Thursday, November 29, 2007

Not sure what to make of this

Really? A Bratz Advent Calendar?  Really??

I'm not even sure I want to know what's behind the little doors.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Marian Shrine?

At Orin's house?

Today, Orin got a catalog that had somehow merged his home and work addresses. The result? A new shrine, the "National Shrine of Our Lady of XXXX Shaw Boulevard."

If anyone knows where exactly in the house this Shrine is (though I personally have a few ideas), please let us know.


Sunday, November 25, 2007


Congratulations to the Missouri Tigers for their win over arch-rival Kansas. I know that most of Oddwalk Nation probably doesn't care about this. It's even possible that Orin doesn't care about this. No matter. It's pretty darn cool:

Next up...the Oklahoma Sooners...GO MIZZOU!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Remember to say a prayer of thanks to God today, and recall that our truest blessings dwell not in our material possessions but in our faith, our lives, and our God.

That said, here's probably more what you were expecting to see here today:
Happy Thanksgiving!  Also, Happy St. Cecilia Day - She's patron of music and musicians, you know!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Keytar Paradise - Update!

Well!  Mari, who created the keytar rap for us at NCYC forwarded to us the lyrics!  Watch the video again, and this time, sing along!  (Unfortunately, the video starts about half-way through...)

The Keytar Gangsta Rap
(to Gangsta's Paradise)

As I walk Port Dis 'covry
And I look at the booths
I find Oddwalk Ministries
And realize they're very smooth

They play the keytar
And even sing
You know you love keytar
It's the coolest thing!!

Been spendin' most our lives
Livin' in a keytar paradise
It's all fun and worship time
Livin' in a keytar paradise

Enjoy!! and God bless!!!

Havre Nice Day! (As Shannon might title this post)

Oddwalk had a splendid time in Montana this past weekend. We flew into Billings on Friday evening, and drove a couple hours partway to the event location (Montana is big, it's true!), staying overnight at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown.

To plug in his cell phone overnight, Shannon had to climb on the desk and reach enarly up to the ceiling. Well, he didn't really have to, but he really wanted to.

The next day, we drove another stretch to Great Falls to meet our host's family and see some Montana-esque sights, including the world's shortest river - really. That's most of it pictured below.

We also saw an Albino Trout at the hatchery, and thought "Albino Trout" might be a good name for a rock band.

We also stopped at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. There we saw a nicely done exhibit, which included this life-sized model of the expedition pulling a canoe up a hill as they had to portage 19 miles around the Great Falls on the Missouri River.

The event itself, in Havre, MT went quite well, but we forgot completely to take any pictures of it. Sorry. The youth were energetic, the food was great, and a good time, as they say, was had by all. Thanks again to Anthony Allen and all the great people of Great Falls/Billings for a wonderful trip.

Here's a nice shot though of Sunrise Monday morning from the plane:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Rock the Rock

Leaving the Comedy Club at NCYC a week ago, a young person threw a shirt at Shannon.  Orin was racing ahead and Shannon was in a hurry too as we had another concert appearance to get to right away.

Anyway, when we examined the shirt later, we discovered it had a picture of St. Peter on the front posing with a keytar!  Saturday was Keytar Appreciation Day after all!  The back has the LifeTeen logo and the parish of St. Peter's in Hoover Alabama printed on it.

The shirt is most awesome.

Thanks to whoever threw this shirt at us in celebration of Keytar Appreciation Day, especially all the young folks in Hoover, AL!


Oddwalk sent a thank you message to the folks in St. Peters and heard back from their Youth Minister almost immediately.  Her message, like the shirt, is also most awseome!

Orin -

glad you are enjoying the shirt...the teens were really excited when they saw the keytar come out b/c we're probably the only youth group in the world that has a shirt featuring one! our youth group motto is "rock the rock"...and, from that idea we developed the idea that st. peter is The Rock and that he ROCKS! so, he ended up with a keytar b/c he holds the "keys" to heaven and the keys that rock heaven is obviously a keytar!

i'll pass on the message about your blog...the teens will be THRILLED!! thanks for all you do...keep it up!


Rebecca S. Rosko
LifeTeen Youth Minister
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

pOddcast - "For All Time"

New today on the pOddcast: a sample from the end of "For All Time" as recorded on Oddwalk's new CD with GIA, Walk Away Different.

As always, you can find the pOddcast in the sidebar, on the main site, or directly on iTunes.  Enjoy this sample, and if you wish to order a copy of the CD for your very own, click here!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More NCYC 2007 Pics

More pictures from Columbus, OH - Thanks to Erin C and family!

The display for Oddwalk's new CD at the GIA booth

Orin tries to convince folks that keytars are cool.

The Oddwalk booth set up for a festive Keytar Appreciation Day

Noah forgot his spandex, but still rocked the keytar

The proud winner of the air keytar (also pictured: a shirt made just for the day)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Memories of NCYC 2007

Just before leaving, Orin got to visit his Ford Escort one last time and reclaim the license plates.

Orin's new car achieved 1,000 miles just before arriving in Columbus, OH.

The proud buyer of Walk Away Different CD #1! Oddwalk got to see the CD in person for the first time at NCYC.

GIA exec Michael Cymbala at the GIA booth just across from Oddwalk's. We have another picture we promised we wouldn't publish. Let's just say Michael was exploring his vocation options. Also, note the large Oddwalk CD hanging in the back.

Another GIA friend, Andrew at the booth.

Several participants posed for some pictures with the Oddwalk Keytar!

Best hairstyles of the conference!

Oddwalk friend Will from Omaha helps celebrate Keytar Appreciation Day

Another young lady even wrote us a rap for Keytar Appreciation Day, we think titled "Keytar Paradise" - Thanks!

If we get anymore pictures, video, etc. from NCYC 2007 and Keytar Appreciation Day, we'll be sure to let you all know! Check back here!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Keytar Appreciation Day 2007!!

Well, it's Keytar Appreciation Day 2007 - the first one ever! Oddwalk has been gearing up for it by giving away lots of stickers and fliers, and signing people up to win an inflatable keytar at our booth. Today, we have two big performances at NCYC, both featuring one of our Oddwalk keytars.

What are your doing to celebrate (we're looking at you, Marianne) - post it in the comments below! Happy Keytar Appreciation Day everyone!

PS - One way to celebrate would be to visit our new page,!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Oddwalk at NCYC

The Oddwalk caravan successfully arrived at NCYC in Columbus, OH earlier tonight. It was a long day - Orin got a chance to say goodbye to his beloved Ford Escort and watched his new Mazda 3 clear 1,000 miles (pictures of both to follow) among other things.

We'll have more updates as the days go by, but for now, we're tired, so we'll sign off. Stay tuned for more pictures, maybe some video, and all the excitement of NCYC 2007, especially Saturday, Keytar Appreciation Day!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Orin's New Car!

A Mazda 3 hatchback!

Orin Goes to the Rodeo

At the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD Senior High Youth Rally, Huron, SD, October 28, 2007:

Saturday, November 3, 2007

November 10, 2007: Keytar Appreciation Day!

Oddwalk is proud to announce the nation's newest holiday - Keytar Appreciation Day, to be celebrated for the first time on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

No, we're not sure we can declare a holiday like this, but on the other hand, no one has told us we can't...

We'll be in the thick of things all weekend at NCYC as the holiday passes - how will we celebrate? We'll need your help:

• Get your picture taken with the Oddwalk Keytar!
• We're giving away one inflatable "air" keytar - Free!
• Free Keytar and Oddwalk Stickers!

We're also performing twice on Saturday:

Comedy Club: God! You Crack Me Up!
GCCC: Hall C, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The “Discover” Concert
GCCC: Battelle Hall, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
With Paul Melley and Chris DeSilva, sponsored by GIA.

Our newest CD, "Walk Away Different" with GIA publications will be released that weekend as well! It promises to be a great inaugural celebration - so don't miss it!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

All Saints Day

Inspired by Popple's blog, Oddwalk tracked down this video of Bruce Springsteen and Friends to help us celebrate All Saint's Day:

Additional Burny Melty Car Pics

Here are a few pictures of Orin's Escort a couple days after the big fire. Erin took them when she went to reclaim the rest of the belongings still left inside.

The driver's seat, covered with glass and (we think) the plastic that used to cover the console.

Cup holders filled with water.

Just above the steering wheel, where the speedometer etc. used to be.

A melted vent, and the one to the right completely gone.

Smoke damage on the roof.

The roof here was protected by the visor.

Stay tuned for pics of Orin and Erin's new car, bought Wedensday evening!