Hey, so I’ve got a follow-up post about this but first I wanted to run something by you. Kristin and I have been in Tennessee for exactly 5 years today. Five years ago today we pulled in to our new apartment in a state across the country from anything we grew up knowing.
One of those things we didn’t know anything about was this flag. Now, I know there are all sorts of opinions about this flag, but what is the current cultural meaning of this flag? More specifically, what do you think of when you see this flag? It’s everywhere out here and I’ve been thinking a little about it.
So let’s hear it. What’s this flag mean in today’s society to you? Ready? Go.
I grew up camping in Northern California, and before kids Kristin and I would go backpacking and camping as often as we could. Since moving to Nashville we’ve only had one camping trip and I’m sure most of you remember it. Now, this year I hope to find a little more of a desirable place to camp and take the family out. I love it. I love being out in the middle of nowhere. I love waking up in a tent, staying up next to a fire, and all that dirty, camping stuff.
Now, I know it’s a pretty even split of folks who either love camping or hate it, and I’ve already taken a quick Twitter poll, but I thought I’d follow it up on here. So let’s hear it. Camping or No Camping?
I used to be a bigger shoe fan than I am now. I used to go to Salvation Army or Goodwill and find some shoe that fit good enough, and would wear that for a while then find something new. I never really got into the ‘expensive’ shoe thing though, simply because I could never justify it. Although I did have a sweet pair of Nike 180 Pumps when I was in eighth grade.
Now that I’m older my shoe interest has dropped drastically. With my frequent visits to airports I have resorted to things that don’t tie. Black Vans, and Flip Flops, and of course, the old standby, the Converse Chuck’s. Pretty simple but they get the job done.
All together I think I have six pairs of shoes. All for a certain purpose. My Chuck’s for daily use, flip flops for summer, trashed Vans for yard work, black boot things for dressing up, my non-space athletic shoe and Uggs. Yeah, I have Uggs. Call me Brittney Spears or whatever, but they are crazy comfortable and amazing winter shoes.
Not bad huh? I mean sure it’s more than some people and I know there are people in the world with no shoes and all that. And I completely agree with anyone in the comments that says that we should give shoes to people that need them. But here’s what I want to know. And I want you to be honest. How may pairs of shoes do you own? Total. Not something like, “Well, I don’t really wear those except for once a year, so they don’t count” type of thing. I want a total. And I know there’s some readers on here with some collections. Especially you worship leaders. (Kidding. Don’t freak out).
So let’s hear it. How many (total) pairs of shoes do you have right now.
Alright. So neither one of the teams I liked made it to the NBA Finals. No LeBron. No ‘team that beat the Lakers’. So here we are. An NBA Finals that I couldn’t care less about. Wait. I take that back. I still care that Kobe doesn’t win, so I guess I’m officially leaning toward the Magic. Sorry Katina boys, I just can’t like him.
So, let’s take a little poll here. Lakers or Magic? Go.
Well it’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘random question of the day’, and since I am sort of in between running around and sitting still, I thought I’d throw this one out for today. Not to mention it’s a weekend and no one is really reading blogs today. Are you ready?
What’s your current desktop picture?
Normally I have my computer rotating desktop pictures from a folder, but I’ve really started liking this one so until I get sick of it, this is the one I am going to stick with.
Your turn. Ready? Go.
I’m not a big ‘prankster’. I have never been really good at it, and when I am in the middle of pulling off some sort of prank, I usually feel bad and then tell someone. I suck at it really. Except for last year. Anyone remember this?
Here’s the funny thing about that prank and what happened after. See, Kristin didn’t think that keeping it going very long was a good idea, and like normal, she was probably right. I pulled the plug earlier than I was going to and told everyone it was a joke. Come to find out that there were literally people all over the country gathering money together to help me stay out of jail. See how awesome you people are?
Now, that story is an example I have used a million times in meetings with people about starting blogs. That’s an amazing community and it completely blew me away that readers of this thing would offer to give money to keep me out of jail. Even if it was a joke and they should hate me for it. I love the new faces that have shown up since then, and the folks that for whatever reason keep coming back.
And since I’m not that great of a ‘prankster’ I want to hear some of your stories. What’s the best prank you have ever pulled off, or had pulled on you?
So, here we are in Vegas for the day and I thought I’d throw out a question for you. Gambling. What are your thoughts on it?
Now, here’s the thing. I know that, to some, gambling can become an addiction. I’ve heard stories of families wrecked, finances wrecked and all that, and obviously I’m not talking about that type of gambling. I’m talking about the ‘take a selected amount of money and play until you either win or it’s gone’ type of gambling. ”Responsible”, “playing for entertainment” type of gambling. That’s what I’m wondering about.
So that’s my question. Where do you stand on playing the games in Vegas. I’m guessing I won’t have time for any of it anyway so I thought I’d ask around.
Recently, everyone around the blog world is talking about Lent and to be quite honest, I had to read about it (again) to fully understand the purpose and procedures of participating in Lent. Now, I’ve seen people talking about giving up Twitter for Lent, Coffee for Lent, TV for lent, and all sorts of other things that they consider a sacrifice.
Me? I’ve never participated in Lent. I don’t know why. I didn’t grow up doing it, and I’ve never really dug into it enough to feel convicted to do it. Not to mention, somehow I don’t think giving up Twitter would have the same spiritual affect on me as forty days in the desert had on Jesus. And that’s not even bringing up the whole ‘dying for our sins’ thing.
Now, I’m not knocking Lent at all. In fact, I’m a little fascinated by the whole thing, and I’m certainly curious about your thoughts. Do you participate? If so, what are you giving up for forty days?