Archive for May 2013

Top Ten List: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 20, 2013

It’s Monday and time for a top ten list. Today it’s all about Star Trek Into Darkness. If you are one of the 10 people on the planet who didn’t go, here are some helpful tips.

10) See Star Trek in 3D. Don’t be a baby and complain about 3D. The only time the 3D was in my face was the beginning when a spear or two shot at us. Other than that you forget it’s in 3D. This is the way movies are headed so climb on board.

old-skool-3d-cinema-audience

“Ohhh, darling it was like that spear was going to spear me in the eyeball.
How lovely.”

9) Take a Trekkie friend with you. I saw Star Trek on Wednesday with Heather. Heather is a smoking, drinking atheist and we get along fabulously. When I first met Heather we were going on walks with over 10 people and usually she was in the group up front. Finally one day she join us in the back and somebody brought up Star Trek. We have been movie going buddies ever since. During Star Trek Heather and I kept elbowing each other every time something from the old Star Trek would come up, like, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Here is Heather and I going to see Batman at midnight. She hates Batman, that is how cool of a friend she is.

Here is Heather and I going to see Batman at midnight.
She hates Batman, that is how cool of a friend she is.

8) If you don’t have a Trekkie friend, then take your crazy friend. That would be Sara. Sara hasn’t seen any of the old Star Trek but she did see the last one done by J.J. (we are on first name terms) and enjoyed it. Before the movie started (and the fire alarm went off and kicked us out into the snow, thanks little kid who pulled the alarm) Sara was on Pinterest looking up Spock humor. She found one of Spock doing the mind meld and I had to explain it to her. During the movie, Sara, at random, smacked her hand on my face, making me jump a mile high. Mind meld! Thanks for that Sara and the huge smudge on my 3D glasses. So when the movie was over I just had to, HAD TO, dump about half a gallon of popcorn on her when I “sneezed” We had a great time.

Who knows what Sara is doing in this picture, but it's cracking me up, per usual.  When we get together, we act like we are in high school, perfect.

Who knows what Sara is doing in this picture, but it’s cracking me up, per usual.
When we get together, we act like we are in high school, perfect.

7) Don’t stay for the end credits. There is nothing there.

Go home to your boring, none space adventure life.

Go home to your boring, none space adventure life.

6) Don’t recycle your glasses. Give them to me but only if they are not the IMAX glasses. According to the teenager working in the theater, the IMAX glasses are reversed so they won’t work on my 3D TV. That is OK, they are really ugly.

"Hee hee, they showed a young British girl in her unddies."  "Oh Frank..."

“Hee hee, they showed a young British girl in her undies.”
“Oh Frank…”

5) Find out as little as you can before seeing this movie, or any other movies out there. Half the fun of movies is the surprises they throw at you. How would you have liked see “The Six Sense” if you knew the guy was dead the whole time? Yeah, that is what I thought.

Who is this guy? We don't know but he looks like he is up to no good. That's enough.

Who is this guy? We don’t know but he looks like he is up to no good. That’s enough.

4) Don’t dress up to see Star Trek, it isn’t Star Wars.

I;m guessing the Trekkies have their weapons on stun. I GUARANTEE you those troopers weapons are set to kill.

I’m guessing the Trekkies have their weapons set on stun.
I GUARANTEE you those troopers weapons are set to kill.
Tsk, tsk.

3) See the movie after 7:00 pm. Sara and Ram got a babysitter for their two little cuties and instead of getting dinner first, we (me) thought that we should get in line for the 6:00 movie. It was Friday night of an opening weekend. Well, nobody was here. I forgot I wasn’t in Utah where you show up 3 hours plus before a movie. We wandered the movie theater for an hour. Opsie.

In my defense, there was one girl there, in a Uhura uniform setting in a fold up chair. So there.

In my defense, there was one girl there, in a Uhura uniform setting in a fold up chair. So there.

2) See the movie again.

1) See the movie again.

There you have it. If even my big time anti-sci-fi friend Bridget can see Star Trek and post on Facebook that she loved it, so can you. Get off your tushy and go see it.

Nuff said.

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Top Ten Reasons I Didn’t Blog This Week

May 10, 2013

10) Nothing exciting happened.

9) Too lazy to finish Top Ten Best Photo Bombs.

8) Every time I see my back fat, I get sad.

7) I’m too easily distracted.

6) I worked out my arms too hard and couldn’t type. (This is true, for one day.)

5) I joined the rest of the word and downloaded a book on my phone (during church, I was really tired and I was trying to stay awake).

4) Hahahaha, BuzzFeed you kill me. I was just there for 20 minutes, longer than it took me to type numbers one through five. Check out Pinterest photo fails or Facts That Everyone Knows Are True or….I wonder who is on Facebook?

3) This.

thrift shop clothes

These bags are filled with clothes. Most that we haven’t touched in the last 3 years and a few that fell behind the kids dressers so they never wore them and now they don’t fit.

2) I was sick half the week. (True story.)

and the number 1 reason I didn’t blog this week is….

1) I’m planning something huge for Chad, (don’t worry he never reads this thing) and he is gonna rule the day he complained about how messy the house was and what the heck am I doing all day. It’s going to be a totally in your face! HA! I can’t wait!!!

We Can Get Along

May 3, 2013

Yesterday was our normal Thursday morning get together with the remaining girls in the ARC club. We had a very interesting conversation.

It all started when I brought up the article I saw on Facebook It is about “Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith”  The original article was a blog and the guy was freaking out about this. It did have a link to Fox News. I clicked on that to try and get the facts. Here is what they are reporting.

“Pentagon officials met with Weinstein and his group were to discuss a policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” published on Aug. 7, 2012.”

“Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion,” the regulation states.

Military leaders were admonished not to use their position to “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”

Weinstein said it’s time for the Air Force to enforce the regulation – with zeal.

“If a member of the military is proselytizing in a manner that violates the law, well then of course they can be prosecuted,” he said. “We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution.”

He compared the act of proselytizing to rape.

“It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators,” he told Fox News.

He said there is a time and a place for those in uniform to share their faith – but he took issues with fundamentalism that he says is causing widespread problems in the military.

“When those people are in uniform and they believe there is no time, place or manner in which they can be restricted from proselytizing, they are creating tyranny, oppression, degradation, humiliation and horrible, horrible pain upon members of the military,” he said.

 

Here is what is missing for me. Did the Air Force met with anyone else other than a Mr. Weinstein? If not, why are they listening to just this group? Who in the Air Force is using his job to push his faith? Chad is a chaplain and never pushes his faith. If a soldier comes in and wants spiritual guidance, Chad is ready to send them to various Christian churches, the Jewish synagogues or even the Islamic Community Center here in Anchorage. (By the way, Chad has visited the last 2, the Catholic church and various Protestant ones as well.) It was made very clear to us that we can not “proselytize” our personal faith.

Have people asked us about being LDS? Sure have.

Do we answer them? Sure do.

If I tell my friends that at our Thursday mornings I am going to give a Mormon 101, as they show up, proselytizing.

If at a Thursday morning, somebody says, “What is your Mormon view on that?”, I can answer them freely.

See the difference? I don’t know where this “spiritually raped” stuff is coming from.

2 of my friends however felt differently. They feel like the Christian faith is forced upon them. I asked them why they felt this way.

Prayer.

Chad prays at various military functions. Namely monthly social events welcoming new soldiers and saying goodbye to outgoing soldiers, change of command ceremonies and before they jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a sheet tied to their back. A different chaplain did pray at the welcome home ceremony when the soldiers came back.

I said the prayer never has the Saviors name in it and is meant to include all higher beings.

However my 2 friends don’t believe in an afterlife and thus don’t pray ever.

We talked about it and it was good for me to hear their point of view. I didn’t think we prayed that often in the military because I pray everyday, multiple times.  As they don’t pray, it does feel like a lot to them. I did express that they didn’t have to bow their heads when we pray and later that night Chad confirmed that he doesn’t pray at anything a soldier HAS to be at. A soldier can step out of the room when he prays at an event.

Here is the problem. They don’t feel like they could do that. They feel like people would judge them and treat them differently if they said they don’t believe in prayer.

Man, I think I can understand that.

Being LDS in the Protestant world, people often treat me differently. They wouldn’t let me run the child care (even though I have been running Primary or children church for YEARS), or even be a secretary and take notes.

Why do we treat people differently who don’t believe what we believe? I like to think I don’t do that. The girls even asked me if I would be offended if a Muslim asked me to bow on the floor with him while he said one of his many prayers. I would not. I would respect his wishes and pray to my own God. I do think that this is easier for me as I am comfortable around religion. Sadly my friends informed me that I was the exception to the norm.

It was nice that we could have an open conversation about this subject. I was feeling a little bit attacked at one point and asked if they felt that there shouldn’t be chaplains in the military. They were quite clear that they didn’t feel this way. They feel chaplains are very important and do many good things for the soldiers. I did get some good advice.  Instead of just praying at our wives monthly social events (which take place in various homes), I should speak to the host and ask her if she would like me to pray.

I like to think we can be sensitive to others and we can get alone. Just take a look at the ARC gang. We are a melting pot of religious views. Yet we get along and even though we don’t agree on different subjects, we don’t treat each other differently. If people will just open their minds and listen to how others are feeling and try to understand where they are coming from, doors will open. Do I agree with my friends that prayer shouldn’t be offered at different events. No. However I feel closer to them that they could express their concerns and help me see their point of view. While they are a minority, there are others out there that want to feel like they belong as well. Now I can be more sensitive to their feelings. I’m glad we had this conversation.

Usually there isn’t a moral to my stories but today there is one. If you find yourself in a situation where someone is frustrated, just ask them questions. Try to find out why they feel they way they feel and then thank them for sharing. I think people appreciate being able to express their concerns without being attacked. There were a couple of articles/blogs slamming Mr. Weinstein and saying horrible things about him. While I don’t agree with what they are reporting he said, I couldn’t help but wonder if they spoke personally to Mr. Weinstein and asked him more questions to get clarification. It’s not hard to listen. Just saying…