Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Year End Inventory

As 2011 comes to a close, it’s always fun to look back on what I partook in. I keep a pretty thorough calendar, so the following is culled from glancing through my records of the past 12 months (this is what consumes time on a boring flight across the country). Here’s a sampling of what I was involved with this year…

WORK (It’s not so much a job as it is “a calling”):

7,856 needy third world children sponsored through 29 radio campaigns our

Radio Department at Compassion International organized

Represents approximately $17.9 million over the next 5 years for good health, education,

nutrition, clothing, Spiritual encouragement, and opportunities for these kids

$751,000 raised from Water of Life campaigns on 27 stations/networks that will provide

clean water for 13,600 families during their lifetimes.

5 radio marathons hosted in different cities

7 additional radio interviews regarding Compassion’s outreach

4 conventions/retreats

3 overseas trips as where I was group leader (Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala)

96 conference calls


52 (including my 1,700th) flights going through 23 different airports covering 40,200


41 cities in 18 states and 7 countries

1 new country visited (Spain), for a lifetime total of 50.

16 different rental vehicles

19 different hotels

4,840 road miles while on the job/vacation

80 days on the road


60% finished with manuscript of my second book, tentatively titled, Riff Rock:

Confessions of a Not-So-Holy Roller

63 blogs for, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace

Over 5,000 e-mails/social networking posts


I read 34 books this year. Here are my faves…

What Good is God? Philip Yancey

Far and Away, Neil Peart

Jesus, My Dad, and the CIA, Ian Morgan Cron

Evolving in Monkey Town, Rachel Held Evans

Zion’s Christian Soldiers, Stephen Sizer

Dakota, Kathleen Norris

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric


The Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox*

The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers*

58: Fast Living, Scott Todd

The Poverty and Justice Bible (at least 48 different authors) *


Also read…

Over 320 newspapers

Over 100 magazines

Over 150 articles on-line (research for book)

Over 500 Facebook Profiles

Over 6,000 e-mails/social networking messages


I saw 114 films in theaters and on DVD in ’11. Here are my faves….

True Grit

Black Swan

Rabbit Hole

The Illusionist

Of Gods and Men

Bill Hicks: American


Super 8

Tree of Life

Blue Like Jazz

The Help


Midnight in Paris

The Way

The Swell Season


Ides of March

Margin Call


The Descendents

We Bought a Zoo

NHL 24/7: Penguins vs. Capitals

Martin Luther King: Beyond the Dream

Stevie Wonder: Live at Last in London


Back and Forth: The Foo Fighters

Win, Win

Rush: Time Machine Tour


I purchased 35 CD’s and listened to hundreds more albums. Here are my new faves from ‘11

Transatlantic: More Never is Enough, Live in Tilburg and Manchester

Neal Morse, Testimony 2

e band, The E-Files, 1970-72

Patsy Moore, Expatriates

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

Tally Hall, Good and Evil

Tally Hall, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Shawn Phillips, Living Collaboration

Smalltown Poets, Christmas

David Wilcox: Live at Eddie’s Attic

I saw 49 concerts/speaking engagements…here are the most memorable:

Burlap to Cashmere, 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN

Neal Morse Band, Hinton Hall, Murfreesboro, TN

Rush, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Daniel Amos, Smyrna, TN

Bob Seger and Silver Bullet Band, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

U2/Florence and the Machine, Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

Tally Hall, 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN

Heywood Banks, Zanies, Nashville, TN

David Wilcox, Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN


45 Nashville Predator hockey games

41 gatherings of Curious Souls support group

92 business and/or friendship lunches

10th year as member of Servant Leadership Council for The Village Chapel

Interviewed for Gold Record: 50 Years of Nashville Hockey History DVD

12 parties/picnics

1 replastered/repainted dining room

1 new backyard garden yielding potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, okra, and carrots

1 lower abdominal hernia surgically repaired

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