Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Not much to report

Just wanted to keep the account active.  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 13, 2005

It's been a long time...

Too long...but that's ok. What school and life doesn't take out of me, work seems to zap the last bit of energy out me. It makes me yern for the easier days in Europe. They have the right idea over there. There isn't so much of an emphasis on achivement and success...not that these things are a bad things. Europeans focus more on the quality of life you live. This isn't measured in pocessions and money, but on experiences and friends. In the old country, there isn't such a competitive spirit...I guess they just figure that things will work out in the end. Still, I'm fitting nicely back into my American lifestyle. I bought a new car taking way too many classes and working way too much. Life is busy and exciting and every day presents a whole new set of challenges and problems to solve. I've also been thinking a lot about my faith. It seems like, in the last several months, my faith has developed into a tradition. It's a difference I feel every time I dip into the bucket of doctrines that my church exhalts. Faith is probably the wrong word too. Faith assumes belief and I don't know how much of that I have left. Still, I don't feel empty. Instead, I feel liberated....human. I know I still harbor a seed of belief. Some things I'll never give up. I wonder...exactly when was it that God just wasn't enough. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 16, 2005

You don't need to guess what this is Posted by Hello

Great Pictures of Rome at Night Posted by Hello

Copenhagen in Early Spring Posted by Hello

Saturday, March 26, 2005

We went to Dosseldorf today and it was actually very cool. For some
reason, Dosseldorf was spared the massive destruction of WWII
bombings, so the old city center was still intact. The Rheine also
runs right through the middle of the city giving it a Paris type of
feeling. We took an overpriced, but fun boat tour of the harbor area.
There are some really cool bridges and together with the old
buildings lining the banks, it make for quite a view.
For lunch we had the typically local German food...fried stuff! I had
some curry sausage and french fries. It was sooo good, but sooooooooo
unhealthy. I'm eathing fruit for the next couple days! Posted by Hello

I had a really fascinating conversation with a couple Germans. I'd
always wondered what Germany thought about what happened during WWII
(and before that for that question). Although, before I start, I have
to warn you that you do not want to get in a political discussion with
Europeans right now because it inevitably turns to President Bush..but
more on that later. Anyway, back to WWII. Basically, and not
surprisingly, it seems like their attitude was, "we screwed it up."
It was kind of funny. I was expecting a little shame or
justification. But instead, they didn't offer any excuses or
apologies. They messed up, learned and moved on. They are still a
little sensitive about the Nazi thing, but that's kind of
understandable. For example, I saw a bunch of teenage punks yesterday
and they all had anti-swastikas patches sewn somewhere on their
clothes. Well, the Germans asked me what I thought about the war in
Iraq expecting some type of response although I'm not sure exactly
what it was that they thought I would say. I explained why I thought
that it was initially a good idea, but how it turned sour becuase of
politics. I explained the whole election issue and what my opinions
are about the US political situation globally. They were very
surprised that I had actually thought about the whole thing. They
said that I sounded like I know what I was talking about. I was a
little offended that they view Americans as non-thinking extensions of
TV talkshows. It really is sad that the vast minority of extremists
cast such a large shadow on everyone else.

Oh, here's something kind of fun. I went to a movie yesterday. In
Germany, they dub everything. Even the Jerry Springer show is dubbed.
It amazes me every time I see something like that, but they're
actually pretty good at it. Of course, the mouth movements aren't
perfect, but it's pretty close most of the time. Anyway, we saw
Robots and it was kind of cool. I missed a good portion of the jokes,
but I caught a lot of the dialog. Maybe about 25%--not a lot but
enough to enjoy the story. It got me kind of excited because I
remember being at that stage as a missionary and how quickly it gets
better from there. I don't know if I'll ever be able to speak German,
but with a little practice, I could at least read and understand it. Posted by Hello