Bravo to the movie Surrogates!

Last Monday, as I sat for two and an half hours giving platelets for the Red Cross, I watched an amazing movie called Surrogates with Bruce Willis. Not amazing because it appeared to be original in its effects and action but in its interpretive value of today’s generation that lives daily through technology.

I read books and articles on communication, relationship, loneliness, … in view of our technological mediums. Presently I am reading a book entitled, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” The book is quite fascinating but I have only begun to read this book.

As I am writing this article from my iPad, I am watching the movie a second time. I bought it today for 10 bucks. Not bad! Watching it again, I must say, “Wow!!!” There is so much in this movie reflecting on our day. Please, if you have time, respond and reflect on your interpretation of the movie.

Where do I begin in my interpretation of this movie in view of our generation? I could write a book on this movie!!! Tonight I am going to just enjoy the movie a second time. In time, I would love to write an interpretation of this move. I am too tired tonight in any case, it has been a long day! Shaka bra! (Hang loose in Hawaiian)

My New Bike

My New Kona Sutra 2011

Not that I have a lot of money but I saved up for some new wheels, namely for my new touring bike, my Kona Sutra.  Strange enough, I didn’t know how much that name sounded like something else until my friends made me aware of it in my Facebook.  Thanks to my friends and their imagination, they made some pretty funny jokes about it.  That’s what friends are for, right?

I did a lot of research on this and other touring bikes and this one stood out by far.  Well, I am getting ready for some good rides this summer and perhaps make a few visits for my work on my bike.  I just bought a new biking cap that fits under my helmet (coming in the mail). On the side of the cap I have inscribed, “Kick Gas! Go Biking!”  Hopefully that is not “offensive” to some but I thought it was appropriate for a biking cap especially during the wonderful gas prices we are experiencing.

I don’t watch much TV, but while I was waiting to visit and pray with someone in the hospital, I saw on the news (a TV was in the waiting room) about how children are experiencing cardiovascular problems.  According to this broadcast, most American children are not physically active and as a result, there is not a lot of cardiovascular circulation in their body.  As you may know, your muscles press upon your veins to assist circulation.  Without this, the added weight gain and poor eating habits (I read in the Chicago Tribune), we will be looking at serious growth of health issues in the future.  So, go biking !!!!

About a year ago on Public Radio, I heard an interview with a gentleman who designs the layouts of cities including roads.  He said one of the first interest in designing a city is the flow of traffic.  Not bike routes or paths, not sidewalks and the like, but the flow of traffic.  I can understand this.  But ask someone how much real walking they have done in a day or physical activity … well.  When I was in other countries like Europe, Central America, Russia, and other places, it is interesting how much people naturally walk or ride their bike.  You come back to the States (I am an American through and through by the way), we drive everywhere, even short distances and if you decide to ride your bike, it is dangerous on many roads. Also, the question is, where does one lock up one’s bike when you get to a particular shop, restaurant, library or any other place of interests?

Life’s Journey

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW, WHAT A RIDE!!”

-anonymous author.

I am an adventurous person but not as adventurous as some of my friends that would do some crazy and dangerous things.  However, I do enjoy life and take pleasure in the life God has given me, especially, those first article gifts!

Taking things personally in order to win the argument

This quote may seem a little negative but it does show, what I believe, the behavior of some people:

Why can’t we just talk about issues without always taking it personally. Many people are very clever these days, they take things personally, get offended in order to get their point across and not to discuss the issue. Then they proclaim themselves the winner and expect complete obedience to their opinion. Exasperating!

-I wrote this as my status on Facebook, August 16, 2010

Fürchten

Fürchten

It enters the consciousness,
a constructional image created
to attack the senses of the body.

Darkness is appealing,
adding to the effects of the illusion,
in progressing to haunt the physical and mental self.

Creating a pseudo like monster,
a knowing of the unknown that isolates reality.

The title means “Fear” in German.  I wrote this in 11th grade (1983-84).  It describes many of our fears in life like a child who lies in his bed in a dark room at night, looking around and fearing the dark bedroom but in a room there is really nothing to fear.  The child creates or insights fear within his own imagination.

I remember as a child being afraid of the dark bedroom, but then doing two things.  I prayed Luther’s evening prayer and especially the words, “Into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things, let Thy holy angels watch over me that the wicked foe have no power over me.”  I imagined these huge angels watching over my bed, bigger than any evil that existed in my room.  The other thing I would do is simply walk over to what appeared to be a scary shadow in my room in order to prove to myself that there was nothing to fear.