Rachel’s Graduation

Me, Katie (youngest sister), and Rachel (younger sister) at Rachel's Graduation
This weekend I was in Memphis for my sister’s (Rachel) graduation from Med School. Since my parents were going to take two vehicles anyways, I figured I just go to their house and ride with them, since there would be room. It makes for a longer time in the car for me, but less driving that I actually have to do.

So we arrive at the hotel on Thursday. After we went over to Rachel’s for a little bit, we headed back to the hotel. My mom and dad had a parent’s dinner to go to, so we (me, my youngest sister Katie, my aunt, and my grandma) were left at the hotel to enjoy their dinner. It was chili and chips. I was OK with that, but others wanted to get something else. Since we were just a block from The Rendezvous, I took them there. Afterwards, they wanted to ride the trolley around, so we did that.

Friday morning we went to the Dean’s Convocation. I was looking around and all of a sudden I noticed Beth Jent. I went to high school and church with Beth (McCauley then), so I’m always really happy when I happen to see her. The convocation was a nice ceremony and was about the right length too.

Finally it was time for the Graduation. UTHSC held their graduation at the Mid-South Coliseum. The first thing that I noticed was that it seemed kinda dark. People would go into the bathrooms and say the lights were off. It was also kind of hot too. For a while they had some lights, but those would go off and then a few minutes later, they would come back on. Several people assumed they just had an inexperienced person working the house. They had no lights on stage. By the time they finished awarding all the professor fellowships and such, most of the lights were out and you couldn’t see anything. I was hoping to take some pictures, but even at ISO 3200 200m f/2.8 with a flash, it was hard to get anything. Things might have gone over a little bit better if they announced at the very beginning that the power was out and everything was running off of generators. We found out on the news later that the area near Mid-South Coliseum had lost power around 9:00 that morning and there was also a potential gas leak. Graduation was a complete disaster.

I’ll close with Knoxville needs to get a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Really, really, really good.

Quite Ironic Actually

Lately it seems I get around to actually posting a couple of days later than when I actually wanted to post.

Well on Sunday afternoon, a few of us went and saw Over the Hedge. Its a good movie that I recommend. Its got a really awesome soundtrack done by Ben Folds. The premise of the story is that a “family” (a turtle, a squirrel, a skunk, and two opossums) of animals have always gathered up food to store for the winter. Well over this last winter, a new housing development has been built, destroying much of the food sources these animals knew. Along comes this raccoon that teaches these animals about suburban people live and how they can get food.

Now for the irony. The movie theater we watched this at was at The Pinnacle 18, located in Turkey Creek. Probably the majority of the people reading this either have no clue what Turkey Creek is or have always known Turkey Creek to be a huge commercial area. It wasn’t too long ago that that whole area was nothing but wetlands. 22 acres of wetlands actually. You might expect to find wetlands like this in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, but not Tennessee. Yet it was there.

So the movie kind of puts a new face on residential and commercial development.

Woohoo! We have tickets!

It is confirmed now… I am going back to Brazil this summer! We bought our tickets yesterday. The price wasn’t insanely high, but the itenerary now includes a 12 hour layover in Sao Paulo on the way down and a 9 hour layover in Recife on the way back. More details to come later.

A Though Decision

What to read next???

So after I finished Donald Miller’s new book, I was looking at my library of books and trying and figure out what to read next. I could read Mere Discipleship, but it didn’t draw me into it when I read the first section. Ultimately, I’ve decided to read one of those books that have been on the shelf for a very long time. The Case for Christ has been on my shelf since maybe my sophomore year in college. Before Hoss came, the LYF group was studying this for their Wednesday night class. With The Da Vinci Code coming out this week, this seemed like a fitting book to read.

Geração Que Dança

Vim para Adorar-Te
Esta é minha canção favorita nova.

Geração Que Dança
by David Quinlan

Tua graça nos faz dançar
Com toda força celebrar
Dançaremos, gratos por Teu amor
Tua glória nos faz cantar
Por toda Terra Te exaltar
Cantaremos glórias a Ti Senhor

Quero transbordar
Por nos perdoar,
Por Te conhecer
Não podemos nos calar

E seremos a geração que dança
Por causa da Tua misericórdia
Oh Deus
Tua misericórdia Oh Deus

E seremos a geração que canta
E que celebra a Tua glória
Oh Deus
A Tua glória Oh Deus

In English this song is Dancing Generation by Matt Redman.