Showing posts from October, 2010


October 24, 2010

With a rich history of home-made Halloween costumes, (Two-Face, disco dude, mad scientist, baby) I am at a loss for this year. Plus, I won't be home until Halloween weekend, so the pickings at Value Village will no doubt be slim.

I hear the top picks for this year are Lady Gaga and Na'vi from Avatar. We can immediately rule out the former (take a moment to relish the thought of me as Lady Gaga, you'll never get the chance to see it) and the latter would be tough to do home-made. It's possible, I suppose, but the body paint would no doubt drive up the cost of the costume at least threefold.

I never buy pre-made costumes. It's a policy. I always pick non-costume pieces from Value Village and compile them into an ubercostume. My favorite to this day has to be Two-Face. It involved cutting and sewing two dress shirts together, with a tie and a vest, painting and applying fake scar tissue to one side of my face (corresponding with the wackier shirt patt…

Peace and love

October 17, 2010

It's hard to write when you don't feel like you have anything interesting to say. A specific issue has been weighing pretty heavily on my heart lately, however, so maybe I'll have some semi-important things to say about it.

Loving people has never been a strong suit of mine. I just have a naturally impatient mind, one quick to make judgments and react in mean and entitled ways. I really don't mean to, and I'm certainly working on it because I know love is supposed to be an important part of being a Christian. I am good at loving my friends and family, but who isn't really? As Jesus said, "even the tax collectors do that" (Matthew 5:46). God calls us to love everybody, and I struggle with this. I only mention this to clarify that when I say we should love each other, I am not speaking from a place of strength, but rather of weakness. It always annoys me when people who don't struggle with certain things tell me matter-of-factly to be…


October 10, 2010 (10/10/10)

You know what upsets me? When people claim harder music is incompatible with the Christian faith. Not only are there some pretty spectacular, very Christian metal outfits out there (The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, As I Lay Dying) but the same people who judge hard rock lovers for their "especially secular" tastes often also claim to like such bands/artists as Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, One Republic, Michael Buble, et cetera, who address all the same worldly themes in their lyrics. Being mellow doesn't make music automatically more Christian. Listening to a secular hard rock band is the exact moral equivalent of listening to a secular acoustic singer/songwriter, and neither of these is inherently evil.

This brings me to my next point. From what I've gleaned about the world and about God (not speaking from a place of authority, just from my own experience), listening to secular music is not a one way ticket to hell, nor is it a necessarily …


October 2, 2010

I went to Muchas Gracias last night. Muchas Gracias wishes it was El Taco. Lower quality food at higher prices? No deal! In any case, I go there from time to time because it's close, and last night the waitress asked how I was doing. I gave her the usual, "Oh, I'm great, how are you?" She replied honestly, saying that she would rather be at home. I knew what she meant, that she would rather be resting at home than working late hours at a sub-par Mexican restaurant. I responded to that with an absent-minded, "Oh, me too." I doubt she understood what I meant. It's sort of an odd thing to say. I didn't mean that I wanted to be back at my dorm. I meant that I was homesick for Springfield.

Don't get me wrong. Life here is more than I could have ever imagined for myself. I'm learning, growing, making friends. It's just that I left a lot at home. Not only did I leave the people that I love, the people that helped me grow in my f…