Sunday Morning Wake UP: Old Rugged Cross – Alan Jackson

Merry Easter everyone, or as I like to say “Happy Resurrection Day!”  When I think of Easter, the song that immediately comes to mind is The Old Rugged Cross.  It really boils down the reason why Christ died and rose again well.  I also think, unlike many modern worship tunes, you can feel pain and loss along with redemption written in to the words.  it is a tune that is obviously written from a lifetime of experience and not just to please the ear.  It is one of my favorites and it hits me in the gut every time I hear it.

Random Thoughts for a Friday: April 18, 2014

  • This week has been a bit of a struggle.  Had my sleeping issues come back in full force.
  • I’m doing better now and should get a good nights sleep tonight.
  • Have you seen Frozen yet? Really good CGI movie.
  • However, i’m getting a bit tired of hearing the songs from it over.
  • This is my favorite scene:
  • This movie and the series Lillyhammer make me want to visit Norway. No Lie.
  • I know I just said i’m tired of hearing Frozen movie covers, I just heard one that I really liked.
  • Man, that girl in that has a big voice. Very cool.
  • On the video game front, I’ve been playing through Dark Souls.
  • It’s a fun game but it is one that the player has to learn how the world works.
  • It isn’t a game most will just pick up and be able to play.
  • I like games that make a person think.
  • From Software made the game. They started out with Demon Souls, but then had to come up with a different name when they switched publishers.  Now Dark Souls  1 and 2 are out on the market.
  • I’m playing Dark Souls 1.
  • Anyway… Going to try to get sleep tonight.  More than a few hours in a row.
  • God bless and I hope your Good Friday was good :)

Flash Fiction – He Runs Alone

I wrote this on Friday for a Flash Fiction Challenge. I didn’t win, but thought you all might be interested in reading it.

I just had to use “He Runs Alone” in the piece and keep it under 250 words.

(With all apologies to Cake.)

The blacktop goes on both in front and behind, the track laid before is always unkind. Churning and yearning he strives for the bend, not knowing the past or even the end. He’s driving and striving as fast as he can, only he hasn’t fallen through the ocean of sand.

Yet, he runs and guns and aims for the end, hoping in vain for a third or fourth wind. The past is behind him and the future before, if he doesn’t finish he can’t settle that score. They come at a distance but not far behind. He’s pumping and jumping with nary a whine.

History in balanced hangs in his head, his friends that started with him have ended up dead. The light of the sun beats down on his back, he can’t stop or think or show any lack. The distance is great and he runs alone, but he runs for humanity and runs for his home.

Bullets whiz by him as he sees the gates, he running for life and running for mates. He hears the creatures that follow him close, snarls and grunts coming from the host. His foot his the pavement of the town up ahead and suddenly thoughts fills him with dread. There are no monsters and the town isn’t here, his head plays tricks with all that is dear. He continues on this lonely road, forever he runs and he runs alone.

Random Thoughts for a Friday: April 11th, 2014

  • Playing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on my Playstation Vita
  • Someone gave me a PS Vita over Christmas.  I didn’t think I like it as much as I do.
  • It’s a very cool system that combines the best of touch screen with physical controls.
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a slightly updated PSP game released for the system.
  • I played Monster Hunter Freedom on my Playstation Portable 3000.
  • That’s a pretty good look at both the PS Vita and PS Portable using Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.  It came out in 2012 but still holds true.
  • One change: You press the PS button on the PS  Vita to bring up the menu now.
  • I own the original PlayStation Vita not the recently released and soon coming to the USA redesign.
  • I’ve been using the PS Vita since December. I really need to write up my thoughts on it.
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is out for the Nintendo 3DS  and the Nintendo Wii U.
  • The save games can be shared between systems, but the 3DS version doesn’t have online play.
  • I’m going to get  a 3DS XL and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to go with my Playstation Vita.
  • Along with a few other gadgets…
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  • Those with at kick butt laptop will have me traveling in style.
  • And a car. Can’t forget that. I do own one of those.
  • …it isn’t working at the moment, but I do own a car.
  • I’d love to get a Playstation 4 and Nintendo Wii U at some point as well.
  • Someday…maybe.  More interested in devices I can take with me when traveling.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is coming to the 3DS next year, but isn’t coming to the Wii U.  Gives me time to play MH3 Ultimate.
  • That’s a lot of Monster Hunting. At least MH 4 Ultimate will have Online MP on the device itself.
  • Anyway. Got to be gettin’ on. You all have a great weekend and God bless.