my inner monologue...
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Thursday, February 28, 2008
It begs the question that this is the first time that a shortened season will effect the length of seasons for tv since the arrival of TV on DVD.
Does that mean that this season's shows will be cheaper when they come out on DVD or are the studios going to screw us in order to try and make up lost profits from the shortened season.
While I'll still probably pay the 40 bucks for the office season 4, it truly would be nice to get the season on dvd for a bit cheaper since there will only be 8-14 episodes once everything is said and done.
I guess we'll have to wait till aug to find out.
Until then mark the calendars for April 10th for the return of the office!!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Whatever happened to the notion of boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girl likes boy, boy and girl live happily ever after?
I'm just about to the point where I'm ready to give up even trying to develop romantic relationships. It's too much work, to many games and too much emotional strain on my heart.
In my whole entire dating life I've only broken up with one person, every other time I've been the one who's been broke up with. I'm sure that says something, what that something is, I don't know.
I'm tired of being the one who is ready for more and being told no.
All I really want is someone who is going to pursue me with the same vigor I feel towards them.
I know, I know there's someone out there for me. And I shouldn't settle for someone who isn't going to invest in me as much, as I into them. But ultimately that doesn't leave me with someone to hold in my arms late at night.
Spiritually it's exhausting for me. As I know that love and faith are deeply intertwined. I know my longing for companionship comes from a place that is inhabited by god. I long for marriage, I long for someone to spend the rest of my life with. Am I too far off base here? Are my expectations too grand, my standards too high?
I don't need pity, I don't need advice, I don't need encouragement, I just to vent some feelings and frustrations.
My heart longs and my soul needs to be quenched.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
If you didn't already know I like food.
Though I don't have a large repitorie of places that I like to go that have REALLY good food.
A few weeks ago I told you all that I was going to head down into LA to go to Angeli Cafe. (post here). I never really told you how it was.
The owner Evan Kleiman has put together such a wonderful place. The food was so great, fresh and delicate. For my dinner I had a 3 course meal, which consisted of caprese (roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and some kalamata olives), beet (yes I said beet, not beef, which is what I read on the menu (I'm dumb)) gnocchi in a butter sage sauce (it was divine, creamy, silky and mildly flavored), and for dessert had some chocolate bread pudding, just enough chocolate, and some of the best bread pudding I've ever had. My friend had their famous garlic lemon chicken, which I must admit, usually I'm not the biggest fan of chicken, cause it's never really cooked right, but this chicken was superb. I know that they brine all of their meats when they come in, but the flavors and the doneness and the mositure of this bird was some of the best ever.
If you get a chance I'd highly reccomend it, I know I'm going to try and find time to get back there for some of their other stuff.
On another note about being a foodie. I'm trying to expand my culinary horizions.
Last sat night John and I were going to go out to eat and we were having the hardest time trying to decide where to go. We finally made up our minds that we wanted to try somewhere where neither one of us had been before. Which kinda proved a little more difficult than it sounds. We couldn't think of anywhere off the tops of our heads, so we decided to take Topanga Cyn down to Ventura and head east and stop somewhere that looked interesting, that was new.
We ended up at "The Hummus Bar" 18743 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA - (818)344-6606
It was pretty good. And that comes from aguy who knows how to make his own hummus. Their homemade pita bread was a real treat too. I highly suggest this place if you like Middle Eastern type foods. Or if you want to try something new.
All this to say that I'm embarking on a bit of a quest. Largely inspired by the pulitizer prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold who writes for the LA Weekly. I'm looking forward to branching out and trying to find some great restraunts around the city.
Not only will it give me a chance to taste some fantastic food, but it should make good use of my KCRW card, which should save me some green in the process (as many of the places that I already know that I want to go to are in the book of places my card is valid).
It's definatley going to be an adventure, I'm hoping to go to at least one new place a month if not a little more. I don't have all the cash in the world, but when you get a free meal a day at work that helps free up a little more money for the one meal that I do have to pay for in a day.
I'll keep you all posted as I go out and try some new places. Let me know if you'd be interested in going with me. I'll probably be using Jonathan's top 99 list from 2007 as a good reference guide. The only downside is that I don't think there's more than 2 places on his list that are in the valley and I've already been to one of them.
Happy eating. Savor, don't consume.
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My friend Aaron told me about this even that is happening at the end of march.
I'm really thinking about going.
It's called "the million fag march".
Before you get your panties all up in a twist, please know this event is about more than just declaring "we're homosexuals".
My goal (and aaron's) if anything is to be a person who attends this even with a voice that says "I'm a christian, and I don't believe the same things that 'they' believe." I would hope that if I go, I would at least be able to dialogue with some people both gay and straight and talk about how sometimes, contemporary church does such a poor job of being loving towards people, and otherwise ends up being intolerant and downright hateful. Unless I'm reading a different book, Jesus didn't seem to be much about the hate.
What do you all think? Is it worth my time/money(it looks like I may get some sponsorship to go) to go and try to be some sort of an ambassador/reconciliator at this event?
Are we as a church doing a poor job about being tolerant and loving? What do we do with people like Fred Phelps, who calls himself a christian?
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Monday, February 18, 2008
I've come to a place where I'm pretty sure I'm at least ready to walk back into ministry. Not full time, mostly due to the fact that I can't find a job that's a good match for me and my current thoughts and direction for ministry.
I've decided to volunteer again. Which is a sort of a step backward, but if anything it gets me back to the thing I love and have felt a deep longing for since I left my last ministry position over a year ago.
I think the hardest part for me is going be trying to find my place and my role within the ministry. I've talked some to john about all of this and I think it's just going to have to be one of those things where I (we) take it slow and see what is going to work best.
Though that kind of sums how I feel in general when it comes to church. Where do I fit in?
I'm desperately trying to figure out where my puzzle piece fits in. Too often I keep asking myself if maybe I'm from a different box that's gotten mixed in with the rest.
God's picture is far from complete, we' be barely even finished finding all the edge pieces. In a way I may just need to be on the fringes trying to find other pieces that may even be remotely like me. I don't know that many people can even relate to the situation that I'm in. But that's where I'm at and to me it seems a bit uncharted and conventional thinking most likely won't do much good.
I'm headed back in, it's going to get hot during re-entry, but in the end, I know I'm gonna end up in god's land. And that's the place I'm aiming for, as long as I get to god's country I'll know I'm doing what I love and hopefully making a difference in student's lives.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
All you probably know that I usually avoid the bucks like the plague.
And I think (as many others do) that it is ridiculous for them to charge upwards of 10 bucks a day for wi-fi access.
Well here's some good news, not the best, (which would be totally free wi-fi).
read article here
What looks promising (especially in light of my big announcement) is that there seems to be some language that suggests that they will open it up to attwireless people, which would be me. So I might become more of a bucks person (not on principle) (but on aspect of the free wi-fi).
Or you can use the work around and always buy a $5 gift card right before you buy your drink to get the free 2 hours of wi-fi.
Score one for the consumer...kinda.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Today at church there was a moment where it was fairly silent and in the midst of the silence, a siren was heard passing by.
In that moment I was reminded that not only do sirens signal that someone is in need. But in a spiritual way we all are in need. It was something that came to me in a moment where many others might have only been thinking about the siren interrupting the quiet moment.
I like to think of it as everyday spirituality.
Friday, February 08, 2008
OK here it goes. I know you all have been waiting for this for a while.
And let me tell you that I have been too.
I'm going back and forth about the LONGGGG version of the story and the short version.
I think I'll give you the short one here and when you see me I can give you guys the long one.
First the NEWS...
I got an iPhone!!!!!!
yes you heard me.
and no that's not photoshopped
so here's the short version.
A friend/former co-worker, got an iPhone for work. He constantly dropped it and basically didn't like it (why?!?!? that's his problem). He took it to the apple store and got a replacement. He offered me the new one. I offered to buy him the phone of his choice. I won't really say here how much I paid him for the phone, but let's just say it made it VERRRRY affordable for me. I probably wouldn't have been able to get one for a LOOOOONG time.
I am one HAPPY camper tonight.
Really it's sweet!!!
That's the story. I will treat this like a child. I finally get to be an over-protective parent.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Tonight I'm off to hear Jim Wallis (author of Living God's Politics) speak at 730p. Info here.
And going to eat at Angeli Cafe, which is owned by Evan Kleiman, who is the host of Good Food on KCRW. It's dineLA week so there's killer deals on food. If you want really good food for cheaps, check out dineLA, which runs through Sat I think.
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Wow 4 years of blogging!!!
If I had really put any forethought into this, I'd do some highlights or something. But I didn't so I won't.
Thank you to all of you readers out there. I appreciate every single one of you.
I had hoped to have a new site design up for today as well. But I'm one big, fat, lazy, procrastinating, underachieving person, who tried to do my own coding for the site but got frustrated and will now try and find someone to do it for me. Though I am working on it as I know that making this site look better will benefit us all.
Here's to another year of blogging here at andrewseely.com
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Friday, February 01, 2008