A word from “Pastor Mary C”

Greetings to all in the “cyber-world”.

This week’s post on my blog is being turned over to my oldest daughter, who recently put a very touching and sincere post on her Facebook site. A bit of background here. M.C. is most definitely her “own person.” She’s always been a bit of a rebel and non-conformist in an area where non-conformists aren’t exactly embraced by the general populace. Her hair is usually purple (or some other color usually not seen naturally in homo sapiens) and she’s got several piercings and tatoos. However, she’s active in two churches and is unashamedly a born-again Christian. I’m extremely proud that both of my daughters are confident enough to be themselves and to prove all the folks out there that think that born again Christians fit a particular “mold”.

Good Evening,

I spent much of my afternoon scouring Youtube and iTunes for karaoke tracks for use in varous church services/performances/ect. And on my linking journey, YouTube directed me to some disturbing videos. Do you know how many anti-religious videos are out there?? MILLIONS!!!!

The first video I came across was recorded in December of ’08 and featured a gentleman discusiing his resolution fro 2009. Sounds safe enough right?? But alas, his rsolution was to “say buh-bye to Jesus” for a year. This young man spent about 5 minutes on a very well written, inteligent dirscourse on how religion will “undercut the abilities of our children and our society to compete…on an international level.” He also staes “…try to think outside the box that your family and society forced you into.” Another of is videos is set up like a Sci-Fi movie, in which he informs society on how to protect themselves from “Faith Zombies” aka Christians. There are surely thousands of similar videos, all of which really get under my skin. So, here’s my response:

Christians in Boxes?: Uhm no. Have you met me?? What about contemporary Christian rock bands, like Skillet, Sanctus Real, Flyleaf, adn Outrun the Gun? Christian society is just as vast and diverse as any other. Christians worldwide come from all backgrounds, all styles, and all races. Christians are goths, punks, skaters, upper class socialites, blue collar workers, butlers, maids, and in some countries-even slaves. You simply cannot stand there and say that our families have put us in “boxes”. It’s clearly untrue.

I suppose the point of all this is to stress that our God is an awesome God, through and through. he wants us to be free, creative, artistic, wacky, loud, wild, unusual, unique, silly, serious, contemplative, social, shy- WHOEVER WE WANT TO BE! Jesus loves me (yes, I know) just as much as He loves the uber conservative old folks at my church. Faith is NOT a box. God’s love has NO WALLS. Just look around you- the earth is filled with his creations! 😀 Would a god in a box be able to make a sunset as beutiful as ours? Or a critter as ugly as funny looking as an anteater? I think not.

In closing, I hope that you my brothers and sisters in Christ will remember that Jesus loves us ALL equally, no matter what we are, who we are, or where we are. His love is endless, His power is limitless, and no one can make me believe any differently.
Have a blessed week everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The story behind the photo

Bill Apter and me at the first WrestleReunion show

The photo above is one that I have posted on my Facebook page. A couple of folks have asked me about it so I guess here’s as good a place as any to tell the story behind it.

The gentleman in the photo is Bill Apter. Bill’s name is known to any fan of pro wrestling that is old enough to remember going to the local store’s magazine rack and picking up the old “wrestling magazines” that pre-dated the internet. These were usually filled with really good photos and the articles were written in what folks in the wrestling world refer to as “kafabe”. In other words, as if the plots and “angles” in wrestling were “real”. This was back in the day when a pro wrestler would kick someone’s tail for calling wrestling “fake”. Bill Apter was a photographer, writer and editor for “The Wrestler” and “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” and was so universally known for his part in the wrestling business in putting together those mags that they are today referred to by wrestling fans as “Apter Mags”.

I met Bill through my friend Ed Chuman, who recently passed away, and corresponded with him quite a bit during the time I was involved in pro wrestling and running a couple of wrestling websites (again, as an “amature” and for fun). I got asked by Ed and belt-maker Reggie Parks and Reggie’s protoge and my buddy Dave Millican to go to Tampa, Fl to help them with a vendor’s display at an event that Bill was spear-heading and hosting, the first WrestleReunion. Bill and his partners had a ton of former wrestlers, managers, valets and some of the best new talent in wrestling at the time (many of who have become big “names” today) for a two-day “wrestling geek fest” as one of my daughters described it. For a guy that grew up watching pro wrestling on WRAL TV at 11:30 every Friday night with my grandfather, it was like a lifetime baseball fan being at a Hall of Fame convention.

During that week I not only got to meet many of the biggest legends in wrestling, since I was with Bill, Ed, Dave and Reggie I was treated like “one of the boys”, a member of the club. It was like being a little kid again and sitting in the Dorton Arena in Raleigh seeing many of these people.

During that event I got to visit with several folks that I had already met working wrestling shows, including Dusty Rhodes, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, my buddy “Thunderfoot” Isley, “Gorgeous” Gary Royal, Abdullah the Butcher, Ricky Steamboat and George South. I also got to spend time with Nick Bockwinkle, Harley Race, Sabu and Bill Alfonzo, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Virgil, the late Sherri Martel, the Cuban Assassin, The Wild Samoan family (all relatives of The Rock, Dwayne Johnson), Roddy Piper, “Killer Bee” Brian Blair, Dr. Tom Pritchard, Tully Blanchard and Joe Blanchard, Adrian Street and Ms. Linda and a bunch of others. New talent there included now former WWE World Champion CM Punk, NWA and TNA Champion A.J. Styles, and others.

So, after setting up our display table with over $40,000 in real gold and chrome plated wrestling title belts (guess who was the security?) Bill Apter came over to visit with Ed, Reggie and Dave. Bill had his prized C.O.W. title belt with him. The title was the Corporate Office Wrestling Heavyweight Championship. The COW title started off as a joke during Bill’s days as a wrestling magazine editor. He had a paper/cardboard belt that he had in his office. It became a running joke that when wrestlers came by the office for photo shoots, etc. they could challenge Bill for his title. The thing was, as the promoter and booker for the C.O.W., Bill always won. Over the years, Bill “defeated” by pinfall or submission folks like Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan to retain the C.O.W. title.

I couldn’t resist it. Since I had an NWA title (a gift to me from Ed, Reggie and Dave) and had managed some NWA champions, I challenged Bill for the C.O.W. title that night in Tampa in the ring of the first WrestleReunion. Since there were no matches that night, our match was the “Main Event”. Despite my best efforts, Bill hit me with an elbow and caught me in the dreaded “Apter-Lock”, Bill’s version Ric Flair’s Figure Four Leglock. I submitted to the “excruciating pain” inflicted on my already damaged leg and had to submit. The photo shows Bill Apter, having added the name of Redneck TaZ to the long list of challengers that he had beaten, posing above me with his precious title.

It was worth it to me to have many of the wrestlers, who were setting up their autograph and souvenier tables that evening, to complement my efforts in “fighting” Bill’s figure four.

When I get a chance, I’ll have to post another story from that show. It will be titled “Will Steamboat kick Chavo Sr.’s Butt?”.

Hello and welcome!

Well, here goes nothing…

I suppose that I got so tired of writing about different things that interest me or to make others think or laugh (or laugh while thinking) that I finally decided to start my own blog.  I like to think of it as very similar to screaming out of a rolled-down vehicle window while going down the road at 65 MPH. Chances are pretty good that no body will hear you and will just think you’re crazy.

Anyway, here’s what anyone that cares can expect to find in my posts:

1) An attempt at humor;

2) Comments on sports, professional wrestling and other entertainment;

3) Lots of bad spelling;

4) Comments on political topics and social issues;

5) Comments on Christian issues.

So, if anyone’s interested, I invite folks to stay tuned. If not then I’ll just repost it to Facebook!