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Floodwaters in Des Moines

June 14, 2008 1 comment

Flood waters at Union Park

The pic above was taken from Union Park in Des Moines. You can see the wall that was built to hold in the water. I’d be pretty frightened if I lived just to the north of this wall. As you could imagine, if that wall fails, there’s gonna be a lot of unhappy people. Not to mention they would all be homeless.

I was not living here for the flood of 1993 but I hear that this year it is supposed to be worse. It’s pretty crazy to see how high the water is by roads that I frequent. At times it seems like I’m driving from one island to another since there is water on both sides of the interstate. I’m actually one of the lucky ones. I’ve had no water problems in my basement nor do the floodwaters impair my trips to and from work. To me it’s almost as if none of this is happening. It’s unfortunate to know that there are people out of homes because of the flood and there are many at a loss of personal possessions. What’s even crazier is that I have overheard people talking of end of days. Now I’m sure these people are somewhat on the chemically imbalanced side but it has made me pause to think about it. Anyway I just hope that things get better sooner than later. Even if it passes quickly, there is gonna be a huge mess to clean up 😦

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2007 3 comments

Just wanted to wish everyone a very merry Groundhog Day! Hope it’s great because if you have to re-live it for… a loooong time, it should be a good one.

Groundhog Day is one of my favorite holidays and as a tradition, I like to watch Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day. I know, not so creative eh? Well anyway if you have never watched the movie, I suggest you do. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the movie (stolen from the IMDB). Enjoy!

This first quote/dialogue hits close to home because I was raised Catholic. It makes me laugh whenever I watch this part.

Rita: I’m sorry? What was that again?
Phil: I’m a god.
Rita: You’re God.
Phil: I’m a god — I’m not the God, I don’t think.
Rita: Because you survived a car wreck?
Phil: I didn’t just survive a wreck; I wasn’t just blown up yesterday. I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted and burned.
Rita: Oh really?
Phil: [nods] Every morning I wake up without a scratch on me, not a dent in the fender: I am an immortal.
Rita: Why are you telling me this?
Phil: Because I want you to believe in me.
Rita: You’re not a god. You can take my word for it; this is 12 years of Catholic school talkin’.

Phil: Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

Phil Connors: Excuse me, where is everyone going?
Fan on Street: To Gobbler’s Knob. It’s Groundhog Day.
Phil Connors: It’s still just once a year, right?

Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster and drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over…

Phil: You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Phil: Well, it’s Groundhog Day… again… and that must mean we’re up here at Gobbler’s Knob waiting for the forecast from the world’s most-famous groundhog weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, who’s just about to tell us how much more winter we can expect.

Nurse: Sometimes, people just die.
Phil: Not today.

Phil: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.

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The Weight of Sin

August 4, 2006 Leave a comment

To give a little background, I was raised Catholic but I wouldn’t say that I am overly religious at the current time. Oddly enough because of this, any type of religious question or topic gathers my attention. So here it is…

Just recently an acquantance introduced me to an idea was somewhat foreign to me. Perhaps I misinterpreted her but it seemed she considered vanity a sin that was equal to all other sins. I questioned that because I don’t believe being vain and killing someone are in the same category yet they are both sins. I guess she believes that sin is sin no matter what the situation or context. They weigh the same when judged by God.

I can’t honestly believe that to be true. Whether there is a god or not, the judgement to me is that all sins are weighted differently. To lie to someone is a sin as well as to kill someone. Would they be judged the same? I hope not. I believe that all sins carry their own weight and in the end when we are all “judged”, the sins that were done will be calculated accordingly. For example if a soldier kills one bad man for the well being of a dozen good people… the sin of killing should have already been paid a dozen times over. The soldier should not automatically be written off as a sinner and be sent to hell. There is no justice in that.

But pay no heed to these rantings of a confused mind.

Categories: Concerning religion, Me