Sunday, November 30, 2008

Here it goes again....



















Tomorrow is deer day. Save for getting my licenses this summer I hadn't really thought about it much until today, what with college and all. I just went out and practiced a bit with my guns, finally found where I had buried my hunters digest (a magazine the state puts out) in my room that had my antlered license in it, and get my orange together. According to tradition it is terrible weather on the first morning, and this year looks like it's shaping up to be a bad boy, with sleet and snow and everything. I probably would be much better off waiting until the 2nd day, or at least tomorrow afternoon, but at this point I'm feeling like going out first thing (we'll see how I'm feeling about it at 5 o'clock tomorrow with the sleet and the snow and Oral Comm at 9, although my professor said I could skip if I wanted to).

You know, I actually started this blog to talk about hunting. That would have been way back in 05. And you know I haven't gotten anything since, so maybe I should stop blogging about it. ; )

Not a chance.

I'll let you know what happens.

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Pet Plant



Here is a video of my Venus Flytrap in action. I've kept these periodically throughout the years... rather hard plants to keep alive in this climate... but this one seems to be doing ok so far.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On Foolish Adventures in the Wilderness and the Culturally Trancendent Nature of an Offensive Symbol




























Some rather interesting stuff happened since my last post. The weekend before last I ended up lost on a mountain in Blackwell in the middle of the night.

It was the annual men's night for Navigators you see... and Josh, who is the leader you could say, decided that a really masculine thing to do would be go hiking in Blackwell, which is basically a wilderness about twenty miles from Wellsboro PA, that being the nearest thing that could be called civilization. So around 4:00 PM after a good long drive listening to some strange classic rock that Patrick and Lee liked (not that I should judge, as my musical tastes aren't exactly... shall we say mainstream) we started on up this path that was supposed to lead us along the rim of the mountain ridge and then back down.
It's easy to see why Blackwell was never settled... all the hills and mountains are extremely steep... and to make matters worse the slopes are pock marked with gorges and ravines and in places covered with jagged rocks so that it is almost impossible to walk without danger of twisting an ankle.
We hiked up for about an hour without stopping (aside from John having to pull down a couple of trees) and eventually reached the top. But that was where it got crazy. It was dark and the path of occasional orange marked trees we had been following turned to red... Josh optimistically assumed this meant we were headed back down... little did we all expect, this was in fact another trail... and three hours later, after many frustrated stops to find try and find the way, the trail, wich seemingly led us across the same stream about six times, mostly skirting the edge of gorge where the foot path was only a foot or two wide, we arrived - on the other side of the mountain... eight miles from our cars.
We hiked two miles on the road we came to, before we stopped a hunter who was driving a pickup and took us back to our cars, warning us that what we had just done was extremely stupid. So we went back to Patricks house, and ate hot dogs and watched Ironman, which was a really stupid movie.

This past weekend I went with my club, the Social Science Club that is, to Harrisburg, to see the State Museum of Pennsylvania. It was fun, although it's also a relief to be done with it, as I was appointed treasurer for the club, and had to procure the money for the trip for the college, which wasn't really fun.... Here is William Penn... the dude who started it all:














Here is a representation of an old North-Eastern native American pipe bag. Notice the symbol on the front? It's interesting how the swastika, or svastika as it is called depending on which way it is spinning, is considered to be so offensive, when it was really used by many groups other than the Nazis with which it has recently become ubiquitous. It was used by the Native Americans in their art, by early Christians as a symbol of eternity, and is today a prominent symbol in Buddhism. Some analysts have actually been led to believe that possibly the only place it was not used in ancient times was Germany. History is ironic no?

















On the dinosaur floor we came upon a sign that said not to through coins in the forest... so ofcourse Bill decided that we had to:










Mungyin, a Sociology major and her friend Lan, both Chinese exchange students who came with us (to think that just ten years ago Sociology was officially illegal in China):













Angie, another Anthropology student and myself in front of the Pennsylvania capital.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Aspen



Check out our new video that my Dad, David, Derrick and I made for the ThisWarmHouse YouTube Channel!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

2nd Peter

"But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. For if all these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. "

2nd Peter 1:5-8

I had been meaning to read 2nd Peter for a long time now and I finally started, and I only got this far. It is a good book.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Endings and Beginnings

Well, it's finished. Or in a way just beginning. Obama was elected - and the country is going to change. I doubt it will be nearly as dramatic as most of his chief promoters or detractors claim, but it will. It's scary in some ways. He stands for some things that I am against (and I think most of you who read this also). On the other hand though, it's kind of exiting. After all... it has been eight years of rule by one party. And an African American President! Who would have thought so soon? Also, I think this was the most involved elections I have ever seen... and I believe it is correct to say, the most voted-in in recent history. And I think that is good. People being involved in government is good... they have spoken... and perhaps America has decided it's ready for a little bit of socialism....

I took this picture today in Mansfield. These guys were redoing a war memorial in a prominent location in town that has been the same for as long as I can remember it. It happened to be right next to the polling station. I thought it was rather descriptive of the whole day.















McCain's concession speech was good wasn't it? I think I actually grew to like him a bit in the last couple of weeks. He seemed to be more animated and genuine... pity that things turned out the way they did... in recent history and older history also.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Too much of it [me] darling, too much!

I was rather convicted today about how stressed out I've been getting about this whole election season and all. I was thinking how much I've been trying to figure the whole thing out myself and how little I've actually asked God for help. Not that I haven't thought a lot about the things that I believe as a Christian... or even neglected to look in the Bible for answers... but when it came right down too it today, I realized that I could hardly remembering praying about it at all and actually asking God what was best. Not that I really ever receive straight up writing on the wall answers (and not that I would really be entirely eager to get one of those, unless it was good... and a lot of other people saw it too....) but I think I've had at least the wrong attitude toward it all. And I want to apologize to you guys for trying to drag you into my frame of mind so much in the past.

This doesn't mean that I'm any happier about the current situation or that I'm taking down my Joker banner anytime soon... just that I want to approach it a bit more humbly... and maybe try to see how it could work out for good. And ask Gods advice, even if I am really terribly late in doing much of that... but then, better late than never I suppose.