Head First: August 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006

An Unexpected Encounter.

Yesterday, on my way to a job, a lady followed me into a 7-11 parking lot and pulled in directly behind me, as if to block my quick retreat. Immediately, I tried to replay the last several miles of traffic, supposing that I had done something stupid while trying to find the new Godscrum podcast on my iPod...oh...wait, nevermind. Well, turns out that she pulled in to tell me that she liked the "Religion Kills" sticker on the back of my truck. I got it from Revolution Church and put it there last year, along with a little plastic Jesus fish, in hopes that the evangelical contradiction might cause just enough confusion to generate a question or two.

I've often run through some potential responses in my mind, trying to articulate how religion is a human construct that denies and ultimately kills Christ's true message of love, forgiveness, restoration and peace. I was mentally retrieving one of these responses when the lady started telling me about a catalog that she had just received and that I would love some of the stickers she had seen there, such as, "Who Would Jesus Bomb," "Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing their idiot," "He's NOT my President," "Bush is a four-letter word," "Give Bush an inch, and he thinks he's a ruler."

Hmmm... That's not what I expected. Not at all. I put that sticker on my vehicle as a commentary on the state of the American church, but somehow this lady interpreted it as a left-leaning political statement. I admit, I have moved more toward the center than I once was (I was so far to the right, I had to eat with my left hand, so I wouldn't bump my elbow), but my intent for that sticker wasn't really political at all.

I think I may have just learned something about people's perceptions and assumptions. Now if I can just figure out what it is...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Terrorists have won.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

She is seven, and she will kill you.

This is Julia, my little one.

Watch the video (34 sec).

Do not mess with us.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Large, and At-Large.

I've felt something changing over the last few weeks. I can't put my finger on it, and I'm not sure it would matter much if I could. I'm a little too busy to dwell on it at the moment. Work is crazy, trying to get everything done to go on vacation. But I wonder to what degree these outward material changes are manifestations of...ahh, never mind.

I cut my hair off last week. I really did feel more like myself with long hair, but I was getting very weary of all the maintenance. The weekly cost of Product alone was starting to break me. My stylist was extremely nervous. "Are you sure you want to do this?" One friend told me I've sold out to the man. Maybe, but the man gave back a little. I picked up a new MacBook over the weekend. Even better, Apple's offering a $179 rebate on iPods when you buy a computer, so I figured this would also be the right time to upgrade to the 60GB Video model.

For all the computers I've owned, I've never had a laptop. I've been forced to wait until I get home to check mail, read blogs, respond to comments and all that. No more. In fact I'm posting this while I'm taking a break from work (I'm not even sure whose Wi-Fi network I'm on--sweet!). More freedom. Can I handle it?

Too soon to tell.