Sunday, December 29, 2013

My '13 Year-End Inventory

As 2013 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”):

10,051 needy third world children sponsored through 29 radio campaigns our
                     Radio Department at Compassion International organized
Represents approximately $23.1 million over the next 5 years for good health, education,
                    nutrition, clothing, Spiritual encouragement, and opportunities for these kids
6 radio marathons hosted in different cities
7 additional radio interviews regarding Compassion’s outreach
4 conventions/retreats
4 overseas trips where I was group leader: Ethiopia, Haiti, Colombia, and Guatemala
112 conference calls


55 flights (including my 1,900th) going through 28 different airports covering 45,730
38 cities in 18 states and 6 countries (grand total of countries still at 54)
19 different rental vehicles
20 different hotels
4,170 road miles while on the job/vacation
72 days on the road


70% finished with manuscript of my second book, tentatively titled, Riff Rock:
                 Confessions of a Not-So-Holy Roller
50 blogs for, Blogger, and Facebook
Over 5,000 e-mails/social networking posts


I read 32 books this year.  Here are my faves…

Life of Pi, Yan Martel
The Early Church on Killing, Ron Sider
The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea
Insurrection, Peter Rollins
Selected Writings, Dorothy Day
Benefit of the Doubt, Gregory Boyd
America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, James E. Atwood
God on the Rocks: Phil Madeira
Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning *
Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning *
The Poverty and Justice Bible (at least 48 different authors) *


Also read…

Over 300 newspapers
Over 100 magazines
Over 150 articles on-line (research for writing)
Over 100 Facebook Profiles
Over 7,000 e-mails/social networking messages


I saw 76 films in theaters and on DVD in ’13.  Here are my faves….

Sound City
Side Effects
To the Wonder
20 Feet from Stardom
The Heat
Springsteen and I
Inequality for All
Captain Phillips
Muscle Shoals
12 Years a Slave
About Time
American Hustle
Joe Bonomassa: How One Man Beat the Industry


I acquired 33 new CD’s and listened to hundreds more albums. Here are my new faves from ‘13

Neal Morse: Live Momentum
Pinnick, Gales, Pridgen, (Self Titled)
The Choir: The Loudest Sound Ever Heard
Dawes: The North Hills
Dawes: Nothing Wrong Here
Dawes: Stories Don’t End
Rick Elias: Job
Daniel Amos: Dig Here Said the Angel
Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden: The Shape The Color The Feel

I saw 60 concerts/speaking engagements…here are the most memorable:

Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons, The High Watt, Nashville, TN, 4-26-13
Anne Lamott, Nashville Downtown Library, 4-3-13
Rush, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, 5-1-13
Mike Rayburn, Sirius Studios, Nashville, TN, 6-14-13
Doyle and Debbie Show, Zanies Comedy Club, Nashville, TN, 7-23-13
Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil, 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN, 8-29-13
Frank Caliendo, Zanies Comedy Club, Nashville, TN, 8-16-13
The London Souls, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 9-28-13
Donald Miller, Neely Hall, Belmont University, Nashville, TN , 9-9-13
Steve Hackett Band, Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL, 9-21-13


20 Nashville Predator hockey games
28 gatherings of Curious Souls support group
132 business and/or friendship lunches
13th year as member of Servant Leadership Council for The Village Chapel
3nd year as member of the board for Touchstone Youth Services
2 days in hospital for heart pacemaker
7 more pieces of property researched in Guatemala
14 parties/picnics
4 art shows
3 funerals

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