28 February 2006

2day on my weekly goodwill lunch i scored...and u may too...i walked in and immediately saw 2 brand new metal cafe curtain rods with all the the store these suckers would have been a $50 purchase, i got them for $8. then to top it off, behind the counter i see it, all glimmery...a brand new itrip. $7.88...but not today, today they were 1/2 off...score!
so how can you score? there wasn't only 1 itrip sitting on the charlotte goodwill shelf, there were 2. if you're interested...i may be willing to swing by tomorrow and see if it's still there....though it might not be 1/2 off still beats paying $30 from apple.

i love goodwill!

news worthy?

steves mom got us a subscription to 'the week' 'all you need to know about everything the matters' i'm not sure about it. but it's an interesting read. every now and then though you run across story's like these...

patrick swayze plans to become a rapper. the 53-year old actor...says he's been experimenting with rap rhythms for his next album...and is already known in affectionately as 'craz-e-dawg' in the hip-hop community'. is this for real? i feel like i just read an enquirer article...

in another volume though they feature this little bit of scary trivia:

'Our growing preference for bottled water is hazardous to the planet's health, says a new earth policy institute report. americans alone drank 7 billion gallons of bottled water in 2004, and the worldwide consumption has more than doubled in just 6 years. To bottle and ship a year's worth of bottle water to the u.s., companies such as pepsi and danone burn 1.5 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. almost 90 percent of the plastic bottles end up in landfills, where they can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. In a world in which billions lack any access to clean drinking water, the report authors say, this is an absurd extravagance ~ especially since both taste tests and chemical analyses reveal there's usually no difference between tap and bottled water...The study says that bottled water costs 10,000 times more than tap water ~ and is often more expensive, per gallon, than gasoline.'

so maybe instead of purchasing that next aquafina (which is detroit municipal water put through a reverse osmosis process!) why not just fill up your trusty nalgene from your tap?

weekend update

27 February 2006

i feel like a new person. i can breath, i have energy and i'm not coughing up tumors any more. I'm so joyful to no longer be sick! the weekend was great. spent friday night with the newmans and saturday afternoon with friends. then bolted back to lansing to catch the psalters play at the wired café. another amazing show. these guys have truly blessed our lives. they are such beautiful souls. they have a few new songs that are completely amazing. go listen to badlands. what an amazing song!

sunday noel gave another amazing message on finances. check out his messages here. such a touchy subject for some…but it was amazing and really got me thinking into how much more I can do/save. be a better servant and steward with my money. it's such a slippery slope for me at times. if I don't give all i can away, i end up blowing it on crap i don't need or hoarding it. and if i give it all away, am i really being a good steward? not preparing for the future isn't good either…anyway, i think it's time to re-look at the finances and pray about it. see where it all leads. but anyway ~ great message noel!

also another great bible study. there are some really great discussions going on. ialways like hearing other people's points of views on things. sometimes we can all get a bit blinded or black and white in our interpretations. it's refreshing to see all the colors come out in other people's interpretations. after the bible study we went to visions to pick up the psalters for a movie night at my place. we saw the constant gardener…I fell asleep in the last 30 minutes…so i'll finish it tonight. but it was just such a blessing to have everyone over at the house. and as i was eating my breakfast this morning, i looked out the window and was stunned to see the massive psalter bus in front of my house. such a cool feeling. we wait so long to hang with our friends that when it happens, ya get all warm and fuzzy. so thanks psalters. it was great seeing ya.

and so another workweek looms ahead of me. let's see what else comes….love and peace to all y'all


23 February 2006

another chance to check out some friends of mine and shake your groove maker. the Psalters will be in town again this saturday at 8 at the gone wired cafe. hopefully i'll be able to drag my sick bum out of the house. let me know if ya want to come. you can check them out before the show here and there

still sick

21 February 2006

the dance on friday rocked. there were so many people there. the cool thing was that i was feeling well enough to go and shake my tial feathers, the bad thing...i think it kicked my sickness in the arse. woke up on saturday not being able to move i was so weak...come to find out, i have so i'm at work today, super weak, but having to be here since it's the day after a holiday...we'll see how long i last. i don't think i've been this sick in years. yuck

i'm sick...again...argh...

that's all...

Show Me The Kim!

10 February 2006

thanks to sean for a new and refreshing look at kim...the new product, it seems, everyone wants to get their hands on...why just look at the slogans.

It's a Beautiful Kim.

You Too Can Have A Kim Like Mine.

Does She or Doesn't She? Only Her Kim Knows for Sure.

They're Waffly Kim.

Out Of The Strong Came Forth Kim.

Aaahh, Kim!

And my personal favorite…

I Like the Kim in You.

want your own slogan??? check it out here.

wal-mart sucks

09 February 2006

great film. not much more than i already knew. but a few things really struck me. so many people who shop there (including me!) shop there because it's cheap...but is it? at first glance, it is. but when you take in all the tax incentives towns give out to the store and all the public services their workers have to use because they're paid so dismally and their insurance is so steep, are the prices still so cheap?

another reason people support wal-mart is that they provide jobs for the community. at first glance, yes they do. but what happens to all the local grocery, pharmacy, clothing and hardware shops in 3-6-12 months. what about all those jobs that are lost when these businesses go belly up. and what happens to our down towns.

i keep thinking about my home town, big rapids. now granted, our down town is still present, for the most part. but we use to have 4 local grocery stores. they're all gone now. now we have super wal-mart and meijer. we use to have local pharmacies and hardware shops. those are gone too. and for what? for some super giant to come and rape my community of it's dignity and culture only to provide a poorer workforce and items made in sweatshops (literally). do i really want to be using/eating/wearing something that was made by some big business guy who exploits people to make a buck?

and i know i'm saying these things with a bank account full of money. i know there are struggling people out there that at times, have no choice but to use wal-mart for the prices. i guess what i'm trying to get at is how can we make this better?

the workers are getting raped every day. bent over the laps of corporate america. if they try to get union involvement, walmart cabashes it. their health care is too expensive so managers show workers how to file for medicaid and WIC. workers are scared into working overtime yet are not payed for time worked.

i don't know…i'll stop here. i know this is a personal matter that y'all have to make yourselves, but at least be informed about this corporation. watch the movie and do your own research. this company just seems to really be corrupt…more so than any other company…so be informed

lost n found

08 February 2006

i found someone from my past last week...and since then i've been thinking about the summer i met her. how life changing it was. ever had one of those life changing moments that are so engrained in your heart and mind, they invoke intense feelings every time to think about it? i'm thinking about blogging about it...we'll see...sometimes it's hard for me to find words to describe those emotions...maybe someday soon there will be an installment of my 1996 summer. when i seemed to be found

we're watching the walmart movie tonight. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. i'm scared...i haven't shopped there in a while...every now and then i break...those dang cheap prices! blasted!! i hate being cheap. to come. cheers

Magdalene Sisters

06 February 2006

we watched the Magdalene Sisters on friday/saturday…i got so pissed off, i had to stop it on friday…. here's the premise: for 150 years, ending in 1996, teenage girls in ireland who got pregnant or raped or were so attractive it was assumed they would eventually become promiscuous were sent by their parents/caregivers to prison like asylums run by the catholic church. nuns oversaw day-to-day operations. these girls were forced to work in laundries for hours in silence, they couldn't talk to anyone, including the other girls in the laundry. there are reports of verbal, physical and sexual abuse involving abuse from both nuns and priests. many times girls were brought there under false premises only to find their new 'home' surrounded by high walls topped with broken glass and barb wire, locked gates and bars on the windows. girls were imprisoned for life unless a family member returned for them or the nuns decided she was allowed to leave. thirty thousand women were locked up in these asylums over the years.

i think what hit me hardest is that this stuff went on until 1996 and i never heard about it. and from people who are suppose to love and forgive…this just baffles me. i'm not trying to judge here, but the catholic church just continues to amaze me. the lies and hurt they cause. And i know, all forms of religion have hurt people, but it just seems like the catholic church is riddled with this. just the reports of abuse from nuns i've heard from friends who went threw the catholic school system astound me, let alone all this crap now. i need to let this one soak in a bit. i'm angry. i'm angry that there were so many lies out there that parents thought they had to place their children in these jails. i'm angry that those sent to love and forgive people seem to continually cause harm and lead them away from God.

I recommend this movie. there's a documentary of a few of the girls, now in their 70's on the dvd. it will piss you off, but like all crap in this world, we need to know where the piles lay. only then can we start helping to clean it up..

'My Story' from a survivor

ipod blues

03 February 2006

my pod has the blues...which in turn gives me the blues...i think i may have to restore it which will in turn, will delete all my songs. blasted technology. i'm sad. and i hate this icon!

on the flip side...i get to eat omi sushi tonight and then kill myself trying to roller skate. should be fun... i think i'm gonna have to bring my camera to catch all the fun!