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  • steverawls 1:31 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Popeye Moments and Africa 

    I was planning leadership yesterday which inevitably led me to You Tube to search for Popeye the Sailor man clips. I am doing a leadership where I’m talking about “Popeye Moments” (amongst some other things). A Popeye moment is when someone finally reaches their breaking point. Popeye had a famous expression where right before he ate his spinach he would say “I had all I can stands and I can’t stands it anymore.” Then he’d turn into a crazy man or at least turn his hand into hammer and just go to town on his opponent (usually Bluto).

    I’ve been thinking about what my popeye moment is in life. When will I just break and say I have all I can stands and I can’t stands it anymore. I’m thinking about this in a positive way. I’ve been running a mediocre club since I’ve been here in Lexington. There have been some neat stories that come out of it but on the whole it’s just been OK at best. Last night we had a team meeting where we, maybe for the first time, discussed drastically changing some things. I had all I can stands and I can’t stands it anymore. I’m excited about these moments.

    What are popeye moments for you? What would it take for you to get to the point where you’re fed up with sin and filth and “just can’t stands it anymore?”

    Also, here is an incredible video set to Africa by Toto.

    • Vengeful Pat 3:55 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video absolutely crushed me. If you manage to catch some of the faster ones (like the picture of the gay couple when the singer says “out”, it makes it even better).

      In response to Rawls’ question, I have definitely had a moment like that. It came in my last year of grad school when I spent so much time worrying about whether I was ever going to be able to get my GPA high enough to pass and get started with my post-college life. I fell to the floor and just lost it. I was crying out to God because I thought I was ruining my own life, and He answered me back with this calming feeling and let me know that I didn’t have to worry about anything and that it was completely useless to worry about things that were largely outside of my own control. I can’t say that I never worry anymore, but I can say that it’s drastically less than I used to worry before that day.

  • steverawls 3:31 pm on December 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    T and I tried to get Mogadore out to pee this morning. There is seriously 2 feet of snow outside my house right now. Here are some of the pictures:

  • steverawls 4:59 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Marty the Elf…whats your favorite color? 

    One time I convinced Marty that we should make a Willard house calender. He thought it was a great idea. We decided that because of his birthday (December) he should be “Mr. December.” Sadly, we never got to any other pictures. Hapily, we got lots of pictures of Marty in an elf costume sized for Colt (much smaller than marty). Here are the pictures:


    • Marty 6:08 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe I did this. Oh wait yes I can these pictures are awesome. If only I could have had them say a week ago before Meredith decided on our Christmas Card.

      I hope none of the Seminaries I am applying to find these. They just scream “Deny Admission”

      • Scott 4:00 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Rawls. You are the man. These pictures are all theologically sound, Marty. You have nothing to fear.

  • steverawls 6:09 pm on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns and Napkin Hats 

    This past week, blog contributor Dave Harris and yet-to-figure-out-how-to-write-on-the-blog Dave Blanco and I took a trip to Suffolk to see Matt Rittler get married. Amongst other things, we did the Cupid Shuffle with Cols Colas, I stomped on a toddler’s barefoot during said cupid shuffle and turned around to see her (thats right. A baby girl) screaming in pain, we played golf with Big Frank – my dad (quite the experience), and did one of my favorite things – skeet shoot.

    Something I love, that I sometimes forget that I love, is shooting guns. You might say I have the gun fever. I say that I forget that I love it because I rarely get the chance to shoot guns. On a recent trip home I picked up a couple of old family shotguns and brought them back to the house. I look forward to shooting them.

    On Saturday morning we went out to the field to shoot. It was lots of fun. I’m usually not a good shot and have at points resorted to wearing an eye patch when I shoot (true story) to help my eyes focus. But I was knocking down skeet left and right.

    At one point while shooting, I turned around to see the other three (contributor harris, ytfohtwonb Blanco, and brother Matt) shirtless. I expected this from ytfohtwonb Blanco. He has a tendency to take his shirt off when he’s excited (so much so that his girlfriend has to talk to him in the specific times she doesn’t want him to take his shirt off – which is most of the time). Here are some of the pictures that came from the experience:

    ytfohtwonb blanco

    ytfohtwonb blanco

    brother matt and blog contributor harris

    brother matt and blog contributor harris



    napkin hats

    napkin hats

    All in all it was a great trip. Hope these pictures give you a good idea.



    • Marty 6:20 pm on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I pretty much love everything about this post. Guns, Skeet Shooting, Shirtless men, and Napkin Hats. Steve you should get a pistol. Shoot guns at Skeet is Awesome more Awesome is shooting Guns at Animals that you are trying to kill and eat.

      • Scott 7:54 pm on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Marty, learn some spacebar capitalization control. Ritt, Jake, and other men who are confused about when to get married. Don’t do it on home hokie football games. Rawls, UVA sucks and it is an away game. You are excused.

        • steverawls 8:38 pm on September 21, 2009 Permalink

          sack. thanks for the excuse. That video is really funny. I just sent it to my dad. I’ll let you know his response.

        • Vengeful Pat 5:24 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink

          Do you know what wasn’t cool? Having the result of the game ruined by some lame-ass DJ. In this age of DVR prevalence, what idiot calls out the score of the game to a bunch of Hokie faithful? Surely the true fans were trying to wait until they could watch the whole game from start to finish.

          Do you know what was cool though? Cols Colas laughing at us when he heard that we didn’t want to know the score of the game. See… that dude gets it. Freaking DJ.

        • Hunter D 6:35 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink

          am i to infer that you guys have a man-crush on cols colas?
          also, funny pictures and video on this post.
          also, i plan to write a blog tomorrow about the beginning of Sabotage’s season (my adult basketball league team). we are 1-0 but play again this evening

  • steverawls 5:47 pm on August 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hokie Football 

    Just watched this video. Not gonna lie, it got me really excited.

    i. love. hokie. football.


    • Morrell 9:18 pm on August 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      AHHHHH!!! I am so jacked up right now! I will literally wrestle a bear to the ground and bit it’s ear off… not even kidding

    • j5willis 4:45 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This one is awesome also. Best 10 minutes of your LIFE!

  • steverawls 6:01 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    $5 prom 

    Just stumbled upon this picture. It’s one of my all time favorites.

    a young dave harris and a much younger me

    a young dave harris and a much younger me

    • iplawrence 3:59 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Steve, you look huge in this picture, not in height, but in shoulder breadth. Just for the record, I wouldn’t mess with you. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have a problem messing with the Dave in this picture, I think I could take him.

      • Hunter D 10:29 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ian, do you not notice Dave’s chinstrap he has going on? How could you mess with a man with a chinstrap?

  • steverawls 4:40 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    New York City 

    This past weekend I traveled with the Brothers Rawls to New York City to watch Baseball. Older brother Matt had just taken the bar exam to try and become a lawyer and younger brother Mikey was in need of a vacation. I wanted to write up some of the highlights and drop some pictures on here. After all, it’s a blog and thats what you do on a blog. Write information about your life that you think people care about but no one actually cares about.

    Let me start with a picture of the Brothers Rawls:

    Me, Mikey and Matt - We love the Yankees

    Me, Mikey and Matt – We love the Yankees

    This is a picture of us in the brand-new-stupid-expensive-but-really-awesome stadium. It cost like a billion dollars or something. Thats not an exageration. They spent 1.6 billion dollars on a place for baseball games to be played. I won’t lie – it was pretty sweet. Complete with lots of vendors, $10 beers, giant screens, and radio’s in the bathroom so you never missed a play – Yankee stadium is awesome.

    I thought a part of me might die with the old stadium being torn down, but when I walked into the new stadium, I realized there was room for 2 incredibly awesome stadiums in my heart

    We watched 3 baseball games. All against the red sox. The Yankees won all three of them which made the trip even more exciting. We went to the game on friday night and saw maybe the best baseball game I’ll ever see live. Ever.

    That game went into extra innings. And when I say extra innings, I mean 15 of them. 15 full innings. To make matters more exciting, the score was 0-0 going into the 15th. 29 times a team went up to bat in an inning only to score no runs. It was nuts.

    Finally at about 1:00 am (the game started at 7:05) A-Rod hit a 2 run home run right at us. We were sitting in the bleachers and the home run came right at us. We grabbed each other and started jumping around like a group of girls when one of them gets engaged. I’m pretty sure our emotions were just about the same as that. It was incredible. Probably one of the top 5 sports memories of my life (right after scoring a game winning run in a team poop play off game).

    Other than baseball, the trip consisted of eating a lot of bad (for you) food, drinking lots of great drinks and getting the chance to enjoy time together as brothers.

    Tomorrow I leave for Rockbridge (a Young Life camp) with a group of 10 middle school boys. I’ve met 3 of the 10 so this could turn out to be a pretty interesting trip. But overall we have 29 kids and 4 leaders going. It’s a very exciting trip for us as it gives us over 50 people from the area that went to camp this past summer. We’re celebrating together what the Lord has done.

    I’m sure that when I come back I’ll have plenty of stories of trying to get middle school boys to sleep, conversations, and great pictures of how the Lord can move even in the lives of middle schoolers.

    Much love,


    P.S. I just checked and this blog has 879 hits. Thats crazy. We’re just as popular as we were in college.

  • steverawls 12:30 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Invisible Fence 

    I just moved into a new house. It’s pretty awesome. It sits on 101 Rebel Ridge Road in Lexington. My fiance, Theresa, has a Great Dane named Mogadore. Mogadore is a 100 pound puppy. Here is a picture of Moggy.



    A week ago we had an Invisible Fence installed in the back yard. Since then we have been training Mogadore on how to walk around the yard and not get shocked by the invisible fence. It’s been working pretty well. We have her on a giant lead for the time being, just in case something spooks her.

    The other day Mogadore went out the door a little too fast. Every dog, apparently, responds to the invisible fence shock differently. Mogadore jumped, literally, about 4 feet straight up in the air. I didn’t see it, but apparently it was pretty awesome.

    Today Mogadore is staying at the house with me while Theresa is at work. I’ll let you know if she gets shocked again.

    In other news, I’m leaving for a 4 day trip to NYC tomorrow to watch 3 Yankees/Red Sox baseball games with my brothers. I’m pretty excited about it.

    I’ll post some pictures when I get back.

  • steverawls 12:14 am on July 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    childrens pictures 

    hannah asked for rediculous pictures of us as kids.

    this is me looking real tough at about 4 months.

    real tough men wear dresses.

    real tough men wear dresses.

    This was for my baptism. I think my mom must have really wanted a girl.

  • steverawls 12:09 am on July 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Cape San Blas Pics 

    to get drunk

    kreiger's sunburn

    kreiger's sunburn

    i just gave this to theresa yesterday to tape onto her computer

    i just gave this to theresa yesterday to tape onto her computer

    the one on the left wanted the one in the middle to take the one of the right home

    the one on the left wanted the one in the middle to take the one of the right home

    Spring Break_0029

    best two weeks of my life. I’m pretty sure I’m not exagerating. I’ll keep pictures coming.

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