Monday, April 26, 2010

I gots me a Formspring!

I told myself that I would not open a Formspring account. I don't know why people would want to ask me anonymous questions. I don't really have anything that interesting to say. I'm not totally boring all the time, but I'm not any more interesting than the other billions of people in the world. I'm probably much less interesting than any of them. And why would anyone want to send me questions when they could go outside and play in the sunshine? Or watch TV?

I've got a blog that I sometimes update. I've got a twitter account. All of my tweets are currently being archived by the Library of Congress. Why on earth would I need to get a formspring? Do I really need to justify my existence over the internet any more? If people want to know about me, they can send me an email or hit me up on facebook or read my blog or read my twitter or google me or look me up on the NAU stalker directory or something.

But then I thought, Hey I Should Get a Formspring Because Everyone Else Is Doing It.

And so:
(Complement me on the background. It's a couch from a house we stayed in in London. My dad probably took the picture, but I did change the colors up a bit. Made the couch a bit more red. Made the background white. That's all me, baby.)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happy International Al(l)ison Appreciation Day!!

Several weeks ago I wrote "National Appreciate Alison Day" on Nikki and Kristen's whiteboard calendar. I put it on Tuesday, April 13 because I tend to hang out with them on Tuesdays and they had nothing else on the calendar on that day.
I then proceeded to forget about it until Kristen reminded me of it the night before:

And today I woke up to National Appreciate Alison Day. In our first class together today, Nikki gave me a lovely card that she and Kristen had created. While we were waiting for our professor to arrive Nikki proceeded to text the other Al(l)isons she knows. And so did I. You see, National Appreciate Alison Day is not a shameless attempt to receive complements! Well, it sort of is. But if people can create "Hug a Tall Person" sort of days, then why can't Al(l)isons around the world be appreciated? 

This holiday has since morphed from National Appreciate Alison Day into International Al(l)ison Appreciation Day.

And it's not too late. Surely your life has been touched by some Al(l)ison or another. At the very least, you can listen to "Alison" by Elvis Costello over and over. 

So quickly, go appreciate any Al(l)ison, be it man, woman, or child. (Though I'd pay special attention to the men named Alison; that's got to be hard.)

For it is 
International Al(l)ison Appreciation Day!

(Also, if anyone is interested, International Nikki Appreciation Day falls annually on October 13, while International Kristen Appreciation Day falls on November 13.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Christians on Facebook

My greatest and best ideas happen in the shower. I’d wager this is true for many people. We actually had a conversation like this when I was in St. Louis. We came up with a rule: If you have an idea and you’re not sure if it’s good, ask yourself one question: Did I come up with this in the bathroom? If the answer is yes, then congratulations: That’s a fantastic idea. If the answer is no, your idea probably sucks and you should return to schooling to learn how to have proper ideas.
But I digress.
My idea today was for a submission to Stuff Christian Like. Except I figured my own little observation would do better if I posted it here, rather than just sending it to a big/popular blog and probably ignored forever. Also, this will save me the pain and heartbreak that accompanies such web-based rejection.

All this to say: Christians like Using Other Ways To Say To Say They’re Christian On Facebook. 
Not very pithy, but true.

I refer, of course, to the “Religious Views:” blank one can fill out under the info tab. I’m not sure why I’m explaining that to you, as I’m pretty sure that every living thing on the face of the planet has a facebook.

I find that these manifest themselves in five ways:

The most common form I’ve seen this phenomenon take is something along the lines of “Follower of Jesus.” Or “Jesus Follower.” “I Follow Jesus.” ETC.

Then there are quotes. Either bible verses or one of a lot, lot of lyrics of worship songs that succinctly sum up the person’s beliefs and feelings. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a worship song – a good chunk of people identify themselves using “I’m a Believer.”

After that, we have the playful and short answers. Religious Views: Sure do! You bet! That is Correct, Sir! (I haven’t seen the last one, but I like it.)

Even these aren’t as short as the minimalist approach. One word answers. “Jesus” or “Love” or similar.

Finally, we have the deep statement. The person will write a short statement that deeply and personally sums up all his or her feelings in his or her own words.

Then we have “Religious Views: Christian.”
When I see someone with this particular religious view, I assume one (or more) things about him or her. They’re too old to know better. They never actually made their faith their own. They are super conservative and/or backwards people who probably absolutely love Nickelback.

But there’s nothing wrong with being old, super conservative, backwards, or (arguably) liking Nickelback.

Which is why I just say “Christian” under Religious Views. I am a follower of Jesus. That is Correct, Sir! I’m young and am branching off from my parents and I’m fairly liberal and I have never voluntarily listened to Nickelback. But I am a Christian and I shouldn’t be ashamed to call myself one. Even if “Christians” are responsible for centuries of abuse and discrimination, I’m going to call myself one. Even if so-called “Christians” gather to yell at passersby: Hey stranger, unless you stop doing something or another you’re going to hell. Also, God hates you.

I’m embarrassed by these people and by “Christianity’s” tainted past. But I want to change people’s ideas of Christianity. I want people to hear the word Christian and think of love and justice instead of hypocrisy and abuse. Everyone is different. I’m not saying that you should change your religious views to Christian instead of some other way. But for me personally, I can’t justify doing that while being afraid to say that I’m a Christian on facebook.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wealthy and Eccentric

I don't really want to be rich. But if I stopped caring about the poor and became fabulously wealthy, I would squander my fortune on eccentric schemes. Schemes such as this:

Go to a clothing or grocery store every day for a month. Dressed the same. Always go to the same section of the store and buy the same thing. (Perhaps something you wouldn't buy everyday, like a movie or lunchables.) Go to the same checkout counter. After you're done purchasing ask for the same amount of cash back. And specify what you want exactly - like one five and five ones or two tens. Then watch as recognition and then confusion unfolds. I'm curious to see what would happen.

Well. Sleepytime is nigh. Nigh!
And I've reached my loopy stage of staying awake so I'm going to stop typing before I embarrass myself.