Time for another healthy dose of random thoughts and observations.
– My wife and I were walking around our local mall the other day and we saw a “Hurricane Simulator”. It’s basically a booth that you pay $2 to stand in and have ‘hurricane force’ winds blown at you. But here’s the kicker – the simulator only produces winds up to 78 mph. 78 mph! People, please don’t pay $2 for this. Go for a drive on the interstate with your windows down instead.
– While we were at the mall, we went into the Family Christian Store. Displayed prominently at the checkout counter was Sarah Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life”. It struck me as odd. And it made me a little uncomfortable. I put Sarah Palin in the same category as people like Jon and Kate Gosselin and former Miss California Carrie Prejean – people that the Christian subculture have gravitated towards and elevated to hero status. The problem is that we’ve done this without any real knowledge of the people we are elevating. Jon and Kate have crashed and burned. So has Carrie Prejean. I’m not saying that Sarah Palin will, but she’s a politician and a human being, so the potential is definitely there. And I’m definitely not comfortable with her being the face of Christianity to the wider public.
– We bought gas today at the Wal-Mart in our town. The gas station there is not even 5 years old, yet I was surprised to see that the counter for regular unleaded gas on our pump was already over 1 million. That pump alone has pumped more than 1 million gallons of gas since the summer of 2006. And that’s just one pump out of 16 at this station. I think that’s incredible. It made me think about all the people who must have stood there, what was going on in their lives, what they were thinking. It made me feel small.
– It looks like tonight is “Disaster B-movie” night at the Robinson house. Just finished “Deep Blue Sea”, and now we’re moving on to “10.5 Apocalypse”. Ooh! We’ve got a Dean Cain sighting! Should be fun!