Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Airport Strangeness

I'm sitting in the Oakland, California Airport. With a layover of over two hours, what else is there to do but blog? I think it's the strangest phenomenon that when you travel, you see people who look like other people that you know from home. Just in the short time I've been hanging around this place, I've been sure I saw at least half a dozen people that I know. Of course, it's just resemblances but strange, nonetheless.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who does this. (thank goodness) I heard a couple of girls that were sitting in the seats behind me on my flight talking and one of them was remarking how much the other one reminder her of her cousin. Said she looked and spoke just like her. Weird. So I wonder if I look like someone that someone else knows from their home. Maybe a more important question would be, "If people are looking at resemblances in me, do they happen to see Jesus?"

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Music Monday - The Beautiful Letdown



I have a fairly large music collection and it's very, umm, unique. As a matter of fact, I get made fun of regularly, because you might find CD's by Lifehouse, Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Diamond, and Kenny G all on the same shelf, not to mention a stray Barry Manilow CD sprinkled in. (I know....I don't want to talk about it). Anyway, even with all the music I have, I find myself to returning to certain CD's over and over. Lately, if I can tear myself away from John Waller , it's been Switchfoot's album, "The Beautiful Letdown".

Depending on your age and taste in music, you likely won't find this to be easy listening, but neither is it horribly harsh. The first song begins a little strong with a guitar riff, but don't let it turn you off. The thing I love about this album is the lyrics. This CD is full of songs that encourage you to examine and challenge yourself. The longer I own it, the more I like all songs equally (except track four), but one of my favorites remains This is Your Life. The song makes the statement and asks the question, "This is your life. Are you who you want to be?" That's a simple lyric, but for some reason resonates with me and always reminds me to take a good look at myself. I want to be like Christ....how am I doing? Nobody will make the changes for me. It's my life. Am I who I want to be?

Besides the rock-style opening songs, Meant To Live and This is Your Life, The Beautiful Letdown has some lighter tempo, fun-loving songs in the middle of the album with More Than Fine and Gone, and ends with a couple beautiful ballads, On Fire and Twenty-Four. If you're looking for music with a mainstream sound, powerful and sometimes fun-loving lyrics. Take a listen to The Beautiful Letdown. You won't be let down.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Why I Don't Discuss Shoes With Dad

My Dad: "Are those real?"

Me: "Are what real?"

Dad: "You know, those things?"

Me: "What things, Dad?"

Dad: "Your shoes. You know, your Gators."

Me: "They're Crocs, Dad."

Dad: "Oh. Well, I knew they lived in a swamp."

Thursday, April 02, 2009

American Pastor

When you live with someone for almost 20 years, you get the strange idea that you know them. Not true. The Pastor constantly surprises me...sometimes in bad ways, sometimes in good, and sometimes not really either one, just plain ol' shock and awe. If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm the technology savvy one in our relationship. The Pastor knows three things; on, off, and volume. If it's more complicated than that, he's not interested. My BlackBerry is his nemesis. As a matter of fact, he wanted me to leave it home during this vacation (ha!) He's also not that big into pop-culture. He doesn't know the latest bands, popular movie stars, or best-selling novels. So imagine my surprise last night as we sat in the RV and I observed him not only watching American Idol, but repeatedly texting his friends about it as he watched! That's what I call progress.

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