Friday, January 30, 2009

Inauguration Day!

So, now that it's been 10 days, I found the text file I was writing while watching the inauguration.

Inauguration Day 2009

I'm watching the inauguration and when John Williams' piece Air and Simple Gifts was playing, I was thinking, "Man, Obama, look at all the trouble that was made for you!" Then I realized that this wasn't, or rather, isn't for him, but for me. We don't hold the spectacle for him, but rather for me and for you.

This spectacle today, did what was intended, it rallied America around our new President and it gave the world something to watch and also rally around.

This is the first inauguration that I scheduled around to see. This is the first time that I've been excited for a president to hold office. This is not to discount the previous administrations, I've only seen a few in my life. I was born in the Carter administration, so I "witnessed" Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.


"Praise Song for the Day"--- I don't know what to think of this poem yet.

Someone needs to teach these pastors what an invocation and a benediction are.


Covering your heart during the National Anthem. This is not an appropriate action. (I guess it's not 'in'appropriate, but there is no purpose. Are you pledging? Singing a narration of a past event does not evoke a heart covering motion. It's a narrative!)


This is the overall "Ordo" of the worship service(s):















Inauguration Mass
(abbreviated)
"Contemporary" Worship
Prelude

Processional

Opening song

Invocation

Pledges

Speech

Poem

Benediction

Closing Song

Recessional

Postlude
Prelude

Processional

Gathering Song

Invocation....

Readings

Sermon

Singing

(Communion Stuff)

Benediction

Sending Song

Postlude
Singing

Prayer (maybe invocation involved)

Sermon

Song



It seems as though the Inauguration is something in between the contemporary and traditional worship services. I don't know what that means, but it's interesting to me.

Good night, all!

I've grown accustomed...

So, I had something to blog about, but I cannot remember what it was and I've grown accustomed to posting when I'm at work.

I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again, this job is murder.
I love the guys I work with... in a normal, heterosexual way. They teach me all kinds of cool stuff with SSH, WiFi, Linux (I'm currently running a form of Slackware on Becky's college laptop), and other stuff. They don't mind when I mention seminary and are ok when I complain about stupid stuff.
I like what I'm doing, mostly because of all the above.
The management that I deal with is 99% cool. They are still management, and make decisions I don't understand, but I'm not supposed to understand it.
The management I don't deal with, I don't deal with. So I have no clue.

I just wish I could escape to some different hours. I'm tired of being fatigued, no matter the time of day. I'm tired (as is Becky) of being crabby. It's nice, because I do get a chance to miss Becky. This is a rare occurrence for us. Usually I'm too busy to know that there's something missing. I don't know if this is normal.

Well, I'm not done ranting, but I just remembered what I had to post on....

Friday, January 23, 2009

Waiting....

This schedule is a weird one, it seems like I'm always waiting. I'll give you an overview of my week and a glossing of what's going on in my mind.

Sunday: Church... I'm thinking normal things... "crap I work tomorrow"

Monday-Wednesday: wake anywhere between 8-10... think about how I work at 3. Waste time watching TV or playing video games, while I wait for my shift to begin. Get home at midnight... maybe Becky's up... most likely not, so I waste time watching TV or playing video games because I'm waiting until I'm tired..

Thursday: I wake up at a normal time, 8-10, but I need to get some rest, so I don't really plan anything, because I should take a nap at some point. So around 12-2 I try to sleep for 4 hours. Becky might get home between 5-9, yes, it's that varied. We'll eat, or we've eaten separately and we talk for a bit, usually with TV involved, because I'm waiting for my shift to begin. Then I leave for work around 10.

Friday: get home around 8. Sleep until 5-6. Make dinner. Watch TV with Becky, waiting for work. Leave for work around 10.

Saturday: get home around 8. Sleep until 1, as I need to sleep that night at a normal hour. Do little, because I'm grouchy and tired. Wait to go to sleep.

I need to figure out something to do that doesn't involve waiting.... I need some nocturnal friends!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Nothing to say

I really don't have much to say. I'm tired of late nights, but I like my job. It's kind of weird how nothing can be perfect in life, there always has to be something negative happening amidst the positive.

Tonight, yes, while I was working, I chatted with a friend. She's actually one of Becky's friends, but I've known her just as long and... blah, blah. Any way, she was telling me that she really wants to get out of the field she's in and go into the field that she wanted to when she graduated from college. Apparently, her (now) husband had talked her out of going into this because he didn't think she's like it. In reality, he didn't like the idea and couldn't bear that. Now, she's miserable and wants to make a go at it.

How this relates is that the job she has now pays well. The other one doesn't. It seems like you have to give up something in order to be happy. In order for her to be happy, she has to give up the idea of being financially solvent. And, it seems, in order for one spouse to be happy, the other has to give up on something that makes themself happy.

Oh, the humanity!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Commenting...

So, apparently because I have Mortimer Adler's book on my blog, one of his "associates" frequents my blog. I'm certain it's a 'bot of sorts, but it really ticks me off and makes me never want to get another book of his. (even though it's quite good... and Morty is dead).
Anyway, though I'm sure Mr. Adler would not like this, because I'm having to change my practices to avoid his "associate," but I'm now requiring word authentication in order to post. It was either that, or require people to become members of my blog. I'd rather have word verification than have people not comment, so please comment anyway, and I'm sorry.

Mom, you can continue to email comments to me. That doesn't require any verification :-P

Peace, All.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Resloute shuns.

OK, so I again am reminded about resolutions because of Moe.  Thanks, I think.  Here are last year's resolutions:

By June 15th, 2008, I will reduce clutter in my home by storing papers and class notes in an electronic format.
Didn't happen.  I completely forgot about this, however, I reduced clutter by filing papers. C-
I will lose 10 more pounds by May 15th by working out 3 times a week.
I'm not sure if I accomplished this.  I think I was at about 195 and am now at 186 and was there by May 15th.  So, I think so, but I was not specific in my goal/resolution.  A-
I will decrease spending by eating outside of the home no more than once a week. (Unless someone is treating!)
I was good at this for a while, but when I started working retail, this became far from reality.  F.
I will read one book this summer for fun (due date August 15, 2008). (I don't read for fun right now.)
Yep.  A couple. A+
I will keep in better contact with family and friends (I'm really bad at this.)
Who knows?  I've seen friends I haven't seen in a while.  But is this really measurable?  Nope.  I
I will spend more time on studies.
Nope.  What studies?  F

Well, I think my overall score is something like a C for the year.  That's pretty good.  I haven't set goals/resolutions for 2009, but I'm renewing my birthday goals of 2008.

On May 14th, 2009, I will have 10% body fat. (This is a huge goal, but I want a six-pack for a little while in my life).
-Along with this, I will run (the whole way) a 5K. Grandma's 5K, Friday, June 19, 2009
-I will finish a century bike ride (100 miles).  http://www.djjd.org/
-I will master a knew skill: rock climbing. This I will work on more.  I have lost the timing, but I'll get it back.
Sing 
Play piano. 
Perform piano in public (I don't know how, but I will) Done! Maybe I'll try it again.
Read 10 books of my own choosing! I have read some, but I need to read a few more.

I will try to update on these plans this year.  I was awful in the past few months.  

God's blessings.