Friday, April 30, 2010

There Ain't No Drug

Have you ever been enjoying a nice, relaxing television show, when a drug commercial comes on, that makes you laugh and uncomfortable at the same time? And then you think to yourself, "People buy this stuff?" I certainly have. Recently I read an article about a spray that apparently stimulates the "cuddle hormone" allowing for more affection from the male half of a relationship. I posted the article on my facebook page later with the caption, "Need emotion in your relationship? Just use this spray!".

The reason I bring this up is that more and more drugs are being created for problems that don't require a drug. That or drug advertisements create the illusion that their particular product will solve all of your problems. You know what I'm talking about. Those commercials that come on and you see the main character of the commercial in a down and out mood, the colors are bland, and you get a sense that he or she is helpless. Then he or she takes the drug and suddenly his or her life is completely better. The family comes together, everything is perfect, the colors in the commercial get brighter, and inevitably you get the cheesy slogan at the end after all the side effects are run by your ears at lightning speed.

Now, this is not discounting the effect of the drug and what it can do for some people. I just think that buying a drug impulsively is a bad idea. A smart customer should research all options before making a decision, especially what the side effects are! Also, advertisers should be clear and list the side effects clearly so that customers aren't effected negatively. It could also prevent future lawsuits.

But there's another problem. There are tons of drugs that deal with symptoms and not with the real problem: yourself. For instance, if you have a hangover, there are drugs you can take to relieve the pain, but you caused the problem by drinking too much. If you smoke, you will get cancer eventually, and there are drugs that are taken as a result, but you could have decided to quit earlier. If you have heartburn, you can take tums, but you could have prevented it by watching your diet. There are so called "weight loss pills", but you could have exercised. If you have problems cuddling, now there is a spray that can help you get over your bad self. In each of these cases, the problem ultimately came back to the person. The simple solution: do what you can to be healthy and if necessary, be held accountable.

In the same way, we are all sinners. Nothing we do can make us right with God. Sure, we may feel better, but the root of the problem never goes away. Deeds don't obtain righteousness. Only the blood of Christ shed on Calvary can set us free. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

As Switchfoot put it in their song Mess of Me, "There ain't no drug, the sickness is myself."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Switchfoot rocking out with a cover of the Beastie Boys' rock classic.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Blues Traveler

Last night I got to see a band that I've only recently gotten into called Blues Traveler. They've been around for a long time and when I saw they were in town I thought I'd check em out. I went with my good friend Scott Minter. We had a blast. John Popper, the lead singer, can play harmonica like no other. Below are some photos.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

NeedtoBreathe, community, and a deer

It's been a week since I last blogged and I have a lot of things I could talk about that happened this past week, but I want to talk about just one of those events.

On Sunday I was headed over to meet my friend and community group leader, Jean-Paul, to ride over to Norfolk to see NeedtoBreathe. I was traveling down Warwick Blvd towards downtown, when all of a sudden a doe, yes, a female deer (Sound of Music, anyone?) sprang out of nowhere and my 2005 Toyota Camry collided with it. Thankfully, the damage was very minor and my car is still driveable, but the deer didn't fare as well.

While it was alive after I hit it, the deer had to be put down by the park ranger who was phoned shortly after my accident. It was a sad moment, but I knew the park ranger knew best. Once the deer was removed from the scene, the park ranger gave me his information and I was good to go. I was able to go see NeedtoBreathe and enjoy a fabulous show. For great photos of the show, head over to He was also there and will testify to the amazing performance they put on.

It started off rocking with the song "The Outsiders" and maintained a high note for their entire set. Then, at the very end, NeedtoBreathe cut off all of the amplification, microphones, and the rest of the electronic equipment and the crowd gathered around for a beautiful, acoustic rendition of "Washed by the Water", one of my favorite songs by the band. All in all, a very memorable experience, despite my wildlife encounter.

Friday, April 09, 2010

NeedtoBreathe - Something Beautiful video

On Sunday I'll be going to see NeedtoBreathe live at the NorVa. For those of you who've never heard their stuff, here's an acoustic performance by the band of their song "Something Beautiful" off their latest album, The Outsiders

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Return of the Blog and Favorite Thing #1

Well, what can I say, it's been well over a month since I've posted on this blog. Some of my regular blog readers may be wondering why. Well, I didn't forget. The hiatus was in fact, intentional. I needed some time away from it to take a break, and also so I could focus on things other than my computer for a change. So, I've thought about a lot of ways I could bring the blog back including a dissertation on my opinion of Twilight, a review of a recent movie I saw, a report of what's going on at WEC, but I thought, instead, I'd borrow an idea. My friends Josiah and Josh have both done, if I'm not mistaken, entries on some of their favorite things. I thought I would do the same. So, without further delay, here is my favorite thing #1.

Root Beer. That's right, root beer. It is hands down, my favorite type of soda, and interestingly enough, no root beer is the same. You have your Mug, your Barq's, your A&W, but then you also have your Jones, your IBC, and your Stewart's. In my experience, root beer that comes in a glass bottle always tastes better than ones that don't. Not only that, but the aesthetic experience of drinking out of a glass bottle has always been more appealing to me. There's just something special about holding an ice cold glass bottle. But the best root beer moments are the ones shared with friends while drinking it out of a frosty mug while engaging in some fun activity whether it be around a campfire, watching a movie, or having an enjoyable conversation. Root beer moments are the best. If you haven't had one in a while, you should try it soon.