Saturday, October 16, 2004

Reflections On Turning 35

>Jasper Speaks:

So It's here. I turned 35 on Friday. 35. Man I remember when that seemed so old. I don't feel 35. I have all of these images of the show 30 Something from the 80's floating through my head. Am I like that? Those people were OLD. I often kid that 35 is middle aged and now here I am. Anyway, it was a pleasant enough day for me. The day was rather uneventful actually.

My friend George, who works for Mission Raleighis in town for a visit. He had a fun filled day of travel woes on Thursday and spent the night with Kendra and me instead of with our friends Bob and Jen because he arrived in Portland pretty late. So, we woke up to a rainy and dark October 15. We thought we were going to go sight seeing with George but God seemed to have other plans. We picked him up about 10:30 on Thursday night and drove home. We said, "This is Maine in the dark". Then on Friday it was pretty much, "This is Maine in the rain." We stopped by Target to say "happy birthday" to one of our students who shares my special day. While there we met up with our dear friend Jess (who happens to have a hankerin' to get to know George better) and had lunch together. Then we ended up driving around Portland in the dark AND rain just to bore George a little bit more before dinner.

Dinner was probably the highlight of the day. We met some friends and had a nice little Mexican meal. We had invited Joni and Hannah, two of our recent high school graduates who had served with George in Mission Raleigh last summer. Now that they are working and going to school we don't get to see them much so I enjoyed getting up to date on their lives as well as sharing old youth group memories. It was a lot of fun. I also got presents which is never a bad thing either!

Then we came home and I called my parents and sister. It made me a lot lonesome for home. I have not seen my family in almost a year and I long to be with them. Next year in Jerusalem. I pray that we will al be together for my 36th birthday.

In all I don't feel any different other than I woke up kind of stiff this morning. I know I am older and I pray I am wiser. So much has happened in my life since my last birthday. I look back on this year and see some battles won and some battles lost and pray that I have learned from each of those. I'm a little balder, have some more wrinkles and seem to get sleepy a little bit earlier. However, I am blessed with a beautiful YOUNG wife and family and friends who really love me. Even if I am middle aged, I am a blessed man.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Quote For Today

Helen Keller Speaks: (Sort of)

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the successes that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to obtain something beautiful is ever lost."

Jasper Speaks:
>The joy is in the journey!
Useless Fact For Tuesday October 12

>The Fact Speaks:

Two out of three adults in the United States have hemorrhoids.

Jasper Speaks:

Monday, October 11, 2004

Things I Wish I Could Forget

Jasper Speaks:

So to celebrate Columbus day, my best bud in Maine, Nate and I went to go see a matinee showing of "The Forgotten". The previews made this look interesting and Anthony Edwards of ER was a co-star so that piqued my interest.

We should have heeded the bad movie omens as they came. We arrived at Smitty's Cinema (formally Chunky's) and sat down. Smitty's is a cool dinner movie theater so we ordered two low-carb lunches as we are both trying to South Beach it these days. Our meals arrived only a minute or so before the previews began. The first of those was the Ben Affleck Christmas movie that also looks good in the previews. The next two were interesting but I thought odd choices to be shown before "The Forgotten" because they were both for upcoming animated movies. One was about robots and the others about funny penguins in the Zoo. So then the familiar Dreamworks logo comes on and we see the boy fishing from the moon and I sit back to get comfortable. The next thing I know, there is an animated worm on the fishing hook and boom --- were under the sea!

Suddenly I realize we are watching the beginning of "A Shark's Tale". I look over at Nate and ask, "Are we in the right theater"? He bounces up and rushes out the door. He returns and says, "It says the Forgotten outside." Perplexed, I stopped eating my ribs and started wondering if I had been somehow been drawn into the wrong theater by Jefferey Katzenberg and the other Dreamworks owners so A Shark Tale would stay number 1. The people in front of us turn around and say, "Isn't this supposed to be the Forgotten?". I am very confused by this time. Suddenly the film stops and we wait about 10 minutes and a waitress comes in and says, "Sorry we put in the wrong film". I just began to feel very sorry for the parents of the 8 year olds who were all set for cartoon fishes and got Julianne Moore on a swing instead.

Anyway, I thought, "This isn't all bad. I can eat my ribs in the light at least!" (I am currently on a positive kick). Anyway I finished my meal and we begin to see the projectionist working frantically to get the movie going. The lights dim and MORE PREVIEWS. More appropriate ones though I don't remember them now --- I have forgotten (Snort! Snort! -- I crack myself up).

Anyway, the music swells and we see that finally, the correct movie is in place. We see a sweeping scene of Central Park and the camera coming in from above on Jullianne Morre on a swing when --- Crack! POP! WRRRRGRRR! The film breaks! Okay, so how many signs do I need to see before thinking that maybe I should have rented the movie 1492 and made popcorn for Nate instead? I am beginning to think that the ghost of Christopher Columbus iss haunting the theater and wanting us to celebrate our country's discovery in a more regal fashion.

However, dead Mr. Columbus did not win. After about another 10 minutes (45 minutes after the showtime) the movie began again. About thirty minutes later, I found myself wondering how A Shark Tale was coming along. This was a really bad movie. I had read in reviews that the movie had the most shocking twist since The Sixth Sense. I must have missed that part. I had the whole thing figured out pretty much all along. Basically, it was a run of the mill suspense flick. Actually I am pretty certain I saw this story once on the X-Files but can't confirm that.

All in all it was a nice day to spend with my good friend. It was something to get my mind off the fact that there is an elder's meeting tonight I don't want to go to. Maybe I can say aliens abducted me and I can get out of it ... hmmmm ....
Quote For Today:

A.W. Tozer Speaks:

"God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years".
Jasper Speaks:
God's Word is a live and active. He proves his omniscience and omnipresence every time I read His Word. The power of Scripture meets me that day and that time, exactly where I am at that precise moment. I am amazed at how God's breath flows through me everytime I read His Word.
Useless Fact For October 11

The Fact Speaks:

The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

Jasper Speaks:

For my Metrotix buddies, I think learned this word when I first had to check the calls in queue in the phone room. I actually use it often in everyday conversation now. I don't often worry about how to spell it though. This is most certainly a useless fact.
Back Again

Jasper Speaks:

Sorry I have been absent again! There is just so much cool stuff going on in my life right now and I am so busy! I am so happy that the Cardinals won tonight! I am SICK of hearing about the Red Sox and the Yankees. Oh how I won't miss that when I leave this place!
We are really praying and seeking God's will on some MAJOR things in our lives right now. If you want deatails e-mail me. But I would ask that you pray that God will open doors and close them so we will know exactly what he wants for us. Life can be very exciting at times!

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Quote For Today

The Simpsons Speak:

Homer: "I want to tell you about the most wonderful place in the world: Doggie heaven. In doggie heaven, there are mountains of bones, and you can't turn around without sniffing another dog's butt!"
Bart: "Is there a doggie hell?"
Homer: "Well...Of course, there couldn't be a heaven if there weren't a hell."
Bart: "Who's in there?"
Homer: "Oh, uh... Hitler's dog... and that dog Nixon had, what's his name, um, Chester..."
Lisa: "Checkers."
Homer: "Yeah! One of the Lassies is in there, too. The mean one! The one that mauled Timmy!"
>Jasper Speaks:

Just a little fun because the QOT is always so serious. Gotta' love Homer!