Skip to main content

brenton the builder

So I'm really not a very handy guy around the house but I think that I'm getting better. Recently I have painted a bedroom, sanded, primed and painted a dresser, put heat resistant spray paint on an outdoor fireplace cover, and replaced a couple lights bulbs. But none of the aobve prepared me for my task tonight.

We have not had satellite TV for the last week
. This is because the army of men who came and reshingled our townhouse (in a day, btw) didn't put the thing back in the right spot. So tonight (@ 10:25 pm) I decided to fix it, feeling like my wife deserved the chance to watch TV with our kids. I knew that without Barney at 10:30am and Sesame Street at 5pm she would probably go insane.

At first I tried the simple solution of just calling our satellite provider. Well, 45 minutes and 1 million pre-recorded prompts later I knew a whole lot about manual restarts, coax cables, and switch checks but the problem still remained. So I called back and talked with a good guy named Darryl. This dude told me the specific angles that the dish needed to be set at in order ot recieve a signal. The catch was that it would be $50 to have a technitian come out and fix it.

Not having an extra 50 spot in the wallet I went into the garage and pulled out the oldest, most unsafe, wobbly wooden ladder you could think of. I set it up and climbed up with a flashlight in one hand and a channel lock in the other. I had Stephanie inside with her cell phone (I also had the house phone with me on speaker) telling me if the reception was getting better or worse.

I am proud to say that after some loosening and tweaking and tightening I was able to get the satellite back up and running without hurting myself in the process.

Dang it feels good to be a man

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…