Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I've gotten way behind on my happiness postings. I'm not a big TV person, but one of my favorite daily rituals is watching M*A*S*H. The Hallmark channel shows 4 episodes twice daily. If I miss them in the afternoon, I can catch them late at night. The show ran for 11 years and I bet I've seen the whole series from start to finish about 7 or 8 times. We just restarted season 1 this week, and I couldn't be more excited. Hawkeye and Radar are my two favorite characters, but I also really like the way Hotlips Houlihan turns from a nympho, right-winged maniac, into a strong caring woman - Margaret.
Though I have been sober for quite some time, my favorite line is still that uttered by Hawkeye to Colonel Potter upon his arrival.
Col. Potter - "A pair of colorful officers, I must say. I gather you drink?"
Hawkeye - "Only to excess."
M*A*S*H has not been , and in my opinion can not be, surpassed for its combination of wit, intelligence, and compassion. M*A*S*H makes me happy.
Technorati Tags: [MASH, Happiness Challange]
Monday, August 28, 2006
Is Terrell Owens the biggest "I told you so" in all of sports? I think its definately the biggest in NFL history. T.O. is like a roach motel for NFL teams. Teams go in, but they don't come out. I'm surprised that some crazed right to life group in not protesting T.O.'s repeated abortion of entire teams.
What are some of the other great "I told you so's" of NFL history? One that comes to my mind and has extra significance since it involves one of my beloved Volunteer's greatest players is Peyton Manning. To many in the media, since Peyton didn't beat Florida during his time in Orange, his Vol carerr was pointless. These intellectual midgets said Ryan Leaf would be a far better NFL QB. Peyton turned out to be just a bit better. Told you so!
Another is Bo Jackson, and this got me. When Bo was telling us about all he knows many doubted that he could play both baseball and football. Since I was still hold my hatred of all things Aubrun against him, I joined the course of those calling BULL. Bo went on to greatness in both the NFL and Major League baseball, and I shut the hell up. He also turned out to be a nice guy, and even though he could have and probably should have, Bo never said Told you so!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Tennessee could become the first state to govern by Rock-Paper-Scissors. Should Phil have to go on the DL, we get the legislature to appoint one Republican and one Democrat and any decision that the gov would normally make would be settled by them via Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Not only is this potentially the greatest enhancement to governance since the veto, it's also a great way to make money and earn the state much needed PR. You could add a third citizen member to the Rock-Paper-Scissors team and a lottery could be held so that a new citizen is picked each week. That's not even the best part. Can you say reality show?!
Each week a Republican, a Democrat, and a Tennessee citizen "Volunteer" could go through a series of challenges to see who will get to make the governor's decisions via the Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Here's the pitch: Joseph Watson was convicted of killing three people in Manchester, Tennessee in 1997 and the only person that can save him from lethal injection is the governor. This week Republican Tim Burchett from Knoxville, Democrat Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis, and Alice Vittetoe or Etowah will battle it out to see who earns the right to climb Rocky Top and determine Watson's fate with Rock-Paper-Scissors. Tune in Thursday at 9 to see if Watson lives or dies on Rocky Top RPS!
Somebody call Mark Burnett.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Now I'm trying real hard, with limited success, to be a man of faith, and I love it when God uses the spiritual 2 x 4 to remind me of His presence. As I pulled in next to the Hindu community center Exodus 20:2 came to mind "You shall have no other gods before me." The feeling I got (and it was a feeling similar to what Wesley described "my heart strangely warmed") was not "My God can beat up your god" or "If you don't belong to the right deity country club you're going to hell", but instead "Hey, keep your eyes on me, and I'll take care of the rest." That makes life way easier, and faith simple enough for even me to understand. That makes me happy.
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My daughter also brought home a flyer for the Good News Club at West Hills Elementary. The club is sponsored by West Hills Presbyterian which is right behind the school. The club is held after school once a week and according to the flyer includes lessons in moral values, respect for authority, character qualities, and Biblical principles. My daughter won’t be attending, for reasons having nothing to do with the fine folks at West Hills Pres, and I threw the flyer away.
To me, common sense dictates that we are far better off when we live and let live. If the Mosque wants to have an after school club, or the Shinto Shrine wants to host a Fall Festival, I’m all for it. And if they would like the opportunity to send information to students, follow the school’s guidelines, and pass out flyers like some churches have chosen to do, great.
Now apparently one of the many teachers that were part of the inquisition “Mrs. B.” implied that atheists are notnice folks. After reading Denise’s Friday post I can’t imagine why –
While looking over various papers I came across a flyer that made my blood boil. It was a fucking flyer for a CHURCH! WHAT THE FUCKKKKKKK?????
Since when do schools distribute flyers for churches? Since when does religion play a part in the public fucking school system? You can can bet that Monday morning I’m going up to that damn school and bitch about this. I WILL put an end to this shit. My children go to school for an EDUCATION not to have this crap shoved in their faces.
To be sure, as Denise herself states, there are plenty of Christians who are jerks. I myself have more often than not failed to live by the very faith I profess.
I’m sure Denise is really a quite charming woman. She is as apostolic in her faith, Atheism, as Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell could ever hope to be. It’s her way or no way, and if she doesn’t get it she and the ACLU will have you in court faster than you can say Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Denise's goal is not freedom of religion, but freedom from religion, and if that means doing away with freedom altogether, so be it. Denise joins other great atheist minds like Stalin and Mao in using the ultimate tool to oppress people of faith, regardless of its form - tyranny.
Common sense would say if you don’t want the flyer or its ideas to just throw it away. I guess common sense wasn’t included in Denise’s college education.
But the movie was great all the way around. Through the story of two firemen and their families I found myself thinking about all those that died that day, and those that survived. I was made to think about the WTC disaster in ways I never had. Wonderfully, the movie is almost totally apolitical and our focus is entirely on the lives of the those involved.
Go see it and take your kids that are old enough to see it.
Here are some other reviews.
Technorati Tag: World Trade Center Movie
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Tonight the first pre-season NFL games are on, and I find myself starting to jones for tailgating, Neyland Stadium, and three hours of Rocky Top. I Love football - that's right, with a capital L - and I love it so much that it is the reason fall is my favorite season of the year. Oh sure, the magnificence of God's beautiful creation bursting into color helps, but football is what makes fall sing.
Football makes me happy!
Technorati Tag: Happiness Challenge
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This year my hoodlums are venturing to three different schools - Clara Grace at West Hills Elementry, Quent at Bearden High School, and Hannah will be the fifth generation to challenge the Carson Newman College administration's sanity. Actually, I think she may be the first Willson in three generations not to challenge their sanity.
None the less, each new start brings it's own special joy. We get to find out who Clara Grace's teacher will be, and see her joy at new school supplies, and new class mates. Quent makes the transition this year from having to go to class to getting to go to the classes he loves like photography. Hannah's start brings the joy of independence and a chance to finally make a life as she wishes it to be. But Hannah's new start actually brings with it a bit of trepidation, if not on her part, at least mine. Because Hannah's will require the most of me, since Hannah's requires me to let go. "Let go and let God." - I hate it when my children actually make me practice what I preach.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Hat tip: No Silence Here
Monday, August 07, 2006
One of the things that makes me happiest of all is to laugh. The only thing greater than laughing myself is finding out that I've actually been able to teach my children the same love of laughter.
My oldest daughter, Hannah, has shown a pension for cerebral humor. When her mother was away, she spent several hours convincing her younger sister that she was merely a figment or her mother's imagination. When her mother returned, Clara Grace ran to her crying "Momma! I'm a figment!" The psychological scares were far out weighed by the fact that it's just plain funny.
Clara Grace herself has developed an excellent sense of humor at only age nine. Tonight I had to pick her up after work (11:30pm) and we stopped at the grocery store on the way home. I asked her what people would think about a little girl being out at the store after midnight. She said "I'll just tell them we're out partying one last time before school starts!" I should be upset at the thought of my 3rd grader being able to grasp the concept of partying, especially with our family and my personal history, but its just too damn funny.
What about Quent you ask? Has my son achieved humlarity? No, not really. Dull as a dusty almanac. The boy's destined to be an actuarial. Though it scares me to admit it, he could end up being the next Mr. Rogers.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The Beatles said that happiness is a warm gun. I don't agree, but little have the Beatles produced that hasn't produced a great deal of happiness. They also said all you need is love, and that I can agree with.
Three people that have had a tremendous influence on my life are Scotty Mayfield, and Ben & Jerry. They've influenced me about 75lbs, and ice cream is God's greatest nutritional gift since manna. Scotty use to also be my Sunday school teacher. I was more influenced by his chocolate Sundays than any other.