LOST and Ann Arbor

Of all the clues, thick plot developments and the “hey — wha’ happened?” moments on LOST, I do enjoy a good Ann Arbor, MI mention. Ann Arbor is only 45 minutes away from my house, so I’m cool by proxy. It’s been mentioned a few times, since the DHARMA gang finds their genesis — and scores their funding — through the University of Michigan (fictionally) (we think). If memory recalls, one scene looked something like this:

actor: Hey, are you going back to Ann Arbor? Also, there’s a smoke monster on the island.
different actor: There’s smoke in Ann Arbor, too, but it’s not from a monster. They have this “bash”, if you will, that…
locke: I can move my legs.
different actor: Then you should go to Ann Arbor.

I’m not sure if I’m getting this right. I don’t have the gift of transcript. But I do have the gift of internet (thanks, Comcast) (for nothing). So here‘s a link to an article that showed up in the Detroit Free Press on this very day. It focuses on the Ann Arbor ties within LOST. And according to the ads on the sidebar, your dentist has been lying to you about teeth whitening. Shame on him or her.

The final season of LOST premiers Tuesday night on ABC. Check local listings.

JD Salinger

I just got word that author JD Salinger passed away today. He was 91 years old. Salinger was best known (at least to me) for his work Catcher In the Rye, which was released by 1951 and was read by me in 1996. I was a high school junior that found great resonance with the main character in the book, Holden Caulfield. It could be his success as an author or just the fact that he held more in common with his characters than we’ll ever know, but Salinger spent his last years living in isolation. We haven’t heard much from him lately, though I would guess that Catcher will carry a cultural significance for at least a few more generations.

I’m writing this post to appreciate two people, actually. I would have no idea — none whatsoever — if it wasn’t for my “Modern Novel” teacher at John Glenn High School in Westland, MI, Lynn LeBlanc. The man knew a lot about literature but knew even more about how to crack open a young mind and make it stick. Between Mr. LeBlanc and Gordon Parrington, biology teacher extraordinaire who taught me that getting a “C” is OK as long as you learned something, I had some pretty outstanding teachers. I appreciate this from time to time and especially at times like these, where a major player in the modern writing world has passed, and I “get it” because someone decided to teach.

Thanks.

WalMart Clown Commercial

This commercial made / makes me laugh. A lot. This is Superbowl material, hands down.
But the clown is already out of the bag. So funny.

That settles it. I’m buying 2 things from WalMart today. 1) Clown outfit. 2) Unicorn statuette.
Oh — if you want to get them from Amazon, then here and here.

iPad

Steve Jobs made the big announcement over at Apple that has taken literally 17 people by surprise, namely, that we now have a tablet Mac computer. I mean, a tablet web-browsing device that runs a sort of Mac OS. I mean, an exciting new product that runs an exciting new program called iBooks, code name KindleKiller. I mean, it’s like a… well, it’s very very revolutionary because it, well… you know, it will change…

Ok.

Ok, ok, ok.

It’s a giant iPhone.

(It’s nice to have that out of the way).

Here’s an excerpt from a Detroit Free Press article called “First look at iPad: Wow, it’s slick!”

I quickly noticed some limitations, though. The iPad’s operating software is based on that of the iPhone, so it, too, does not support Flash animation. This means you can’t watch videos on some Web sites like Hulu — a big negative for something with such a pretty screen.

At PC World, Jason Cross asks “Will the iPad connect to anything?

And speaking of connections, this connection has already been made.

We have been waiting (most Apple fans, that is) for an iPad, anticipating this day with great suspense. I even woke up thinking to myself “oh yes — this is THE DAY that Steve Jobs will make the big announcement about the iTablet! Or whatever!” So far, though, it appears to be a giant iPhone that cannot make phone calls.

You realize, of course, what this means? It means that those of us with an iPhone or iTouch have a micro iPad. It’s cooler. It’s more portable. It’s pocket sized. And I’ve got one already.

The only pocket that an iPad will fit into are those of a clown, and let’s face it — the iPad isn’t impervious to seltzer water. Plus, you cannot trust a clown.

Oh, I’ve been to the circus, friend.

Countdown to LOST

I had a dream last night that I was on the island and that John Locke lied to me about a CD. Strange, I know, that I’m dreaming about this. Very strange. But I told Emily about it and she seems to think it’s fine.

The final season of LOST premieres in less than a week, and, although we will be on a pastor’s retreat, we will most certainly skip whatever event we’re supposed to be at to go back to the room and find the local ABC affiliate.

I was watching a video on USA Today (now with less syllables) and was reminded of the LOST numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and, of course, 42 (hike).
So I looked up the numbers in google and found the answer.
Yes.
I have located the Island.
It’s right here.

Preschool: It’s a Good Thing

According to a report I came across in the Detroit News, it turns out that children who attend preschool save the state of Michigan big bucks.

The savings are realized because children who attend preschool are less likely to repeat grades and require extra academic services, and they are less likely to end up in the juvenile justice system or adult prisons, according to the report.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100125/SCHOOLS/1250396/Report–State-preschool-programs-save-millions-in-the-long-run#ixzz0de6m6xHM

It’s a good thing our kids are (or will be) preschooified. Lexi went, Malachi is going, Zach will go. In fact, I don’t remember even once having Malachi in juvy, except for that time we did that whole “scared straight” thing in his 3 year old class. And that was for only one afternoon.

I went to preschool’s to, and I turned out grate.

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SAFMC Sunday Review

Notes from the Worship Pastor’s perspective on our Sunday Morning Worship Times @ Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church:

- Kent did a grand job leading Worship in the 9am. Choir & Orch sounded great & set the tone for Worship.
– Aaron did a grand job leading Worship at the 11:15am. Rhythm Core, WC and Vox sounded great; ushered us into the presence.
– Being the pulpit filler is a lot of work, especially for the “other stuff” — announcements about this and that, details regarding missions, money and ministry, and all the other stuff that MVV takes care of with one arm tied behind his back.
– I only used one slide — just one — for the entire message. I don’t know if that was good or bad, but it sure was easier.
– I can’t tell you how great it was to stand in worship with my family in 2nd service. Up front, no less.
– Seeing the lighting effects from the floor makes me appreciate how far we’ve come in our technology and thankful for volunteers who run audio/lights and video.
– Everything looked and sounded so great, but even better was the sense that God was with us as we worshiped. This excites me greatly.
– Sweet rolls and coffee grease the wheels of fellowship. I saw it firsthand during a time I would normally be rehearsing with other musicians.
– Looking forward to next week & grateful for all that God is doing @ SAFMC!