Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Congrats Doris Lessing

I have never read any of Doris Lessing's books, but now I think I am going to have to.


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bold Statements

Sorry, I know this is cheap to do another Me Me. I swear I will have more for you soon.

Bold the statements that are true.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
I still haven't finished college yet. How Ironic.

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.

9. Were read children’s books by a parent. Every night for a while.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 - Cartooning, art lessons, Karate, music lessons

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs - I went to a
community college so it was cheap. I think it cost more to pay half a months mortgage than the tuition.

16. Went to a private high school

17. Went to summer camp - No matter how many times I begged my parents they would always send me back. I had no friends at the camp and they made my life miserable. They thought it wasn't that bad.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18 - I almost flunked math more times than I care to admit. And one for spanish.

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels.

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child. My dad was an amateur photographer at the time. Plus they enjoyed stained glass.

23. You and your family lived in a single house.

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.

25. You had your own room as a child

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room in high school - I think it was closer to my senior year.

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - all the time! That's why I am as ruined as I am. My parents thought it was important to introduce me and my sister to these things.

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - I am figuring it out now. I never realized how expensive things were for my family.


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Friday, January 18, 2008

One Book

Because I have been superpoking Jenn on Facebook she tagged me to do this meme. And since the most common answer I'd give would be The Bible I'll instead tell you my second choice. Plus, just for Jenn (or anyone who may be interested in reading them), a whole bunch of poems by Rumi.

1. One Book That Changed Your Life:
Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli - Taught me it is ok for me to get it wrong once in a while and I will not always get it.

2. One Book You Have Read More Than Once:
Too Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Loved it since highschool. In fact, it could easily go up in number one as well.

3. One Book You'd Want On A Desert Island:
Probably an anthology of sorts. There is one of the worlds famous speaches. It's over a thousand pages long so it would keep me occupied for a while.

4. Two Books That Made You Laugh:
A Handful Of Dust by Evelyn Waugh - A commedy of manners. I couldn't stop laughing reading this book. It made looking propper seem so ridiculous.

Come Blow Your Horn by Neil Simon - I was in this play in school. It's just silly.

5. One Book That Made You Cry:
On Parole by Akira Yoshimura - the ending killed me.

6. One Book You Wish You'd Written:
The Wasteland by TS Elliot

7. One Book You Wish Was Never Written
I agree with Jenn

8. Two Books You Are Currently Reading:
Walden by Thoreau
The Collected Poems Of CK Williams

9. One Book You've Been Meaning To Read:
I think Mcormac's No Country For Old Men or Into The Wild.

If you are interested in doing this consider yourself tagged.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Christian Albums That Rock

I'd be lying if I weren't a tad grateful for Left Cheek asking me to be involved in this little post idea of his. Usually each week I am, at the very least, able to find something that I think you guys would find interesting. For some reason the well has run dry. I am finding it hard to think of a Christian Album that rocks since, let's face it, most of them are trite crap. Am I being too harsh? Thankfully, back in the day there was a great little Christian record label called Tooth & Nail Records which put out some awesome music from The Christian underground. Thought it is more commercial today they still manage to put some pretty decent music. Here are some of my favorites.

The Supertones - Adventures Of The O.C. Supertones: This is probably the album that started it all for me. Kickin' horns, thrashing guitar, and plenty of enegery. Even secular ska fans love The Supertones. I remember being up late one night and discovering a Christian music video show that didn't play M.W. Smith. They introduced me to a lot of the bands I now like. So far I have seen them twice. Each time I leave a little bruised, very sweaty and tired, but uplifted by the fun-time music they perform.

The Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader: Would you believe I hung out at a Christian bookstore watching a live telecast to celebrate the release of this album? Sure they are a tad corny and out of date, but let's face it. They are fun! It is a bit poppy, but the music is easy to dance to and sing along with.

Beanbag - Free Signal: I got a lot of heat from my friends for liking this band when they opened up for Newsboys a few years ago. They were hardcore. I mean real hardcore. The announcer joked how they scared children. I don't care. I loved it. I tried to explain to them how bands like Newsboys and Sonicflood were for people like them. Beanbag were for people like me. Though I think they have long been broken up.

The Blamed - 21: I miss this album. Punk music at its best. Not the poppy crap you heard in the 90's. This was the real deal. Edgy, tough, yet with a message.

That is all I can think of for the time being. If I come up with any more I'll let you know. I just noticed that I think most of these albums aren't available anymre.


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