Bill Cosby Made Me Hate the Word “Mature”

Today’s daily prompt asks:

“Is there a word or a phrase you use (or overuse) all the time, and are seemingly unable to get rid of? If not, what’s the one that drives you crazy when others use it?”

Bill Cosby first taught me that I could hate the word “mature”.

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I used to watch the Cosby Show as reruns aired on Nick at Nite when I was younger.  I loved the show.  I thought it was funny and I had a crush on Denise.  But I hated the way Mr. Huxtable pronounced the word “mature”.  He would say it with a hard “T” and really emphasize its place in the word.  It drove me crazy.  Almost as crazy as Denise Huxtable made a young me.

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I began to always notice when people would say the word this way.  I had a professor in college who would speak the word this way and it drove me crazy.  He eventually found out that I hated it and would use it intentionally around me.

I was once listening to a public speaker and really enjoyed his message but then he pronounced “mature” the way I hate so I stopped listening to him.  I realize that is not very mature but I just can’t stand it when people say the word that way.

– Jacob

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Today’s daily prompt asks:

“If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?”

I am stealing this answer from a blog I read on the same topic.  I thought they had an awesome answer and it is one that I would like to steal.

I grew up near Houston, TX and there are some amazing thunderstorms there.  Lots of rain, amazing lightning and loud booming thunder. Sometimes these storms can last for more than one day.  Add in hurricane season which is a very scary time for many people, and rightfully so when you think of things like Katrina, but it also provides an amazing few months of awesome storms.  I absolutely loved it!  I just love rain storms!

Now I live in Boise, ID and it doesn’t rain here at all.  If it does, its a very light sprinkle for maybe an hour and then its sunny again.  I’ve never heard booming thunder or seen any amazing lightning in my two years of living here and I hate it.  I love the area and I enjoy being here but I wish it would rain!  Give me an amazing storm!  I miss it so much.  These people don’t know what they are missing.

So if I could bring any element from another location to where I live now I would choose to bring the south Texas rainstorms to Boise, ID.

– Jacob

Terminal Time

Today’s daily prompt asks:

“You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?”

I don’t think I’ve ever been in an airport for more than 3 hours.  That was once while I was traveling internationally.  I also always bring my phone with my and usually have my iPad with me as well. 

On one hand I would probably be pretty upset.  I’d be upset that my flight got delayed that long (who wouldn’t?) and I’d be upset that I’d be bored out of my mind.  I’m not one to strike up a conversation with a stranger in the airport.  But on the other hand I think it would be nice to have a forced 6 hours with no technology.  I often think to myself “I need to spend a day without my phone/computer/iPad…” but then I never actually follow through because its just there.  If I was forced to have some time away from it I think I would ultimately enjoy it.

I would hope that my 6 hour delay was in the Las Vegas airport.  Most other airports I’ve been in (Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Dallas, Oakland and Wichita) are all very boring.  You can’t hardly tell one from the other when you are inside of them and there is really nothing to do.  The Las Vegas airport however has slot machines.  This would help me pass some of my time.  I think I would alternate between reading a book or magazine and playing a slot machine.  I’d have to be careful to not spend all my money gambling though, haha.

-Jacob

Dream Car

Today’s daily prompt asks:

“You just inherited $1,000,000 from an aunt you didn’t even know existed. What’s the first thing you buy (or otherwise use the money for)?”

I’d have to say that I would buy my dream car, a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

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I know that a lot of people think they are ugly, but I can’t help but want one every time I see one on the road.  It would only set me back about $30,000 so I’d have plenty left over to save and donate to charity.  But I would definitely have to buy me that car first.

If only…

– Jacob

Radical by David Platt

If you haven’t heard of this book here is what is written on the back:

“What is Jesus worth to you?

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…

But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?”

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The book was published in 2010 so many of you may have read it by now but I just finished going through it with a small group and I wanted to do a mini-review on it.  I am going to give my thoughts on both the book and the video series that goes along with it because we read/watched both of them in the group.

The Book:

I loved it.  The book makes a lot of good points (although he does repeat himself a few times) that I think are very good and thought provoking.  My post from a few weeks ago about our response to the homeless was from something I read in the book that got me thinking.  Overall, it wrestles with the idea that being a follower of Jesus Christ is a big decision, one that should ultimately change your life in a huge way yet there are tons of people who say they are christians but look no different.  Pretty good and challenging stuff.  It’s also an easy read.  It will go by quickly and isn’t something that will be hard for you to understand.

The Video Series:

I hated it.  You might be wondering how I can hate the video series since it is based on the book that I loved and trust me, I was wondering the same thing each and every week.  Part of it is I just really did not like his delivery and speaking style.  David Platt is a good writer, but he turned me away as a public speaker.  Also, the video doesn’t exactly line up with the book so sometimes I felt like the weeks didn’t really go together.

Overall I would recommend the book to people.  As I said, it is a quick and easy read but it also touches on subjects that are very important.  It will challenge you to look at your life and say “am I really following Jesus with everything”?  But don’t watch the video series, you’ll waste your time.

-Jacob

Truman Show on Mars

Today’s daily prompt asks this:

“You are on a mission to Mars.  Because of the length of the journey, you will never be able to return to Earth.  What about our blue planet will you miss the most?”

I’m going to assume because of the way the question is worded that I am on this mission to Mars alone.  So that means that the thing I would miss most would be people.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to go to Mars.  My friends and I were jokingly trying to get our wives to agree to sign up for the Mars One mission so we could be the first four to go to Mars.  I know we were 99% joking, but part of me thinks it would be very cool to go!

But to go alone would be very lonely.  Of course I’m sure they would set up some kind of Truman Show type program for me.  I’d be reporting back to Earth and people could watch me on webcam so I could interact with people over video, but I would eventually get bored and long for real human interaction.  

I’ll just wait to go up to Mars after people are already there.

-Jacob

Patron Saint of The Awesome Holiday

Today’s daily prompt asks this question:

“In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be?  Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.”

I immediately thought of Saint Patrick and how he has his own holiday.  This guy did lots of great things and yet his holiday gets reduced to a day where everyone is asked to wear the color green and drinks lots of beer.  A fun holiday but not exactly reminiscent of his life and legacy.

So in 300 years I would want to have St. Jacob’s Day and it would just be an awesome holiday with tons of celebration.  It would have nothing to do with anything I did or accomplished but everyone would celebrate it and look forward to it each year.  St. Jacob’s Day would rival Christmas!  Here are some of the traditions and practices of St. Jacob’s Day:

– It is celebrated on Oct. 18th
– You don’t have to go to school or work
– People are encouraged to go barefoot or in flip flops
– Arby’s restaurants would give out free sandwiches
– Cities would have giant corn mazes (they would be in season) and people would compete for the best time.  The victor would get to sit on a throne and be paraded around the city.
– Seinfeld reruns would be on TV all day

Dang.  I’m sad that I won’t be around in 300 years to celebrate this holiday.

-Jacob