Archive for January, 2006

Humanism and the Depressing Human Condition

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Depressed
I’m Listening To: Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer from “So”

I was listening to a radio interview with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. the other day, and found myself coming away with a pretty bleak outlook. Vonnegut is a humanist who is at best agnostic, but probably has more atheistic leanings. During his interview, he mentioned some things that just made me sad for society as a whole. The idea that there are people out there who have just no concept of sin and (by inference) redemption.
It’s also disappointing because I like Vonnegut’s writing: he’s funny, quirky, sometimes outright weird, but he’s always insightful. It’s like he’s got a really good handle on point A: he thoroughly understands the human condition, but then he can’t connect to point B: that the human condition cries out for salvation. I will continue to recommend his writing, but will add the caveat that while some of his statements seem to be altruistic, they’re completely without valid basis.
I guess the important thing is to use this as a springboard for evangelism… it convicts me (again) that there are plenty of folks out there who are just wandering around with no clue of who God is or what He promises. We need to reach these people!

Trekkies are Born, Not Made…

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I’m Feeling: Nerdy

A couple years ago, Hannah got me all 7 seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We were watching an episode (“The High Ground” for any interested), and Ian was sitting on the bed with us. He started fussing, and it was bedtime, anyway, so I put him to sleep. When I moved him to his bed, this was how he said good night. Honest. This was not posed.

Live long and prosper, everyone.

Back at Last…

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Cheerful
I’m Listening To: Chantal Kreviazuk – What If It All Means Something?

All right, this is the second time I’ve tried writing this thing. The first time got interrupted by my laptop (which I really like, overall) going to sleep during a game, and then never waking back up. I think it was being in the middle of a game that did it.
Anyway, I figure I oughtta get on here and actually post something worth reading. Although I haven’t really found any of it to be too interesting, myself, so that may be a lost cause.
Here is the Haefele Holiday Review.
We had Christmas, which was of course Ian’s first.

It was a blast. We got Ian some toys, as did most of our family members. It was very fun. We also initiated him into our family tradition, which is that each year we each get an ornament with a given theme (I’m reindeer, Hannah is snowmen). We decided that Ian would be mice. We got him a really cool ornament.

It was sort of like this one, only the mouse was in a stocking.
Hannah’s big gift was a dining room set, something we’ve needed for a while, but hadn’t been able to do. It was fun… once she went to bed Christmas Eve, I told her she was confined to the bedroom. I got up and assembled everything as quietly as possible, which was a lot easier than I had anticipated. The most difficult part (or at least most time consuming) was the chairs, which I’d already done in the week prior. It was great. Hannah didn’t have a clue. I also made her a DVD compilation of video and pictures from Ian’s first six months.

Hannah gave me the second season of Scrubs, along with a couple of nice shirts, a sweater, and my big present, which was a unicycle.

That’s right. A unicycle. I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride one, and will now have the chance. It’s awesome. It was, like the dining room set, completely unexpected. Fun stuff.
We had a pretty busy week between the holidays, and for New Year’s, Rooftop rented out a bowling alley and had a huge party. For any of those of you who know me well, you know this is right up my alley (Insert rim shot here). I rarely pass a chance to bowl; when it’s free, I never do. They had tons of time to just bowl whatever, but also had some other events and prizes. Our team came in second or third in the Crazy Bowl. My sister-in-law, Havah won the prize for “Best Dressed Bowler”, for which she won a scarf knitted by Leida Pickett, and my brother-in-law, Sam, came in second in another of the games. As for me, I won the award for “Best Form”. :-) They also had a strike-off, a best of 10 balls strike competition, which I won with a score of 4. It was a heated competition… I very narrowly beat out Mat Hardee for the honors; he had me down 3-1 until the sixth ball. Tons of fun.
I guess that’s about it. Rooftop had its first Christmas service ever, since we’re finally in our own building and can. Also excellent.

I Love Games!

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Curious
I’m Listening To: Chantal Kreviazuk – Under These Rocks And Stones

We hosted a game night last Sunday. It was a lot of fun. We had about 30-35 people throughout the night. Catch Phrase was probably the big winner, as far as popularity. I think there was a game going with varying teams for about 5 hours. We’re hoping to kind of establish a recurring thing with the game nights, but it’s tough… we don’t want to burn people out on it, but we don’t it to be only a once- or twice-a-year event, either.
We’d also like to get some new games. Does anyone have any suggestions? We have a really fun game called Loser, and were given for Christmas the as-yet-untested Adverteasing. We also got a new card game called Dutch Blitz. I highly recommend this one. It’s kind of a cross between SkipBo and Speed, and is apparently also similar to Nertz, though I’ve never played that. It’s a good time, although if you get competitive folks together, which Hannah and I (and her whole family, for that matter) are, there can be a lot of trash-talk going on. Family fun.
Anyway, if there’s anything you really enjoy, feel free to comment. I’d love to expand our collection.

I Feel Silly…

Monday, January 16th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Embarrassed

I’m a little embarrassed here. I wanted to get really good about posting and stuff, but I haven’t, mainly because I’ve felt like I didn’t have time. I have, however, miraculously found time to be reading a bunch of other people’s blogs. So, forgive me.