Top Ten List for the 2012 Denver Auto Show

2012 Mercedes G550 SUV

Was able to get out to the Denver Auto Show last Thursday and really enjoyed it as usual. We always go with some pretty good friends and end up having quite a good time. This year was not different and from Smart Cars to G Boxes we were able to see them all. Here is a quick top ten list or awards for this years show.

Top Ten List for the 2012 Denver Auto Show

“Outside/Inside Award” goes to the 2013 Toyota FJ.

This truck always looks great from the outside to me but year after year every time I sit in it I can not bring myself to like it. The front window is just too small and your view is all hood. The  blind spots seem like they would be plentiful and the practicality for someone like myself is next to none.

“Space Ship Award” goes to the Smart Car

The Smart Car had an excessive amount of room for how small it was. I have to say I was surprised and if I had the $17,000 or so dollars these bad boys cost I would definitely still not get one.

2012 Smart Car

“Giddy Up Award” goes to both the 2013 Jeep SRT8 and the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Although both of these cars are quite different although the horsepower in which they carry is quite excessive and borderline dangerous. The 2012 Jeep 2012 SR8 touts an impressive 470hp while the Zr1 has a supercharged V8 landing it around 638hp… excessive. I like it.

2012 Jeep SR8

2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

“Best Paint Job” goes to the Lamborghini Aventor

Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador

“Better Than the Last Award” goes to the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Unlike VW’s last effort the 2012 Beetle is a closer in look and feel to the original and seems to be aimed at both men and women this time around. The TDI was very sleek and I have to say that I enjoyed in black. The interior was quite roomy and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised at the whole package although for the same amount of money you could and I would probably find something a little different.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

“Emmy Likey Award” goes to the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

With 160hp this little lady can get up and go. The styling is great and the size is perfect for a nice get around town type of car. The price is a little steep for what you get, but what you get seems to be a box of fun. So why the heck not.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

 “Lady In Black Award” goes to the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG

Gull wing doors? Yes please. This 6.3 litre beast is phenomenal to look at and it sounds amazing. I was lucky enough to stand on a street corner when one pulled up to a red light the last time I was in Vegas. I am not sure I am a huge fan of this girl in the black and I think I prefer it in some type of red but I can’t help myself from stopping and giving it over a nice long look. This thing is sexy mean!

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG

“Best Seat of the Night” goes to he 2013 Mercedes E63 AMG

Amongst other mentions I would give this car it was hands down the best car I sat in outside of my car of the night. At least that was unlocked and we were allowed to sit in. I was not much of a Mercedes fan until I sat in this sucker. Now…. I want one.

2012 Mercedes E63 AMG

“Personal Dream Car Award” goes to the 2013 BMW M5

Damn this thing  looks good. Not sure about the blue but it still looks super great. I have always wanted a BMW M Series so seeing this thing sitting out there just got my juices flowing. I was unable to sit in it but would have loved to see the  interior to see if everything on the inside matches the greatness of the outside. Mmmmm!

2012 BMW M5

“Car of the Show” goes to the 2013 Mercedes G550 SUV (a.k.a The G-Box)

Hands down the coolest car I sat in was the new G-Box! It was one of the sexiest cars that I have ever sat in. Being a spacious SUV owner myself I again saw the advantage of a roomy interior that would easily accomodate a family while giving you the utility of an SUV. Anyway, this was certainly my favorite car at the show! Enjoy the photos…

2012 Mercedes G550 SUV

2012 Mercedes G550 SUV

2012 Mercedes G550 SUV

A Good Breakfast. Starting Fresh.

2 Corinthians 4:18

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to grab a breakfast with my CTO from work before he had to leave to go back to Canada to be with his family. He works remote from there at the present and so our time together is limited. He happens to be a spiritual giant as well and quickly becoming one of my personal heroes. He has affected not only myself but so many people at my work in a positive spiritual way. Just awesome to watch. Was talking with him about why he approaches God and Christianity like he does and just got a whole lot of amazing information. Can’t really cover it all here but did want to take a second and highlight a thing or two.

One of the biggest things that stood out to me was his approach to the Word and why. Reading the Bible has been both a joyous and fruitful thing to me throughout my life but at the same time has also been the source of major frustrations for me as well. It has been a very daunting thing to be for a lot of years as well. There is no way I could know it all, understand it all and there are so many things that tie together I am fearful a lot of the time that I will miss something or just not get it. Not to mention my amazing skill of being unable to retain almost anything when I read it. Quite frustrating to be honest. Anyway, he had some good things to say about the discipline of reading the Word but also had some great things to say about how to take it all in. Some encouragement and also some confirmation that I will not be able to get it all was also found… again. I have heard it my entire life but the frustrations and lies seem to creep in here and there.

He had some great things to say about why he believes the things he does and how he got there. Approaching it afresh and really trying to understand what and how the Bible was originally written to and how history has affected traditions and church history and what we perceive as Christianity today.

I was somewhat on this path a little already but the breakfast certainly helped me renew my interest and passion to approach the Word from a new angle as well as read it because I want to know God better and not be a super Christian or at least have the people around me think I was a super Christian. I am tired of trying to have it all figured out, trying to chase the “right” theology, etc. I just want to read the Bible knowing that God has something to tell me and is asking for my obedience to whatever that is. That is when the hard part starts I guess and the life long challenge of trying to serve him. That is where I want to go though. Glad that the Lord is beginning to remind me of it all again. Next steps will be actually taking action. Reading those pages. Doing what they say.

Some Thoughts About Being a Dad and Watching Sports

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So this is probably a bit of a random tangent but was dealing with it a bit today and thought I would just pass along some thoughts. Had the opportunity to bless my lady with some extra sleep this morning and so I was up with the boys at about our normal weekend time. These guys actually sleep pretty well so we are talking about 8:45am or so. Not bad for a 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 year old. We pretty much shot the breeze, made some pancakes and then just kicked it. However, mid morning came a long and we had yet to turn on the TV although I knew that one of my faves was about to start. Lame or not the Nascar race was about to kick off. I decided to turn it on and flipped between that and what I think was a replay of the highlights of the 12 hours of Sebring. My oldest was cool with watching some Netflix and I played with the youngest while we watched the cars go round and round. You have to understand these races are somewhere in the 3-4 hour range and can be a commitment. Most of the time I try and catch the last 50 laps and try not to get involved as they are a huge time suck and the same can be achieved by watching a recap or the last few laps. I was struggling with it this morning though a bit cause after my wife had woken up I my son repeatedly asked me to come play with him in the backyard while the youngest took a nap. I was kind of in and out throughout the race and ended up getting to watch quite a bit of it and the last 50 laps or so. The point of why I write was because I was surprised yet again how hard it can be sometimes to peel myself away from the things that I want to do to take the opportunity to pour into and change my sons life. Him knowing I love him is way more important than any race or game that I can watch but it still seems to be a battle. Today was a good reminder that I need to always pick my sons, my wife and my family over burning hours over something I 1) have no control over and 2) I can catch highlights of later on and get the same effect. Of course I would like to see how it all unfolded but the bottom line is I can follow it and probably do something far more important with my time at the same time. Not trying to impress my convictions on any one else, but just thought it was good food for thought and something that I need to keep working at and improving on. My family is so worth it.