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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lightning Quick Updates In The Life of Ben

In no particular order, certainly not in order of importance.....

1. Our cat, Max, died this past weekend

He was the greatest kitty in the whole world and much crying ensued. It doesn't feel right coming home without a cat rubbing up against me and demanding food. He was Christy's cat for 15 years. Needless to say, things are sad in the Stark household.

2. We saw Pirates 3 and Oceans 13

Critics be damned - I thoroughly enjoyed Pirates 3. That final battle kicked large degrees of ass. Oceans 13 was more slumming with the stars....and I'm okay with that.

3. Bugs invaded our house
I hate it when nature invades our house. Especially when it comes in the form of lots and lots of little crawly things infesting our hamper and all the clothes inside it. After that nightmare-inducing mental image, picture a night at the laundromat for us. Nature is, indeed, a whore - as a great poet once said.

4. Jeff's getting married
And I'm pulling groomsman duties. So it's off to Cary, NC this weekend. Jeff, having been through wedding planning myself, you have my deepest sympathies. Having been through a wedding and marriage myself, you have my deepest congratulations, as expressed in the following words of poetry: "Woohoo!" Also, I think I look pretty darn good in a tux. Also I look forward to hanging out some with Kenny and Erin, who (for the time being) live in the area.

5. Rock 'N Roll Thoughts
I remain possibly the only one of my friends who gets his rock music through standard rock radio. So - aside from the jolts of interesting music given me by my rock critic brother-in-law - I probably have the least sophisticated tastes of any of my friends now. That said.....I need to go buy Icky Thump, and The Black Parade right now. I consider Jack White to be the greatest human being living and I am constantly singing all of the recent My Chemical Romance singles. Also I need to get the new Derek Webb album. Of all the Christian musicians I listen to, only Derek Webb and Jars of Clay seem to consistently mirror my own internal musings and struggles....and thus to teach me something about my faith.

Friday, June 01, 2007

In D.C. next week

I'll be traveling to our nation's capital next week for some training.

Not sure how much free time I'll have, but if any DC-area residents want to get together either Monday or Tuesday night, drop me a line.