Archive for June, 2006

Old Book, Old Problem

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Good
I’m Listening To: The clicking of mice and tapping of keyboards as I substitute for a co-worker’s computer fundamentals class.

I recently re-read a book I read in high school, entitled Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer.
The book is a detailed, first-person account of the disaster on Mt. Everest in 1996. The book was assigned to all SLUH students and staff to read over the summer. It’s a decent, and really, pretty fascinating read. There are a lot of interesting aspects to what happened on that mountain that year. And while as many people died as did, it’s not a totally depressing read.
As the book was written by a journalist, and he wanted to relate situations, occurrences, and conversations as accurately as possible, I do kind of wonder at the fact that it was assigned to students at a Catholic high school. The book uses the “f-word” a bunch of times, all in quoting conversation, which, I suppose isn’t such a critically huge deal. There are some allusions to some somewhat illicit relationships both on and off the mountain, which again raise an eyebrow. I’m probably being a little over-the-top here, but it does bug me a little that nobody could find a book that tells a good story and challenges the intellect, but doesn’t require foul language to do it.
I’m also being a bit hypocritical here, as I will often ignore obvious problems with movies in light of them being good artistic statements. A good example of this is Reservoir Dogs, a movie I liked a lot, but which is pretty much built on language and violence. Another obvious one is Boogie Nights, a movie I saw before I became a Christian, which I’ll likely never see again, but which, if pressed, I have to admit was a pretty excellent film, artistically/dramatically speaking. I feel like I’m rambling, so I’m going to bail out on this one. Have a good one, all.

Reality TV And Me

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Amused
I’m Listening To: Hogan Knows Best on CMT

Hannah and I happened upon a marathon of “Hogan Knows Best” on CMT a couple of nights ago. I’d never seen the show, although I do have some vague recollection of hearing it mentioned, probably on morning talk radio. Anyway, we watched a couple episodes.
Now, while I don’t go in much for reality TV (although I did like The Mole, American Chopper, Monster Garage, Monster House, Oblivious, and we love the pseudo-reality The Office), I have to say I got a real kick out of this show. It’s pretty much just a documentary of Hulk Hogan‘s family life, but it’s stinkin’ funny. He’s really a pretty grounded guy – while there tends to be kind of an anything-goes attitude around the house, he comes down on his kids sternly when they screw up. He also at least appears to be a very devoted husband. He and his wife have been married 22+ years (one of the episodes revolved around their anniversary), and they seem to have a lot of love for each other.
When I first heard about this show, I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes, convinced it was going to be a crappy knock-off of the already-super-crappy The Osbournes. Not so – if you get the chance, check it out. While this won’t be one we’ll stay home for, or tape if we’re going to miss (after all, it comes on opposite The 4400), it was a pleasant surprise in a quick channel-surfing.

Sorry So Careless…

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Out-Of-Touch
I’m Listening To: Nickel Creek – This Side

My goodness! It has been entirely too long since I’ve written here. I apologize to both of you. I don’t really have any excuse; other than the typical “been busy”. I would like to commit publicly, though, that I’ll post quite a bit in the near future. I’ve really missed the outlet blogging provides.
A lot’s been going on in our family:
  1. We figured out our budget
  2. We experienced a minor financial crisis (See #1)
  3. I had extremely minor “surgery”
  4. Hannah found out she’ll likely need pretty major surgery
  5. I went to see They Might Be Giants for my 6th time
  6. My car insurance expired
  7. I got in a minor car accident
  8. I got two traffic tickets (See #’s 6 & 7)
  9. We experienced a major financial crisis (See #’s 6 – 8)
  10. Hannah and I began reading a book together
  11. I had a really amazing dream
  12. We got our tax refund, and it was bigger than expected, but immediately shrunk significantly (See #9)
  13. Spring television show seasons ended
  14. We’ve begun talking a lot more in the evenings (See #13)
  15. We went to see X-Men III
  16. I went to traffic court (See #8)
  17. I’ve grown spiritually
  18. I read a novel
  19. Ian had a birthday
  20. I had a really rough week at work
  21. We had a birthday party for Ian
  22. I’ve realized I love my wife more than I thought I did before (All of the above)
So, with that, I’ll begin drafting my next post…