Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The 2001 Overseas Ministries income, including donations and other sources, to 690 agencies, including denominational, interdenominational and independent agencies, was $3.8 billion. Compare this with consumer sales, U.S. Consumers spent more than $24.3 billion on candy in 2002, during 1999 U.S. soft drink sales came to $58 billion, in 1998 there were $23 billion in pet-related sales, in 2001, Americans spent $38 billion on state lotteries.
I’ll try to not be so preachy tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Why is it that some of us penny pinchers will cringe when you use an extra paper towel to clean up a mess, but then will pay more than say $5 for a meal at a fast food restaurant that could easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost? And then at the same restaurant we will take extra napkins home (to use instead of those expensive extra paper towels), extra condiments and utensils, and make sure to fill up our soft drinks to take home for some future meal at home. Or how about those of us who turn the heat or air conditioner way down making everyone suffer to save a few pennies all the while enjoying our nice spacious home (which is actually why it costs so much to heat and cool that much space). Or taking extra effort to take home the soap and shampoo every day you stay at a hotel which costs way too much, and then spend big bucks for a haircut. OK, those of you who know me know that I may take home the shampoo, but since I am folically challenged would never spend big bucks on a haircut.
I know you are probably saying that there are usually good reasons for spending extra for things like a fast meal, nice house, and even a nice haircut, but sometimes the penny pinching can go a little overboard ... or maybe that penny pinching attitude is why you are able to spend extra for those things occasionally. Hmmm.
More on spending habits tomorrow.
Monday, March 28, 2005
He is risen...
Friday, March 25, 2005
I assume it is true in other countries too that there are different accents or dialects depending on what part of the country you are from, but it seems that in the US this is especially true. And being a relatively young country (only a few hundred years compared to thousands of years for other countries) you would think we could trace the origins of the many different accents in our country.
Of the many different accents in our country, which do you like to hear best? Do you like hearing those from the Northeast esp. the Boston area? I enjoy hearing this accent occasionally like Boston Rob previously on Survivor now on The Amazing Race (see http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race7/ ). Or do you like the Southern accent esp. in the deep South like Alabama or Georgia, which is different than the drawl of many from Texas and Oklahoma. How about the areas that kind of have inflections from other countries where alot of the people in those areas are from like in Minnesota or Louisiana?
And how come some people who have an accent from an area of the country lose their accent when they move to a different area but others don't? And how come some people have more of an accent than others even in their own family? I grew up in Texas and have moved to the Pacific NW, but most people tell me that I don't have much of an accent, but others in my family you can definitely hear a difference. This area doesn't have an accent associated with it. Maybe I can be the one to start one and be the origin of a new accent.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Do you remember the TV show “Real People” where people sent in funny pictures like these? I remember when I was a kid while on a family trip stopping somewhere to use the restroom and thinking this would be a great picture to send in. I think the door to the restroom had the permanent sign indicating “RESTROOM” but underneath it was a paper sign they taped on the door that said “PUSH HARD”.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Bugs in strange places
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Blessing in disguise
Very soon, we began to hear positive comments one right after the other from several other parents that had kids in this school. My wife took a tour of the school and got to see the 2 kindergarten classrooms and felt good about it. We hoped that we would get morning kindergarten (they only go half days here) and we did. Then we heard recommendations for both the teachers and felt we would be happy with either but especially wanted one and it ended up that she was our son’s teacher, and she has been awesome. She is very creative and has really made kindergarten fun for our son and he has really done well. Our sight into matters can often be so limited and so awesome when you just trust that God will take care of things and He does so even more than you could have imagined.
By the way, my wife has the same opinion as a few of you who commented regarding the creativity with the leprechauns and yes this was another example of how great a teacher our son has.
Monday, March 21, 2005
hmmm or arrrgh?
Naaah, I'm assuming it was the jerk "phantom driver" as my insurance company calls them which I prefer to think of them as this so I can direct my emotions to some phantom instead of to a real person.