Saturday, December 31, 2005

Vail, Colorado

I'm in Colorado, and I'm typing on a tiny laptop with tiny keys. I never thought that I'd see the day when machines that had keys that are smaller than standard keys (if such a thing exists) would be just as powerful and capable as standard computers.

Another thing that this trip is reinforcing, is how priveleged I am. Jeez. What the heck? How do I have friends that have condos in Vail, in Beaver Creek, in Galveston, Ranches in Central Texas? I mean, I don't have these things but I'm still just as priveleged. How do I use this privelege to serve Christ? Does me having this privelege even enable me to serve Christ any differently than anyone else? Say a beliver in third world Guatemala. The answer is NO. I can serve in a different way, but I'm no more able to serve.

I am here with believers though, talking about Jesus, the church, sitting in front of a fire about to watch SNL, about to ring in the New Year. We've got it good this week, praise God!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Colorado Dreamin'!

I flipping leaving for CO in 25 hours. Turns out that I made a last minute decision to go skiing with a few friends for the next few days. We are going to Vail which is one of the most expensive places to go skiing and it's high season, but it's also one of the best places to go skiing so it's a sacrifice we are willing to make. I'd be a little more bummed about the price if I wasn't already getting the time off work, and PAID time off nonetheless.

I'm going with three girls, and hopefully one guy (unless he bails, which he might), which terrifies me. That would probably thrill most guys, but not me. I know girls too well. Their love of drama, their tendency to get over emotional, their tendency to lash out for no apparent reason. Actually, I just don't understand girls at all. So, to anyone who reads this: Say a prayer for me, that I'll have a safe drive, a safe trip, and I'll be saved from being devoured by an uneven girl to guy ratio.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Merry Merry Merry Christmas

Jeez I'm glad I'm a Christian. That is a funny sentence for so many reasons. But I really mean it. I love Christmas, and I love Christ, and I love buying presents for the people I love. I spent roughly $400 so far on gifts. Which may not seem like that much, but I break about even each month, so anytime I spent over $100 in a week on extra stuff I feel it in the old bank account. But you know what? I don't give a crap, it feels so nice to show people that I appreciate them.

I am so blessed to have my family and my friends. And I am blessed to be a believer. How on earth did I get to be so BLESSED!? You know, I don't really want to know an answer to that. All I want to do is to use the privilege that God has given me to serve Him. All I want to do is to allow God to use me and to show the world how good Jesus is by the way I live my life and the love that I give them in Christ.

Merry Christmas! Tell Jesus Happy Birthday!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Where Are All the Cool People

Dallas, TX.

Is it possible that there are no cool people in Dallas? Probably not. But it is my guess that there are so few, and so few places for us to meet each other that we all go to art films by ourselves and then spread out equidistantly far from each other in the otherwise empty theater.

It's flipping Friday, it's 7 till 6pm and I am sitting in my office, typing this instead of hanging out with friends. It looks as though I'll have some time on my hands for a while. I'm all for having free time to myself, I know that I need it; and if I use it productively it will be quite beneficial. I refuse to be cynical and pessimistic about this. Being all alone in a city that I generally don't like on a Friday night just gives me time to focus on bettering myself.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

What the heck is Myspace?

I am seriously amazed by this cultural phenomenon of Myspace and Xanga and this thing and this whole wave of internet connectivity. I have no idea where to go with it or what to think of it. But Myspace is so strange. And yes every once in a while I'll follow a link to someone's Myspace page and then get stuck hopping from one person to the next, as these weirdos go on and on about how great they are and how much they love to party. I mean, I kind of do that on here, but it's different.

Maybe it's not any different, it's just so voyeuristic and weird.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Ups and Downs of the Christmas Season

It seems that this season is full of ups and downs. The weather, our moods, our bank accounts, etc. I haven't written much lately, probably because nobody reads this blog yet. Oh, but they will. I just got a $200 bonus and an extra week of paid vacation, I was pretty amazed by that.

Other interesting news. The church that I have decided to continue going to gave out an envelope to each member of the congregation (probably 600-800 people) [turns out it's more like 3000], each envelope containing between 5 and 1,000 dollars. All they said was to do something that would glorify God with the money and then to send a little card back to them telling them what you did. I got $5 in mine. I'm going to buy our intern a cup of coffee and tell him about Jesus and the Gospel. I'm excited and scared and nervous about it. Isn't that cool though, that the church did that? I think it is.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Sam's Website

Sam Parnell

This is the first link I have ever created using html. I feel so brilliant right now, let me just enjoy this. You better believe I'm about to get link crazy.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

This American Life

I am listening to what will save the world. Wow, that is a weird sentence. Ok, so I might be being (Can one say that? Sometimes I forget how the English language works), let me start over; I am being a little over dramatic. But sometimes I get so pessimistic. Sometimes things get too depressing, the future seems hopeless, then I watch Conan O'Brien (which I just heard mentioned on what I am listening to now, This American Life), or I listen to This American Life, or I read the Bible. All of which reaffirm my hope and faith, in the various things that make life worth living.

Life is good. There are some uncomfortable parts for sure, that's called refinment, and if you look at it that way you can always be optimistic. Life is unpredictable as well, if it wasn't it'd be too boring to be bearable. Be glad that life is not boring. If you are feeling either of these extremes, bored, or hopeless. Please go to this website:

This American Life

And listen to any show, there are probably hundreds. The show is a radio program called This American Life and it is probably the most popular show broadcast on NPR. Which doesn't necessarily make it all that popular on a national scope. Listen, enjoy, and get excited that you are alive.

If you want another good source of knowledge and entertainment go to NPR's website. It happens to be great as well. Here it is:

If you are wondering...Yes, I will always be this manic.