Archive for December, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas To You

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of the harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden
And the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor,
As in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,
And garments rolled in blood,
Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Merry Christmas to everyone. May you find joy and peace this day.

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Turns out the media IS biased!

I knew it all along.

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On Walls

Reagan before the Berlin WallIn my travels, I’ve been blessed to observe many different cultures and how the people in those cultures interact with each other. While in South Korea several years ago, one of my friends and I were talking about these dynamics and how they vary in culture. Everybody builds walls around themselves to protect themselves from the potential hurts that always come out of relationships with others. My friend told me that essentially, there are two types of people in the world regarding how they interact with people and form relationships. Of course, these are broad generalities, but in my observation, it’s fairly accurate.

People have two types of walls that the build to insulate themselves from relationship-related pain; an outer wall and an inner wall. How does this play out? One type of person builds a high outer wall around himself. He appears to be an enigma to most of his peers, sometimes even standoffish. It’s not that he’s antisocial or unfriendly; it’s just that he’s a “tough nut to crack.” The high wall serves as a high barrier of entry, relationally speaking. This type of person may be a tough read, may appear to be a mystery, or friendly but simply won’t discuss details of their personal life. Once a person makes it over the high wall, though, all that’s left is a low inner wall around the person. The relationships that this person forms will be deep, lifelong type relationships. Once you’re friends with this person, he’s your friend for life, and would do anything for you.

On the other hand, you have the low wall/high wall people. Someone like this is often easily approachable and seemingly very easy to make friends with on a superficial basis. They have a low outer wall built around them. It’s easy to get to know them in the early stages, but it’s really difficult to get to know them closely; finding out what makes them tick, what their hopes, dreams, fears, etc. are is much more difficult. It’s easy to “get to know” them, but it’s difficult to truly know them. The inner high wall prevents nearly everyone from reaching a lifelong friendship with that person.

Of course, these aren’t 100% accurate representations of every single person. There are those that are somewhere in between. It also doesn’t mean that you can tell at first blush whether one person is of the first or second type. A High/Low person may seem fairly approachable and friendly enough, which may lead to a conclusion that the person is actually Low/High. But, it’s been my observation that most Americans are of the Low/High type. It’s easy to form friendships on a level that seems somewhat deep, but very difficult to know how this person is thinking or feeling. I think that the vast majority of people I know are like this. It’s our culture. We’re not really encouraged to develop friendships that are deep and long lasting. We live in a world that makes surface relationships easy. Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging has replaced phone calls as the primary method of communication. We don’t have to be on the phone long with someone and exchange the usual pleasantries. But then again, it’s difficult to tell. It doesn’t make you a Low/High person if you like to hang out with friends at a bar, use Facebook or any of the other media I just mentioned. It also doesn’t make you a High/Low person if you don’t prefer these types of activities. It’s about the person, not the activity.

In law school, I’ve met three High/Low people that I can readily identify. The rest are either Low/High or I’ve not been able to discern the difference in them. When I do come across those types of people, though, I find myself drawn to them, because I know that a friendship with that person would be last a lifetime. What about me? I used to think that I was a High/Low. I’m really not sure anymore, though. I’m a person that wears emotions on my sleeves, which makes me a fairly easy read. But that just means my emotions are apparent, not that I’m easy to know. I can’t say I strive to be one or the other. I guess you’d have to ask the people around me.

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Top 5: Cool Guys

007Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a bunch of “Top 5’s” rolling around in my head. I used to have a Top 5 Favorite Movies, but the last time that was updated was early this decade, and I’m sure the list is out of date. I plan on getting to that one eventually, but I figured I’d start a little smaller. Last week, the Blizzard King and I were discussing cool guys in show business, and tried to come up with a list of Top 5 Cool Guys. We considered cool guys in both music and film. Here’s some our thoughts, and some of my own. Bear in mind, these are “current” cool guys.

1. Bono – Is there a cooler musician around that has withstood the test of time like Bono?
2. Chris Martin of Coldplay – Heir apparent to Bono’s throne.
3. Samuel L. Jackson – He’s prolific. That actually sometimes threatens the coolness factor, but not in Jackson’s case. He just exudes cool.
4. Brad Pitt – C’mon, he’s the guy you thought of when you saw this post title.
5. Daniel Craig – He’s James Bond. ’nuff said.

Honorable Mentions:
Johnny Depp
Will Smith
Christian Bale
Guy Pearce

Suggestions? Who makes your list?

Snow in Houston

I’ve received word that it snowed in Houston today. Of course. It will snow in Houston when I’m not there, but since I’m in Waco, Waco’s the only town to not get snow in the entire state of Texas. Go figure.

I really want to go skiing. There’s nothing more fun or relaxing than a skiing vacation.

It Don’t Mean A Thing…

I realize I haven’t posted in quite awhile. I have way too many unfinished thoughts rolling around in my brain, I need to devote some time to fleshing them out so that I can get a real post out soon. Sorry about that.

For some reason, I’ve become nostalgic over the last few days for the Lindy Hop. For those of you that don’t know, the Lindy is the granddaddy of swing dances. It can be danced from many tempos, and incorporate many different styles into it (including all the crowd-wowing throws), but I find that the most fun and impressive part about it is the footwork. While searching to find a video to explain to a friend what the Lindy was, I found this video, which I think is a fantastic depiction of the great things about Lindy.

Enjoy!