second. He even added a little hop/skip throw to the bag.

Baker was nails at short as usual.

The out field played well. They can cover a lot of ground out there.

I had 2 put outs tonight playing third base. I love getting those hard hit grounders that get a good high pop before they reach you. They just give you a lot of time to throw the runner out. Plus the dirt in the in-field at this park isn't the best. Anything hit hard and stays low could stay low or bounce up in your face in a hurry. You never know.

I got a little nervous in the sixth again. There was two on and no out and we were up by only 9. You never know in church league softball. The sticks get going and the momentum changes and before you know it, your down a run. I have seen many teams come back and win like that. They score like 8-9 runs in the final inning.

The game was ended in a "Pickle" run down between second and third. Wow.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

video crazy.

I've been making a ton of videos lately for the New Covenant Sunday Morning Services. (You can check out most of them at the newcovproduction blog or at Pat's youtube account.) Some of them have been fun to make and some haven't. I have gotten a lot of help from the weaver. He's made the baptism testimonies for us. However...It still has been like Video Craziness for me.

Making all these videos now, reminds me of how I would make a new video every Monday afternoon for like three years with my intern/volunteer team. That's why I have so many random ones in the library. It's hard to come up with good funny fresh ideas every time for every youth group night. Really the only difference between now and then is the seriousness factor for the video. Well.. maybe not, if you have seen the latest goofy ones, Pat and I made for the current series at newcov, you would say those are pretty much youth ministry ones too.

So... He's another RANDOM video I made back in the day.
It's not good. It's just random.

Purple Guy Chasing Me.


Randy the guy being chased.
Garrett the purple guy chasing.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008



Please help a brother out. Let's spread the word for randyparker! I need some more traffic coming my way on this blog. I know I get my mom, my wife, patamo, and sometimes you, coming by here. But I think I need more people than this. I'll try to post on more current issues from now on. Just kidding! This is my blog. It's all about me. Kind of like "The Truman Show." And if there is a current issue that I want to post on, I will. It's what I like. It's my family. It's random. It's totally me. So if you like me. Tell your friends and family that you do.

So here is where you come in. I have a few goals I would like you to help me reach within a weeks time. So by next Tuesday, May 12th, let's git-r-done together!

The Randy Parker's Blog Goals:

  • Get Blog counter to reach 8000 (only 225 more hits!)
  • Get RSS readers to 40 (only 5 more)
  • Get Technorati authority to 9 (only 1 up)
Remember... you spread the love my way. I will do the same for you and your blog. It's all about the Link Love and Hat Tricks in the blogsphere. So if you have friends or family that might like my blog. Please tell them about it. And I'll tell mine about yours! Cool huh?!?!?


mens softball league. wk2

Another week of church softball. It took me a whole week to heal from the last game. The arm felt better today, but still isn't back to normal. The guys on the team tell me it's cause, "You're not as young as you once were." I probably need to warm up a lot more. Or throw the ball around during the week. I'll get back into shape before you know it. With that being said, I hurt my groin (man muscle) tonight pretty good. Still burns a little. Need some sportscreme! Yeah baby! That will do it!

I'm having a lot of fun. So glad I decided to play this year. I look forward to the games and the fellowship with the guys each week. Forgot the camera again. And didn't have a fan base to snap them for me anyways. The later night games are harder for the wife and kids to make it out there. It's past their bed times. Here's the game recap for game two.

WEEK TWO. Game at 8:10pm.

NewCov beat EV Free Fresno Church 8-6

I hear this is one of the toughest teams to beat in the league.

We started out with good quick sticks. Scored 5 in the first.

Held them scoreless for four.

I went 2-5. Two hard left field pokes for singles. Flew out to left and left center. Just got robbed by the short shop on a hard hit liner in the gap. He snagged it right out of the air.

I got no RBI's. Scored only one run.

Had to slide (SAFE) into third on a close play. I was at first and the play was at the plate. So I took another base on the single to left. Chris Miller scored from Second.

We played good defense in the first 5 innings. Turned a few double plays up the middle. We did have a few costly errors on tough plays in the sixth.

I had one ball ripped over my head at third out of my reach. And another one just got screamed down the line. Should have gotten it. I did react a little late. I stretched out a far as I could to my right. Only about a inch or two short. I need to play closer to the line more. I'm a lot quicker to my left anyways. Plus Baker is at short and he's a stinking' vacuum! He has a lot of range too.

It got really interesting in the sixth. We were up 6 (I believe) and they loaded them up with o outs. The go ahead run was up to bat a few times in the final inning. We held them though.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

a good joke.

Here's a good joke. Made me laugh.

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, "This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you."

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, "Which do you want, son?"

The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

"What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. "Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"

The boy licked his cone and replied,"Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!"

family dinner.

Tonight, we went to BJ's Pizzeria & Brew House for dinner. The pizza and salads were good, but the highlight was the pizookie! We all left stuffed! Took these photos with my camera phone.

Friday, May 2, 2008

quote: sports.

If you go out with a girl and they say she has a great personality, she's ugly. If they tell you a guy works hard, he's got no skills.

Charles Barkley