Just watched the pilot for ‘Mr. Mercedes’

I am always curious when it comes to film adaptations of books I have read.

This was one of my favorite books from Stephen King so I am curious how this mini-series would turn out. I liked when Hulu did 11/22/63

Overall, the first episode was really good. It captured everything I needed to know and it ended on a good cliffhanger. The story was told well where I was hooked enough even if I h ad never read the book.

I didn’t like the Scottish accent in the guy who plays Bill. It just doesn’t work with everyone in American accents.

It’s on the AT&T Network or something so finding streams of it is harder. I hope it’s not that hard when I watch the next episode.

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I was on the Price is Right!

Yesterday I finally did it! I attended The Price is Right!

OK, so there was a long wait and I didn’t impress the producer enough to get called on down, but it was so cool to finally be a part of the show I watched growing up. I nearly lost my voice cheering on hoping to get the camera’s attention.

I sat right behind Colleen who did get called on down. So I will see if the Camera got me when they air on November 1.

But the experience of going through the taping and wondering what would happen if I did get called was fun.

Maybe I’ll go again. I liked it!

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Deep thoughts on my Mexico mission trip

I want to share my blog in two parts. The first part is a straight copy and paste from my professional blog. The second part is me going much more in depth with it.

So here is the first part.

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From July 22-28, I joined my home church on a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. This was my first time on a mission trip and my first time in Mexico. I didn’t go into this trip with many expectations since I wanted to experience this without high or low hopes. It ended up being a trip with a lot of challenges, lots of changed plans on the fly but also rewarding to be able to serve the children of the city.

My perception of a mission trip (along what is most commonly understood) is that a church group will go into a different country and spread their Gospel message to those who don’t know it. This trip was slightly different. We were partnered up with a sister church in the city so the foundation of sharing the Bible was already established. But in a sense, the seed was already planted. We were just there to water.

The trip consisted of serving the children and orphans of this small little area in Ensenada. The ages ranged from four years to preteens. The plan was to offer the children a week of VBS, which is essentially a week of Christian-based activities such as skits, crafts and games. It was a very simple week but there were plenty of challenges that came along the way.

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Back at the Coliseum for my A’s and some root beer floats

On Tuesday I made it back to the Coliseum for the first time in over three seasons. And it was Root Beer Float Day! I hadn’t been to one since 2011 when Mark Ellis was traded.

But it was so fun to be back. Free parking. A great catch up with some friends and look! Dave Kaval and Ken Korach took photos with me!

Additionally, I just enjoyed hearing the sounds of the game, walking through the park, seeing the field I grew up loving. It was special. I missed all of it. I want to go back!

The Coliseum is old but it still has a fun feel to it. I love you, Oakland!

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Chester Bennington’s suicide brings back some Linkin Park memories

First and foremost, suicide is real and depression is real. I have had a friend die from this. I also know what the news has told us about suicide among celebrities too.

Sometimes there are signs. Sometimes there aren’t. It sucks. But it’s a continuing thing here.

Chester was a great voice and mind for this band I enjoyed immensely during my teenage years. I still have my Linkin Park CDs. But just wrapping my head around this news is sad. I didn’t know what he was going through. This is a shock.

I wish it didn’t happen. I hope people understand and seek help or help others as well. I don’t want suicides like this to continue for anyone.

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Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade was everything

Oh the memories from today!

It was 25 years ago or so I saw this parade for the first time and even though it’s a short return, I was so happy to have seen it again. I am so happy!

Everything was the same as I remember it! I am so happy!

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I’m going on a mission trip to Mexico and I would like your support

Hi!!! I may have talked to you recently or maybe I haven’t talked to you in a minute. I hope you’re all well!

From July 22-28, I will be going on a mission trip to Mexico with my church (Trinity Church of the Nazarene). On this mission trip I will join my church’s youth (teenagers) group to provide a week of Vacation Bible School (a Christian summer program) to the kids at an orphanage in Ensenada. Along with Azusa Pacific University and our sister church Iglesia Luz y Poder Ministerios Cristo Vive, we will facilitate arts & crafts, activities and games with the kids. Ultimately, our goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus through many different activities, songs of worship and through authentic relationships.

This is my first time on a mission trip and first time going to Mexico. And as a leader for our youth group on the trip, I know God wants me to not only lead the kids but also lead our youth in faith as well. I feel God wants to use my passion and talents here for the kids. I am excited to go and grow!

How can you support us? First and foremost, please pray for me, my team and the kids at the orphanage. Prayer is the most powerful thing we have and I believe that with prayer, we can be filled with the spirit of God to reach these kids with the Gospel.

Additionally, we are looking for financial support. The financial goal I need to raise for the trip is $100 and it is likely that I will easily reach that. However, any amount I receive over the $100 goal will go towards the mission budget. That extra money goes towards more supplies, more food, more resources and potentially many more things the Lord can bless us with.

Would you like to support us?

Thank you and God bless you! God is good!

Sam

**To make a financial donation:

You can write a check to TRINITY CHURCH (with SAMUEL LAM – MEXICO in the memo) and mail it to P.O Box. 4010, Montebello, CA 90640

or

Donate online here (make sure to select Mission-Youth2Mexico)

Hit me up if you have any questions! I have time to call, messenger, meet in person, etc if you want some more info.

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