Archive for the ‘La Vie Normale’ Category

Frodo in Mordor

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Corrie, living out a childhood dream. She owes me a maple tart!

Corrie, living out a childhood dream. She owes me a maple tart!

Corrie, my best friend and die-hard Yankees fan, more or less guilted me into going with her today to the Yankees ticker tape parade in New York. I’m a Boston fan myself, so naturally the situation presented a serious moral conundrum. Do I be the good friend and help make it possible for her to enjoy celebrating with her stupid Bronx Boys, but in the process commit a serious betrayal of my own team. Or do I play the part of any sensible Red Sox fan and sanction any recognition of such an abominable event, but in the process dash a childhood dream of my good friend. I mean, Romeo wouldn’t have accompanied Juliet to a Capulet house party, right? Well, I guess he did sneak into a ball, but when he got caught things started getting ugly. OK, so it’s a flawed analogy, but I suppose the bigger question is, why would I, a loyal Red Sox fan, be friends with a Yankees fan like Corrie? Someone firmly entrenched in the enemy camp. Someone who even

Will Someday’s Memorial Day be Remembering Today?

Monday, May 25th, 2009


Chris and Len. Batting practice.

Chris and Len. Batting practice.

Six years in a row now, we’ve had wonderful weather for Memorial Day.  I’ve taken notice of this mostly because our church has an annual get-together, and the activities always involve lots of outdoor sports such as volleyball, wiffle ball, basketball, and croquet.  I ran my smoothie stand again, with smoothies featuring the not-so-secret ingredient of cabbage, something that has become a tradition for our Memorial Day picnics.  Scores of people enjoyed enough delicious food to feed a crowd twice our size.  Then we worked it all off with competitive games of volleyball and basketball.


This has become one of my favorite days of the year.

Today, as in previous years, I sat on the grass under the blue skies, filled with warmth and satisfaction, listening to my dad give a great presentation on some of our war heroes.  I wondered if things may be desperately worse at some point in the future, and perhaps I would be dreaming about these days when I relaxed under sunny skies with my friends, well-fed and content.  It sure makes me thankful that we have these days of peace, decadence, and happiness!  God is so good to us.  He’s given us here in America an extended age of blessing for Christians that is unprecedented in history.  But to whom much is given, much will be required, and I pray that we as a church and I as an individual don’t fritter away this time of opportunity. (more…)

Feeding Wanderlust

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

They say it’s a buyer’s market right now.  I think mostly this refers to people looking for homes, but I’ve found the statement holds true for at least a few other things.  Travel is one of my bigger interests, and with weekly deals e-mailed to my inbox, I get fed a steady stream of temptations.  In the past few weeks, the desperate appeals from a couple of airlines have finally found the sympathies of this particular buyer.  So now I have tickets to Moscow in April and Athens in May.  Greece poses few travel challenges, but Russia, I’ve learned, is a completely different story. (more…)

There’s No Rabbit in Welsh Rabbit

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Welsh Rabbit - safe for bunnies.

Welsh Rabbit - safe for bunnies.

I came to the conclusion recently that I’ve been in an eating rut. My daily routine relegates dinner to an afterthought that always catches me off guard as my roommates arrive home well past 7, and I suddenly realize that I should probably start thinking about eating.  So then out comes the Tader Joe’s tomato soup and grilled cheese or some other simple, fool-proof meal.  Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a great staple for bachelors.  The ingredients are simple: bread, cheese, tomato soup, and butter.  Plus I’ve got a handy panini-maker which saves me the step of even having to flip the grilled cheese. I must say, I’ve done plenty of experimenting, and I do believe I’ve finally found the ultimate (more…)

Getting Reaquainted with Neosporin

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Yup, I still bleed red.

Yup, I still bleed red.

Skiing, snowboarding, rollerblading, boogieboarding, mountainbiking…  I’ve always had a thing for recreational sports that present a risk for injury.  On Saturday, I found a new one… (more…)