Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I couldn't be more proud

So, this weekend I headed up to Blacksburg. Why, you may ask? Well, aside from there being some awesome mountain views and a great road trip, my sister Elisabeth graduated from Virginia Tech. Her major was in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise, (quite a mouthful, I know). Not only does this mean she has a bachelor's degree, but it also means that all 3 of us are out of college. So, my brother and I headed up from the house to see her on Friday. We ended up staying in a dorm because all of the hotels in the area were, of course, booked solid for a very long time. However, the accommodations were quite reasonable.

Friday night we went to the football stadium for the really big ceremony. Before long, the graduates started filing in and there were a lot of them. Thousands started marching in to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance" naturally.

After they were all seated, the ceremony began and it was pretty good. The president gave his speech and the keynote speaker gave his and there were a couple words from the students. Now the way VT does it is that there are 2 ceremonies, one for the whole University and one for each individual college. So the next day, we went to her ceremony for her college. Here it was short, sweet, and to the point.

After Elisabeth had received her diploma and the cermonies were over, we took a little rest and then a few hours later we went to her house for a celebration with some of our relatives and her friends. It was pretty sweet: good food, good people and lots of laughs. I had a great time.

My sister will be going to Arkansas to pursue her masters, so this after she comes to the house in a few days, that may be the last I see of her for a while, but I will enjoy it while she's here. Congratulations, Liz!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beyond the Wall of the Cubicle

Have you ever felt trapped in your 9 to 5? Have you ever felt like there's got to be something more to your work than what you do everyday? I feel that way a lot. In fact, right now at my job it's always hard to be satisfied with what I do. I've been working the same job for 2 years and to say I'm tired of it would be an extreme understatement. To add to that, I'm surrounded by negativity. People who constantly complain about their job or stating the way he or she thinks the company should be run. I get so sick of it sometimes. Sometimes I just want to say, "If that's the way you feel about your work, why are you still here?" Of course, I restrain myself and try to get my work done, but it's always hard.

Anyway, I shared all of this with one of my dearest friends and she reminded me that there's more to life than what I do at work everyday, that God has called me to something higher. Work is supposed to be a way to glorify God and honor Him through what you do. Not only that, but in everything you do throughout the day you have an opportunity to show your love for your Creator. I just need to be reminded of that sometimes. I believe God placed inside me a desire for something more that is insatiable outside of His plan for my life. He's laid before me a path to follow and I must choose to follow it in order to experience the best life has to offer. When I make my desires match His, man, it's a beautiful experience.

Will you follow yours?

Take care guys.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Free Comic Book Day

So, after the bad experience of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I needed something to get the bad taste out of my mouth. Thankfully, I knew what was happening the next day: Free Comic Book Day. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Josh, my best friend, had been telling me for months about this comic book shop near him called Local Heroes. It was a great spot. You know how when you think of a normal comic book shop you think of a store in a strip mall with the old guy working behind the counter, with geek written all over him, and the cheap metal shelves? Well, at least that's what I think of. Well, Local Heroes is what a comic book shop should be like. It had carpeted floors, wood shelves, a sitting area with a couch and chairs to read your comic books, and a much wider selection than any other comic book shop I've been inside. If I lived in Norfolk this would be the place I'd go.

So, what is Free Comic Book day? It's basically a time where different companies have a chance to advertise what's new for this year in comics as well as let you enjoy some free comics. I'll be honest, most of the free titles sucked, but the ones I got were pretty legit. DC is doing a Green Lantern story entitled "Blackest Night" where the Green Lantern Hal Jordan will face the fabled Black Lantern Corp, a group with black power rings symbolizing death. The free comic they offered gave you enough background to prepare you for the event happening this July. After picking up that and 2 other free titles, I browsed the store to see if there was anything else that intrigued me. I ended up picking up Kingdom Come, which oddly enough I bought for Josh, but never read myself. That's a story with DC characters about an apocalyptic future. I also picked up Batman: The Long Halloween. This Batman story inspired The Dark Knight so needless to say I was intrigued. After purchasing my books, we talked with some of the other patrons. It was really cool hearing what they thought of comic books. One guy I met, Andrew, is going into Anthropology in grad school, and is doing his thesis on folklore, and will be focusing on comics in that area. I think that's neat! I think a lot of people think comic books are geeky and you can't learn much from them. I would heartily disagree. To me, comic books are our time's mythology. It inspires us to rise up and be heroes in our everyday lives with what little we have to offer. All of us are granted gifts and abilities and yes, all of us have our weaknesses as well. However, as Christians, God doesn't just give us gifts, he gives us His Spirit, the Helper who is strong when we are weak and when we follow his promptings, we can begin to truly live. That's why I love following Jesus. He can make a hero out of all of us if we just listen and obey.

Friday, May 01, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: A Review

So, the summer blockbuster season has finally arrived. The first movie on the list is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Pretty self-explanatory title. The film tells of how Wolverine became who he is today. Well, at least it was supposed to. What I saw was the story of a seemingly invincible character get mad because someone messed with his girlfriend. There is a plot, but you barely notice it because every time the action slows down it is just another plot device to get to the next action sequence. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, a man who has done much better work, just watch The Prestige. And for all of his efforts to do a great acting job, Jackman seems trapped in the limitations of a script that didn't care about it's characters.

Now about the action sequences. Some are quite good, most are cliche. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it. Like a motorcycle somehow managing to survive an explosion or a hero walking off into the sunset with a girl in his arms. I saw this movie with my best friend Josh and I looked over at certain parts where we were laughing and he was laughing along with me and we weren't the only ones. But it wasn't with the movie, it was at it. There are so many strings of illogical plot points that I was beginning to wonder if the makers of the movie had read the comic books. My guess is probably not.

In case you haven't figured it out, I was really disappointed with this film and I am sure that in the weeks to follow word of mouth will get out and many will save their 10 bucks for something better, perhaps to go rent X2.