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The other day my nephews were rough-housing on the trampoline and went crashing into the safety net that surrounds it. Unfortunately for one of them, several of the straps that hold the net to the poles broke and he went head-first onto the ground. Luckily, he wasn’t hurt, but it did leave the net in shambles.


Recently, I had to get my 4S replaced under warranty. In going through the process of getting everything set back up, I realized I didn’t have my customized lock screen image readily handy, so I chose one of the stock wallpapers and moved on.

Each time I would unlock my phone, I was faced with a plain screen that didn’t display the information I wanted. You see, I read an article a couple of years ago about making your In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact information available to emergency responders should the need arise.

Since I get my corporate e-mail on my phone, I have to have a lock code, which puts my address entry for ICE behind a password. My old lock screen had that information as part of the image, which is what was missing.

The other night, I had some free time and decided it was time to recreate the lock screen with an updated look.

iPhone-LockScreenIt incorporates my new logo styling as well as a stylish and clear presentation of the ICE information.

Now anyone who picks up my phone would know who to call should I need help and can’t get it myself.

If you would like some help getting your ICE Lock Screen designed, let me know.

I’ve been tinkering with Google SketchUp and have been really impressed with how easy it is to pick up and create some very cool and quite accurate drawings. So, I’m officially adding Google SketchUp design services as a marketable skill to be included in the Manatt Web suite of offerings.

Before you bombard me with requests and lots of money, I should warn you that it takes me an inordinate amount of time to do these things and I charge by the hour. So, if you’re OK with that, I’m too. Just head on over to and click the big GET STARTED button and we’ll be in business.

No big announcement would be complete without a few examples of my work. I’ll show two for now just to whet the ole appetite:

This will be some cabinets I build in our office. The top will eventually extend and become a desk and the entire unit will fill one of the walls. It is deep enough to add bookcases above and will also have doors added to the front to conceal the junk…I mean, valuable treasures we need to keep there.

This monster is a wheelchair ramp that we’ll be building in a house for CityFest. I will feature a gate and steps at the end of the first leg of the ramp (v. 2.0) to accommodate able-bodied people. The construction material will be pressure treated dimensional lumber. This project will also feature replacing the front steps and a wheelchair “boardwalk” from the carport to the mailbox as well as some basic landscaping and all around care.

If you’re in Central Arkansas on or after Oct. 2nd, come on by at the corner of Hwy 10 and Russ St. and be sure to bring your gloves and a hammer or two. You won’t be alone as literally thousands of people from the area churches will be out in force that day loving on our cities with the sweat of their brow and the work of their hands.