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Twenty Dumb Things

andyallen —  October 22, 2011 — 4 Comments

So here are some unnecessary factoids about me.
Part confessional…part random…mostly ridiculous.
I’m sure you have better things to do…but if not…here you go.

  1. Letterman….not Leno!
  2. I love Egg Nog! Passionately. Grew up loving Egg Nog. I also grew up in a home where my parents never had alcohol around…so my first attempt at “spiking the nog” was at my friend Eryc’s house when I was a senior in high school…not knowing any better…I mixed my beverage 50/50 Rum and Egg Nog…about died it was so nasty!!!
  3. I once bought 10 Winnie the Pooh ceiling fan’s on clearance at Target for $10 each…and sold them on ebay for an average of $120 per fan.
  4. I’ve been a fan of the Seattle Seahawks since they entered the NFL in 1976.
  5. When Michael Jackson’s song ‘Beat It’ was number 1 on radio, my mom emphatically lectured me on how he would simply be a one hit wonder and never be successful in the music industry.
  6. I Had Pleurisy for 2 weeks in 1996…incredibly painful.
  7. As a teenager I had two band posters on my wall….Petra and Stryper! I later had the opportunity to work on solo recording projects with both Greg X. Volz and Michael Sweet (lead singers for Petra and Stryper.)
  8. Memorized all of the books of The Bible in song form at the age of 5.
  9. I was an audience member for one episode of the PTL Club….Jim & Tami Baker’s show! Now that I think about it, I was also a member of the studio audience for one episode of the Phil Donahue show as well….oh, so much to be proud of!
  10. I didn’t like coffee until I was 30 years old.
  11. I occasionally get a small royalty check from BMI for one of my songs that plays on the radio in South Africa.
  12. I have landed on a few basic Life Precepts that pretty much get me through any situation: a.) A hammer fixes anything, b.) Duct tape fixes everything else, c.) Never eat restaurant tomatoes, d.) Always expect incompetence.
  13. I was paid $750 to do a dinner show for 17 uninterested people (bussed in from a local trailer park) in an Italian catering facility with a Casio mini-keyboard (no sustain pedal) in Dayton, New Jersey.
  14. My favorite beer is Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat.
  15. I was a licensed minister with a church in Australia for several years…even though I’ve never been there.
  16. I make Chocolate Chip Waffles for my kids every Saturday morning!
  17. I saw Phantom Of The Opera in Los Angeles….but during this run, The Phantom was played by Robert Gillome (star of TV’s Benson)….and the whole time I kept waiting for him to yell out “Krause!!!”
  18. I have a great fear of the church-potluck-mystery-meatloaf.
  19. I have a scar on my forehead from being hit by a rock thrown by a pastor’s kid in the parking lot at church when I was 6 years old….in fact….now that I think about it….I have several scars from injuries in the parking lot at church….the one on my knee is pretty gnarly.
  20. Ummm….I had a mullet.

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I’m a big fan of cool graphic t-shirts.

I’m almost never a fan of ‘Christian’ graphic t-shirts. There, I said it.

I’ve been to the Christian conferences, trade shows and music festivals where you see display on top of display of cheesy religious graphic t-shirts. You know the one’s I’m talking about.

So I was very excited to find these shirts designed by MendMark. I ran across their website and not only was I loving their meaningful designs and products, I was really impressed by their mission.

MendMark makes several very cool products (t-shirts, wrist bands, decals) and gives a portion of the proceeds to Living Water International. LWI works to demonstrate God’s love by helping get clean drinking water to some of the over 1 Billion people in the world who need it.

I’ve had the opportunity to get connected with the team at MendMark and it’s been very cool to get to know them and hear the heart behind their work. They’re not only working hard to creatively build their brand, but to keep the focus on giving back. These guys are the real deal.

My wife and I both got the Marked By Love shirt and MendMark Bracelet…and we love them.

Drop by the MendMark website and check them out.



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Standard Theme

andyallen —  May 19, 2011 — Leave a comment

***Standard Theme Is On Sale, 25% OFF, This Weekend…Sale Ends July 5th***

I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now.  It’s been kind of sporadic at times as I’ve worked at finding how blogging fits alongside of my work as a Worship Leader & World Vision Artist.  While the content and direction of my blog continues to evolve, I’ve enjoyed getting my feet wet in designing my own blog with some very helpful tools.

My blog is based on WordPress technology, one of the best blogging platforms available.  Within WordPress, the structure and form of my site is created using Standard Theme.  The longer I use Standard Theme, the more I become a fan.

I’m not a developer and code geek, so Standard Theme really helps out with the behind-the-scenes stuff required to create a blog and website.  I’m still working on customizing things as I learn how, but Standard Theme jump-starts the process and gets things up and running quickly.

A couple months after I purchased Standard Theme, the creator started a new blog called Tentblogger. has been an invaluable resource to help me set things up and make sure my blog is working as it should.  Designing and maintaining a website can be very expensive.  I’ve found that with Standard Theme and, although I’m a novice, I’ve been able to pretty much do everything myself.  When I’ve been stumped, I’ve been able to ask questions on and get helpful solutions.

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, seriously look at Standard Theme.  For $99 you get Free Technical Support and Version Updates for Life.  Plus, if you have more than one blog, once you buy it you can use it on all your sites.  It’s so very very cool!

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Spring Break!!!  When I was growing up it was Easter Vacation, but that’s a rant for another day and different blogger.  Last week was Spring Break for us and it was a long overdue vacation for my family.  We recharge at the ocean, so we headed West to North San Diego County.

I have to write and give props to the folks at Cardiff By The Sea Lodge, a vibey and fun Bed & Breakfast just a short walk from the beach.  Every room is unique and the staff was incredibly accommodating to my family.  All five of us stayed in the Paradise Room, a tropical theme with charming island decor.  The rain shower head was a hit with all of us.

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[3 of 4] I wrote a few posts several years ago before I started my blog…remember MySpace?  There are a few I felt were worth bringing over to the blog, so here you go.

[Originally posted December 31, 2007]
When I was growing up, I pretty much visualized my year around the traditional school calendar.  Since my Dad was a High School Teacher, this was how I saw it from the get-go. Summer was June, July & August.  Fall was September, October & November.  Winter (also known as Christmas) was December & a little bit of January.  Spring was February, March, April & May.  Yes, I know this doesn’t track exactly with the modern seasonal calendar, but it’s how I looked at things.

It’s intriguing to me how big “New Years” is to us.  As far as I can tell, the actual transition from night to day is pretty much the same on this day as most others.  I get it, that we have a calendar and time and this helps us keep track of things, or at least gives some sense of order to our world.  That makes some sense to me.  What’s intriguing to me though, is the value so many of us place on this one specific transition.

There are a lot of “New Months” during a year, so why don’t we celebrate on January 31st for “February’s Eve”?  And the whole Leap Year thing (which happens this year) should also be reason enough for a party…right?  So why the big deal about changing the year?  What is it about this that so many of us decide to use it as an opportunity to make declarations of significant life changes?  You know the list: loose weight, eat healthier, exercise, spend more time with the family, cut my hair, get organized, pay off the credit cards, read more, watch less TV, blah blah blah blah blah….and if you’re a good Christian: spend more time in “The Word”, have a daily quiet time, read through the bible in a year (or in 6 months if you’re an Uber-Christian), pray more, tithe, maybe even start a home group and lead a bible study….all that, the usual.

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