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Monday, January 25, 2010

Classmates

In November of '07 a guy who went to my same high school wrote to me to say hello. I can't find the initial email he sent to me, but I found my response. I'm guessing he said something about friendship and maybe more.

So you were at xxHS a few years before me. You know I'm going to dig out my brother's yearbook and see if I can find you LOL!! Anything good should start out as friends anyway and I'm not keen on moving fast myself. It's always good to have friends. :) --Savvy 11/07

Here is his email to me from 12/08:
So did you ever find that year book and look me up?
How come your profile doesn't have an updated picture? lol --Yearbook

Wow, It's been so long that I forgot!! what have you been up to? --Savvy

I like the picture of you and Kermit. I wish I could see more of you. Maybe you have more pictures you'd like to share with me? Are you involved with someone now? Could it be a world famous, little green fuzzy guy? How can I compete with that? I can tell you my arms arn't operated by little sticks... Lol --Yearbook

I thought that was funny. Also, I realized that I didn't really get what was going on when he initially wrote to me. I really like my Kermit picture. So I sent him one of me with Kermit, but facing the camera.
Oh, now I see...
Sure, I can send you one. Though it's only fair that you send something a little more recent as well. Just know that I have a thing for frogs staying their sweet selves. None of this turning into princes business. Princes are far too stuck on themselves. --Savvy

Wow, ur really cute!
Where do you live? Hopefully near by. Lol
I'm on my way to my sons soccer game, he plays for xxHS and I'm kinda late.
I have some pictures in my phone so if you want me to send you a couple call me and i'll forward them from the game. --Yearbook

Well, I can see we're off to a good start.
Thanks for the compliments. That made me smile. So I can't tell much from your pics, LOL, because they are are a bit blurry or silly. So, I just realized that I don't really know that much about you, so you'll have to fill me in. You have a son at xxHS, and are a frog trapped in the body of a prince. :)--Savvy

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Great Dating Book Bonfire

I've said this is the year I will no longer accept dating advice. In that spirit, I've decided I might like to take all of my dating books to a bonfire I've been invited to and use them as kindling. I've read every last one from cover to cover and done exactly what they said. I made a list, then threw out the list; I followed the Rules, then broke the Rules. I didn't kiss, then I kissed. I've said yes to people I wouldn't normally say yes to because a book said I should. I kissed dating goodbye because a book said I should. I probably said no to people I should have said yes to.

In all, I've spent hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours. And all for what?

Kindling.

My cousin spoke the last words that I will ever hear on the matter:

It will happen when it happens.

There is no push to make yourself perfect by doing this, doing that, saying a prayer or taking a potion. There is no command to be faithful, be perfect--or else it might not happen. There is dash of fate and trust for the Lord. Trust God, make some friends. Voila! I'm done.

Sadly, this is being postponed due to weather. But I will keep you posted.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Support for Haiti

During times of tragedy, people often want to help. They end up making donations to organizations which are actually scams. Please join me in supporting the Salvation Army's efforts in Haiti. They are a legitimate organization whose purpose is to provide aid without prejudice and to glorify God. They have a campaign where you can donate $10 by texting "Haiti" to 52000. It work with all carriers. Please follow any of these links for more news about that.

Legit links:

www.salvationarmyhaiti.org/

www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA

Salvation Army Haiti on Facebook

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Have Sex or Lose Unemployement Benes??

This shocked me:
Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job - including in the sex industry - or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4,5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse. (http://sisyphe.org/spip.php?article1573)
How can this be? Part of feminism was to gain rights for women so that they DIDN'T have to resort to such reprehensible careers to support themselves. This isn't so far removed from other countries who sell women into sex slavery. People everywhere should be outraged.

Sex isn't just something you can do without serious risks of disease or that medical condition known as pregnancy. It's most certainly not the same kind of job as being a dental assistant. Don't worry, though. You don't have to have sex for all of these jobs. In the UK, you can get a nude lap dancer job through the unemployment office; no sex required.

Then again, if you do sleep around or take your clothes off, you might as well get paid for it.

Oops, I feel silly. Apparently the report about being forced into prostitution is false. Though the lap dancer one is legit. Check out snopes.com. Honestly, I usually smell these in the air and check Snopes. I fell for it as it was collected with other writings which appeared to be legitimate. At least I only believed it for one day.

http://www.snopes.com/media/notnews/brothel.asp

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Reflections on Covenants

The substitute pastor said that marriage and a relationship with God are covenants. In a covenant, you give all of yourself. He contrasted that with a contract and said that they are different. A covenant is meant to last forever, or for life in a human relationship. Contracts, well those are for business.

From my perspective, I don't see people even treating marriage as a contract. In a contract, you at least meet an obligation. Many marriages fail because people cease to satisfy each others' expectations. People fail even minor social contracts--witness how many people park rudely at church, or say...Biola campus. I had my car scratched up at Biola and didn't even get a note..."Sorry I dinged your car. Jesus loves you!! Please forgive me. :)"

Not only that, I sort of expect the pastor, to have dealt with his phone before walking to the pulpit. I certainly don't have a phone in my pocket whenever I perform. At some point midsermon he apologized, took out his phone, and meaningful seconds ticked away while he figured out how to silence the thing.

Seriously. I'd like the world to start with the little things.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dude! Sweet Happenings..

"Dude Chick it Out" has been picked up by an online magazine. It's not there yet, but I will let you know when it is. Yippee!!! No $$, but I'm starting to feel like a REAL writer, LOL. I'm afraid this might out my real identity, but oh, well, maybe it's about time I let that go.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

The New Way to Announce Your Relationships

On Facebook! Does anyone else find this weird? I think it's strange. I am happy for the guy, but it's really an odd way to get to know things.

Just post the following announcements on your wall to make sure everyone knows.

FB Buster: would like to announce that he has the best girlfriend he has ever seen or heard of. :)

FB Addict > FB Buster: Congratulations on your new relationship!
FB Addicted > FB Buster: Congratulations Buster! Your girlfriend is beautiful and you look happy together. Many blessings to you both!
FB Addict2 > FB Buster: Sounds like you're doing well my friend - so glad for you : )

I'm guessing from her location being on the opposite side of the country, that this was an eHarmony thing. Wouldn't it have been easier to just ask out a girl at church?

Just a question, do you post when you break up? I'm cynical.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Resolution Time AGAIN??? !!!!!!

Well, I lost 10 lbs last year, that's good.

Other than that, things didn't go very well with my New Year's Resolutions.

I've decided to reflect on what's important to me...

1. I'm starting to write more about other things, chiefly music. I've got some research projects on the back burner. I lost the tape recorder I was going to use for interviews, but it won't take much to buy another. My plan is to get interviews with some key people and be published in music journals--perhaps get my own column writing reviews.

2. Learn to play guitar left handed because I'm still having too many problems after shoulder surgery to the right side to strum well.

3. Set some of my poems to music. Yes, I write poetry. I used to a long time ago, and now I've decided they might be good for song lyrics.

4. After that I will start a band. ;) World domination is just around the corner. I'm kidding, people--about world domination anyway.

5. Keep going to church. No matter what. I will leave the Bible in a year and the other loftier goals to those more spiritual. This is where I am now and I accept that about my spiritual life.

6. Lose weight. I know, everyone says that for the new year, but now I'm really cutting back. 10 lbs is a good start. I can't rely on exercise at all. After a head injury which also messed up my neck, a car accident which messed up my next even worse, several left ankle sprains, and shoulder surgery exercise is basically unreliable.

7. Stop listening to love advice. It's all basically crap really. If people don't like me for who I am, I will show them the door. End of story. I'd heard from people that I didn't have someone in my life because I was too busy with music things and if I just rfocused on finding a relationship, that I would. That's not what happened. The last advice I ever took on this matter came from my cousin who married at 38. "It will happen when it happens." Amen, cousin, amen.

8. I'm not going to take bad dates with people I hope I might like. I am not dating anyone for now, so there is nothing to write about on that front. Right now, I'm more absorbed in music. Particularly Post-punk from 1978-1984--especially Echo & the Bunnymen. It almost seems that my affections are better spent on them. Also, it's really lovely if you think Christians shouldn't listen to "that kind of music". If you like Third Day or whatever Christian band is out right now...good for you. If you think that listening to Christian music is going to help me find a Christian boyfriend (Marky Mark), please know that I used to DJ a Christian radio show and I didn't have a boyfriend then either. (See #7)

So, what are some of yours?