Posted by Clark Bunch on March 4, 2014
Why auther two blogs? That’s a legitimate question and the honest answer is that I never meant to. Michael Spencer was the Internet Monk, Doug Wilson had Blog and Mablog, and I wanted a cool title that was catchy and not easily forgotten. Everything I came up with was already taken so I let WordPress generate Clark Bunch’s Weblog. One blog listing site once linked to it as “Clark Bunch’s We Blog.” In May of 2008 I registered another URL, cropped The Last Supper into a banner image, and moved all existing content to The Master’s Table. I had the blog I wanted but also one that was completely empty. What I should have done, but didn’t realize at the time, was simply change the title of my blog and left the URL alone.
Clark Bunch’s Weblog became My Other Blog: Bottom File Cabinet Drawer of the Blogosphere. Over time it has also been the Happy Coffee Blog and Smile: God Loves You. It has kind of come back around with less emphasis on being identified as my other blog.
I blog religion and theology at The Master’s Table. There are sermons, scripture lessons, apologetics, news related to the church and missions, and the very occasional rant. Here I post spring flowers, fall leaves, motorcycles, gardening and family vacation pics. You can’t read The Master’s Table and not realize I have a sense of humor. By the same token I have been a Christian believer since age 12; it’s not something I turn off and on so the influence of the Gospel often shows through here as well. Maybe think of it this way: The Master’s Table – because I have something to say. My Other Blog – because I have to say something. We are talking about blogging after all.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 20, 2014
This shot ending up making the difference between gold and silver for Team USA Women’s hockey. Ouch. Thanks repeating gif image.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 14, 2014
Some will whine about Single Awareness Day, or quip about fake holidays made up by greeting card companies. I met my wife on Valentine’s Day. 17 years, 5 addresses and 1 child later and yeah, we still celebrate Valentine’s. I read today that 233 million roses were grown last year just for Valentine’s Day. So celebrate with us; or not. This is America and that’s your right.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 14, 2014
To whom it may concern, Clark Bunch is now on Twitter. @clarkjbunch is my Twitter handle, be sure to get the middle initial in there. Expect quippy one-liners, links to posts here and The Master’s Table, updates from real life as well as other fun things I probably don’t know about yet.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 13, 2014
Some years in the South we get no snow at all. We had one of those last year. So far this winter we have been blessed (I’m going to say blessed) with two. A giant storm dumped snow, ice and wintry mix from Dallas, TX to Augusta, GA then all the way up the coast to New York City. This is not the 2″ that shut down Atlanta in January. We actually experienced two different fronts that brought 4″ worth of accumulation twice in the same week.
Here are just a few snowy pics that I took myself in northwest Georgia.
My wife Teresa with daughter Johannah
We made a Johannah sized snowman.
Crape Myrtle tree; normally pink, also lovely in white.
White gardenia bush. Normally 6 or 7 feet high, here it’s bent down to about 4.
Look at these fence post tops. That is some sticky stuff.
While we never lost power you can clearly see the potential for problems. A little bit of sleet/freezing rain caused the snow to grab hold of everything.
Here the local utility company removes a pine tree that bent across the street resting on our power lines. The line did not break but we were kind of trapped until they cut the tree away.
Pic posted by a friend. This weather is beautiful yet dangerous since we only get it once in a while.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 7, 2014
I have noticed a trend in automotive design over the past few years. It seems that every vehicle wants to be a station wagon. Maybe they call themselves a wagon, maybe they hang on to the “crossover SUV” label, but regardless of title they all seem to be heading to the same place. Domestic manufacturers, imports, even companies previously known for high performance sports cars (Porsche) are all building vehicles that, well, look like every vehicle. I am most offended by full size SUV’s and minivans that are mutating to fit the mold.
The worst offenders
2014 Ford Explorer - went from full size pick-up to full size SUV and now… station wagon.
Honda Civic Tourer – While the Explorer shrunk into a wagon, the world’s best-selling compact grew into one.
Range Rover Sport – previously a luxury SUV.
Nissan Pathfinder – another case of “use to be an SUV”
Honda Odyssey – low profile minivan trying hard to wagon
Honda CR V AWD 5 Door – previously a small SUV. Not quite a wagon yet, but still.
Wagons from the get go
Lincoln MKT – ‘Cause who doesn’t want to drive a hearse?
Porsche Cayenne – Yep, the German company that gave us the 911 Turbo now makes this station wagon.
Ford Connect Transit Wagon -
Ford got out of the minivan market six years ago. Even though this vehicle, coming in 2014, has a high roof and two sliding doors, Ford calls it a wagon. It’s an image thing; minivans are out, wagons are in.
All of the vehicles pictured above are from the 2014 model year. I’m not saying they’re bad vehicles or even that all of them are ugly. I have ridden in the new Explorer, it’s a great car. But it didn’t used to be a car at all. My wife and I like our minivan, but there is no getting around the fact that our next one will be less van more… wagon. SUV’s got smaller, compacts got longer, minivans got lower, all because dozens of automakers with hundreds of models got together and decided they would all make only one thing.
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Posted by Clark Bunch on February 3, 2014
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Posted by Clark Bunch on January 31, 2014
I live in that 1″ Advisory area but yeah, we got more than that. I measured an inch and a half at my house. Our daughter’s pre-K closed at 11:30 on Tuesday and the system was closed for the rest of the week. I haven’t been to work since Monday, all over a couple inches of snow. But everybody’s heard that story. We made snow creme Tuesday afternoon, had plenty of food and milk, then made it out to Walmart on Thursday. All in all we were very fortunate, much more so than Atlanta farther south.
Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday and of all things people can’t stop talking about the weather. Met Life Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, is actually in New Jersey. For the first time in Super Bowl history two states will be hosting. 13 blocks of Broadway have been recreated as Super Bowl Boulevard. The Super Bowl is also breaking their own in-house rule regarding outdoor stadiums in cold weather cities. New York is a major metropolitan area with two NFL teams, I’m not saying they should be excluded from consideration. But if this thing turns ugly it could be a long time before they deviate from their standard policy again. London comes up for consideration every now and then, but the usual kickoff time of 6:30 p.m. would be 11:30 p.m. local time.
Speaking of weather and sports, the 2014 Olympiad in Sochi begins Thursday, February 6th. How was Sochi ever approved for this thing? Several athletes have asked their families to stay at home. There has been talk about terrorism for months, and U.S. officials are saying they are getting less cooperation from Russia than they did in Greece, China or Great Britain. Now ABC News is reporting that the decision was influenced by a predominant business man who is in deep with the Sochi mafia. Routing for your team may be trite; let’s pray for the safe return of our athletes and media personal, and maybe even that this thing doesn’t lead to war.
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