Thursday, August 5, 2010

Skywatch Friday Thoughts and More

500th Post!

In honor of the occasion of my 500th post, I am posting what is perhaps the best sky photo I have EVER taken.  This was taken in June of 2008 at Epcot.  My office gave me a trip for my 20th anniversary, so we took the grand kids to Disney World.  What fun!
500 posts!  Where has the time gone.  This madness all started on April 14, 2007 when I created a blog called Brain Freeze.  After a couple of years I ran out of storage space on that blog.  No one told me to compress my photos, so I had 3, 4 and 5 megapixel photos posted over there.  My only option was to create a new blog.  At first I was not really happy about having to start a new adventure.  What was I going to call this new space in cyberspace.  Well, I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Their minor league baseball team is called the Tulsa Drillers.  So, this new blog became Driller's Place.  Now, I think I like this place better than my first blog.
One thing that has changed is that this blog has become more photo oriented.  Early on, I probably shared my own thoughts more and my photos less.  That all changed when I bought a digital SLR and really began playing with Adobe PhotoShop Elements.  Fridays are now the posts that usually have more of my thoughts and adventures while Ruby Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday are strictly photo oriented.  The other thing that has changed is the fact that I now limit my posts mostly to three meme's, Ruby Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.  In my previous blog life I was much more random in my posting and, possibly a little more prolific.  I have noticed that no matter what I do, I attract very few new visitors.  Oh well, that's life.  I did look at the statistics and noticed that I have had visitors from Russia, Japan, the Philippines, Canada, and Sweden.  It really is a small world and you can reach out at touch all of it from the comfort of your own home.  That just amazes me.
My very first post indicated that I would spend some time posting about the grandcrew.  Lord knows, I've done that.  But, they are one of the things that makes life worth living. See.

It's hard to believe, but I was blogging for over two years before anyone in the family knew about it.  It was kind of a creative outlet for me and I really didn't think to tell anyone.  Now, my wife checks it from time to time and my daughter reads it occasionally.
It took me three and a half years to get to 500 posts.  I have no idea how long it will take to reach 1000, but at an average of 2.75 posts per week, you can do the math.  Like most bloggers, I have taken a couple of breaks and I've had some weeks with four or five posts.  I've come across some very interesting blogs and there are a couple of bloggers that I would really like to meet in person.  You know who you are.
One feature that I started this year is posting an inspirational song each Friday.  I use the blog to share my faith and let the world know that God does love them and truly wants to have a personal relationship with each of us.  Music is one of the best ways of expressing God's Love.  I like the hymns, Contemporary Christian Music, and Southern Gospel.  Since this post is running long and is a celebration of the 500th edition I just may share something from each of these genres.  First the hymns.  I love the hymns and I love them done traditionally as well as updated arrangements.  Here is an updated version of one of my all time favorite hymns, Victory in Jesus, by Bart Millard.  For those of you familiar with Christian music, Bart is the lead vocalist for Mercy Me. Enjoy.

Next up is one of my favorite contemporary Christian artists, Chris Tomlin.  Chris is probably the most prolific praise and worship songwriter today.  There are so many choices when it comes to picking a video it is difficult to choose just one.  My only hope is that you like this choice and will investigate his music further.  He has some incredible music available. Among my favorite Chris Tomlin songs are, Sing,Sing, Sing, I Will Rise, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), and  Indescribable.  Just go over to YouTube and lose yourself in his work.

Finally we visit Southern Gospel. Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know what's coming next. It either going to be the Gaither Vocal Band or Signature Sound Quartet. Today it will be the newest version of the Gaither Vocal Band singing an incredible version of Alpha and Omega.  It says it all.

I guess that just about does it for my 500th post.  I'll see you next week for Ruby Tuesday. Sooo, in the words of Porky Pig, "Th-th-that's All Folks."
Have a wonderful week-end.


  1. An amazing sunset shot! I can see why it's a favorite. The colors are gorgeous.

    Congrats on your 500th.

  2. Nice sunset, nice grandkids, nice blog. Happy 500 postings. Keep them coming.

  3. Congrats on 500. That's great. You sunset is a wonderful tribute to your blog anniversary!

  4. Congratulations on your 500th post. I have no idea how many I am up to, but I have had two incarnations of my main blog. I agree that the sunset you have posted today is an awesome image. The colour is tremendous and the composition is just wonderful. Such a good post for Skywatch.

  5. Truly amazing sky, faces, and Savior! Congratulations on 500!

  6. Congratulations on your 500th post!! Love your shots the sky and those gorgeous faces. Happy weekend!


  7. I'm honoured to have arrived here on your 500th post, there is something magical about sunsets even more so when it sets over water. Here's to the next 500 congratulations.

  8. Congratulations on your 500th post. I've really enjoyed reading yours and enjoying your thoughts and your photos.

  9. PS - your Skywatch shot is spectacular

  10. Well, I am one who has been around since your Brain Freeze blog, though I struggle to find the time to pop in as often as I would like.

    I LOVE the sunset photo! That looks like the perfect place for a relaxing evening out with the one who holds your heart!

    I also love the Victory in Jesus clip. My one year old is dancing here in the room to the music!

    Congrats on reaching the big 500!!!

  11. You that you won second place in my Caption This contest. Congratulations.

    Have a terrific evening. Big hug. :)

  12. I really know how to type. I really know how to put a sentence together. I really did graduate from college with a 3.96 GPA. Sorry for the messed up comment above. :)

  13. Congrats on your 500th post! I am over 1000 now, and like you, have very few readers. that's okay, though. I write for me. :) It is such a great venue for expression. Lovely pix, too. I like seeing what you are looking at as well.