Roommate Hijinks

I have to record this for prosperity… I decided to put new strings on my guitar (I considered it cruel and unusual to put bottom-shelf strings on a new top-shelf guitar). So, I did. I was tuning the guitar up with it plugged into a chromatic tuner on my bed when my roommate came home. From his perspective (he’s not musically inclined), he could only hear little plinking noises and see me standing and facing down and away. So, he came in and put his arm around my shoulder and said, “It’ll be okay, Ed,” or something like that. He thought I was seriously depressed or something – he was about to ask me what had happened to my dog. I cracked up…

Linguistics and such

Made a critical mistake last night: I tried to right an insignificant wrong in the world by politely correcting the New York Times’ usage of the word “linguist.” They wrote me a rather sharp reply and pointed out that, in fact, numerous dictionaries support false meanings as primary (“speaker of multiple languages,” which is really a “polyglot”). Meanwhile, Linguistics 200 homework has just consumed two more hours of my life – it didn’t teach me anything; it just provided some useless brain-teasers which are slightly subjective, not highly intellectually satisfying to crack, and more than a bit weakly linked to the material at hand, usually. Glad I’m not majoring in LING – this might be a tad late to switch tracks… (Somebody did that freshman year – two weeks before graduation, declared a change of majors from Biochemistry to Political Science, requiring an extra two years of school. WOW.). Anyway, I’m off to bed now. No more linguistic torture today…

Life is intense sometimes…

Wow. Every day I live, I marvel at how hard you can work to accomplish so little. Solomon (in Ecclesiastes, in the Bible) was dead on: all this is meaningless and chasing after the wind, unless rooted in (a) knowledge of God, (b) eternal purpose, and (c) things that DO matter here – family, friends, a lasting impact in the lives of others.

Lately, I’ve been working on support stuff – I know I’m making progress, and I have some great people helping me with referrals and such, but it is intense.

Meanwhile, I’m also reading “Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger (a.k.a. Dr. Laura, nationally syndicated talk show host). That woman has some really good sense. I’m also very tired… I’m gonna take a nap. I love being a senior. 🙂

This weekend, etc…

Well, Austin was great. Looks like we’ll have a really fun team – I got to hang out with the two girls (Becca and Kristen, both from Baylor), though our other guy is from Ohio, so he wasn’t there. I also got answers to a bunch of “details” questions, meaning I don’t have quite so many things bouncing around in my head. The biggest issue now is support – I need a total of $39,250 for next year, and I have no idea where that’s coming from. I need to get to work on that now, especially since I got almost nothing done today – I messed up a due date for a term paper (I thought it was next Tuesday, not today), so I pulled an all-nighter, then slept it off all day. On the flip side, that was my last really big assignment as an undergrad. That’s a good thing. Well, off to support work…

A job for my dad, thoughts for me…

Well, my dad got a job today (he’s been out of work since the fall). He’s selling cars at the Ford dealership in my hometown (Fayetteville, GA), with potential to move into management. It’s not really his field, but it’s a job – right now, that’s what matters. I told him it’s only OK with me if he can find me a deal on a truck when the time comes…

Meanwhile, I’m getting ready to go to Austin for a preparation weekend for my 1-2 year trip to the Middle East. That’s been on my mind all week; for one thing, I have $36,000 to raise in less than four months, which is intimidating. In addition, there were some recent arrests of evangelical Christians in the country I’m going to… that’s a little unnerving. I’ll gladly go to jail for my faith, if that’s what I’m called to, but I’d prefer not to, otherwise. Anyway, I’m helping with music in Austin, so I’m trying to run through a couple songs.

I just had to interrupt this – a neighbor of mine came to the door to invite me to her church. Life always stays interesting…

Welcome to my new journal!

Hi! This is a new addition to my site – it will enable me to post things on a regular basis from anywhere, making updating the site much easier. So, this is my first entry – watch for more coming soon!