Monday, 28 May 2007

An Uncommon? Conversation

Mom had her big MYC (Music for Young Children) recitals today, so that went until about nine-thirty. Meals at our house have pretty much broken down into snacks whenever you feel like them, so Brianna and I opted to run out for some fast food after the recitals were over. While Brianna was in Wendy's, I zipped over to McDonalds. Upon arriving inside, I had to wait about a minute before anyone was ready to serve me because they were busy on drive-thru. Here's an exchange of our conversation:

Me: Hi. I'd like two cheeseburgers and a small fry, please.
Clerk: Is that everything?
Me: Yes, thanks.
Clerk: To stay or to go?
Me: To go.
Clerk: That'll be four (something or other)
*** I give him the money, he gives me change***
Clerk: It'll be just a moment.
Me: OK.
*** after another minute he comes back with the food***

Do you see anything at all odd about that conversation? Anything at all? I don't. But as he was handing me the food this is what he said: "I just wanted to thank you because you've done something for me today that not many people have done. You've shown me some respect. So to thank you I bumped up your fry order."

I asked him "What? Why aren't they?", and he said he didn't know, but that not many people did today.

What?! He appeared completely sincere -I mean he certainly wasn't flirting or anything. The guy just seemed to be so glad to meet someone who treated him like a human being. Isn't that sad? I did nothing at all special. I was just normal. Is the world so far gone that common politeness goes entirely down the drain so that normal behaviour seems stellar?

Wow. I hope his day picks up for him. And don't let me ever catch any one of you being rude to someone just because they happen to be behind a counter or working somewhere. That kind of behaviour just makes me sick. If you can't treat fellow humans with common decency, then stay home. You're not wanted.

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson

“Men are respectable only as they respect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

P.S. I lost my voice for about five days, but it's coming back now. Tomorrow will be my first real day on the job at Timmy's. Brianna and Justin are back from YC. That's all.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Indisposed

Ugggghhhh....

Sick. It feels like there's a golf ball stuck in my throat, and I'm hot/cold (can't really tell which). The contents of my nose are of a really gooey consistency, but that's probably way too much information.

Job training at Timmy's so far has been quite boring, but there was an interesting section where I was taught all about the incredible depths that people will go to retrieve a little cup of bitter-tasting gunk called coffee. Actually, I should note that Tim Hortons makes very good quality coffee. I suppose I'm just a little less enthusiastic than I should be because I'm so sick... (yes, yes, blame it on the illness).

So anyway, I've been mostly defending my castle today, as my brother puts it (Fire Emblem). Yesterday we went to see Julie in her school's musical production of Little Women. She made an excellent hag!

Speaking of illnesses and blaming everything on them:
'My doctor says that I have a malformed public duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre,' he muttered to himself, 'and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.'” Douglas Adams

Ha! Although I, personally, am lacking mostly of iron, so I don't align with magnetic north. Hence my navigational problems.

Monday, 21 May 2007

Update!

Wow! Ok, so it's been a while since I updated. Sorry about that! Tomorrow I go for job training at Tim Horton's (affectionately known as Timmy's), so today is probably about the last "free" day of my life.

Going back to the whole "kids are eco-crimes" thing, I read in a magazine recently that the government is scared women in general aren't having enough babies to support the global population or economy. The theme of the article was "what will it take to make you breed?" You've got to love how the two views are the complete anti-theses of each other.

I have about a million support letters to send out so I can get money to go to Peru this summer. I'm pretty excited. I wanted to go to Malawi, but things didn't come together for that one on the part of VTI, so it's Peru instead, which, I must admit, is still really cool.

Did a major overhaul of my bedroom this week. You can actually see the floor, now. Last night we played Texas Hold 'Em with Dad. I didn't win this time, but I plan to next time around. And we watched the movie Clue, so that's what I'll quote, because I have nothing better to say:

Wadsworth: But what about your first husband? He disappeared under, shall we say, 'mysterious' circumstances.
Mrs. White: Well, that was his job. He was an illusionist.
Wadsworth: But he never reappeared.
Mrs. White: Ah - he wasn't a very good illusionist.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Truly Random

Some Truly Random Musings of the Wanderer:

1. It is near impossible to buy shorts that hang to your knees without ballooning out on the sides.

2. The Wanderer needs to buy many stamps and batteries, because she procrastinates badly if she doesn't have them.

3. Bianca is actually quite a nice name. And Leah. For a guy, Raphael isn't too bad; neither is Gabe.

4. Band-aids are a necessity.

5. It's very hard to make a list of 75 people to ask for financial support from, even if you're getting money to go on a mission's trip.

6. People who always say "Boy, this is awkward" get really annoying, fast. It's called silence. If you want to break the silence, say something intelligent, or at least amusing.

7. Welshies are the cutest breed of dog, ever.

8. The music from The Chronicles of Narnia is very easy to get stuck in your head. At least it's sort of ethereal sounding. I like it.

9. The Wanderer has yet to do devotions today. She bought a new study Bible recently, which she is quite happy about. Yay, footnotes!

10. Spiderman 3 makes a nice point about people always beeing able to make a choice between right and wrong. It misses the mark, though, on the repeated claim that Peter Parker is a "good person". (See the Good Person test)

11. GAH! I must find a job and start making money soon! And get the stuff for VTI together before they boot me off the mission's team!

12. Yesterday was Mother's Day. I love my mommy.

13. Mackenzie didn't come to Sunday School yesterday, but her twin brother did. I wonder why, and what that implies.

14. I haven't been witnessing at all recently. This is starting to grate on my nerves. Must... share... gospel. I feel like I'm wasting time, here....

15. I don't know how guys get by without purses.

"The only noodles we have are potatoes?" Justin, my brother, upon me showing him the "noodles" I was going to make for supper. Hey, the potatoes LOOKED like noodles to me, ok?

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

A Difficult Reconciliation

So here's a little something I've been pondering lately:

Statement 1) All human beings are of equal worth and value.
Statement 2) Evolution is true.

How are these two statements reconcilable?
*PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT RACIST. I AM PRESENTING A HYPOTHETICAL ARGUMENT*

If the place human beings have arrived at truly is due to the evolutionary process and natural selection, then wouldn't some races of human beings be intellectually and physically superior to others? And if they're superior intellectually and physically, then why are they not worth more? Wouldn't they be more valuable? Survival of the fittest.

The only ways that I can see the two statements being reconcilable to each other are to say that a) all people have souls, which are all of equal worth at all times. This would mitigate all other differences, since the value of the soul would trump all other determiners.

Or b) say that souls have nothing to do with it, and absolutely everything is equal in value, regardless of disparity in abilities. This would equate houseflies and dirt to human beings.

Option one has a problem, in that how do you draw a distinction between a human and a chimpanzee well enough to ascertain that one should have a soul, and the other not? If Evolution happened, then why would one thing receive a soul, and not the next? You have to draw the line somewhere, but it's difficult to do without being arbitrary. If you don't draw a line, then really, you're just restating option number two.

Option number two may be logically sound, but most people like to think they're worth a little more than pond scum.

Let me repeat, I believe God created human beings are equal, regardless of race, intellect, and physical ability. And while I'm not glued to believing in Evolution, I'm not throwing out the process, either. And I definitely believe that I'm worth more than the dirt. So then... how does that work? I guess God drew the line somewhere.... Hmmm...I'll have to think on that.

"All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite." Charles Sanders Pierce.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Kids are Eco-crimes?

I read in the newspaper today an article about - guess what - the environment. It seems the only newsworthy items recently have to do with celebrities and global warming. I'm sick of it. Anyway, this particular article stated that it's an eco-crime for a couple to have more than two kids, because having a third child or more increases carbon emissions by some order of magnitude.

Nevermind that the Canadian population is already only sustaining its numbers because of immigrants. Nevermind that the North American culture will collapse once there's not enough people around to maintain it. Nevermind that if this is the mentality, abortion and abandoned babies will increase. We MUST reduce carbon emissions, at ALL costs.

Maybe they think if North Americans and Europeans have fewer babies, and the races involved diminish - third world countries sure won't slow their growth rates at all, but simply immigrate to North America and Europe so carbon emissions won't change - then the all around quality of human life will get better. But I doubt it. This, I think, simply has to do with the environment trumping humanity again. So much for God's commission to Adam to "Rule the earth".

Hey. Why don't we just phase out the human race like those nut jobs I mentioned before?

I can't think about this anymore, because it makes me so angry. I feel like running off, getting married and having 17 kids just to spite these environmentalists. Well, ok. Maybe that'd be a little painful. I'll have to re-think that, but MOVING ON NOW, my quote shall quite pointedly and purposefully have nothing whatsoever to do with this issue:

We are no longer the knights who say ni! We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing!” from Monty Python

Thursday, 3 May 2007

A Post for Justin


WELL... I've been pretty much hooked on the game Fire Emblem: the Sacred Stones for a while now, thanks to my brother. The other day he was like "When are you going to write about Fire Emblem on your blog?"... sooooo here it is (happy, J-man?). And that's a screen shot just to the left, of Princess Eirika and General Seth. Usually Justin's telling me what to do, but he had a dream last night that I was the tactician, telling HIM what to do. He was somewhat confused and alarmed by that, but I was rather flattered.

Some of Carla's random thoughts on Fire Emblem:
1. I must remember to use vulneraries. They exist for a reason.
2. Sethy-Wethy-Poo is a hottie.
3. Ephraim is usually pretty good, but he's being a bit lousy this time around. The prince needs hand-out stats!
4. Neimi, Amelia, and Lute ROCK!
5. Axes beat lances beat swords beat axes, and dark beats anima beats light beats dark.
6. Ewan and Ross are actually the same age, but Ross is about eighteen times larger, and needs to put a shirt on.
7. Franz and Amelia are the cutest couple ever.
8. I am very glad I can speed things up with the space bar.
9. The last chapter I beat, I beat BY MYSELF. Justin only showed up as I had one dude left to dispatch.
10. Don't forget Lute's bolting spell next chapter. (like JUSTIN did last time around!)
11. Justin and I have a tendency to shriek at the same time, which greatly annoys my sister.

Well, that's about it. The worldview of the game is very much "WE can defeat evil", which is a little sad, because evil can't be truly defeated without God, but I like the game, anyway.

Seeing as this entire post was about something pointless, I might as well finish it off with a few quotes from the same pointless source:

Colm: Hey you, have you seen a scary-looking woman?
Marisa: Is she your sister?

Dozla: Ah! What do I do? Wait. Just think. I must have run across something like this before. When Princess L'Arachel was a babe, and she would begin to cry... She would tug on my beard! That would always make her happy. C'mon, lassie, grab a handful of my beard and give it a good, strong yank!

Gilliam (big buff dude weighing about two-hundred pounds in sheer muscle): Whenever I'm training, people start to avoid me. It's not just that. Even animals run away from me when I'm at it.
Neimi (little lithe girl with bobbed pink hair): And you're just... You're just staring into the distance?
Gilliam: Yes. Standing perfectly still, staring into the distance.
Neimi: Maybe it's... because you look scary... I used to get that a lot. Cormag [ferocious and scarred warrior who has the guts to ride a dragon-like wyvern] said I was frightening him. He thought I was angry at him.
Gilliam: I look... scary? Hm... I have refined my scare to intimidate my foes in battle. You may have a point. No wonder people get scared when they see me glowering into the distance. You know, I might almost consider it a compliment of my knightly prowess!
Neimi: I have an idea... Perhaps if you smile, it might not be so scary.
Gilliam: ... Like this?
Neimi: ...
Gilliam: It's still scary, isn't it?
Neimi: Uh... Maybe it's because you're crossing your arms. How about... holding some flowers instead? That might help.
Gilliam: You want me to stare into the distance... smiling... and holding flowers?
Neimi: I think that would look good...

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

To Preach or Not to Preach? part II

This is in continuance of my last post. There was a letter sent by a Lawrence Irwin to City Light News about the issue. I can't find it on their website, but I have it sitting in hardcopy on my lap, so I'd like to quote a few lines, if you'd so allow me:

"...the Judge's decision a couple of weeks ago was not a judgement against us. It was that she decided to not make a decision, between the City of Calgary and Street Church... So at this time there is no court decision to stop Street Church from using amplification."

"To this day bylaw officers have not proven that Street Church has broken the noise bylaw. We have been given a decibel meter which measures the sound level, so we are making sure every time we are out ministering that we are within legal range."

"The tickets... are not valid. One ticket was for parking in the park but we have a valid permit for 2007... the head of Parks personally told me we could park one vehicle in the park. The other ticket was for jumping the curb, but they chained off the only entrance to the park, so there was no alternative."

"...we have tried without amplification at Triangle Park, and it is almost impossible to get the message across with two major roads running adjacent to the park."

"The traffic alone has been measured at 60 decibels. This is why we need a small amount of amplification to communicate..."

Hmmm... I'm not liking this situation either way. One way you have the Christians being stubborn rule-breakers, the other way you have the City taking out the Christians just because they're Christians. I still don't know exactly what's happening, but I suppose it could use a lot of prayer!

On a lighter note, I did two exams today - English and Philosophy - which means I have only one more to go. Yay! And also, my passport arrived this morning, only two weeks after I applied for it - Wow! My picture is something scary, but at least I have it.

Though I don't know what Terry Pratchett was talking about, I thought it applied to evangelism (amongst other things) pretty well - in particular, what could very well be going on with Pawlowski right now.

“It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing.” Terry Pratchett