Tuesday, March 24, 2009

ugh.

I forgot my headphones at home today. Not having them is so painful it's death inducing. Why? I share an office with an absolute tool. And when I say share I mean our desks face each other, nay touch each other, just like in elementary school. And when I say tool I mean a tool. I don't talk to him. I don't talk to people I don't like. It is always dead silent in our office.

For my birthday I would like 20 pairs of headphones please.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The One The Only

This my nephew Matthew Jordan. He turned 16 today. Yes you read that right 16!!! CRAZY! He is fantastic. I called him to wish him a happy birthday.
Here's a bit of the conversation.

M: "I took my girlfriend on a date Saturday night."
T: "That's great. You have a girlfriend?! What did you do?"*
*side note turns out she isn't actually his girlfriend this was their first date and his first date ever.
M: "Dinner and a movie."
T: "Were you nervous to ask her out? How did you do it?"
M: "No. I called her on the phone and said would you like to go on date with me Saturday night?"
T: "Wow. Good job. You are so brave. Are you going to ask her out again?"
M: "Yeah"
T: "When?"
M: "When I'm available."
T: "Well when are you going to be available?"
M: "I don't know. I'll have to check my calendar."

FANTASTIC!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

If I were a rich man.


If I had more vacation time.
If I had someone willing to go with me?!
I just found round trip tickets to Moscow for $439. I want to go to there.
TO LIFE!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Videos for your pleasure.

I took both of these videos in Cambodia with the specific intent of sharing them with my friends and family.

The first is to give you an idea what it was like exploring the wats of Angkor in Cambodia.

The second is one of the many bands I saw that are comprised of survivors of land mines. I almost bought one of their CDs but it was $10! Come on, it was the end of my trip and I was short on cash! Apparently my level of charity does have a price.

video video

Monday, March 2, 2009

My "Those Less Fortunate" soapbox

Today during an announcement someone made a comment about "helping those who are less fortunate than us." Which immediately set my blood to boiling. I find comments such as these to be extremely rude and condescending.

By saying you are blessed or fortunate simply because your life is not XYZ you are also saying that my life is better than yours or that I am more blessed than you. Why? Because you are counting your blessings or fortunes in life by looking at what another lacks. With comments such as these you are inherently making a comparison and I would argue that we are not meant to compare our lives with each others. In an article about the recent plane crash in Buffalo, NY they were interviewing a few individuals who were meant to be on that flight but for one reason or another missed it. For good reason these individuals were shaken by how close they came to death. One of them made the comment, "God was watching over me." My immediate thought was, "What a harsh comment to those you just lost their loved ones. How many of them will wonder why wasn't God watching over us?"

In Christopher Reeves book "Still Me" he talks about a role he played in which he was a paraplegic. He describes how after he was done filming he came home and felt so blessed that he wasn't in a wheelchair, that that wasn't his life. After his accident he was reflecting on that experience and realized how arrogant he had been. I didn't understand what he meant at first but now I fully agree with him.

In my opinion God is watching over all of us and blesses all of us. In one way or another all of us are fortunate. I feel it is our obligation to recognize and acknowledge the blessings in our lives because we all have them. It is complete arrogance to say I am so blessed because that is not my life. We should never look at someone and say I am fortunate because I am not homeless like you. What we should do is recognize that everyone faces hardships in life and some peoples experiences can be completely unimaginable to us which may lead us to feel that we are blessed because that wasn't/isn't our experience. I would argue that those aren't blessings and it doesn't make anyone less fortunate than you it's simply a different road traveled. Yes, use other people life stories and experiences to gain gratitude and perspective on life. But never never say or feel that someone is less fortunate than you because they may very well be thinking that same thing about you.

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