Because you’re both dying to know

Monday, 22 December 2008

So this is the blog meme of the day: Bold the ones you’ve done from the following list.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby, if fathering counts
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit, but only a class action
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

I suppose I’ve done a lot, but there are still some on the list I’d like to accomplish.


Language

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

It’s funny. You leave the country for a while and everything starts to look different upon return. I hadn’t been near a Wal-mart for the better part of a year. Last night I ended up there looking for some OTC pharmaceuticals. I got a little turned around. But in the course of my search, I noticed a labeled section of products I’d never noticed before: Ethnic Hair Products.

Really?

As I looked, there was only one ethnicity represented in this section: African. Does this mean that Caucasians, Asians, Indians, Hispanics, and others don’t have an ethnicity? Or are we simply unwilling to say, “Black Hair Products?” Applying the term “ethnic” simply gives us the self-satisfaction that we are politically correct. Yes, we can all collectively pat ourselves on the back for not being racists. Folks, life is simply too short and full of too much to be enjoyed for political correctness.


Outta here

Thursday, 26 April 2007

I’m taking the family away for the weekend. It’s going to be good. Nothing like a bit of intentional relaxation. I don’t know that we’ve done that in several years. It’s just a long weekend, but it’s long overdue and quite welcome. I’m sure things will still be standing when we return.


An Admin Day

Thursday, 29 March 2007

This post is serving a joint purpose. In the second place, it is an experiment with MS Word 2007’s blog post feature. I’m trying to use category tags. I’m impressed. When I went to select a tag, all of my WordPress tags were visible, and I had the option of adding others were I to desire to do so. Fantastic. It just scored above Deepest Sender in that respect.

In the first place, it is to shout to the world that I have just completed worship planning this year up to Advent. That’s not to say that nothing will be added or altered between now and then. It is to say that the services are largely planned, the musicians all have their music, and our secretary can go at her own pace in generating the bulletins all the way through the end of November 2007. Everyone likes to be ahead of the game, and at the moment we’re well ahead of the game. The farthest ahead I’d been before was about 3-4 months. Now I can still work up a service every week, but there’s a significant cushion in place.

I am also rather impressed with the LSB
Hymn Selection Guide. It offers a nice list of hymns and gives their relationships to the appointed pericopes for the day. It’s a phenomenal resource. But it brings with it something of a gripe. It includes in its suggestions some selections that are only available in the Lutheran Service Builder software. The example that is bothersome at the moment is that “I Trust, O Christ, In You Alone” (LW 357) is LSB 972. The bound edition of the LSB tops out at 966. Alas, it’s such a phenomenal hymn. Do we bite the bullet and buy the Lutheran Service Builder for the sake of a hymn? As beautiful as it is, I simply can’t justify it.


Civility

Wednesday, 07 March 2007

Upon some much needed reflection, it appears that a good deal of my frustrations over the last many months might be reduced to a word: civility. Or rather, they are due to a serious lack thereof. A couple examples:

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Interesting brew

Sunday, 07 January 2007

At dinner out with a buddy the other night I tried Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale (draft) on his recommendation. It was interesting. I had no idea it was an A-B affiliate at the time. Picture a mild (almost watery) ale with a creme soda aftertaste. I don’t know that I would go out of my way to drink it again. I like a little more substance to a brew in winter. But it wasn’t unenjoyable.


New Digs

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Our building program is complete, and I’m in my new office. So basically this means that my life is in one big state of upheaval.

My books are almost as far away from my office as they can be.
The office is not wired for ethernet access yet, so my access to the church server is cut off.
The phone system is not reaching me here.
With the furniture in, my space is about 1/3 less than what I was in.

But I have a window finally. I can actually see something other than walls when I’m in here. That’s pretty nice. And I’m hopeful that the other issues (save that of square footage) will be resolved in the next weeks.

It’s Advent. Christians wait, right?