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year in review 2010

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2010 was a pretty crazy year.  honestly, i don’t know if i’m ready for 2011.  i kind of want all the craziness to end from 2010 and not carry over to 2011 although that’s wishful thinking.  days and years go on, they don’t wait for you.  so here’s this past year according to me:

january

went to jamaica for my alternative context class

long-term mission team left for the loAmmi

february

passed my Bible content exam

first trip to high museum

superbowl – saints won

march

sister moved to VA

april

camping with seminary brothers for spring break in north ga

day of friend’s bday party that i got a flat tire and ended up not going but still having fun anyway

may

girlfriend’s bday

june

yane and ben’s wedding!

moved from duluth to decatur

july

wakeboarding and tubing at lake lanier for july 5

rize up entreat

august

sound of music at the fox

fall semester started with 3 classes and ta-ing 2 classes

jason’s bachelor party

september

jason and yen’s wedding!

john mayer concert

october

my bday

david choi concert

karis retreat

november

brooke fraser concert

december

semester over!!!

kcpc youth retreat

 

the stresses and challenges of 2011 are already starting to get to me, but who am i to fear?  God is with me.

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December 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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what happens when…

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…cemeteries run out of burial space?

…you eat mentos and chase it down with diet coke?

…2 ambulances or firetrucks are trying to cross the same intersection at the same time?

…4 cars approach a 4-way stop at the same time?

…you plant a plant in the winter and keep it really warm as if it was summer.  would it then blossom in the winter?

…you turn the heat all the way up on one side of the car and the ac up on the other side of the car? (for the cars with separate passenger side temperature controls)

…the 10th dentist also recommends trident?

…they come up with a hand sanitizer that kills 100% of germs?

…diet dr. pepper tastes exactly like regular dr. pepper?

…gps’ start getting angry with you for not taking their planned routes?

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December 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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home is where…

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…the news channels are familiar.

that’s what i always say.  ok, i’ve never actually said that before, but i think it’s true.

sorry, this only applies to those who currently live away from your hometown.  when you go home and turn on the news, does it look really weird to you?  or maybe you think it’s comforting and familiar.

my theory is, wherever “home” is for you, that’s where the news anchors are the most familiar and comforting.  when i go home to charlotte, the newscasters are not familiar to me.  i feel like i’m on vacation somewhere and turn on the tv and the formatting of the headlines and the news reporters are all different and foreign to me.  you know the feeling?  when i come back to atlanta, however, that’s when i know i’m home.  this is not a knock on charlotte or my parents house or anything, i guess i just consider atlanta to be my home now.  i mean, i have lived here for almost 10 years now.

where is your home?  and how are the news channels like in your hometown?  familiar and comforting?  or strange and scary?  maybe not scary.  actually the meteorologist of one of the stations in charlotte has a wicked case of evil eyebrows.  in that case, he’s pretty scary.

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December 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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is lying fun?

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my last post being on honesty, i thought i might give a counterpoint to the last post.

is lying more fun than telling the truth?

looking back on my life, i can tell you that i’ve played it safe.  i’ve mostly told the truth, haven’t done too many illegal things (definitely not as much as many of my friends have), stayed away from a lot of negative influences, etc.  but when i look back on my life, the really memorable experiences have usually been the ones that involved some kind of dishonesty: sneaking into certain events, pretending to be someone else in order to receive some kind of perk, getting discounts on some expensive event dishonestly, etc.

some of the best stories come out of being dishonest.

now before you think i’m condoning dishonesty, i’m all for integrity.  let me assure you.  i’m just making an observation.  i don’t even know what i’m saying anymore.  go ahead, lie if you want to.  i’m not your parent.

i think lying is a part of life.  as a fellow classmate said in my ethics class, “everyone is a liar.”  i guess what it comes down to is how big and what the consequences are of your lying and if you’re willing to own up to the consequences of those lies.

i think people need to experience some dishonesty in their lives, or else you’ll be too trusting of others.  however, it should be a healthy amount of dishonesty (if that makes any sense at all).

lying is fun.  don’t do it.

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December 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

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the art of saying no

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i’m horrible at saying no.  i was thinking about it the other day, how do other people say no so easily?

for me, my principle is: if i can do it, then i will do it.  if i don’t have a reason not to do it, why not do it?  right?  however, this does get me in trouble sometimes as i tend to overcommit to things and do not leave room for self-care, much to the detriment of myself.

but i was thinking, i can’t lie.  when people ask me to do something and i don’t have an excuse not to do it, i say i’ll do it even if i don’t want to.  how do other people answer that question?  i could really use some answers on this.  i must say, i’m a pretty honest guy.  i try my best not to lie when i can help it.  my dad actually made fun of me for being too honest.  so what do you say when someone asks you for a favor and you don’t have a good reason to say no without being dishonest?  i mean, i can’t say, “sorry, i don’t want to.”  that’s just being a jerk.  but i can’t say, “sorry, i’d like to but i can’t.”  that’s just lying.

do i just need to answer with a firmer “NO!”  and when they ask why i tell them their shoes are untied to distract them while i run away?  i’d love to hear you all’s suggestions.

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December 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

new and improved

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you ever wonder about how they can possibly improve certain products?  for instance, toothbrushes.  how can they possibly remove more plaque than they do now?  you would think that if there was a more efficient way to remove plaque, they’d have created it by now.  i mean, flexible head, different varying length bristles, ergonomic grip… is there anything else they can possibly do to improve how you brush your teeth?

i mean, people have been brushing their teeth for centuries, millenia even, before we even picked up our first oral-b.  you would think that if they could survive on chewed up twigs, our teeth should be shining as bright as the sun with just a regular old toothbrush and some original colgate, not even the whitening kind!  but sadly, our teeth seem to be in no better condition than our pre-brush predecessors, which begs the question, “what are these toothbrush research and designers doing?!?!”  we should all have flawless teeth.  have they run out of ideas for new toothbrushes that actually clean our teeth better that they have to release one with a “new rubber grip”?

toothbrushes.  i know.  random right?  i guess it comes from the fact that i recently switched to an electric toothbrush.  one of the features of this toothbrush is that it has an automatic timer.  it’ll shut itself off after 2 minutes (the recommended time for most dentists).  now i don’t really spend too much time brushing my teeth.  much like soap, my goal is to lather the paste on each of my teeth and get the junk out of my mouth as quickly as possible.  thinking this new 2-minute timer will revolutionize the way i brush and will, in effect, give me whiter, healthier teeth, i was a little disappointed how after over a month’s use, my teeth seem to be no different in bedazzlement than my *ahem* 30 second brushings.

is this new toothbrush really an improvement over what i was using before?  and another thing… i’ve been using whitening toothpaste for quite a while now (pretty much since it came out) and i don’t see my teeth getting any whiter.  what’s going on here?!?!

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December 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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