When talking to my mother yesterday, I said, “I’m going home to Nebraska for Thanksgiving.” My family lives in Colorado, but apparently the years I spent in Lincoln still have me thinking of it as home.

In any case, I’ll be in Lincoln/Omaha from November 25 to November 30. I look forward to seeing my college friends and doing some conversational catch-up on life. Since I was last in Nebraska, I’ve changed jobs twice, gained fifteen pounds, and developed a fondness for Norwegian symphonic metal. Glorious.

If you’re going to be in Nebraska, give me a hollar! I’ll try to setup a get together of some kind for whoever is going to be around and wants to hang out on a day other than Thanksgiving.

Rediscoveries – The Worst of The Archives

From the OLD, OLD, OOOOOLD archives, here are some of my favorites. Please share your favorite memories in honor of my sometime-around-now 5th anniversary of blogging. (Note: The posts chosen below represent recovered posts from October 2002 through the end of 2004.)

  • yay. – my oldest recovered post (although I actually started in/around September 2002)
  • Hobo Art – one of the few lingering hobo related memories from my site (I can’t find the rest of the oldest posts)
  • Holy Expletive, look at that squirrel!
  • Tired Road – a poem about the time I pulled a 540 degree turn on the interstate at 70mph while trying to take Alien Ant Farm out of the CD player in my blue ’92 Ford Escort hatchback
  • Grits – Ooh Aah lyrics – this song will always be awesome
  • Modiglian – my favorite memories of this poem are of sitting in Jenny’s dorm room in Kaufmann and trying to read through it without running out of breath. At various points I remember Jake, Jenny, Rachel, and 4L all giving it a shot. Rachel got through the whole thing in one go.
  • KJ-52 Followup – the only KJ-52 post I still have
  • Valentine’s Special: Date the Jake – ladies, he’s still single! Waste no time, date the Jake NOW!
  • Still Waiting – leaning towards emo?
  • Jax STP 2004 – oh, the memories

As a brief update on the situation with the archives, I’m still missing a lot of old posts and there’s about six months from January 2005 through June 2005 that I probably won’t be able to recover due to an error in my backup of those months. But please enjoy the ones that have come back! Also, I’ve done my best to edit the archives to remove any full names (other than maybe Double-J and Luebbe and a couple references to Jake). If you want your name further hidden or expunged from any specific post, let me know.

Of Geese and Other Birds

I can almost imagine a bird flying towards you, Mr. Luebbe. * ahem *

In any case, I haven’t even picked up my book today. However, I read several chapters yesterday and watched a couple hours of TV. TV is not a habbit I’m glad to have begun refrequenting after avoiding it for most of college other than vacations to home. I do enjoy Seinfeld, Friends, and Law & Order (all three varieties), though. Perhaps I should not. Whatever.

I did begin working more on one of my papers today. I checked out about six books from the library regarding Biblical arguments for and against slavery. Interesting stuff, but I haven’t found any single argument I entirely agree with. I’m hoping to find more good stuff in the books I haven’t gotten to look through yet. I have a feeling though that it boils down to what it does so often: people using the Bible to support their own beliefs even if they have to misconstrue it and yank it out of context to do so. How else could you advocate such a base thing as American slavery? Slavery isn’t outright condemned in the Bible, but supporting such a modern system ignores so many of Jesus’ teachings regarding treatment of other people.

It appears I haven’t posted anything in the last five days. A quick catchup may be in order.

Friday was Senior Nav Nite meaning that any senior who graduated in December, or will this upcoming May or August goes up front and gets to hear what people think about them. I found it encouraging to hear many of the things people said and knowing that I’ve got friends here who care about me and who see God working in my life despite all the sin.

Yo, Steve! Thanks for giving props to this site. It’d give you a hug if it could, but you’ll have to settle for returned props, a’ight? You da man!

Saturday myself and others went up to 4L’s house and chilled for a long, long time. Myself and Jesse didn’t drive back to Lincoln till 4AM. Needless to say, I was tired on Sunday. I made it to church anyway though.

I have to turn in my papers for Globalization on Thursday. I need to write ten more pages for that class and polish up the other twenty I’ve written. On Friday my 15 page paper on Christianity and Slavery is due. Needless to say, I can’t wait to make it through Friday and I hope I get everything done alright.

Oh, and some good news. I only have five finals! One got cancelled — my professor is unprepared or something of the sort. I’m not sure what he’s grading us on, but I think he’ll have to go easy ’cause he hasn’t given us many assignments. I’d complain, but I figure a woman like Cora must’ve already talked to him and told him why it’s not fair and how he can best make it up to the class. Unfair assumption? Perhaps. If he’s not clear on Thursday though with his plans, I will “confront” him.

So, the five finals for next week: two Wednesday, two Thursday, one Friday. Then I move out on Saturday for the last time ever! It’s almost sad being nearly done with my room in Pound. Three years I’ve lived there now. But no more!

FOR SALE: One wood-framed couch with brown cushions. *$10* Willing to negotiate. I’ve got other goods for sale, but they’ve already got buyers or potential buyers.

Gone so soon… what will you do without me? Oh, well, I suppose I’ll still be _here_ if not in Lincoln.

Ain’t So Bad

Life hasn’t been too bad. Somehow I got cheered up on Saturday with a few reminders that I’m not any different from other humans in terms of sin and that it’s something we all have to face up to and deal with. Many thanks to Cora and Jesse for listening to my meandering thoughts, bitterness, and disappointment while responding with something more than “yeah, that sucks, hope you get over it.”

So the past few days have been better. I’ve spent some time reading the Bible, done a bit of homework, and talked to/hung out with friends.

I started working on a paper tonight about “Christianity and Slavery in Antebellum (Pre-Civil War) America”. I busted out five pages single spaced of a paper supposed to be 15 pages long. The only problem is that this is my appendix and not even central to the topic of the paper. I don’t care though! It’s basically the gospel boiled down to its guts and talking about Jesus. I’ve not had many opportunities for this kind of thing to fit into a paper, but I plan to include it in this one ’cause I believe it bears mention in explaining something about evangelical Christianity. I also plan to argue that a lot of the problems in social conflict surrounding the issue of slavery came from people manipulating chunks of Biblical text to suit their own purposes instead of accurately interpreting it in light of its context. It’ll be a fun paper. I only wish I had more time to work on it. Now that I’ve gotten started, I’d like to do more research into the Biblical arguements used in support of slavery and against it so I can better discuss any fallacies that appear. Alas, I’m not sure how much I’ll get into that, but I’ll look at what the Bible has to say as it is.

In another news… the rest of the semester will be hard, but the end is near. Less than three weeks in this semester. I’m honestly worried that I may not pass all of my classes. If that happens, I don’t know what I’ll do. I’ll be furious at myself, of course, and it will derail my plans if I have to take more classes.

I’m also not quite sure about my summer plans post-May. I’m worried about Jacksonville and a bit frustrated with the speed at which info about it is coming. Therefore, I’m wavering about still going. I want to, but I’m worried.

Anyway, I should get to sleep. G’night.