One Movie Meme

Hmm, Ry tagged me in a meme. Joyous.

1. One movie that made you laugh:

2. One movie that made you cry:
Return of the King

3. One movie you loved when you were a child:
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once:
Wayne’s World

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it:
None. I have no shame.

6. One movie you hated:
Battlefield Earth

7. One movie that scared you:
Pan’s Labyrinth

8. One movie that bored you:
The Painted Veil

9. One movie that made you happy:
I Heart Huckabees

10. One movie that made you miserable:
Hotel Rwanda

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see:
I am utterly disinterested in scary movies.

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with:
Arwen Evenstar (Lord of the Rings trilogy)

13. The last movie you saw:
Stranger Than Fiction

14. The next movie you hope to see:
The Dark Knight

Now I’m supposed to do that “tag 5 other people to play along” thing. I don’t play well with others. Play along if you want to.

123 Books Meme

Memes never cease to find their way around the blogosphere, and they sometimes even land in my lap. Kathy tagged me with the 123 book meme, which quite simply means that I should:

Pick up the book nearest you. Find page 123. Find the first five sentences. Post the next 3 sentences.Tag five people.

I have a distinct unique standing in this task, since the bookshelf above my computer contains many books that are all approximately equidistant from my seat. So, I’ll pick one that should be interesting: Suburban Nation.

Most elderly are neither infirm nor senile; they are healthy and able citizens who simply can no longer operate two tons of heavy machinery. The phenomenon of suburban auto dependency is not just a theory for these people. It is the reason why we see otherwise reasonable men and women falsifying eye exams and terrorizing their fellow motorists.

I’m not good at tagging others, so I’m just not going to. If this sounds like a fun idea to you, consider yourself tagged.

Oh, and the fourth sentence after the above is too good to be left out:

They know that the minute they lose their license, they will revert from adulthood to infancy and be warehoused ina n institution where their only source of freedom is the van that takes them to the mall on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Performance Pressure

Watch me dance and do tricks!

I feel this odd pressure to put all kinds of brilliance out there, since I’m getting all of this traffic on account of Br. Maynard’s link-love meme that I wound up in.

Don’t get me wrong, I write this blog partly because I hope that some people find something helpful, challenging or inspiring in what I have to say. And I do feel like I eke towards those categories on occassion.  But, there’s also this wounded part of all of us that craves affirmation, and if we’re not careful, we start doing what we do for praise instead of for love for God and others.

So, if you’ve landed here due to the meme, I’m not going to blow you out of the waters. Blogs are a conversation; a kind of friendship that develops slowly over time. So, I’ll fight the urge to wow you all while I have (a very small) spotlight. I hope one or two of you stick around, and we’ll talk.

Missional Link Love

Brother Maynard has started a meme to post links to under-read and -appreciated emerging/missional church bloggers. Somehow I wound up on the list, who knew?

Here’s how you can play: pick a few missionally-minded bloggers that don’t get a lot of attention in the blogosphere (say, under 150 links on technorati’s emerging church list) and add them to the list below. Even better, go to Br. Maynard’s  meme-instigating post, and grab the most recent list from whoever has commented last. And then leave a comment yourself so that others can see and copy your list. I only added two, since this list is getting extensive!