Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I want this to be in my entry way.  "To live content with small means".

Lots was spent this weekend in the city by the bay.  I don't really have much to show for it except for some good memories, which are most important of course.  What I didn't spend on clothes and trinkets I did spend on a decent hotel room, food, and my fact finding mission at some of the city's hip little watering holes.  My one regret for the weekend:  I wish I could of been a little more frugal... and not getting to eat at SPQR.  OK.  Two regrets.  However, had we eaten there, I would probably feeling even more regretful about not living so frugally.  Some of the things, not all of the things I wanted to do took cash, but yes.  Money was spent.  Money is hard to come by these days and not just for me.  The amount of people living on the street proves it.  We got hit up for change... everywhere.  It was hard not to have to think about it and not have it move me or affect me in some way leaving me to question, what's my role?  Food for thought.

Wanna see pictures?

I was all about the quintessential San Francisco experiences:  We had Dim Sum.  Just a general note: ALWAYS make sure it's cooked.  That's all I'll say about that.

We went to City Lights Books.

We went Bohemian and visited Vesuvio.  

We visited a modern day speakeasy.  Part of my fact finding mission.  Coming soon to my drink repertoire:  tinctures and bitters.  I was so inspired.  I also got the chance to visit 15 Romolo.  If I lived in the city, THAT would be my spot. 

I had Banh Mi at midnight... because the city has EVERYTHING at midnight!

We took a guided tour of the bay on a boat.  Thanks Groupon!

We had oysters and Bloody Marys at Fisherman's Wharf.

I introduced someone to The Buena Vista who had never been there before. 

We saw how chocolate was made at Ghirardelli Square.

We took taxis and hoofed it everywhere. 

We had dinner and listened to music while dining at Yoshis

And, I got to see the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square.  It's all hills!  

 I was busy.  Nevertheless, it was a good time and I experienced all that makes up San Francisco. But I know there's so much more to see.  I love that city.    Next time, I take my girl.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

Years ago when I was on staff at a large church a member of the college worship team was walking down one of the hallways at the church when he ran into the senior pastor.  He greeted the Pastor at which point the Pastor commented on my friend's earrings (he sported posts in each ear) and asked him, "What are ya?  A homosexual?"  When our friend was relating this to me and my roommate, I think he was more upset about being accused as gay than he was at the Pastor (of this huge church) calling him out in the way that he did.  In the conversations that ensued, I came to the conclusion that in my mind, evangelical churches needed to reexamine themselves on this subject.  What if he really was gay and wanted our church to be his house of worship? Clearly, this sent a message that being gay was wrong AND it was OK to poke fun at them.  (This experience among others soon led to my demise there).

I came across John Shore's blog on The Christian Left's FB page this morning.  It's what's inspired this post.  Originally I had intended on posting a link to it on my page with a single comment, but it's a subject very near and dear to my heart, thus earning it a blog post.  Tell me.  Where does Jesus Christ himself say, "You can't be gay"?  And why is it such a big freakin' deal that people lose their jobs over wanting to love people as Jesus does?  It's sad that the church has moved away from this basic example that Jesus has set for us and created one of their own that causes devision and forces people to walk away from a very loving God. 

It's really a non-issue, yet it's been one of the biggest issues that divides believers today... and shouldn't we all be unified?