Infamous Motorized La-Z-Boy Hits eBay

The case of Minnesota’s motorized La-Z-Boy Lounger just keeps getting stranger, with the cops deciding to give you a chance to put the machine in your driveway.

Dennis LeRoy Anderson, 62, rigged his La-Z-Boy with an 8-horsepower lawnmower engine. Then he installed a stereo, headlights and a cup holder before slapping a “Hell yeah it’s fast” sticker on the back. The inventive fellow from Proctor, Minnesota, liked to drive it to local bars to watch Vikings football games. So far, so good. But Anderson was nabbed for drunk driving in his La-Z-Boy on Aug. 31, 2008, after hitting a parked car.

SmokingGun.com has the details, including a police report that says Anderson told police he left the Keyboard Lounge after consuming eight or nine beers. Prosecutors say Anderson’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.

The wheels of justice move slowly, but at least Anderson’s incredibly tacky, yet oddly awesome, chair will move again. Anderson pleaded guilty on Oct. 22 to DWI and according to the Duluth News-Tribune was sentenced to 180 days in jail. He had to forfeit his beloved La-Z-Boy, which the police listed on eBay today.

“Under the state legislature forfeiture law, I either have to keep it for official police business, which I’m not going to do, or auction it off,” Walter Wobig, chief of police in Proctor, told Wired.com. “So I thought, you know what, let me put it up on eBay, if someone wants to give it to Mr. Anderson they can.”

Here’s the link to the eBay sale.

Public Service Announcement

According to the powers that be (aka the Federal Government), Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Therefore, reset your clocks by one hour (I’ll let you figure out which way because I seem to always get to screwed up when I try to explain it) before you retire Saturday evening.

As I mentioned last Sunday, if you don’t you’ll arrive at church in time for Bible class and Sunday school. Let me rethink this announcement … aw, don’t mess with your clocks and join us for the study of God and His Word. It might be good for you!

In Memoriam — Paul Otto Manz (1919-2009)

Renown church musician Paul Manz when home to be with Jesus
Wednesday. Here is an article for you.

My recollections of Manz include his playing in Kramer Chapel at Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne IN when I was a student there. We were blessed with wonderful organists but when Manz played, you could hear the difference. He left a wonderful legacy for today’s church musician.

We thank God for allowing Paul Manz to share his wonderful gift with the church and the world.

Why Am I Not Surprised

Walmart has begun selling caskets online. From what I have read Costco has been doing this as well.

When I told my wife about this, she said, “Where would we store them?” A valid question but after seeing what we paid for my mother’s casket–and it wasn’t an expensive model–maybe I could find the space somewhere.

In case you’re wondering, federal law requires funeral homes to accept third party caskets.

“Be Strong and Courageous”

As Moses’ days were drawing to a close, he had the opportunity to review his life. He saw many accomplishments and failures from his 120 years of living on earth. The Lord had told him, “You shall not go over the Jordan,” meaning Moses would not lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land due to his disobedience and inability to keep the commands of God.

Moses could have been a bitter man at the end of his life but that was not the case. Instead, he left a message of hope for the people. In Deuteronomy 31:6 he says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of [your enemies], for it is the Lord you God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

This is one of my favorite phrases from Scripture, “Be strong and courageous”. Not only did Moses speak these words to the people of God, but he turns right around and tells Joshua, his successor, the exact same thing–“Be strong and courageous,” not once but twice (Deut 31:7, 23).

These words apparently meant a great deal to Joshua because he heard them again when he was placed in the leadership position over the children of Israel (Joshua 1:6 and they are restated in verses 7 and 11).

Why were they meaningful to Joshua. Because of what else the Lord told him, “I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). That knowledge gave him the courage and strength he needed in the days ahead.

The same holds true for us. Our Lord calls for us to “be strong and courageous” in every endeavor of our lives because He promises to be with us always.

Enjoy that promise from our heavenly Father and go do great things in His name!