Dinner Conversation

December 26, 2005

Mom: Ya know, Chris, when you were in high school, hugging you was like hugging a broom stick. But ever since you got married, you give such nice hugs.

Chris: Do I hip thurst against you now, too?

Cheryl: I’m uncomfortable…


Dear America, You have GOT to be kidding!

December 21, 2005

There are children dieing of AIDS. Poverty rapes cultures every day. There is corruption in our governments, schools and churches. The very fabric of civilized society is unraveling in cultures around the globe. And what is the biggest public debate in America right now? Should be say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

The human race is embarrassing. But what’s worse is that this debate seems to be coming most enthusiastically from Christians.

People, if Wal-Mart says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” Jesus is NOT threatened. He is still on the throne. They should say “Happy Holidays.” They serve people of many creeds.

What would the world look like if Christians took that energy and put it where it is needed-loving people, bringing healing and comfort to the dieing, fighting for the oppressed and, in general, not getting caught up in what may be the dumbest debate in the history of American public discourse.

Sometimes it seems like Christians are playing little league in the middle of a war zone, but somehow convince themselves that what they are doing is important. But I can be judgemental.

Random thoughts during the AM commute

December 21, 2005

I wonder what computer key boards look like in other countried that don’t use our alphabet? I mean think about it. What does the key board look like, in say, Jordan? Or what’s a weirder thought, China. They write in a pictoral language, not a phonetic one.

Wait! What would that be like? What do key boards in CHINA look like!!??

Funny…I’m Obsessed

December 20, 2005

“What did Bill Gates say to Bono when he heard they were both voted Time Magazine’s ‘Persons of the Year’?

“You too?”

Get it? You too? U2?

A view of Putney Bridge from Memory Lane

December 19, 2005

You have been on my mind so much lately. I can’t believe it has been eight years since we stood together on that bridge as if we would never have to leave. Ok, that was pretty melodramatic. The truth is that it was cold and we had places to go. We knew we would not be able to stay there long. But for a few moments, it was our bridge.

I know no one else who is more my opposite than you. Do we see ANYTHING with the same eyes? My deepest passions escape your embrace. You don’t understand the things that drive me. And what’s more, you are perfectly content not knowing the ends or beginnings of that mystery. Your life unfolds without planning or striving. Sometimes it seems as if life just happens to you. But somehow, our spirits settle into a comfortable place where our friendship, across miles and time and language, is bridged.

Here we are eight years later. Eight years older. Eight years wiser. Sentimental me is still hoping that one day we can meet on that bridge again. Until then, J.A.D.

Lessons I Learned from Attending a U2 Concert

December 14, 2005

1. U2 has some really good looking fans.
2. I love rock concerts.
3. Scratching something off the “before I die” list may just mean that I put it on the “to do more than once before I die” list.
4. 17,000 people singing with the band is not annoying like I thought it would be.
5. You don’t have to have front row seats to have a phenomenal experience.
6. I hate that empty feeling of “it’s over.”

It truly was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. Now I have the seemingly impossible task of trying to focus on life. Somehow, ever since that night, I want to pack my bags and move to Ireland or Africa.

Webster on Zoloft

December 6, 2005

In responce to a friend who is “restructuring her reality.”

“I think it has been well established that your lexicon is not all together accurate.”