Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Well, it is Dec. 1st....

50 Years of Peanuts?

So last night, they had a 2 hour "spectacular" on the 50th anniversary of the "Peanuts" gang and their Christmas special.

I SAW it the first night in 1965. I was in 3rd grade. "It was brought to you by"....Dolly Madison snack cakes.

So old Charlie Brown and the gang would be, well, my age now...in their late 50s and I have always wondered what would become of them...

Charlie Brown- After a couple of years in college he drops out and moves back home. He goes to work with his father, as a barber. Since his father's passing, he has taken over the barber shop. He always had wondered, what if, what if?

Lucy Van Pelt- Goes to the University of Minnesota where she does achieve a doctorate in psychology. Sadly, she is forced to give up her practice for sexual misconduct with her male patients. The last we hear of her is she is now working as an adjunct professor at a small college in Colorado.

Sally Brown- Always boy crazy, she elopes her senior year in high school with a boy who is 10 years her senior. The marriage lasts 19 months. In her late 20s after working a series of dead-end jobs, she meets and marries a man 25 years her senior. He is a wealthy, successful lawyer and they now have 2 children. Sally is very involved in society projects in St. Paul, MN.

Schroeder- Always the musician, he graduates from college with a degree in music. For years he attempted to become a concert pianist, but the long road trips took a toll. He is now a high school choral teacher in Anoka, MN. He has never married and some people question his sexuality. He has switched his musical allegence from Beethovan to J.S Bach. ( you will understand why, keep reading )

Peppermint Patty- Received a full scholarship to play basketball at a small college in Illinois, and after graduation, returned to her hometown where she just happened to "run into" one Charles Brown at a coffee shop. One thing led to another and Charlie and Patty are now married. They have 5 kids and Patty works as a P.E. teacher at a local elementary.

Marcie- Disappointed that Patty is now married, she moves to New Orleans where she goes through a series of jobs. Stripper, lesbian porn, fry cook, the last we heard she is now working at a voodoo shop in the French Quarter.

Linus Van Pelt- Always the theologian, he attends Concordia Lutheran College and then the Lutheran Seminary. He is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and his choirmaster and organist is Schroeder. He is now married to the " Little Red Haired" girl and were not able to have children of their own. They adopted 2 orphan girls from China during the " One Child Policy."

Pig Pen- Is now the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner distributor for the entire upper Midwest.

Snoopy- Died of heartworms in 1973.

Monday, November 30, 2015

College Kids Are a Bunch of Sissies.....

So, the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University( OWU) has given a speech on today's college kids. They are offended by everything it seems and need, " Safe spaces" with cookies, play-doh, pillows, calming music, coloring books and free massages so they can " feel better."

( Wish someone would have given me cookie and a massage after dealing with some of you knuckleheads I dealt with at my job.)

It is to the point college professors now have to watch what they assign for a reading list so their feelings won't be hurt. Anything that might disagree with what they believe, they get so upset by, they can't handle it.

OWU's president said this...

"This is Not a Day Care. It's a University!"

Dr. Piper wrote a blog post after a student told him he had felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13.

"It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable."

OWU is a church school. The Wesleyan denomination is close to the Methodist Church in their beliefs, but a bit more conservative.

The college president concluded his article by saying:

"Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up."

I wonder, what on earth is going on at colleges?

What are these kids going to do when they get a " boss" in the real world, and the boss makes you do things you are " uncomfortable" in doing?

At a college in New York City two male students were suspended for two semesters for being involved in a threesome with a female student. This is after the female student asked the other two males to join her in a "ménage à trois"...yes, she suggested it....after the 'event' had happened, she became upset and went to the college administration and complained. She became upset because the it was " more than she could handle. The school suspended the men for violating ‘basic rules of conduct’ and ordered them to attend ‘sex-violence training.’( Nothing discusses the rules of conduct concerning threesomes or consensual sex in the college handbook. It is NOT a religious school.)

This is the mindset of people in college today...

I think they need a trip to the " Cuss Porch..."

Rest assure, this will filter down to the high school level....I am so glad I am retired...

Going Full Coonass Tonight...

Though I'd post this to see if I can get any hints, tips before I mess things up, and repost the blog from early this morning so the unhappiness/threats can continue.

That said...making shrimp/seafood gumbo tonight for supper.

Have never done so before.

Any tips...any suggestions before I mess up royally?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Cross

So, the folks in Port Neches are all in arms about a group, a family, a person, not really sure what, wanting the city to remove the cross that has been in the Port Neches Park, well, since I can remember. I know I started dating my now wife in 1978 and the cross was there then.

I am not sure who paid for it to be put up. City? An individual? Church(es)?

Anyway, the town has gone wild trying to keep it from being brought down.

The townsfolk's even had dozens of people meet and paint small white crosses and put them up in their yards to show support for the cross...and that's fine too...

However, I wonder...

I wonder how many of the townsfolk have actually witnessed to their neighbors? Asked them to church? Heck, actually gotten to know their neighbors?

I seriously wonder how many folks have actually practiced the " Great Commission?" ( Matt 28:16-20. )

Personally, it's been a while since I have....then again, I have fallen into that group someplace between Anglicanism and " Done with church forever."

I remember as a youth in the 1970s I was part of a mission group which knocked on doors and invited folks to church. Of course this was the 1970s and people were not as paranoid as they are today, but you know, from time to time the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons send someone by the house. And you've got to appreciate them for doing so. At least they're concerned about your soul and its salvation....I think the Baptists, Methodists, Pennys, Church of Christ, Lutherans etc. have gotten into the cocoon and don't really anyone " new" in church....or anyone who doesn't fit into their mold. Or they are afraid to knock to people's doors and the fear, well, now days you just never know...people now are paranoid.

Instead of painting crosses, couldn't they be out actually witnessing? Asking people in Port Neches to come with them to church? I wonder, would Jesus have been painting? Or out talking to folks?

Secondly, what is the city going to do if another religious group asks to put a symbol of their faith in the park? Deny them? You want to talk about a lawsuit? And there is a small but growing community of Buddhists in PNG. Don't believe it? Grab a PNG yearbook and look at the last names. Not all are Catholic. There are a bunch of folks who are of other faiths in this nation heck, we can't even agree upon what form of Christianity we are in America. There are 217 Christian denominations in the USA, not including nondenominational churches and independent churches...(33,000 denominations in the world. It can be very confusing to non-believers.)

Finally, I wonder how much this is actually helping to win over unsaved folks? What does the non-Christian world really think about what is going on?

I went through a crisis of faith a couple of years ago and seriously was looking at trying to find a church to attend. One that would actually "feed" me. No politics, no sermons without some substance...no entertainment. ( The dog and pony shows are real folks....)

I had a former student just go after me like mad. He made me decide I was better off not being in church. They are now a minister at a church.

If this affects me, just thing what it will do to someone outside the faith? And look at the numbers, fewer and fewer folks are going to church...or are even believers.

It makes me wonder....seriously wonder...

I Came to My Senses...

To the person who always write and asks....no, I am not gay.

I came so close to buying a Blackwatch tartan sports coat last evening.

Second hand, the seller, who deals only in quality men's clothes had three. And all three I could wear. ( The Tommy Hilfiger and the Ralph Lauren are gorgeous, just lovely.)

I got to thinking, I could " wear it for Christmas." And generally, we attend a Christmas Eve church service and then afterwards a gathering and then, a Christmas Day gathering....and for me, that's pretty much " it."

Had my credit card out ready to punch in the numbers...

And then I ' snapped' and came to my senses.

I don't wear the stuff I got now....oh, I wear it on an occasion, but not often, as, well, I don't ever really " go anyplace." I get invites from time to time, but I am so close to being a hermit. And I know I need to " get out more."

So, I'll just stick to the lambswool Italian made outfit I planned to don for the holidays.

Sorry, if this blog upsets you....just wait, tomorrow's blog should really upset you...

But the jackets were so inexpensive....

Saturday, November 28, 2015

So....Where was Buna?????

The Houston Chronicle post a list of what some educational organization called " The Top 25 High Schools in Texas."

I clicked on the link because, well, I got to see....

Wasn't a high school in this area.

Wasn't a high school outside an urban area with less than 3 million people.

Many of the high schools get to pick and chose who they accept. Just like college. And yes, most were "public" high schools. Don't get into this school? There's another one in the ISD you can attend.

Several of the schools had people who taught stuff, well, no school in this area has.

Yes, they had a Spanish teacher, a French teacher and a real rarity for even this area, a German teacher.....but they also had a Latin teacher, ( West Brook I think has a part-time one, Kelly did, but I don't think anymore) a Portuguese teacher, a Chinese teacher, a Russian teacher, a Japanese teacher, an Arabic teacher...( Several of the languages, the state doesn't even offer certification.)

And the schools all have ...." More money than God." They're paying starting teachers pretty much the same amount as the salary I was getting at Buna when I had 30 years. The high schools do not want....they buy whatever they need.

For example, when I was at Buna, I really wanted to buy a new set of good maps, I mean, really good maps for the History Department....To buy one that was top of the line, with several historical maps, it would have cost $2000 more than my budget for the year.

Does this mean you got a 'bad' education?

No, but it shows you the discrepancy in money at Texas schools. And I think you got a pretty good education.

I looked at the websites for the Social Studies teachers in those districts...and in my class, we did pretty much the same stuff.

But, just think what we could have done with a little more money.....