Thoughts on the Meaning of Life… Todd Helmkamp

Archive for February, 2007

Our New Bed

Posted by Vogeler on February 28, 2007

We got our new bed set up last night.

We upgraded to a queen bed (one of us is a bedhog; I’ll let you think of who it is).

We got a nice wooden sleigh bed frame.

With a brand-new memory foam mattress.

My wife was livelier this morning than she has been in months.  She bounced right out of bed, no headache or anything.

My shoulders weren’t tight.

I highly recommend this type of bed.


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Nobody Touches GM

Posted by Vogeler on February 23, 2007

Total Number of Recalls To Date For Major Automotive Manufacturers:

Toyota: over 530,000

Ford: over 125,00

General Motors:  4,588!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nobody touches GM.  Quality, Reliability, Safety, and Price.

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Passing Through

Posted by Vogeler on February 23, 2007

Yesterday, while walking to  the parking garage after class, I had a moment of enlightenment.

Coming toward me was a man.  He had dark skin, cheerful eyes, and  snowy white hair and a well-trimmed beard.  He looked to be about 50 years old, maybe of Indian descent.  I had never seen him before.

As we passed each other, the wind picked up and swirled around us.  He looked at me, and with an expression of open, sincere joy and friendliness said, “Cold today!”  I couldn’t help but smile back at him.

I will probably never see this man again.  He didn’t know me; I didn’t know him.  But in that moment, we somehow connected.  I don’t know if he was a brother in Christ.  But he was my neighbor (Luke 10:25-37).

We shared something in those few seconds: we shared the experience of being human.  And that was enough.

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Dream a little dream..

Posted by Vogeler on February 17, 2007

I had a really strange dream last night.

I was in this building that was a combination apartment complex and doctor’s office.  I was getting ready to leave (for school, I think.  I had my satchel with all my books), when one of the women in the office said they had a message for me.  She whispered that there was a man looking for me and he was outside with a gun (a silenced Walther PPK, to be exact.  Those fans of Agent 007 out there will recognize this pistol).

Walther PPK Silenced


So I sneak out the back, and am playing cat-and-mouse with this gunman around a bunch of parked cars.  I finally get behind him and take his gun, when I realize there are a lot more people with guns hunting me.  They were male and female, and were dressed alike (I can’t remember exactly how) and all had the PPK.  I end up exchanging some shots with them for a while, ducking around parked cars and stuff.


Then, I’m in a clearing and these women with children start coming out of houses and stuff.  They come to me for protection even though they belong to the enemy.  Now some people on my side come towards me with guns, wanting to hurt the women and children because they belong to the enemy.  I stand firm, preparing to fight my allies because they want to hurt these innocent people because their people are enemies.


The next thing I remember is I am being led along this drab, gray hallway.  It’s not rundown or anything, just gray and drab.  I am put into this room that is the same drab institutional gray.  It has two doors, both of them look like those doors with a little window that lead to stairs in a hotel.  The door that doesn’t lead to the hallway leads to a little balcony with red Spanish tile.


There are several other people in this room, dressed in drab gray clothes. No one is speaking, just laying on pallets on the floor.  I don’t remember being shot, but I have the feeling that I’m dead and this is the afterlife.  If anyone knows about the Greek Hades or Hebrew Sheol, that’s what it was like.


I laid down on the floor and just sobbed.  I felt so alone and despairing, because I thought that I would go to heaven when I died.  I don’t know how long I laid there when the door opened and a man was brought in.  I can’t remember his last name, but it was Rick from YFC, the one that was in Pastor Todd’s wedding.  I ran over to him, overjoyed to see a familiar face, and sobbed all over him, because suddenly I had hope of salvation again if a man that I knew was a good Christian was here.


Then I was awakened at 3:14 am by the garbage truck dropping the dumpster outside.


So, if any of you has the gift of interpretation, or general ideas, I would appreciate it.  I know there are some sizable gaps, but that’s all I could remember.

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Another Day

Posted by Vogeler on February 16, 2007

So I’m at work today, and I have to take some pictures (we got 12 new vehicles in. I take 27 pictures of each one, then Photoshop them to make them look pretty. If I get behind, it’s bad). I was only out there for about 10 minutes when my camera seized up. Apparently, lithium ion batteries do not like the cold.

In other news…

I’ve gotten stuck behind trains and/or snowplows everyday for the last three days. I am beginning to think it is not happenstance. Getting annoyed while driving has become a big issue with me. I wonder what He’s up to. Is He trying to teach me something?

I have realized that I need a mini-vacation. I need green, growing things. I need trees. I miss them right now. I have had enough of people for a bit. Now I want to go to my forests.

“How high does the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you’ll never know….” from Paint with all the Colors of the Wind, Pocahontas soundtrack

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Let it snow….

Posted by Vogeler on February 13, 2007

I think I may have titled another post this way, but who cares?   It’s my blog.

Anywho, classes at IPFW were cancelled today, which meant that I spent a wonderful afternoon with my wife and son.  It’s cozy and warm, I’m watching “Madagascar” with Luke, my wife is making her famous homemade chicken nuggets, and I’m all caught up with my reading for school!

Who could ask for more?

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And God Said….

Posted by Vogeler on February 7, 2007

So I’m researching various theories of Creation.

I’ve talked to literal, 6 day Creationists.

I’ve talked to Gap Theorists.

I’ve talked to Creationist Evolutionists.

Now I want to know what you think.  And if you need a definition of the three theories I mentioned, just write.

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Beyond the Ultimate

Posted by Vogeler on February 2, 2007

Beyond the Ultimate

Superbowl coaches and players share their testimonies about faith in Jesus Christ.  Check it out.

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