Wednesday, May 12, 2004

I Am SO Done With American Idol

Jasper Speaks:

Okay so I have been an American Idoloholic since the top 4 of season one. I loved season two and was completely hooked on it. I think Kimberley Locke was incredible and can't wait to buy her CD. (Haven't bought it yet because I am broke). I thought that the final three last year was exactly what it needed to be. In the end Ruben won and I was okay with that.

Then came season 3! What the *%&##)#? I have only tolerated this season. I thought the producers took way too long to introduce the top 32 by showing us the bad people in four different episodes. Then the whole scooter Girl getting sent home thing bugged me. Next William Hung becomes a recording person (I refuse to call that crap art so he is not an artist). Then we get the worst group of singers ever in Group Two of the top 32. (I thought I would shoot myself during Jesus and his brother Romeo or whatever his name was). Then when the wildcard show put that cute black girl out without even letting her sing I was starting to lose hope.

Next came the MOST BORING top 12 to ever exist. As the worst singers started going off one by one (bye-bye Leah you didn't deserve to be there anyway. How dare you take Patti Labelle's name and make it yours go back to Bolivia!) I was beginning to regain hope.

Then Amy Adams (who I didn't like and then she sang Sin Wagon my LEAST FAVORITE SONG ever. You don't want to get me started on the Dixie Chicks) got knocked off. I thought how odd. She wasn't the worst person. How did that happen?

As I continued to watch I started to lose hope that the show was really worth my time when week after week John "Opie" Stevens continued to get votes. Week after week he remained and I kept thinking, "Dang! Mayberry must have a heck of a lot of phones!" I smelled the need for a change in the voting structure right away. Why can we vote multiple times? Why don't we vote for who we want to go rather than who we want to stay?

Then Jennifer Hudson gets the boot after giving the best stinkin' performance on Barry Manilow night! (I hate living in New England but her rendition of Weekend In New England reminded me it ain't such a bad place to visit!) The worst part of that was that Opie was still a contestant.

Then justice reigned once again when the very next week, the phones went out in Mayberry and they sent the red headed boy blunder back to his small town where he will either become bald and make movies or will be cast in Adams Family Three as the new Lurch.

Then last week. Jasmine and George are in the bottom two. A no brainer would be to send Jasmine back to the Islands with her dumb flower in her head. But NO! America got a case of the stupids again and we are sadly Georgeless. I told Kendra right there and then that the heart of the show was voted off that night.

I still had hope because my girl Latoya was on her way to a least a final two place. As annoying as Fantasia Burrino is, surely when it came down to the two of them in a head to head competition, America would choose the class act of Latoya London and send "Ghetto Girl" home.

Then tonight happened. The episode that will make me not watch any other episode of this joke of a "talent" competition. America in their STUPIDITY voted Latoya off while keeping Fantasia and Jasmine. I am done. Until they fix the power vote I will not watch again. Until this show gets its act together and makes it worth watching, I am done. They want the hype of 20+ million votes so they can sound all cool and stuff so they get what they deserve. I am a loyal watcher and I am done.

My guys and girls Bible studies stay late on Tuesday to watch the show at my house. I will continue to let them if they want (but I can't imagine why they would). I will be busy on the computer in another room. Or I will fix them something to eat. Anything to be out of earshot of what in one season went from being the best show on television to the worst show on the planet. I am so done!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Ever Been Punk'd?

Jasper Speaks:

This weekend I was sharing a room with three senior high guys. I was in my own bed and a boy was in a rollaway bed that blocked me from the front of the room. There were two guys who would be sharing the second bed.

One of the boys in the other bed announced that he didn't want to sleep in the shorts he had worn all day. The other guy protested but the first guy threw off his shorts. (He had on a pair of boxers. He had already taken off his shirt). So the first guy gets into bed with his friend.

The next thing we hear is, "I usually sleep naked." Then we see a pair of boxers fly accross the room (to the part of the room where I cannot get to at the time).

There was an awkward silence as we just laid there and were stunned. I couldn't get to the boxers, the guy in the rollaway bed was not in a position to get them, the guy in the bed was MORTIFIED and I was completely speechless and at a loss what to do.

After about 30 well timed seconds the first guy jumps up and yells "tada!" We were all pleasantly shocked to see him standing there in the boxers he had on when he got into the bed.

He had hidden another pair under the sheets just to see how I would respond.

It has gone into our youth group hall of fame for pranks because he SO had me! Which of course made him pretty happy!
A Weekend!

Jasper Speaks:

We had such a great weekend in youth ministry! We went to the Maine Christian Teen Convention held at Bangor Auditorium in Bangor, Maine. It was a good weekend all around. The music side of the weekend was a highlight as far as national acts go. I loved Geoff Morre and Casting Crowns! I had seem them both in concert in the past year so their formats had not really changed but both acts refreshed my heart. I believe that Geoff Moore is quite possibly the nicest guy in Christian music!

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns always delivers a great testimony to the work of God and it moves me greatly. I think I admire his transparency and the fact that he is a youth pastor doesn't hurt either. I was especially encouraged that Casting Crowns sees their ministry as a worship opportunity not just a concert. The presence of the Lord was very evident.

Ryan Dobson was also excellent. I have never left an event like this one where the kids were talking more about how much they loved the speaker than anything else.

But as is often the case the best part of this weekend was not the "formal" ministry time but the time spent with the students. We had a great over night stay in Bangor on Friday and on Saturday night we came back and everyone spent the night at our house. It was a lot of fun. There are so many funny stories that I wish I had time to share. But mostly this weekend was about building unity and relationships. We had such a good time just being silly and being ourselves. God moved in serious conversations. He also moved in our time of fun and silliness. Maybe I will post some of the details of both of those things as I get more time.