Picked up the new-to-me bike today. This Ducati 620ie has been affectionately named "Dorabella 'Dori' Ducati" by the girls which means "beautiful gift." I have ridden mostly standard bikes in the past so the naked bike feel, but from my brief ride this afternoon, it should not take me too long to get used to it I am sure.
First, let me get it out of the way. What is up with the name? As a boy who lives in a household of all women, what were they thinking? How do folks NOT go there? My cousin comments well on the naming conroversy here. For the record, I was banking on iSlate or even iTablet. Heck even iGiganticiPhone would have been better . . . oh well, they must have their reasons.
Okay, so pretty much all of my "issues" of the past few months can be filed in the "Champagne Problems" folder. Add that file the reason why I'm not going to get the new iPad . . . yet. While I am getting used to the name - Again, good grief, really? - I am usually one who will wait until the second generation is out.
My main complaint about the iPad is that there is no camera. What?!?!? How can there be no camera in a day of social media and web interaction? Oh yes . . . because Apple and he-who-shall-not-be-named is a master at luring us into group frenzies of technobliss without us even batting an eye. Some of us will buy it now, we'll show up at MacWorld to caress and ogle and then when they "magically" add something that should have been there already, we will say thank you. Remember, they did it with the iPhone. No . . . they didn't have video and cut-n-paste technology before the first generation iPhone.
Suuuuuuuuure they didn't.
So I will hold out because I have your number Mr. Jobs. I want my camera and then maybe, just maybe I'll take another drink. And by "maybe, just maybe" I mean "as soon as you put in a camera, I'll be ordering my iGiganticiPhone."
This was actually from yesterday, but since the post-travel lazies took over my day, figured this was good enough. This is the sunset as taken somewhere in Michigan as my flight left Detroit for San Francisco.
This was the scene from my hotel room this afternoon in Nashville. The snow was coming down pretty hard with winter storm warnings forecasted through the night. As the snow fell and the ground became blanketed with the soft white covering, I found it really pretty . . . in a both a "I hope I can still fly home tomorrow" as well as a "It's pretty from the inside of my warm room" kind of way.
This evening while attending the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association dinner at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators annual gathering, I was privileged to sit next to long time friend and colleague, Lita Simpson. Little did she know that this year's Lifetime Achievement Award would be presented to her. Amidst stories of laughter, tears and deep gratitude, this body of faithful faithful faithful servants honored Lita, such a gift to the church. Congrats Lita!
“Peace it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Thank to all who have asked for this. This is a compilation of many different benedictions that I have heard throughout the years, no originality claimed, just some great opportunities to share it.
Go forth into the world
With compassion and justice in your heart
Give voice to the silent
Give strength to the weak
See one another
Hear one another
Care for one another
And love one another
It's all that easy
And it's all that hard
Now may the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ
The love of God
And the power of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, now and forever more