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Extra Hot Coffee, & Other Deep Thoughts

I like my coffee hot, extra hot that is.  You might not know that you can order your specialty coffee extra hot, but you can.  Well you have to be in a decent coffee shop, I have tried it in places where they just look at me like I am crazy.  A normal temp for coffee is about 82 degrees, ordering it extra hot can go as high as 170.  I like mine extra hot so that the heat lasts longer at my perfect temp and is not gone with in seconds of me getting my coffee.

Recently, I was pondering my coffee temp deli ma.  When I get it in the drive through the first for the first few seconds or maybe a full minute I can not drink it.  Then it hits the perfect temp and I love it for 10-15 minutes however it then reaches a temp that does not excite me and at some soon coming point I wish I had a microwave in the back of my suburban, or in the dash board for that matter!  Back to my pondering.  As I was driving I started thinking wouldn’t it be great if they made a coffee tumbler with a built in thermometer and a heating device.  If one could set their travel tumbler to the perfect temp they enjoy and the tumbler did it’s magic my coffee would remain at my desired hotness!  Maybe they already have these, but I have not seen one yet so we will just pretend it is a somewhat original thought.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for my coffee to be at the perfect temp all the time?  On second thought maybe it wouldn’t.  If my coffee was always at the perfect temp would that steal the joy?  Is there something about the process of getting to the perfect temp that makes it so perfect?  Isn’t that true in life as well?  It is summer time and usually that means people are taking vacations.  I know on our vacation we always have moments that are just perfect.  Being a family of six they are only moments instead of being the entire vacation, someone always has something going on or an attitude that needs to change.

Perfect moments come and go, and I think some of what makes them perfect is the contrast to the not so perfect and even the dreaded horrid moments.

If there is a travel tumbler out there with a built in heating device and thermometer, I don’t think I want it 🙂  I want my coffee to hit it’s perfection for only a short time, so that I can savor it all the more.  This summer I am going to savor every perfect moment that comes our families way, they will be a treasure I am sure and I just might have an extra hot no whip mocha to go with them!

Tuesday’s Tunes

One of the things that has been very powerful in my life through the years is music.  I think that is mostly universal for people, and we all resonate with certain types of music.  I love all types of music, but the words are important to the experience that I have as well as they style of music.

So here is a place that I want to share some of the songs that have impacted me through the years and currently.

This summer we loaded the family up in the suburban to take our long Oklahoma/Texas/Georgia tour, as we were leaving town we stopped at our traditional first stop, Starbucks!  Mandy went in to get the drinks and I stayed back with the kids…then this song struck me at the heart


I bought it on my iPhone right there while waiting on Mandy, and it quickly became one of those “our song” types of songs between Mandy and I.  His advice for making it in marriage is right on!  We could use this stuff in the premarital counseling we’ve done…

“Be a best friend,
tell the truth,
overuse ‘I love you’
go to work, do your best
don’t outsmart your common sense,
never let your prayin’ knees get lazy,
and love like CRAAAZY!”

“Always treat your woman like a lady,
never get to old to call her baby,
never let your prayin’ knees get lazy,
and love like CRAAAAZY!”

Now, That’ll Preach!
May the Lord grant us 58+ years together.

Costa Rica Pictures!!

Ok, we finally got our pictures posted from our Costa Rica Trip!

We went for 10 days, mainly working with Green Earth Coffee in a village of the Cabecar indians in the Cartago Provence.  This was our first mainly humanitarian type trip that we have worked with (even though we ended up in a 2 hr. church service in the dark with some Cabecar people each night after 10-12 hr work days).  What a fantastic team we went with!!  I have never lead a team where everyone was so eager to work hard with ANY job and not complain.  I know that the connections we made there will stay with us for the rest of our life!

“The Way I See It #248”

twisi_cups.jpgI always like to go to Starbucks to get some good coffee, but I like it more to go with others and sit and talk about life, or read off some Cranium trivia cards. That’s what Starbucks has tried to do from the start, to be a “third place” where people go between work and home, experiencing and processing life together. Along those lines they started a, sometimes, controversial campaign of putting quotes on their cups from various people from all walks of life. In their words:

Sparking conversation In the tradition of coffee houses everywhere, Starbucks has always supported a good, healthy discussion. To get people talking, “The Way I See It” is a collection of thoughts, opinions and expressions provided by notable figures that now appear on our widely shared cups.

So maybe we can extend that…since I got this cup of coffee alone, I didn’t get to talk with anyone about the quote on the cup: The Way I See It #248:

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Wikis give us a place where anyone who is kind, thoughtful, and intelligent can come and join us in building a better and more rational world.” – Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia and

What do you think about Jimmy’s thoughts on the power of human knowledge? What do you think about the project of Wikipedia?

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