stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • I fear the game Monopoly may have finally jumped the shark. They have replaced the iron (the piece I’ve always used) with a cat. What a horrible trade. Is it because cat-lovers are such a powerful activist lobby, or because no one knows what an iron is anymore?
  • I guess I should say something about the Super Bowl. If the Ravens lost, it would have been scandal. Even though the Niners fought back valiantly, it would’ve been tainted outside of San Francisco.
  • Everyone on radio it seems to be all upset about Texas governor Rick Perry running ads in California trying to lure companies to go to Texas. It’s good to see Californians trying to have some state pride. However, I heard as Californians were attempting to muster some state pride, California voted that all wanting to have state pride get a permit to do so and pay a “state pride” tax, as well.
  • In all seriousness–this state is dysfunctional as all get out…but I love it. I’ve lived in Texas too, and it’s great for a different set of reasons.
  • So, there was no reason for the guy who did so to call up and argue Texas beaches are better than California beaches. I almost crashed my car. Sorry, Brother.
  • The syringe-filled, brown waters of Kima or Galveston aren’t Pebble Beach or Coronado.
  • However, as I mentioned, I love me some Texas–so, put down your pitchforks.
  • It’s amazing to me how many church leaders are terrified when another church grows in their city or a huge church adds another campus there. Don’t compare or be afraid. Welcome them. Be the best “you” you can be, and rejoice there are more Christians nearby to reach your community. It’s a win for the Kingdom.
  • The 10-and-under girls softball team I’m coaching is beginning to come together. We are a young, distracted, squirrely team. But, we have that freakish, “We’re gonna win some games” look about us. Our team name is “Moneyball.”
  • Speaking of Moneyball, how great was that movie?
  • Of interest to those wondering about the decline in acappella Churches of Christ, James Nored (a great guy a great thinker) has some interesting thoughts on Why Churches of Christ are in Decline. My own belief is most of it stems from dysfunctional leadership (in paradigm and functioning)–which births the other ills. I’d love to know what you think.
  • A group of men have been playing a game of tag for 23 years. I love it. Maybe we should start our own. If you ask me, our society could use a little juvenile fun that doesn’t involve a screen.
  • USC is one more 7-6 season away from a decade of them if they’re not careful.
  • Downton Abbey haters have never seen the show.
  • ShilohBaseballThis baseball was found in Shiloh, Tennesee. It’s from 1862. If I had lots of money, I would totally buy it.
  • Pitchers and catchers will be reporting in a matter of days. Aaaaaahhhhh…the good season is nearly upon us.
  • Find a really good fiction book and read it this week. I’m going to!