Friday, April 30, 2010

The Pursuit of Knowledge

Yesterday I went to the library (which is AWESOME). So, anyways, I was looking for books on Queen Victoria to do some reading up on her after having seen the young Victoria from Redbox. I went to the library and found the Dewey number that referenced Queen Victoria. There were TONS of books about English history, and I realized just how much I haven't learned, how much stuf there is in the world to research. Last year I did a project on William Willberforce for World History and I realized just how many legislations that man influenced in Parliament.

Well, back to my story. I picked out a book from the Victorian history section and went to get some books for my younger siblings from the kids section, feeling woefully unread. But, in the kids section, I was looking through the Berinstein Bear books and I had read almost EVERY single one as a kid. I remembered the different plots and thought about the different life lessons I learned from the books. In fact, most of the books I looked at in the kids section I remembered reading.

This thought has been a recurring feeling. This year I've been learning how to study the Bible from two Bible college graduates. The more they teach, the more I lean, but also, the more I realize I don't know. I've taken 27 classes at the end of this year, but there's SO many I didn't take that would have been SO much fun and interesting.

The more I learn, the stronger my desire to learn more. I will ALWAYS be in the Pursuit of Knowledge. (and, having "recently" read The pursuit of holiness, maybe I need to consider how I can be honoring ald glorifying God in this pursuit!)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Class of Twenty-Ten (for your amusement)

It seems to me that people who are not part of the class of "twenty-ten" have some problems figuring out what to call us. Here's an easy guide to what we're NOT, and then you'll clearly see why we are "twenty-ten-ers".

Things we are not:
1. "class of oh-ten"
because eventually it will be 2020, and NO one would say "oh twenty". In fact, the juniors don't even say "oh-eleven", they say "one-one" (but don't call us the class of "one-oh" either!! That only worked for the oh-number classes...)

2. "class of two thousand and ten"
*yawn* far too long, too likely to write an extra zero...and people didn't say "nineteen hundred and ten" they said "nineteen-ten"

3. "class of Two Thousand Ten"
this is better than the previous one, but, think about 1999. Were they the class of "nineteen thousand, nine hundred and nine"? No. In general, saying the "two thousand" bit is just so...last year. Literally. ;)

More Reasons we are the class of "twenty-ten"

1. Alliteration is AWESOME and totally our thing (Flannel Fridays, anyone?!?)

2. being the class of "twenty-ten" highlights the fact that we've lived in THREE decades, 2 centuries and 2 millenia. Regardless of what those 1989 kids say.

3. being the class of "twenty-ten" shows that, inspite of senior-itis, we are still capable of counting by tens, backwards.

So, as a PROUD "twenty-ten-er", I hope this cleared up your confusion, if you happen to be one of the sad members of the "twenty eleven" class, or of the "oh-nine" class, or of any other not as awesome year. ;-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This is it...

Imagine a movie sequence. This movie is probably R rated. Two lovers are passionately caught up in one another, involved in an affair that they think is private and making love. Suddenly, the door is flung open, the sheet is pulled back and they are lying there, exposed to the world. The police and government officials are there. Somehow, the man disappears, and the woman is dragged through the streets, taken to be judged.

Sound intense? exciting? familiar (anyone)?

This is it. This is the Bible. The Bible deals with real life, with sex, with mess.

For the rest of the story, you can go to John 8. My point is, this is it, this is the Bible. Intense.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Oh Canada...

In case you didn't know, yours truly is currently in Toronto for an engineering convention. Here's some fun notes about Canada to keep you all updated on my trip:

~ The bathrooms are "wash rooms" NOT "rest rooms" (when we asked for the rest room our poor tour guide was very confused)

~ EVERYTHING is bilingual. Example: one side of the water bottle is in English, turn it around and you see the exact same thing in French. I wonder if the US is headed there with Spanish and English?

~ You are NOT an "American", you are "from the States". I'm only starting to realize how snobby we must sound by implying we are the ONLY americans on north america.

~ There's a lot of british spelling. Ex: I'm staying in the Sheraton "Centre" and not the Sheraton "Center".

~DO NOT JAYWALK. unlike the US, the crosswalks are fast in responding, and there are monorail cars that CANNOT stop if you jaywalk. (fortunatly, none of us have experienced this, we were just told by our tour guide)

~ Toronto is home to the 2nd tallest building and the longest street in the world, according to Guiness Book of World Records.

~ Today I got told I had a Baltimore accent by a Canadian. I found it hilarious because I really don't, my chaperone does and I've just been picking some of it up from her.