Top Ten Terrible Things About Getting Towed

The terribleness of getting towed, in order of appearance:

  1. Your car is gone.
  2. You didn’t move it.
  3. Needing to discover the location of your car.
  4. Seeing the $250 minimum cost on the sign.
  5. Getting to your car, without your car.
  6. Seeing the “Cash Only” sign.
  7. Seeing the ATM costs $3.50 per transaction.
  8. Seeing the ATM max withdrawal is $200.
  9. The actual charge being $250.10.
  10. Having the guy ask “How are you doing tonight?” when you walk out to get your car.

I Feel Like A Snot Faucet

I feel like a snot faucet
with drainage from my face.
With every sneeze
hydration flees
at quite the stunning pace.

I feel like a snot faucet,
it comes and goes all day.
A raspy throat,
some nasal bloat,
and reason not to play.

I feel like a snot faucet,
it’s filling up my ears.
Sickness would be
a tragedy,
but that’s how it appears.

The Flintstone Age

Someone I work with made a comment the other day about Fred Flintstone. When I didn’t remember how loud Fred’s sneezes were, the response was “oh you probably don’t remember the Flintstones.”

Of course I remember the Flintstones! How could I not! They are one of the classics! But then I got to thinking. That generation of cartoons were on the way out when I was growing up. The Flintstones and Jetsons were getting replaced with Recess and Ninja Turtles.

I wonder if kids today know how their vitamins got such a funny name…

More Books!

I was ordering my dad a birthday present and discovered that it cost 1/3 of the price on Amazon as opposed to Borders. So I bought 2 more books for myself.

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
by Tim Keller

And…

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser

So hopefully the blog will get more interesting to read. 🙂

On a related note, Bryan Dewire is the guy to talk to if you’re ever looking for a book recommendation. Counterfeit Gods was his non-Piper pick, but The Pleasures of God was the first thing out of his mouth.

Pain Shows Its Face

I wear my heart on my sleeve
Not intentionally, but
my friends can see when I grieve

It’s so clear when I’m sad
When I’m mad they can tell
there’s some experience that I’ve had

Over and over it turns in my mind
options lined up, different words or tones
But it’s done, these thoughts I must bind

When you see me, I merely
show you what’s inside, freely revealing my heart
an undesired show of emotions, so clearly.

Johnathon, thank you for seeing.

Uncle Larry

Larry married Lisa (my mom’s sister) and they had Luke. Lisa and Luke are among my closer extended family members. Luke is a year or so older than I am, so we got lumped together in the older cousins. But that’s the background.

I think about Larry a lot. I don’t remember much about him, but I always want to hear the stories. Larry had a great career going for him in (I think) programming software, a loving family and a bright future. Then he started hearing things. The hallucinations began too and the doctors gave them the news: Larry had schizophrenia.

I respect Lisa so much for all she has made it through. The stories she tells make me sad. One that stands out is how Luke kept her sane when Larry started acting out. “That’s not my dad,” he would say, “that’s the disease.” How hard would it be to struggle between your husband and the broken world in his head? When your dad yells at you literally out of no where?

Larry was afraid of the danger he was to his family, so he filled for divorce (though they still loved each other). The pills would make it hard to think straight, so he would stop taking them, eventually turning to alcohol instead. I remember hearing often that Larry was in the hospital for internal bleeding or a blood clot or something. Eventually it got the better of him.

It’s been 8 years since he died. 8 years of Luke not having his dad around. 8 years of Lisa missing her husband.

I’m grateful for Larry. Though I never knew him well, he has made a mark. Mental disabilities and diseases are so hard for everyone involved. I have no idea how hard it really is, but I catch glimpses whenever I talk with Lisa and Luke about it. And the good stories are so heart warming, like how he’d play with Luke when he was younger.

It makes me yearn for days with no mourning, or crying or pain.

21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:1-4

Fighting the Fight

It’s really easy to talk tough when you’re not fighting.

It’s really hard to fight if you don’t know how.

It’s really hard to fight if you take a bad hit.

It’s really hard to fight if you can’t see.

It’s really hard to flee when you need to.

It’s really easy to give up.

It’s really easy to give in.

It’s really easy to take the low road.

It’s really easy to let the tongue wag.

It’s really easy to let the anger build.

It’s really easy to want more.

It’s really easy to wander.

But as for you

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:3-16

Amen.