My name is Tim Patterson. I am a husband, father, Southern Baptist Minister, and Network Administrator/Engineer. I currently work at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. Erin is my wife and Veronica my daughter is just something special. I like reading, discussing theology, photography, sports, and being a couch potato when time permits.

Why Apparent Contradictions?

I have based a large part of my life on the premise that two statements that contradict one another cannot both be true. I am also aware that I sometimes live a life that seems inconsistent with this belief. Often times this creates apparent contradictions. I am now inviting you to be apart of them.

Hangin' with V and Fixing Email Problems (It's a Daddy Life)!

This morning has been very interesting. It started with my sick little girl acting like a wild woman waiting for her medicine to kick in. At the same time, I was working on breakfast because I was constantly hearing "I am starving, Daddy!" I am also trying to respond to the torrent of emails and questions that come at me all the time and are a seemingly inescapable part of my job (even when I am taking time off).

A few minutes into V's breakfast, I look up to see all of her oatmeal coming back into the bowl from which it was disappearing just moments before, but this time it was seasoned with juice.
This is all happening in the instant I am fixing an email problem that has dogged me all a week long. I won't give you the details on that, but I will say it is a strange feeling being elated, relieved, concerned, and nauseated all at the same time.

Now we are watching the Spiderwick Chronicles on DVD while I continue to sort email and blog this post. I do hope I have seen the last repeat performance of a meal for the day.

Tony Stewart Running Great, Week 2...

For a second week in a row Tony has had a strong top 10 run. He is one of only three drivers to have top 10 finishes in the first two weeks. Not bad for a guy with a new team. I hope the season keeps going this strong all year long.

He is currently tied for third in the season long championship standing, but is still really early in the sesaon and 33 drivers are within 250 points of the lead.

If you are a Nascar fan feel free to chime in. I will try not to be mean when talking about your favorite driver.

Quick Run Down of Things These Last Couple of Weeks

I know I have been a bit sporadic to say the least these last few weeks, but it has been a very trying time in the Patterson household. I will give you a quick run down.

Erin and I have been as sick as dogs with a nasty bug that took about three weeks to fully kick. I am just finishing 20 days of antibiotics and there are more to come.

We thought for about a week that we were going to have another child enter our family, but God did not will for this to happen for us yet.

Veronica has been really sick the last week. Crazy high fevers, numerous doctors visits, antibiotic changes, and some general quietness that is just uncommon for our house.

Finally, work has been really challenging and disheartening at times, because I have some projects that I just couldn't get the necessary participants to get on board so we could close them out, some projects have been close to finished only to have last minute setbacks that plague the possibility of keeping established deadlines, and some things that have been working are just dying because of damage to the hardware layer. All this work has come at the detriment of my family, health, rest, and in some ways sanity. A 15 hour day has been all too common during this time.

I know the next two weeks are going to be really tough at work as we still have some major initiatives that have hard deadlines to meet, but I should be more frequent in my posting and I still have several things to catch up on.

Coming back...

I will be back soon, but for some reason I just cannot shake this funk.  Some of it physical, some of it mental, all of it funky.  I hope all of you are doing well.

Tony Stewart is the Man!!!

I am not going to make to much of a deal out of it tonight as it was just the Bud Shootout Race, but Tony Stewart looks like he is great.  He was in 16th position with two laps to go and with 1/2 a lap to go he made his way up to 3rd and was moving up but the race ended on a wreck and he didn't have any more time to move up.  I am so glad to see he is looking this strong to start his new season as a owner and driver.

Finally Alive

Just a quick note, a new John Piper book "Finally Alive" has landed at my house.  It will be a few days before I can review it, but I am sure it will be awesome.

A Little More on Kurt Warner

Just thought I would share a little more about one of my favorite players.

Just a little more to stew over as it relates to this great guy and what he is really all about.

Is Redneck Contagious?

Over the past few weeks I have noticed the beginnings of a terrible affliction befalling my sweet little girl.  It started slowly at first, but I have noticed considerable advances of the disease in the last few days and now it is starting to trouble me by its depth and pace.

I am talking about southerntalkus redneckis.  Sorry for the latin there, but I felt the need to make sure you know exactly what the illness is if you should so choose to talk about it with your doctor as I plan to do the next time we take Veronica to see hers.  At this time we are still not certain if it is a chronic illness or how acute it may become, but it definitely appears to be a largely regional illness at this time.  I have noticed it is worse after being around others also affected by the illness, especially those that are close friends and teachers.  And, I am finding the "I am an 8 year old and I trust everyone over my Mommy and Daddy" strain seems very hard to treat, although occasionally the symptoms have been beaten back with references to the over counter dictionarymajora root and its associated pronunciation guide.

As of this post I have found no research into a possible vaccine and I intend to immediately start a lobby group to get this issue on the national agenda.  I also encourage all of you to contact the pharmaceutical companies and ask them to devote billions of dollars to a treatment of this real illness and not to the creation of drugs prior to their being an illness (do you hear me "restless leg syndrome").  After that we need to insist that a multibillion dollar ad campaign be devoted to the public awareness of the drug and maybe even the disease.  We will tell everyone to ask your doctor for it by name and they will know exactly what it is because we will have lobbied for drug reps to order in pizza at all of the local medical offices and tie up the staff for hours to explain the benefits of this new miracle drug (sorry waiting room full of "sick" people, but this is just too important to be slowed by your mundane illnesses).  Of course all this research and public campaigning will have cost so much that the medicine will likely cost way to much for those without medical insurance to afford and it may even be so expensive that some insurance companies will raise their rates and yes some companies may no longer offer their employees health care benefits because of the rising cost to them, but who cares.  This is important and we have a solution to the whole problem in one tiny little pill.  There will be no need for us to actually teach the public objective truths, to call for real parental involvement, or to practice safe communication.  It is all there in our pill for a reasonable cost.

Will you please join me in my quest to save Veronica and all of the children like her before it is to late?  We must do something before Babel falls again (this time of our own creation)!  I need volunteers now.  PLEASE HELP!

Update:  It appears their are three new mutations of this illness already.  BostonianCHOWDAconfusiousness, Wisconsoncheeseheaddrawism, and Canadian"eeh"itis.  We must hurry.

Gatorade or Seminole Firewater... Just stirring the cooler with my two cents.

Not being one to miss a chance to put my Noles out in front of the Gators, I was reminded of this story by one of the comments on the blog and I decided I should put it out their for public consumption.

Gatorade as a concept was not invented by the University of Florida.  There I said it.  It was possibly invented by a doctor at Florida State (I also doubt this based on some other research, but the bottom line is that it wasn't a Gator thing first).  There was a athletic drink called Seminole Firewater made a full 5 years before the Gatorade patent was applied for.  

Does any of this really matter?  Not much but it is fun to know that my Noles are always ahead of the curve so to speak and it is one more thing I can use to jab Gator fans with when we talk (maybe even spear them with, you know like one of those big arrowhead tipped, feather ladden spears).

I Got Another One!

Just a quick update for everyone keeping score.  Another team I was cheering for has lost the big game.  Sorry Cardinals!  There is a cost in having me cheer for you and today you have seen what this is.

I have no ill feeling towards the Steelers, I am just a big fan or Kurt Warner's and was hoping they were going to pull it out in the end.  I have always been a fan of guys that are more than merely athletes and he definitely fills that bill.  Below I am linking a video clip that gives you a little more insight into what I mean.  Kurt Warner on

It was still a great game and I hope everyone who watched it enjoyed the show of incredible talent that they were treated to.  I definitely hope everyone one got to watch the game like Erin and I did,  with TIVO!  No commercials and the 30 second skip button takes you from the end of one play to the beginning of another almost perfectly.