About My Friends Part 2

I’ve gone through all the people. Was that ever hard! Thanks to all those that took part and best of luck to you! I’m officially done with this! Wooooo! No more.

Here’s the corresponding questions for the answers below:

1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I’ll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
4. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
5. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
6. I’ll ask you something that I’ve always wondered about you.
7. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal.

Rowan:

1. You’ve got an awesome taste in movies and stuff.. Rock on!
2. Definitely Lord of the Rings, whenever I look at my Trilogy Tuesday pass!
3. Wow… um.. HI! lol… I don’t know if I can think of anything that would.
4. That’s tough, because I’ve had limited times when I’ve met you, and all of them I’ve been impressed with your eagerness to learn and just how courteous you are with everyone.
5. Toughy… probably an owl though because you seem rather intelligent.
6. Are you planning on writing a book at some point?

Mary:

1. You’re a great friend, with awesome morals, and even though you don’t know where you want to go as far as a career, you’re not afraid to try things out until you get there.
2. Anything by the Beatles. Take pride in that!
3. You’re Average hating. haha
4. When I told you about the Eucharist in Rick’s basement.
5. Some type of Marsupial, I think.. I don’t know, I don’t even know what a Marsupial is at the moment.
6. Why do you have to eat all the time, really?

Jenny:

1. You’re a basketball star, a movie queen, and an all around nice girl.
2. I’m going to have to say, any movie that I go to at Celebration, because I’m like “Jenny works here!”
3. I dunno, that’s a good question, maybe you’ll have something when YOU do this for ME! HAHAHAH
4. First time I met you at Antioch in Caledonia, I seem to remember just thinking “oh, she’s another Richards, probably as nice as they are, too! Awesome!”
5. A basketball playin’ rabbit or something. Because you’re fast and stuff. I got nothin’
6. What is it that makes Jenny Richards tick?

Courtney:

1. You’re an awesome friend, a person of character and logically grounded but illogically random at times.
2. Probably Garden State at the moment, but also when I listen to my Ipod, I think “Courtney probably has this song, too!”
3. “Do you know what [insert name here]’s going on about?”
4. Wow, this is a hard one. I can’t seem to remember any specific time. I just remember that over time we just started talking more and more.
5. A Dragon! I don’t think it’s based on looks or anything, but I am reminded of them. Maybe it’s your old screen name or something like it.
(Here’s the picture I tried to put in my comment but didn’t show up, and yes, I did draw that:)

6. Where did the fascination with Tim Burton’s crazy ideas and things come from?

Nicole:

1. You are a crazy ninja, an intelligent person and a fun member of a retreat team.
2. Everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting or RealUltimatePower’s theme music.
3. Is there anything that would make sense ONLY to you and me?
4. When you ran into Antioch and were louder than I am. Wow, I thought, she’s louder than I am.
5. A lion.. or a bear.. I don’t know, maybe a WALKING STICK BUG, because they can disappear into trees like ninjas.
6. What is so fascinating about Ninjas? Is it because of Samurai Jack?

Sarah D.:

1. You’re a silly goose, a caring person and a good listener.
2. I don’t know if I can answer this one.. it’s not that there aren’t any, it’s that I haven’t found it yet. Darn!
3. oh boy, there she is… umm… you’re insane.
4. Sliding down the snowy streets during caroling.
5. A mouse I think.. don’t ask me why, but that’s the answer.
6. Are you enjoying your time at Subway? (and is it really fresh stuff that they use?)

Justine:

1. You’ve always impressed me with your confidence in your singing abilities, which are excellent. And you’ve got very clear eyes that are very emotive.
2. Robin Hood: Men in Tights. “Oh Lord, if I could have but my one true love…”
3. Presenting PAGES: The MUSICAL… a new musical comedy based on the hit songs “That doesn’t go there!” and “Get back to work!”
4. Definitely working in the A/V rooms for hours and hours and the utter boredom that followed when one of us wasn’t in the room.
5. A turtle.. no.. a dove.. no a turtle dove. What’s a turtle dove and why did I pick that? The world may never know.
6. Why, after all these years, do you still work at the library? Nevermind…I worked there for at least as long as you have. How about this one: What is your all time favorite memory of when we worked together at the library and do you remember the specifics?

Jaci Mae:

1. You’re an amazing woman of God, an inspiration to your friends, and stronger than you realize.
2. Anything from Steubenville… (amen…Amen…AMEN!)
3. This is my wife.
4. At Steubenville, when you were talking to Doug about the infinite love of God.
5. This is a tough one, but I’m going to have to say a puppy or a bunny.
6. What is it that makes Jaci Mae so very cool?

Simone:

1. You’re a punk-rawk princess with a fun taste in music I’ve never heard of and a style like no other, except for most of the people at Blues on the Mall in Grand Rapids every summer. 😀
2. Anything by Green Day. But also The Hives.. I don’t know why, because I couldn’t name a song of theirs if I wanted to..
3. I don’t trust you either. (Regarding the tickling)
4. When I first talked to you for a few hours at Rick’s. I’m not sure of the order of events but that was the first time I got to know you very well and I was like “dang, she’s pretty cool.”
5. A cat. I don’t know why.. but something like…. hello kitty…
6. How did you learn to do all those awesome things with your hair? Would you punk rock out my hair? lol

Sarah H.:

1. You are a cross-dressing (King Arthur) crazy person with a crazy way of watching stuff like Pocahontas and Mulan when there’s stuff like Beauty and the Beast to be watched.
2. Pocahontas now. geez.
3. *Makes a face*
4. When you were on the retreat and I started to make faces at you, and you laughed at them and then started making faces back.
5. Some kinda bird thing. I never promised that these answers would be normal-ish.
6. Do you play World of Warcraft often?

Paula:

1. You’re a smooth operator, a Hermione lookalike and a Child of God. Put them together and you’ve almost got a weird 90s hybrid of the 80s.
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Sorcerer’s Goblet of Azkaban’s Chamber of the Pheonix
3. Random! um.. this one’s hard 🙁
4. When I first met you and you looked like Hermione and one of the first things I learned about you was “YOU LOVE HARRY POTTER AND ARE GOING TO THE PREMIERE IN NEW YORK!”
5. I’m going to say a Koala Bear. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because of a cartoon that I used to watch that had Koala’s in it.
6. How do you keep your hair so curly and nice?

About My Friends Part 1

Okay, My friend Justine just did this, and did a phenomenal job of it, too. I couldn’t believe it, but wow, that was awesome. Now I’m obligated to do this myself..so in response to what she said:

1. Your cousin is Brian Martin, whom I know!
Yes indeed! That’s awesome! I didn’t know that you knew him.
2. The Fhwqugtsn Everybody to the Limit song…
Strong Bad Rules!
3. Pages: The Musical
Wow! And won’t that be a fun musical to create.. someday… someday…*dreams*
4. Hm…How bout the two of us making up songs in the CD room?
Holy cow! I can’t believe it! We certainly did do that! That’s so funny! Those were some good times! I wish I could remember the songs.
5. I think a cartoon cat like from Heathcliff or something
Wow…. I remember Heathcliff… I don’t know whether to be honored or disgusted. haha
6. When do I get my share of your wealth??
When I finally make my movie.
7. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal.
Here goes:

Leave your name and…

1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I’ll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
4. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
5. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
6. I’ll ask you something that I’ve always wondered about you.
7. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal.

Hurricane Katrina Reactions

Praise You in this Storm
Casting Crowns

I was sure by now God,
You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
that it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away. Â

Chorus:
And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
that You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise you in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry You
raised me up again
my strength is almost gone
how can I carry on
if I can’t find You.
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
and as your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus

The Blame Game

Right now, what angers me more than most anything else, is just how much people are throwing blame at the President for the “slow response” after the Hurricane.

Look, I know that most people that are blaming him have only gotten word on what’s been happening down there from the news. I, like many others, got word of it from people that live in Louisiana. Close friends of mine, one of whom had a father that worked Fire Rescue for nearly a week in New Orleans, helping to rescue people and just came home on Sunday. People in surrounding areas were able to get in and start helping out on day one.

The problem with this, isn’t that ONE MAN didn’t respond to the tragedy by sending aid after five days. The problem came with groups of looters and rioters mobbed the streets, hijacking cars, busses, shooting at people, killing people, and this scared off many of the relief workers who were being shot at. So the National Guard had to be brought in.

Another fact is that the damage of this storm was much worse than predicted. Yes, people were able to make it out on foot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that rescue vehicles could make it to where they were located.

Here’s a couple things from my friends that are down in Louisiana:

From my friend Ashley: I first wanted to let everyone know that I know of one other place to volunteer in Lake Charles. Supposedly, the Burton Colliseum will also be uponed. If you are a member of a church, also check there. Many churches are opening up their doors. Praise God!

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!! especially for girls…There have been reports of weapon smuggling into the Civic Center, theft, & car break-ins. Please, I don’t intend to discourage you from volunteering…I only wish to encourage you to please be cautious! Bring a gentleman with you or go in groups. I have not, repeat HAVE NOT, heard reports of rape in Lake Charles yet, but…please be always aware of your surroundings.

From my friend Allison:

My take on the looting….so sue me…

1.I feel that survival is key. If you need to steal food or water…or even supplies to keep you clean (towels, soap, etc.) so be it.

2.There is no need to loot the houses on Canal and St. Charles Avenue (may lightening strike you dead one day or soon).

3.There is no electricity, nor will there be for months, to watch your brand new big screen tvs, just leave them in the store.

4.Its sad that a bunch of mean ol New Yorkers can get it together and act more civilized after a disaster then their good ol’ southern counterparts. Evidently even if it were a bunch of terrorists that caused this they find a reason why “they deserved to take it all for themselves cuz we owe um.”

5.These ‘Gangsta’ families are making it easier to find themselves now. They didnt head to the Super Dome because they couldnt bring in their guns and drugs. Keep it up…now you’ve made the Mayor so mad that you idiots have the cops stopping most of the rescuing of innocents so they can come after you! Stupid bastards.

6.Looters going into homes of where the owners are dead should at least have the decency to bring the bodies out so the rescuers have an easier time finding them instead of just trampling over them to find what little the storm didnt destroy…then when you come out may lightening strike you dead.

Hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20. Everyone has made a mistake at one time or another, but not everyone has the entire country saying “he took too long.” I don’t care if it was five days or two days, any amount of time would have been “too long.” If it were only two days, then we’d be saying “It took us only two days to send aid to the people after the Tsunami, and our own people on our own land took just as long?”

A Tsunami is a completely different storm as a Hurricane… a Hurricane takes some time to discipate(sp?) before anyone can do much.

NEW ORLEANS FLASHBACK: OFFICALS WARNED RESIDENTS ‘YOU’LL BE ON YOUR OWN’
Mon Sep 05 2005 18:57:15 ET
Before residents had ever heard the words “Hurricane Katrina,” the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE ran a story warning residents: If you stay behind during a big storm, you’ll be on your own! Â

Editors at TIMES-PICAYUNE on Monday called for every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be fired. In an open letter to President Bush, the paper said: “Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That’s to the government’s shame.”

But the TIMES-PICAYUNE published a story on July 24, 2005 stating: City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give a historically blunt message: “In the event of a major hurricane, you’re on your own.”

Staff writer Bruce Nolan reported some 7 weeks before Katrina: “In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm’s way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation.”

“In the video, made by the anti-poverty agency Total Community Action, they urge those people to make arrangements now by finding their own ways to leave the city in the event of an evacuation.

“You’re responsible for your safety, and you should be responsible for the person next to you,” Wilkins said in an interview. “If you have some room to get that person out of town, the Red Cross will have a space for that person outside the area. We can help you.”

Developing…
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3kt.htm

So please, send aid, do something to help, but stop complaining. A lot of us are very fortunate to be in areas that are not effected so badly by natural disasters, but that doesn’t mean that we’re simply not effected. Tornados have destroyed whole towns. I know because I’ve been there. I saw it happen in the late 90s. Did the president send in aid at all? How quick was our response to help them out..? Oh, that’s right…most of the country had never heard about the F5 tornado that destroyed that small town in Kansas.

My point is, there’s nothing we can do to fix the problems of how this was handled. All we can do now, is CHOOSE to be more well prepared for the next one, and try our best to help those in need RIGHT NOW, because all that we have is the present, and that’s all we’re ever going to have.