Monday Rundown: Live from Michigan

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––#RoadTrip12 Update:

2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip

What’s up, everybody. Today is Day 13 of the 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip and we’re writing live from Michigan!

We’ve been through eleven states to this point and made stops in the following cities: Orlando, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Tifton, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Tupelo, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Elizabethtown, Kentucky (don’t ask); Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; East Lansing, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan.

Alex has flown home for an awesome concert that he’s running with For King & Country, so it’s just me in Michigan at the moment. Tomorrow afternoon, I will leave for Pittsburgh, followed by Washington DC and New York. Alex will rejoin in Boston and we’ll be on to conquer the East Coast states.

As always, stay tuned. We’ll have tons of updates on the website, in addition to our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

#RoadTrip12

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Sometimes, you see Olympic glory. Other times, you see this:

You can see the full video here.

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––The Romney/Ryan Ticket

I just want to go on the record by saying that I love the Paul Ryan pick for Vice Presidential nominee. As an email from Obama’s team wrote, “The Republican base is energized.”

I concur… and so does the rest of America, it seems. A Romney/Ryan event yesterday featured an overflow crowd of more than 15,000. Meanwhile, Joe Biden campaigned in North Carolina in front of a crowd of 660. Ryan then campaigned in North Carolina as well, drawing crowds of 10,000+ and 4,700 in High Point and Mooresville.

We’ve got ourselves a ballgame.

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––Mo Farah Runs From Things

Did you love the McKayla Maroney memes? Check out the Mo Farah Running Away From Things Tumblr page. The above image is my personal favorite, but I also like the Temple Run image.

Enjoy!

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––We Leave You With This:

Photographer Lakshal Perera took this photo in one 71-second exposure.

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Let Us Pray For You

Let us pray for you.

The Quarterlife Ultimate #RoadTrip12 continues and we’re in Detroit this weekend. Is this weekend awesome because it is being spent in the mitten? Yes, of course… but there’s something bigger.

Woodside Detroit, a church located in Midtown Detroit, is doing something called Forty. Here’s the info:

[box_light]Forty is an intense season in the life of Woodside Detroit from July 8 – August 17. We will pray 24/7 in a Prayer Room in Detroit, read the Bible cover to cover, and love our community through numerous service projects.

The Forty Prayer Room will be reserved in one hour increments, handled completely online. This is an unbroken chain, so do not sign up for hours that are buffeted by tight deadlines or work obligations. Leave plenty of time on either side of your reservations to cover for someone who gets stuck in traffic, oversleeps, or simply forgets. During your time in the Prayer Room, you will have opportunity to spend time in worship through intercessory prayer, Bible reading, music, and journaling. You will be responsible to read one chapter of the Bible per hour in the Prayer Room aloud, and check off the box that you completed it. This way, we will read the entire Bible aloud in the room, and have notes and highlights in the margins that our community wrote.[/box_light]

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We were in the prayer room last night from 12:00-3:00am and it was pretty ridiculous. God is moving in this warehouse-style building just north of the Dequindre Cut–––he’s here. We’ll be in the prayer room again before all is said and done, so please:

Let us pray for you.

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It can be anything. Big. Small. Giant. Miscellaneous. Life-changing. Spiritual. Worldly. Health-related. Job-related.

Whatever.

Send your prayer requests to us on FacebookTwittervia email, or in the comments. Let us be your prayer warriors.

Coffee Shop Talk: Travel Spots, Testimonies, and How We Love

[box_light]Ed. note: This is B. She’s our weekly Q&A writer and will be answering questions from a female perspective (naturally). You can find her subsection under “Faith.” Do you have a question or comment? Send it to us on FacebookTwittervia email, or in the comments, and we’ll do our best to have her answer it in future weeks.[/box_light]

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The Quarterlife Ultimate #RoadTrip12 is happening right now. Name one place in the United States you’d like to be TODAY.

If I could be anywhere today, I’d love to be on a beach in Florida or roaming the streets of Chicago. Both, I would have to say are like second homes to me. If I were to choose somewhere that I have never been, then my choice would probably be Nashville. My cousin goes to school there and says I would absolutely adore downtown Nashville–––my fear is that I would never leave!

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What’s the most powerful piece of your testimony?

I don’t know if I could pinpoint the most powerful piece of my testimony because honestly, my testimony really has nothing to do with me. If I had to say something, the most powerful piece of my testimony isn’t what… but who. God & His grace. The only reason I am here and not completely falling apart in this world is because of Him. Every detail of my story was woven and stitched together by God–––ultimate highs and the extreme lows–––all now used specifically by Him and for Him.

“By the blood of The Lamb and the words of our testimony, we will overcome.” [Desperation Band]

God knows the power that our stories hold. But only by the blood of Christ. Without the cross, our stories are just that–––stories. But when they are drenched in the grace and mercy of Jesus there is power. The most power.

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How do we love people better as a Christian community?

As a Christian community I think we all need to get on the same page.

So often you’ll hear, “I just don’t feel called to that.” And that’s often times referencing things like serving food to the homeless, volunteering at a fundraiser, donating money or items to those in need; the list goes on and on. Whatever the case may be, we are limiting how God wants us to love people. We put restrictions on who is worthy of our love and if we feel “called” to love them.

God tells us that the greatest commands are to love Him & love His people (personal paraphrase from Luke 10:27). Whether we would like to admit it our not–––reality check–––we are called to such things. Are they our big dreams & passions? Maybe, maybe not… and that’s okay, really.

We love and are the hands and feet of Jesus because He has commanded us to be His hands and feet. The Christian community is sorely lacking in this truth. We are so inwardly focused on having the best dramas, lights, music, or sermon series, that we forget about the sick and dying world–––and they’re right outside our doors. [I’m talking to myself as well in all of this.] The community as a whole needs a nice jolt to the heart. It’s time we allowed God to rub the paddles together and yell out “CLEAR!” and shock us back into what life is supposed to be: true living that is centered around Kingdom loving.

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until our next chat,

B.

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Five Things I Love About Texas

After spending two full days in the Lone Star State, I love with everything Texas has to offer. Here are five reasons why, in countdown order:

5. Texas exits.

If you’ve been on a Texas highway, you’re familiar with the Texas exit. This is when a driver decides to make their own freeway exit, cutting through the grass and onto the frontage road. This devil-may-care driver’s attitude is refreshing and it just screams Texas: I’m a man (or lady). I have a giant cowboy hat and an F-250. I don’t use off ramps, I make my own. They’re everywhere. Some iterations are now full dirt paths, while others barely show the semblance of a single car’s passing. Each set of tracks relays a uniqueness that is found in Texas and Texas alone. The independence matters.

4. The people.

I met some great people in the state of Texas. They are some of the most warm, inviting, hospitable people I’ve ever met; it was very refreshing. In general, people from Texas seem to have a generally rosier disposition. Maybe it’s the I-have-a-big-state syndrome and they’re more confident. Who knows. What I know is this: it makes a difference. If I am cheery and nice to you, chances are, you’ll be cheery and nice to somebody else. Call it compounding happiness. (And I love it.)

3. The San Antonio Riverwalk

America’s best kept secret? Definitely. The San Antonio Riverwalk is a downtown cut of the San Antonio River, completely walkable and sandwiched in between hotels, attractions, and restaurants. It’s Venice meets Texas in every sense of the word. I can’t imagine a scenario in which I do not surprise my future wife with a trip to the Riverwalk. Baby, if you’re reading this, don’t act like you won’t be surprised. You might know it’s happening… but good luck getting excited every weekend in hopes of taking a trip to Texas! Hah.

2. Everything’s bigger in Texas.

The nachos. The freeways. The cattle. Although I did not see one giant foam cowboy hat (seriously–––what gives?), everything’s bigger and it’s humorously better. In Texas, I’ve seen some of the biggest freeway interchanges in my life. You can practically see Cowboys Stadium from space. The food is bigger and portions heftier. All in all, you can very easily become accustomed to the sense of grandeur accompanying the state. If Texas were to secede (which could be a real possibility after November 6th), it would be the 15th largest economy in the world. See what I mean?

1. Everything is more authentic, too.

This is the striking contrast that I have found in just about every city in comparison to Palm Beach–––everything is more real. It’s not fake history, it’s actual history (and that matters). In fact, it’s the best part of Texas. On the whole, Texans know themselves well. Dallas is city; Fort Worth is country. San Antonio is all picante (I don’t really know what this means, but it fits) and Austin is a good college town. There’s no faking here. Texas says, ‘we are what we are, like us or not.’ And that’s why I love Texas so much. Sound Off: What’s your favorite thing about Texas? Let us know in the comments.

Photo: nan palmero

Monday Rundown: Live from Dallas

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––#RoadTrip12 Update:

2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip

Hey friends. We onto Day Six of the 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip and we’re writing live from Dallas, Texas!

Thus far, we’ve traveled through seven states and made stops in the following cities: Orlando, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Tifton, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Tupelo, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas.

After spending today in Dallas, we’ll begin the northward trek of the Ultimate #RoadTrip12, passing back through Little Rock and Memphis en route to Nashville. After a night in Nashville, we’ll head north to Chicago before ending the week in Detroit. It is shaping up to be a great week upcoming!

As always, stay tuned. We’ll have tons of updates on the website, in addition to our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

#RoadTrip12

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Taken… with a real dad.

How amazing is that? I didn’t think Liam Neeson could be one-upped, but he did.

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––Creepy Leadoff Video:

I don’t know what I feel right now.

I don’t. I just…

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––Samsung Wants Your Old Smartphone

…and they’re willing to pay you up to $300 for it.

Samsung released the program on their Facebook Page on Monday and also on samsungupgrade.com, and they’re promising a refund within 30 days for anyone who buys a new Samsung smartphone and mails in their old one. There’s one catch though–––the rebate is contingent on the type of phone you’ve got. For example, if you have the biggest iPhone 4S (64GB) you can expect the full $300. If you only have the 32GB iPhone 4S, though, you can only expect $230. The 16GB? Just $215.

Would you trade in your smartphone for a significant refund? The Samsung Galaxy S III is $199 with a new contract; that alone at least has me thinking.

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––We Leave You With This:

Daytona Cubs soundman Derek Dye was ejected from a game for playing ‘Three Blind Mice’ after a bad call:

He tweeted this:

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#RoadTrip12: Walking in Memphis

#RoadTrip12: Quick Update

Then I’m walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Alex and I arrived in the land of the Delta Blues yesterday, as Marc Cohn once sang. And P.S.–––I was positive that Bruce Springsteen wrote “Walking in Memphis.”

Who knew?

In fact… ask anybody who sings that song and nine times out of ten, they’ll answer “The Boss.” How misleading.

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Two things immediately stuck out about our time in Memphis. First, the smells are ridiculous… in a good way. Barbecue, barbecue, barbecue everywhere. And second, it is hotter than a mug in that city. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun/interesting/the sunset over the Mississippi was great, but I’m not sure I ever want to go back.

Is that wrong?

On top of that, we found late yesterday that Alex’s wallet was lost/stolen. We made the discovery sometime after dinner and it was crazytown from that point out. We didn’t find it (and all of his cards are cancelled, you crazies).

Needless to say, our Memphis leg was not the best portion of the trip yet, but God is still 100% in charge and we can rest in that.

#RoadTrip12: Moving on from Atlanta

The Atlanta leg of our trip is over and I have great news.

I have found one of the best burgers in the entire country. I know that’s a big statement, but a serious burger calls for serious praise. On Thursday, Alex and I (and two other friends) ventured over to The Vortex in Little 5 Points for some good food and fellowship.

The atmosphere was interesting to say the least, but it matched the character of the neighborhood (very raw and artsy, but eclectic). We were presented with a lengthy menu of burgers and other dive bar staples, but it was the special that caught my eye–––a burger with pepper jack cheese, deep-fried jalapeños, guacamole, and a spicy mayo (in addition to the usual tomato, lettuce, etc.).

Typically, I’m not one to venture out when it comes to a hamburger (why mess with a good thing?), but I have a singular response:

Wow.

It’s tough to put into words, but this burger was everything I had hoped it would be and more: a juicy burger with a kick that was just right. If you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat, head over to The Vortex (they have a location in Midtown besides Little 5 Points).

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Overall, our 2+ days in ATL were great. Besides the fact that Atlanta is just a fun city by itself, we had a great time venturing to places old and new.

On Thursday morning, we made our way to the popular Octane Coffee in Midtown West. Alex had a chai latte and I had a tea that couldn’t pronounce, all while we rubbed elbows with the hippest of hipsters. Following that, we headed over to the World of Coca-Cola and met up with some West Palm Beach friends that happened to be in town as well.

It’s possible that I found it more entertaining because I’ve never been, but I thought the World of Coke was great. It might’ve also been my caffeinated buzz from the Coca-Cola tasting room, but I can’t tell. Here’s what I do know, though: Coca-Cola tastes better when they tell you that you’re the secret ingredient… and when they give you glass-bottled Cokes at the end.

On Friday, we continued our galavanting in the Buckhead area, visiting the Lenox Square Mall, a three-story Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the beautiful traffic on 400 North.

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Alex and I are currently en route to Memphis via Birmingham and Tupelo, Mississippi. We’ll be there by early afternoon… and you know you can expect a “Walking in Memphis” post soon.

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A Change of Pace, Place, and Perspective

The 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip is officially underway.

Alex and I are currently on the MegaBus–––a double decker, low-cost express bus service–––riding around the country. The company travels to most major American cities east of Texas and we are hitching a ride. In total, it will be 24 states in 23 days.

Crazy, huh?

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While interning at a church in college, our youth pastor once said this: “Change of pace, plus change of place, equals change in perspective.”

I agree one million percent.

There is power in culture shock.

I grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan, but my formative years are not like what you’d think. In my area, there were more Starbucks than black people. Case in point: I went to school with two dark-looking Indian girls and the popular black kid in the grade above me was gay––––so he acted like all of us anyway. Upon graduating high school, none of us were experts in anything other than what we knew–––our white selves.

In 2006, I moved down to Palm Beach for college, but things didn’t really improve. Sure, South Florida turned out to be the veritable mixing pot I pictured in my head, but I stayed with what was familiar. Instead of venturing out, I clung to the innards of my predominantly white, private Christian school and associated with the excessive wealth instead of the extravagant poverty.

Sometimes, you need to change of pace.

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If we, the Quarterlife Generation, want to change this culture, we need to see it first.

If we really want to be in tune with what 18-29 year old men and women need, we need to get out there and see them for ourselves.

I don’t know about you, but as a nimble twenty-something, I feel like I am wasting my gift of mobility by sitting in a Starbucks all day creating a magazine. There is so much of the world to see, and nothing but time to do it.

I am fairly blessed. I own a fledging corporation/ministry/magazine; I can travel on a moment’s notice; I’m single. The circumstances are never greater for a trip like this. We are truly free (well… except Alex, who is not single–––sorry ladies).

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So this is the trip.

Meeting people. Praying over people. Loving others. Seeing the country.

It’s time for a change in perspective, twenty-somethings. Are you ready?

[box_help]Sound Off: Tell us your thoughts about the Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip and tell us if we’re coming to your town! Go here for more information.[/box_help]

Monday Rundown: Gets Ready to Road Trip

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

And when I say awesome I mean dangerously awesome.

How their boat did not capsize, I have no idea.

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––The 2012 Quarterlife Road Trip

2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip

The 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip begins in two days!

24 states, 23 days. We will be traveling the United States via the Megabus, going as far west as Texas and hitting every city in between. The journey begins on Wednesday as we head from Palm Beach to Orlando, and then on to Atlanta. We will be in Atlanta until early Saturday morning, when we head west to Memphis, eventually landing in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio later in the weekend.

Stay tuned. We’ll have tons of updates on the website, in addition to our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

#RoadTrip12

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––The Most Awkward Olympic Parents Ever

That’s American gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents, Lynn and Rick, watching her on the uneven bars.

Equal parts awkward and hilarious. Hopefully, we’ll see their awkwardness again in the finals.

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––Why is Taco Bell So Brilliant?


Via: 
laughingsquid.com

That’s amazing. So is this.

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––We Leave You With This:

Hashtag ‘MERRRICA.

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