Random Thoughts 2

Whoever invented the phrase “reinvent the wheel” should be taken out behind a barn and run over by something large with wheels.

One of modern church’s greatest dangers is trying to be “edgy” and “attractive” rather than relevant and loving.


I have a friend visiting Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow today. I’m thinking of her. I haven’t been able to watch Schindler’s List a second time, it was so devastating to me at the first viewing.

It's not me. But it's certainly random.

My sixteen year-old son asked me yesterday, “Did you ever have an uncontrollable urge to grab a badger and hit Theodore Roosevelt with it?”

Today, Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could very well be grandparents…

There is NOOOOOOOOOOOO Rule Six.

Tommy Schlamme and Tony Iommi are not the same person. One plays guitar for Black Sabbath, while the other has a silly name.

Babette’s Feast is probably the best film about gluttony Denmark’s ever made.

Good Lord! I’ve heard about this… cat juggling! Could there be a God that would let this happen?

I have paper-wrapped chopsticks in my cubicle at work. You never know when I might need to eat noodles.

Morning drink: black coffee. Afternoon drink: Coke Zero. But today there was no Coke Zero in the cafeteria. It had been replaced with Grape Crush. This is NOT an acceptable substitute.

Does anyone but me remember The Banana Splits Show, or was it a deranged figment of my childhood imagination?

My sons insist that if you try to divide by zero, it could create a black hole and destroy the known universe. Who knew my high school algebra skills were so important…?

A diminutive of Harry is Hal. Until today, I wasn’t aware that a diminutive of Sarah was Sally. Personally, if I were a woman and had a choice, I’d go by Sarah. Speaking of which – do people still say they’ll “sally forth” these days? if so, huzzah to you!

I’ve cooked with semolina and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Hairy Earwax is a great name for your next grunge band. Trust me on this.

Virginia celebrates Lee-Jackson Day (in memory of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson) on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day. State buildings (and some banks) are closed on this day.

Jada Pinkett and Will Smith divorced today, citing infidelities. Apparently their hair isn’t all the family had been whipping back and forth.


6 thoughts on “Random Thoughts 2”

  1. Brian love the random thoughts today! Some of my random thoughts about your random thoughts! Babette’s Feast got me the best compliment from Don Ryall! Will always remember that. Lee-Jackson Day? Really? The Friday before MLK Day? Really? Only in the South! Who doesn’t keep chopsticks in their desk?! The Ferris Bueller thing just made me feel old! =)


  2. After almost 20 years of working in college libraries and various college admissions/financial aid offices, I saw *a lot* of great names. There was a book by a Harry Butz in Wilson Library (any relation, Melissa? 😉 I had to keep myself from giggling when I helped Long Dong with his financial aid; same for Phuc Yoo. and I can’t tell you how much trouble I got for saying that student Satin Chambers’ name sounded like a porn star’s. Then I found out her maiden name was Klitzke. I had to walk out of the room.


    1. I don’t know if that i the same Harry – would be great if it was. 🙂
      My favorite Harry Butz story happened one Sunday morning – during announcements. Our adorable, little old man pastor saw 2 women at the back of the church looking for seats. Harry was nearby. Seeing some available seats, Pastor Shinamen said “The two ladies in back with Harry Butz… there are some seats available up front!” (pause, one second, two seconds) Hysterical laughter started by the youth group. Poor guy was so flustered he couldn’t even finish the announcements. He just turned beet red & sat down. We laughed until we cried.


  3. My current favorite expression is “at the end of the day”. Who determines this? Is it midnight? When the sun goes down? Dinner? When the cows come home?


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