Friday, October 31, 2008

Mister George: A Tribute

You came with surprise

what a wonderful gift

We were down to the wire

but our spirits did you lift.

Blue and white stripes

what beauty, what color

We knew without a doubt

we were meant for eachother.

Oh, how we loved you

your comfortable seats

And your bed in the back

on which we oft did sleep.

Though old, you had spirit

surprisingly low mileage, too

we always knew in tough times

that you would pull us through.

You never complained

But with determination pushed on

Even when you were in the shop

your energy was never gone.

Over mountains and through valleys

across land til we reached the sea

How could we have known

What fond memories there would be.

We will never forget you

though the years pass us by

with fond remembrance

we recall why:

In the summer of '06

'round this great country did we drive

In you, Mister George

Having the time of our lives.

In the fall of 2006, Mister George was donated to Wheels4Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides families in need with a reliable vehicle. It was thought that Mister George would never be seen again.

But alas, on October 30, 2008, for the first time in nearly 2 years, Mister George was spotted on South Saunders Street in Raleigh.

Here's to you, Mister George. Still pressin' on.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Avett Brothers

Apparently the Avett Brothers have been around for a while, but I was just introduced to them this weekend. The following song is one of the prettiest I've ever heard.

Ah, music from the soul, for the soul. 

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I want to learn to play.

Watch it all the way through. And smile.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I am a camp director by profession. One of my primary responsibilities at this time of year is to book retreats. This means that retreat inquiries come through me. Groups, usually Christian, call and are interested in holding their retreat at the good ol' COH. I'm new, but I've been told that sometimes we get some strange calls. Well, today I received my first strange call. Here is the condensed version of the call:

Caller: Hi, my name is John and I'm from a Unitarian church in Morrisville and I'm interested in having a retreat in January.

Me: OK, about how many people will you have?

John: 45-60. Do you have accommodations for couples?

Me: No, sorry. We have cabin-style housing with bunk beds.

John: Is there a policy against couples sleeping together in cabins?

Me: Yes. We separate men and women.

John: Oh, OK.

[I tell him more about camp and what we offer, he interupts:]

John: Well, I guess there's one other thing. See, we're a Unitarian church, and we're having a couples retreat. 10-12 couples will be gay or lesbian. Is that a problem?

Me: [caught off guard] Uh, um. Well. I tell ya what, let me get back to you after I talk to my boss.

John: OK, sounds great. Thanks.

[end of call]

I proceed to tell everyone in the office about my strange call. I don't know what to do.

Long story short: My good friend HUFF in Indiana was playin' a prank on me. But the whole office was in on it and they thought it was hilarious.

I must admit, I got punk'd.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


ma - li - cious : given to, marked by, or arising from malice

ma - lice : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another; intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse

I just learned that the good folks over at Facebook have identified my blog as malicious. Given that the only public link to this blog is through Facebook, I applaud you if you have made it this far. Facebook won't even give you the option to click on the link and continue to this site. 

Do you feel harmed yet? 

I'm not sure why, but I'm just gonna guess it has something to do with "b-ho" being in the title. I dunno, does that sound dirty? Maybe so. I've never really thought about it. 

Facebook, I salute you. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2008


So last Friday I was merging on to I-40 on my way home from good ol' Chapel Hill, and the oddest thing happened. I turned on my blinker to merge, and my car cut off. Let me say that again. My car cut off when I turned on my blinker. Didn't even die, just cut off.

Now, I've had many a car problem in my day, but this one is definitely the oddest. How a blinker turns off your car, I'll never know. Actually I do know, because I just had it towed to the dealership to get fixed. Apparently a switch in the steering column connects all kinds of things, like your turn signal and your starter and breaks and everything else. Who knew? So for a mere $400, I can now start my car.

These car problems got me thinking. It's about time to be an offical adult and buy a car. A dependable, reliable, don't-have-to-get-it-fixed-every-month car. So thats my plan. How I'll pay for it or what I'll actually get, I dunno. But this is what I want:

Keep dreamin', Brian...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Josh Wilson

Just discovered this guy, you should buy his album. I really like this song:

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I like books. I even enjoy reading them. The problem is that I have a hard time finishing them. I think I might have book ADD. 

Sometimes I wonder if I like the idea of having books more than reading books. I tend to buy a group of books, then they sit on my shelf and look pretty. 

I find that I have to be in the right mood to read, and my mood often determines what kind of book I want to read. Given that my moods change from time to time, its hard to stick with one book. When I'm feeling contemplative or reflective, I want to read something that makes me think. When I'm feeling bored, I want to read something that entertains me. When I'm feeling spiritual, I want to read about religion. When I'm feeling philosophical, well, I want to read philosophy. 

The last book I actually completed was Intimacy by Henri Nouwen. I enjoyed it. Most of it, anyway. It combines a lot of psychology with spirituality, both things I'm a big fan of. I also read and finished In the Name of Jesus by Nouwen in one day. I recently started a memoir called The Glass Castle, which was given to me over a year ago. Its entertaining so far, but I haven't gotten hooked on it. I think the last book I read that I was hooked on was Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. GREAT book. Read it. 

These books I've started over the past few months, but haven't finished:

American Jesus by Stephen Prothero (Religion/Academic)
The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg (Memoir)
Running on Empty by Phil Anderson (Spirituality)
Generation Me by  Jean Twenge (Sociology/Academic)
The Trial by Franz Kafka (Fiction/Literature)
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (Memoir)

Books I bought recently but haven't opened:

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll (Religion/Academic)
UnChristian by David Kinnaman (Religion/Culture)

Books I want to buy and (eventually) read:

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
More stuff by Henri Nouwen

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