Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Never too late for random

Don't get me wrong: I don't want the swine flu, but how many people have died of other stuff since we first heard about this last week? I think we have a media pandemic.

How did the Devils lose a playoff series in a minute and a half?!?

Dwight Howard accidentally fractured his own teammate's SINUS last night!

OCD freaks me out. I hope I don't develop that.

I admire Arlen Specter for what he did, but I don't expect he'll vote much differently. Filibuster-proof in name only.

Dan Haren is having an amazing season. You should go watch him.

I really like the movie Thirteen Days, even with Costner's horrible Boston accent.

I love being a teacher. Sometimes the kids come through so well. And sometimes you get clobbered by them, but it's worth it either way.

Danny Gokey was amazing on Idol last night. He has been overshadowed by Adam for awhile, but he was the class of the field last night. And the whole group was quite good, I must say. Probably Matt going home tonight.

The dumb-!@#es at Fox should get whooped for not showing the President's speech tonight. We are hanging by a thread as a country, and they want to show another CSI/The Closer/Law and Order/House/Monk rehash. Stupid.

Thanks for reading. I'll try to do better next time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Random Tuesday

My sister is out of control with this New Kids On The Block thing. We may need to do an intervention.

Flagstaff has finally moved on to spring and I'm glad.

I really like the series of classes I'm doing for professional development. Fun and useful.

Diamondbacks have shown signs of life. It's about time.

To quote a favorite writer of mine, The Washington Capitals are "choking dogs."

Facebook has helped to get me in touch with a few people who mean a lot to me, even though I haven't seen them in years. I am happy to know that they are alive and well.

I really love my job, even when it's stressful. When I look at my classes, particularly my psychology classes, I know the world is going to be in good hands. The students I work with are intelligent, good, and caring people. They have a sense of humor and an optimism I envy. They are looking forward into the possibilities of the future, not backward to a sheltered past that was not as good as some would like to believe. They have told me that they know the world is a risky place, but they want to do all the good they can in all the ways they can for as long as they can, regardless of the challenges. I admire this more than my words can convey.

I like old music. Even cheesy '70's and '80' s stuff. Maybe especially cheesy '70's and '80' s stuff.

I'm really going to miss my friend Liz, who has been a part of the Newman Center music group since I got there. Now the economy is tanking at graduation and she will probably have to move. I'll miss her singing, but I'll miss her smile and happiness more.

I can't wait for American Idol and Deadliest Catch tonight. (Yes, I'm a dork.)

I don't understand why taxes are bad. I'm not rich and I don't mind paying my fair share. Those less well-off should get a break and those who are wealthier don't need any breaks. They can easily pay more and not even notice. Why is that a problem?

I support the blood:water mission. (

Thanks for reading. I'll try to do better next time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday afternoon thoughts

I'm glad our Easter sunrise service got moved inside.  It was 30 degrees Sunday morning.

Adam Lambert is the most talented singer American Idol has ever had.  And I still don't really like him.

The Diamondbacks can't hit their way out of a paper bag.  If Webb doesn't come back healthy, it's going to be a long summer.  And it might be anyway.

I wish the weather in Flagstaff would make up its mind.  It was 67 degrees yesterday and it's supposed to be 37 tomorrow.

The old Dick Van Dyke Show was really, really funny.

I'm glad my friend Kathy found me on Facebook.

I like the new Indigo Girls album, but Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is a silly name for a CD.

I like Hulu.

I'm behind on grading.

The allure of Twitter evades me.

Steve Martin can really, actually play banjo.  And very, very well too!

My shoulder is feeling better.

It's ridiculous that the Suns have won 45 games and aren't going to the playoffs and the Pistons are under .500 and are in.

I wish Kyle Petty was still racing in NASCAR.  It's weird without him.

I am glad I can drink coffee again. (Gave it up for Lent.)

I like going to Dermot's Little League games, but it's hard not to coach from the bleachers.  I keep my mouth full of sunflower seeds as much as possible.

If you are in PHX anytime soon, go see the Dale Chihuly installation at the Botanical Gardens.  It's great, but it's only there through May.

I miss Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.  He is a large part of why I am such a huge baseball fan.  I remember the summer of 1976 a little (I was only 4) and he was everywhere in Michigan that year. "Go Bird Go!"

I need to finish The Wisdom of Tenderness by Brennan Manning.  He is a great spiritual writer.

Thanks for reading.  I'll try to do better next time.