(From this photo album)
2006.06.12 Mon - Busy relaxin'
This weekend was the first weekend I've had in awhile to relax; so I packed my weekend full of fun things to do. ha ha...
3 movies in 2 days
~~~ "Cars" w/ Philip Pan & friends ~~~
Cute & funny, but I would say save your money for DVD rental. I kinda' felt like more could have been done with it, but maybe it's just 'cuz I'm not that into Nascar. :P
~~~ "The Omen" w/ CCSV kids ~~~
Ummm... don't bother renting the DVD even. ha ha... I think we laughed during the movie more than were scared. Just very... corny.
~~~ "The DaVinci Code" w/ Hoomes, Isaac Choi, & Wing Ho ~~~
Sorta' random group of people to watch the movie with. Movie was... ok. I'd say wait for DVD, and even then, maybe only watch it if you're into that kind of stuff and/or you read the book. Perhaps it's just a hard book to convert to the screen, but there was a lot of dialogue/flashing back just to give the audience quick history lessons that probably ended up being more confusing than informative if you can't rewind and play the scene again or if you haven't read the book. As a quick response to the hype: Like the book, if you're gonna watch it, take it with a grain of salt. 1) Dan Brown doesn't have all of his facts right and 2) people who think this book/movie actually means anything significant are only ignorant/uninformed. Dan Brown's facts are long known and have never been hidden, while his fictions/falsities are long known and well refuted. Just check wikipedia.org, www.jesusanddavinci.com, or the many other sites.
Since I'm on movies, this post is another one. The Drama Ministry at EFC/Harvest Berkeley had some good stuff going, whether skits to advertise for a retreat, or videos like this to make a point/teach something. I wish I had all of them, but here's all I could find so far. Make sure to watch the "other version" in the same album as this one (click the album's link above). Pretty funny "bloopers". :D
Coffeehouse'ish performance @ Katherine Huang & Daniel Chang's fundraiser thingy. I brought some of the CCSV boys with me to accompany. I miss performing in public spaces. Too bad we weren't more rehearsed. :-P
"But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness" ~ 2 Timothy 2:16
I've wondered how this plays out in real life. Taken far enough, most of what I say is worldly and empty chatter. (e.g. - "Did Cal win?", "Yeah, I prefer Mac OSX to Winblows.", "I need to poop real bad.") And that's not even really having to take it all THAT far. King James version says: "But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness." Does this only apply to cussing? The verse right before (since this verse starts with a "but") says "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." Hmmm... "accurately handling the word of truth." So maybe it means not to defame God's Word, or use it for worldly gain, or argue/talk about it in a way that doesn't lead to anything helpful? I dunno. But it does make me wish I held my tongue more. I wish I would think things through more thoroughly before I end up slapping my forehead "Doh!" Like other "Bible instructions", do I look for how much I can do/say before I cross the line of "being bad"? I hope not. 'Cuz that only shows my spiritual immaturity and evil heart.
I get pissed at certain injustices. I noticed one such pet peeve this past weekend, namely when people use other people for selfish desires/gain. (I hope not to gossip or cause harm in this story but to hopefully build us up. I'm guessing no one there will be reading this anyway.) A guy sits between two girls at a scary movie. The girls grab for each other during the scary parts. Since he's in between them, they're reaching over/across him. They ask to switch seats with him so they can do their girly thing (heh). He refuses. I notice and am a little peeved. Why? It's not so much the girls not getting to sit next to each other like they'd asked, 'cuz like they said later, it didn't really matter to them that much. What bugs is that I think he refused to switch 'cuz he liked having the girls around him, reaching over him, physical contact, etc. I made kind of a big deal about it during them movie by asking him repeatedly to switch, then after the movie pulling him aside to confront him about it. I'm hoping I didn't get his motives wrong, but he didn't argue with my suspicions nor volunteer any other reason for his stubbornness. Girls aren't objects. People aren't objects. Even if it's "OK" with them (like flirting). Of course, the degree varies according to various variables. Many times I just let it go.
I think I know why I don't have especially close friends that I actually see a lot. Either I see you a lot, or I don't see you much but when we talk, it's really close. Never both. I'm very "inconvenient" at times because my threshold for confronting/bringing something up is lower than most. If I see something messed up/shady, and I care enough about you, etc., then I'll bring it up. As a result, with me around, it's harder to hide things, bury aspects/character traits you're ashamed of, etc. I long for "inconvenient" friends. Not people who will tell me off to make themselves bigger, make me smaller, or for jealousy/pride reasons, but out of love, they sharpen me as "iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17). Ignorance is NOT bliss, it's just ignorant. Doesn't anyone else desire the same? Weird.