Fire Station Life

If you have spent time in a fire station then you have probably seen the guy(s) that are portrayed in this video. The people who made this video nailed station life perfectly. I have laughed every time I have watched this video.

My favorite part of the video is toward the end when they portray the firefighters who take the last pot of coffee and do not make more along with the firefighter who half-heartedly replaces the toilet paper. Seriously, does it take that much time to replace the toilet paper properly?

I guess no matter where you are in the country, we all experience the same things in the fire stations.

FYI, to my knowledge, this video will not appear on mobile phones due to copyright restrictions. Also, contrary to the warning at the beginning, there is no offensive content, unless you are one of the crusty/salty firefighters.

Update: In case the video does not work for you, here is the link to the I’m Salty and I Know It video.

Pikes Peak Race

In this video I went from watching the driver to watching the people standing so close to the road as the car drove by. I then watched the driver again as he drove on the dirt road and I finally watched the sky and scenery as the driver drove higher up the mountain.

A few things to Where’s Waldo when you watch the video. Check out the guy I believe is acting like he is hitch-hiking. Check out the guy kneeling (in what I believe is) less than a foot away from the car as it enters a right turn. If you watch the video long enough, check out how the scenery changes around the six-minute mark. After that, there are parts of the road where all you see is blue sky and very little road.

Pikes Peak 2010 – Jeff Zwart In Car from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Late Night Aches & Pains

This video is great. Over the last ten years as a firefighter, I have definitely learned that sometimes people just need a little company medical assistance, even if it happens to be at 1:00 a.m.

At times I do wonder what happens in the middle of the night to make people decide that is the exact time their head (or knee, foot, elbow, etc.) hurts enough to call 911. Maybe it is because the middle of the night is the time when the quiet becomes overwhelming. In that deafening quiet the mind begins to get out of control and listens to the rest of the body about how bad things feel. Perhaps, instead, it is due to the fact that the aches and pains cause the patient to not sleep. As the sleepless hours roll by those same insomnia-causing aches are amplified at it becomes hospital-traveling time.

Either way three things will remain. Firefighters will continue to get the late night calls for help. Firefighters will continue to hope for a full-night’s sleep. I still love my job and still love helping people in a way that can have immediate and direct impact in their lives… including those at 1:15 in the morning.

And a shout-out to all of my country music-loving friends out there. I had never heard of the song the video is parodying until a day or two ago when I was in the doctor’s office with Asher. A lightbulb went off and I finally put the two songs together.

Move Video

According to the video’s description, three guys flew to 11 countries and over the course of 44 days filmed this video. They also filmed two other videos titled Learn and Eat, which are good. In my opinion, Move is by far the best and that is the one seen below.

Buckle your seat belts, put your trays up and seats in their upright position, and enjoy the visually stimulating Move.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Worshiping Old School Style

I have been listening to a set of class lectures offered at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The class is a Bible Journey through the Old Testament.

While listening to Tim Laniak’s lecture about Psalms, he played an old audio clip that was a Ugaritic hymn. The hymn was found years ago. The song had enough information included with it (i.e. lyrics and notes) that someone was able to create her interpretation of how it would have sounded.

Now, to be clear, the Ugarites did not worship God so this hymn was not about Yahweh. However, as I listen to it I hear a worship song that is contemporary to what David probably heard and sang. Through that, I get a possible glimpse into how some of the Psalms might have sounded as David and the others wrote them to worship the Lord our God. How cool is that?

I got the song from mp3Bear.

More information about the Ugaritic song can be found here.

The Unreached

Saturday, I closed out a post pondering how many people, who do not know Jesus, are ready to hear the Good News. I then came across this video that was shared by John Piper.

Here are some statistics the video shares:

  • 1 out of 4 people (27.9%) on earth are cut off from the Good News
  • Nearly 2 billion people do not know anyone who can show them Jesus
  • Out of 100 missionaries, only 3 go live among these 2 billion people
  • Out of $100 only 1 cent goes to help these 2 billion people

The video also shares some information on countries where missionaries are strong or are growing. It also talks about countries where church planting is growing.

The video is challenging me and is making me pause to really think about how I can best direct my efforts and resources. Check it out: