Month: April 2008

What I’ve Been Up To on 2008-04-30

  • in from working the yard – putting some finishing touches on my final project for class #
  • Battling insurance company #
  • Picked up food for our Food Pantry from the Regional Food Bank #
  • Reporting and taking care of fraud on one of our business credit card accounts. #
  • Early morning workout – cardio, abs, arms – push, biceps #
  • Lunch with Rusty and Nathan #
  • Missional Conversation with David #
  • Knocking out some "to do’s" #
  • setting up for our community meal #

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What I’ve Been Up To on 2008-04-29

  • Closing in on a finished final project for class. Will post it to the blog next week. #
  • Cardio (eliptical/stirmaster), abs and pulls #
  • Sliced tomatoes, cut lettuce and readied groceries for Lunch Spot – Tuttle #
  • Enjoyed lunch with the students at lunch spot – good sub sandwiches #
  • new blog post under books – http://tinyurl.com/67czqb #
  • reading more Gall #
  • updating SHBC website #
  • heading to work in the yard – been way to wet #

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Beautiful Idols

A friend and I were strolling the streets of Barcelona back in February. Our conversation turned to just how we may identify people. I will tip my hand quickly to say I fear the practice of categorization simplifies our lives. We really have no need to get to know someone. Once we can, by our ruler, measure someone we may then determine their worth to us. We either choose to engage them on deeper levels or we dismiss them. And, everyone knows our goal is simpler lives. Let’s not take the time with people – takes to much out of us.

Slowly I am making my way through Pete Gall’s My Beautiful Idol. It is not a difficult read. Rather, about the time I think I have time to make great strides through the book I encounter people. My vocation will not allow a quick dismissal. I cannot categorize those who come by as having value or merit based on some hidden ruler. Imagine the mental conversation. “Now Joe sure is getting on my nerves. I have spent hours with him and he just does not seem t listen. I am going to have to turn this one off. What a waste of time.” (Yes, fictional character.) Life would be simpler if we could dismiss those who did not benefit us in some way. Read More

A Second Pair of Starbury’s

Almost a year and a half ago I read an article about Stephan Marbury and his shoe the Starbury. A month later I bought my first pair of Starbury’s for $14.98. Nearly every Friday I play with a group of guys. Initially the look on a few faces betrayed the typical, “I like your new shoes.” Understand I can afford Nike, Addidas or any other name brand shoe designed for basketball. But, when an NBA star undertakes to assist poorer families by providing a shoe he is willing to wear while playing the grueling schedule of the NBA, the issue becomes more than a matter of between brands.

For many in a status oriented culture the shoes make the player. You could say in this case the player makes the shoe. Stephan Marbury reportedly recalled the strain on families to not only put food on the table but buy the latest name brand shoe to hit the hardwood. Single mothers were especially stressed wanting to provide the latest kicks for their children.

How we spend our money does indicate what is important to us. Now I love to play basketball. Despite a cervical fusion at C5-C6, I still make it up and down the court quite well. I may not be the most adept scorer but I am no slouch on the defensive end of the court and love to rebound as well. I love shoes. I am not in the running for the Amelda Marcos award for best shoe wardrobe or anything, but I do like shoes. I do like good basketball shoes.

A couple of weeks ago I laced up my original pair of Starburys only to discover I had worn them smooth out. Nostalgically I played my last pick games with them on. Once home I retired them to the garbage bin. There was no question about what shoes I would buy. I headed over to Steve and Barry’s at Crossroads Mall and to my surprise they were having an “Everything $8.98” sale. I picked up a pair of Starbury II’s. Their maiden voyage will come this Friday. Everyone notices new shoes. I will be excited to note my new kicks we under $10. They will wear as well as any of the Nike’s I have owned over the years.

I often wonder at what point these kind of purchases could catch on among those who consider matters of justice important. I speculate over the money spent by our local basketball teams and my playing mates on Fridays. The issue is not what one can afford. The matter runs much deeper. Our spending reflects our values. If little by little many of us who consider these kinds of matters important would put our convictions where our pocketbooks, checkbooks or money clips were, think of the healthy cultural impact that could be felt.

What I’ve Been Up To on 2008-04-28

  • early morning workout – cardio, abs, arms #
  • Office Appointment #
  • Hospital Visit #
  • Lunch Appt. w/ Steve T. #
  • Knocking out some "to do’s" #
  • Newsletter article written #
  • Heading to class – yes, Starbucks on the way #

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