Health

I’m taking a five-minute break at work to talk about how bad I feel on my blog.

 

My back’s been killing me since last week (St. Pat’s, to be exact).  In addition to that, I now have a sore throat and a headache.  The sore throat could be related to having done some power-sanding over the weekend and getting engulfed in the dust that was created as a result.  Or it could be that I’m getting a cold.  Or it could be that my allergies are going nuts with the rapidly changing weather…  The headache…well there are to many “or-s” to get into it.

 

This is not how I need to feel with my boss for next year on campus today and tomorrow (which got moved up from tomorrow and Wednesday).  As I said previously, he’s a nice guy, so I’m sure he’ll understand if I’m not at my most chipper, after some brief apologies…but I’d much rather be feeling at least 80% decent (which these days is about equal to being 100% for me).

 

So I’m stressed out, exhausted, and I feel like a truck hit me.  This is going to be a long week, I think.  I shouldn’t be that worried about it.  My job’s one of the few things I normally feel like I’ve got a handle on.  It’s just a transition-time, and that’s always wearing.  It’ll be good though, in the end…I just hope I start feeling a little better so I can be somewhat functional in the meetings I’m sure I’ll be having this week.  It’s not actually the work-stuff I’m sweating.  It’s the not-feeling-good stuff I’m sweating…that just happens to be going on WHILE I’ve got unusual work-stuff, too…

 

But I just need to keep my head above water, I guess.  It’ll work out…It’ll work out…It’ll work out…

 

Just six hours or so until I can go home and take a nap.  🙂

 

I hope I’m coming across clearly as saying I really do like my job…I just don’t feel good today and that’s making work difficult.  I’m not really even focusing very well…which is why I’m jumping from editing work-documents to typing a blog post to reading the headlines to checking out books to cleaning my office to getting back to the document I’m editing to thinking about lunch to trying to remember when I took that last Advil…etc.  Fortunately, no one seems to notice much of a difference, ha ha.

 

…annnnnd…that’s five minutes.  We’ll spell-check and it’ll be six.  Oops…

 

UPDATE: Feeling a little better.  Had one meeting with next-year’s boss and it went well.  I think I’m really going to like working with him.  And Sudafed’s awesome, by the way. 

Just a small thing about me…

I get nervous about weird things.

 

Like if I’m on stage and I’m thinking of singing a line differently than I usually sing it, I sweat it.  My pulse quickens a little and I often just revert to the same-old-same-old.  Or if I’m driving to a place I’ve never been before, I convince myself that I’m going to miss a turn and I’ll miss the whole event.  Or the fact that the guy who’s going to be my boss next year is visiting campus on Tuesday and Wednesday and I’m alarmingly nervous about it, even though he’s a really nice guy and isn’t my boss yet, so he doesn’t know how irresponsible and inept I am yet, ha ha.  (Kidding.  Actually, I like to think I’m pretty good at what I do, all things considered.)

 

It’s just weird…I get nervous about nothing…and it’s always peripheral issues…  Like I get scared of singing the LINE differently, but not of performing.  I get scared of getting lost, but I don’t worry about if the event I’m is going to be terrible—or just some kind of intervention.  I get worried about my NEXT boss visiting, but I don’t really worry much about my present bosses.  (I mean that in a good way.  If I were worried about my present bosses, then there’d be something wrong, because I’d HAVE something to worry about.  I have a healthy respect for them, but no fear or worry.  In fact they’ve all been really supportive and kind, even when I’ve made mistakes…and I promise, I’m not sucking up.  You who read here know me well enough to know that I don’t do that.)

 

I don’t know why I’m sharing this with all of you…just kind of been thinking about it lately.  And I’m tired and a little spacey…so that makes for weird blog posts, and I don’t have enough sense to just save it and read it in the morning, lol.  🙂

 

That’s all for now.  I’m going to try to get to bed a little earlier than I normally do (but I’m posting this at 12:26 a.m.  So it’s kind of a relative term).  Hopefully this week will see some more frequent posting from me.  Don’t know why I’ve been letting my daily blogging slide lately.  I’ll do better sooner or later.

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Current Listening:

  • Mostly the Drive-By Truckers…the re-scheduled show from last month is this upcoming Saturday.  Should be a good one, now that Patterson’s healthy again!

I’m a Sinner and God’s a Pervert…

(Title’s a “Family Guy” reference.)

 

WARNING: Some of this post may be considered inappropriate for younger audiences by some hypocritical people. Also, please note — once again — my disclaimer to the right.  This post also contains some satire, which goes virtually completely misunderstood these days, making the world almost unbearable.  Please…don’t be an idiot.  Okay?

 

Here we go…

 

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Ezekiel 23:19-20 (NIV) – Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

 

Does it ever creep you out a little that stuff like that’s in the Bible?

 

I.

 

I’m a Bible College graduate, as most of you probably know. I have heard countless times (and said myself) that “the Bible is the inspired Word of God.” I’ve sat through countless sermons and lessons on the authority of the Bible and how it is all literally true and flawless. I’ve heard, seen, read, and personally written on the reliability of the Bible.

 

…but as much as I may believe all of that, I’ve got to say that encountering verses like that make me think that some parts were less inspired than others.

 

Okay. I actually have a little bit of a problem with the phrase “the Bible is all literally true.” It isn’t. Some of it is parable. Some of it is recorded folklore. The Psalms, for example, are overflowing with poetic imagery, not all of which is meant to be literal. The parables Jesus told were STORIES that didn’t actually happen, but were tales meant to explain a point. The Book of Job, most scholars agree was probably more of a Jewish parable (made-up story) that was just seen as a valuable metaphor for God’s faith in His people. Not all of the Bible is true, in the sense that it is all literal. Like all great works of literature, it makes use of many writing styles and not all of those styles are meant to be taken literally. That doesn’t mean that the Bible is filled with LIES, exactly…it just means that there are some things that aren’t 100% literal (and those things are pretty obvious when they occur). Don’t mistake that as me slamming the Bible and discrediting it. I’m not doing that…I’m just saying we’re using some poor terminology here that opens us up to some very serious criticism. Thought it was important to address that.

 

In the argument about the truthfulness/authority of the Bible, there are inevitably people who ask if the authors were 100% accurate in their account(s) of the stories they tell. The standard “minister answer” is “Yes. They were all guided by God to write exactly the words He wanted.” That too, is dangerous… What we mean to say is that “God inspired them to write,” but what we end up communicating is quite different.  What we end up putting into most people’s heads is the concept of “auto-writing,” which is the form of allowing a spirit (usually considered even by proponents to be a tormented soul) to take control of ones hand and write through them. In most of the documentaries you’ll see on the subject, the “spirits” (assuming that’s really what’s going on) are writing things like “help me” or “get out.” Rarely are they writing, “For God so loved the world…” In many people’s minds, saying that “God guided the writing” of the Biblical authors, we’re essentially accusing God of using a demonic process to write the Bible…and not only do I think God wouldn’t do that, I think the variety of tones in the Bible speak to the contrary.

 

The Bible is made up of the writings of multiple authors across centuries. The story is uniform, but the specifics of the writing vary drastically, even in writings in the same language, by the same author. (IE – Paul, though he had his particular trademarks, did not always write in the exact same format. Sometimes he was more formal than others, etc…) The individual personalities and moods of the authors were not left out of the Bible. Whereas they were writing the uniform story of God, they were not writing on auto-pilot, completely self-removed from their own works…that doesn’t make anything they wrote any less true or any less reliable. It just means they were present in their own writings and God didn’t directly write and approve every word in the Bible.

 

I have no doubt that God could and MAY have chosen to keep some stuff out of it. Like if Paul had written to the Galatians, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. So stop being douche-bags to one another!” I think God probably would have worked in the mind of Paul to make him realize the second part might be a bit “much.” But nonetheless, I think that God allowed a little bit of leeway to the individual authors to express some things in the specific ways they wished. Otherwise, how do we account for such things as the discrepancies in the story of the paralytic brought before Christ in the Gospels? The authors CLEARLY describe two different types of houses for the same story, meaning — yes — someone wasn’t being entirely accurate in his description. Neither of them screwed up the actual point of the story or failed to bring glory to God in their description, so I’m thinking that’s why God let it fly…but yeah…one of them was definitely wrong. I can’t imagine God being wrong, if He wrote the thing Himself.  He inspired.  He didn’t write.

 

So I’ve got to think that there are a few passages in there that aren’t necessarily 100% of what God had in mind…and I’m thinking Ezekiel 23:19-20 has to be top of the list…or is it?

 

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II.

 

That verse is pretty graphic. It doesn’t get any better in the original language, either…in fact it’s a little worse. In Hebrew, a fairly literal translation of that would be: “And she added to her whorings to recall the days of her adolescence, when she prostituted in the land of Egypt. And she lusted after their libertines/nymphomaniacs, of whom like the meat/flesh/penises of donkeys are their meat/flesh/penises, and the emission of horses their emissions.” A little rough and cloudy…but still dirty.

 

So, if God DID intend that verse to be there, He intended the Bible to pull no punches in describing this woman. If God truly guided those words into place, then He wanted people to SEE the words in their impolite form. God, in this case, seems to allow a fairly uncensored description of someone’s sex-life…and it’s not just this verse, either. Try flipping through the Song of Solomon/Song of Songs someday. It’s pretty graphic, too. There a woman’s nude body is described in pretty specific detail. (Some scholars would tell you that the book is supposed to be a metaphor for God’s love…but they’re fooling themselves. And if that’s how God loves me, He’s kind of a pervert…) Or, if you want some really twisted reading, try looking for the word “foreskin” in the Bible sometime…most of the verses that mention it talk about it being collected in mass quantities as spoils of victory after a battle (particularly in the Books of Samuel).

 

…so here we go…

 

Most of the above isn’t really polite dinner conversation. A lot of it STILL wouldn’t make it onto primetime TV. Even the most dramatic pulpit-pounding, crazy preachers won’t touch those passages with a ten-foot Jesus-stick. But, at least according to most theologians, they’re the inspired words of God, right? Weird…  Kinda bugs me, in fact. Like I said in part “I” above, I don’t necessarily agree with all of the terminology we use to describe the Bible’s authority. I think it’s as authoritative as the next guy…but let’s just agree that it’s at least a little bit hazy in some areas. But, “inspired” or not, this stuff’s in the Bible…it’s in the very same book that we give to six-year-olds when they’re baptized…yet we blush when these subjects come up, be it in the Bible or on “House.”

 

All that to say this…

 

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III.

 

Double standards are dumb.

 

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Thanks for reading all of that, with its many contradictions, inconsistencies, and in all of its vaguely inappropriate glory. That’s kind of my specialty. 🙂 Hopefully no one’s offended by that.  I don’t really see where you would be…but I once had a guy tell me off for three poorly-spelled paragraphs in my “comments” because I said Jack Nicholson was too old to play the Joker in the 2008 Batman movie…so you never can tell.

iTunes

“Things I Meant to Say” is now on iTunes.  Don’t know why, but that’s the only one.  Also don’t know why nothing else has shown up on Rhapsody/Napster…but I have an absolute guarantee that it’ll all be up on everything by April 20th.  I’ll keep you posted as it happens.

 

Sorry I haven’t been writing much this week.  Don’t have a lot to talk about.  Stuff’s a little boring.  I did hit Dogtown (St. Louis) on St. Patrick’s Day, and that was pretty good.  My back hurts from the really long uphill walk to the car, though…but I had some pretty good corned beef and listened to a pretty good band for a while.  Sorry…no pictures.  🙂

 

I’ll try to write something good tomorrow.  I have something in mind, but it’s one of those write-ups that needs to be worded very carefully to keep me out of trouble, ha ha.  (It’s nothing bad or mean…it’s just a religion thing, and sometimes that comes across weird…)

 

Okay.  So I’ll write again tomorrow.  For now, go to iTunes (or Rhapsody, or Napster) and get to downloading!  🙂

By the way…

I was asked by someone over the weekend when I’m going to post the next installment of “Restless.” Well…I’ve been working on three chapters at once and it’s been a little cloudy. I need to sit and just WORK on it for a while. Might get the chance to do that a little later in the week…

So I guess the answer is, “Dunno…but soon.” 🙂

My (Bad?) Movie

My brother inspired this post with a purchase he made over the weekend.  He bought the collector’s edition of the movie “Howard the Duck,” starring a young Lea Thompson and a duck-puppet who looks a little like Rob Schneider of SNL fame.  If you haven’t seen the movie…the title pretty much tells you all you need to know.  It’s a duck from outerspace who bums around town with Lea Thompson (who is in a rock band) and saves the world.  Dave’s loved it for years.

 

As he was making the purchase (I was with him at the time), the girl at Best Buy mentioned that she’d never heard of it.  Dave and I vaguely explained it to her, with Dave admitting that even though he loves it and it’s awesome, it’s terrible.  He defended it as being the movie he loves that no one else gets and they all think he’s crazy for even bringing it up.  “Everyone has a movie like that,” he said.  The girl couldn’t think of one that she felt that way about.  Being that she was like 16, I suggested “Breakfast Club,” thinking it was old enough and kitch enough that she’d think it’s a terrible movie, and she came back with “You don’t like Breakfast Club???”  And once again in my life, a sixteen-year-old girl made me feel like a moron…but anyway…she couldn’t think of what hers was.

 

I was faced with a similar problem.  I like a lot of crappy movies, but for most of them there’s kind of an audience, but it’s just not an audience made up of people I hang out with…  However, there is one that was released a few years ago that I think fits the bill.  At the time filming began on the project, everyone thought it would be huge.  The director had a built-in audience, and though it would surely alienate some of them being a departure from his standard stuff, it would almost certainly draw from its star power to bring in a HUGE new audience.  The movie had a bunch of the right ingredients…but then one of them went very, very sour and overshadowed the movie.  Most of the “new audience” it should have gained were put off by the one sour-ingredient.  The built-in audience was put off by a lack of familiar subject matter.  The movie as a whole absolutely tanked, bringing in less than its budget in theatres and being almost universally panned (though still slightly more acclaimed than the also-Bennifer-adorned “Gigli”).

 

…but I don’t care what anyone says…  I still like “Jersey Girl.”  It’s one of my favorite movies…and if you haven’t seen it, you’ve missed Kevin Smith’s finest (and cleanest) work.

 

So there.

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Current Watching:

  • A Doctor Who special where they’re on a spaceship that’s a mock-up of the Titanic.  There is a fat lady and a midget and things go awry…like y’do…

Playlist

Here’s a playlist I threw together and thought was interesting.  Hopefully later in the day I’ll think of something a little bit more exciting to post.  🙂

 

Playlist Title: Spring Break Singalong

Occasion: I had a day off for Spring Break and used part of it to make a playlist.

Theme: Most of them are either from soundtracks of movies/tv shows I’ve seen recently or have something to do with the theme of movies/tv, with a few exceptions.

  1. “To Love Somebody” – Slobberbone (Cover of a Bee Gees song)
  2. “Red Vines” – Aimee Mann
  3. “Chicago” – Sufjan Stevens
  4. “Celluloid Heroes” – The Kinks
  5. “30th Century Man” – Jigsaw Seen (Cover of a Scott Walker song)
  6. “Baby Love Child” – Pizzicato Five
  7. “Goodbye Girl” – Squeeze
  8. “Rocket Ship” – Kathy McCarty (Cover of a Daniel Johnston song)
  9. “I’m Afraid of Americans” – David Bowie
  10. “Gimmie Shelter” – Rolling Stones
  11. “Not As We” – Alanis Morissette
  12. “Hold Me Up” – Live
  13. “Hey” – Pixies
  14. “Intervention” – Arcade Fire
  15. “Devil’s Arcade” – Bruce Springsteen
  16. “Fearless Leader” – Soul Asylum (Hidden track on “The Silver Lining”)