Archive for 2003

Struggling with belief

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

This article details one person’s struggle with trying to believe in God. She is amazed to see that, though she and her husband are both avowed athiests, their four-year-old son believes whole-heartedly in God. An interesting read for any believer.

Here’s the article.

The Return of the King

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

Tuesday night I watched LoTR: The Return of the King at midnight. No one makes movies that good. I went into the experience with very high expectations. Every review I’d read said that this movie excellent and better than the first two LoTR movies. Personally, I loved the first two movies. In addition, as we sat in the theater before the movie started, I played some MiniGolf on my phone. For some reason, I was really in the zone and shot a new PR of 35 for 18 holes, beating my previous PR of 42. So, back to my point, my expectations for this night were high.

I purposely avoided eating and drinking anything for several hours before the movie so that I would not have to leave the experience for even a minute. Apparently I was not the only one. At most 2 or 3 people got up during the movie– we were transfixed.

This movie was stunning in several ways. First of all, this was one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. The New Zealand scenery is captured beautifully. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful landscape. Second, the soundtrack was wonderful. It complemented the film excellently. And finally, the story was beautiful. Not only was this an epic war movie, but they are fighting for the biggest of prizes: Good. Wars in other movies are good an noble, I can’t fault them. But, this battle is nothing short of Good vs. Evil. In today’s world, which avoid such stark delineations, this movie was a beautiful reminder of reality.

The movie was worth staying up until 430 AM, driving 45 minutes each way to the theater and paying $8.75. And, its worth seeing again.

John Mayer in OKC

Saturday, November 15th, 2003

I had a wonderful evening. After spending several days trying to figure out who would buy my tickets for this evening’s John Mayer concert, things finally came together and Jeff, Abby and I set off to meet Rags in Bricktown for dinner before the big show.

Since we were not the only ones planning on eating in Bricktown before the show (the concert was at Cox Convention Center), we chose the least popular restaurant in the area, an Indian restaurant (dotted, not feathered). This was my first experience with Indian food and I must say that I liked it. I don’t think I would ever want to eat it often, but it is a nice change of pace. I also tried some Indian beer, but I will not be trying that ever again.

After dinner, it was time to head to the concert. When we arrived, the opening act, Cody Chesnutt, was already playing. We were all impressed by his musical ability and were shocked to hear him encourage the audience to “search the Scriptures.” We thought he might be a believer. We also thought he was a good musician. . . He certainly put on a good show, but his CD (which Jeff bought) was terrible. Most of the songs on the first disc of the two disc set were either very short or full of dialogue. It was terrible.

Anyway, the main attraction– John Mayer. Johnny played a solid set. It was, of course, oriented towards the new material. That’s not bad, it just meant that some of my favorites (3×5, Man on the Side, Comfortable, etc) were left out. Instead of these classics, Mayer played some extended-jam versions of new songs. Particularly cool was “Come Back to Bed.” I’d recommend the bootleg for this concert to anyone. And, if there’s anyone out there who has this recording and would like to share with me, I would be greatly appreciative. :-)

If I had more time and energy, I would write a full review of the concert. But, for right now, it is bed time. Goodnight.

TV evangelists with the bling bling

Saturday, November 15th, 2003

I found an interesting article about televangelists. Many times, they are the best entertainment on TV. Apparently, the business is rather lucrative.