Enough Change for One Month

I started this month talking about Groundhog’s Day and how I’m not big into change. I’m a big routine person. And after trying to make a change every day, I’m still a routine person. I mean, come on, I had to turn change-making into a routine in order to be able to do it.

But one of the big no-change areas in my life was my job. I’ve had the same one for almost ten years . . . and I’m not going to make it all the way to ten. I saved the biggest change for the very end of the month, and it will force me to make quite a few changes from here on out.

Yesterday, I handed in my resignation. My last day is March 31. At that point, my official occupation will be “freelance writer,” which is equal parts scary, exciting, and satisfying. There are more adjectives, but those are the main ones. Just typing this gives me an adrenaline rush.

But, as adrenaline doesn’t pay the bills, I have work to do. Seriously, what this came down to was whether I was going to trust God or not. Deciding to trust Him, that’s the big change. Heather and I agree . . . we’ll never regret it.

February 29, 2008 question

I have been ridiculously remiss doling out trivia credit this week, so my apologies to all who have gone uncredited. It is your pursuit of trivia glory, sans the glory, that makes your quest so honorable. But here’s who knew yesterday’s answer was Nice (the shoe is Nike):

Elena
Heather M (the M stands for Missing Glory)
Charles
Heidi (not really, but I’ve missed her two days in a row, so what the heck)

Here’s today’s leap day question:

What will be the next year that will NOT be a leap year despite being a multiple of four ?

Fresh Prince of Beldare

Addison has now memorized the entire intro (well, the abbreviated intro they played in every episode after the pilot) to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He’s memorized it phonetically, so there are plenty of words he’s lost on. Like calling him the Fresh Prince of Beldare and instead of saying, “shooting some b-ball,” he says, “shooting some people.” I’ll consider posting Addison’s rendition when he’s not unintentionally threatening violence against the community. For now, I’ll share the full, rarely seen version from Mr. Smith. Just close your eyes and imagine a four-year-old white boy getting a few words wrong here and there. Oh . . . and I made a big change today, but I’ll keep it a surprise for now.

February 28, 2008 question

Grand Teton National Park is in Wyoming, and the canyon one is in Arizona. Here’s who knew:

Daniel
Kristin
Jacqueline
Karen M (the M stands for Make My Teton A Venti)

Today is the Cubs’ first Spring Training game, which makes me happy. Not only does it mean I can officially start hoping for a World Series, it also means that the results of this game have absolutely no effect on the likelihood of that hoping coming to fruition. That’s a nice situation. Here’s a nice question:

What city in France was named for the same Greek goddess who lends her name to tennis shoes?

 

It’s Over-Myer

I wasn’t going to do American Idol commentary, but I just had to say goodbye to one of the female competitors that I liked going into the competition phase. Amanda Overmyer . . . she can’t possibly come back another week. (Quick aside, there’s no way Alaina knows what the term Dark Horse means.) Amanda just absolutely slaughtered “Wayward Son,” and it’s too bad, because it dawned on me who she reminds me of: D. J. from Full House, only with attitude and a comic-book hairdo. Oh well.

And a tip to any of the Idol contestants who read this blog: don’t sing your favorite song. Okay? The songs you sing along with in the car are NOT the songs you should sing on stage. “It’s always been one of my favorite songs,” is not an excuse for phoning in a lame performance.

I’ll wrap it up with this: my next change . . . is gonna be a big one. A few days’ worth.

February 27, 2008 question

First off, a correction. On the Waterfront didn’t sweep the Big 5 Oscars, just the Big 4. But, as alert trivialyte Heather M (the M stands for Movie Whiz) pointed out, it didn’t come out in 1975, either. For some inexplicable reason, I typed “On the Waterfront” instead of the name that was in my head, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which happens to be the film that swept the cinqo grande in ’75. [Insert Adam is cuckoo joke, here.]

Next, I’ll award the only partial credit of the day to Charles who correctly answered Grand Teton National Park (1919), yesterday. The other February 26 National Park establishment was Grand Canyon National Park (1909). So the obvious question is . . .

In what U.S. states are Grand Teton National Park and Grand Canyon National Park located?

Truth vs. Reality

There’s a big difference between truth and reality. Sometimes, it makes all the difference in the world. Actually, the world is all the difference.

Today, I heard someone talking about college students–in a positive light–having an invigorated sense of vision and passion yet to be doused by the reality of life outside the shelter of a dorm room. It was the positivity that caught my attention, because it was a successful person speaking. This was someone who had realized some of his dreams, so he didn’t dismiss the naive dreams of kids with no clue about reality.

It was at this point that I saw the difference between truth and reality. Truth is extrauniversal, not confined to the boundaries of our experience. But in our lives, something becomes real when you can experience it–see it, touch it, taste it, whatever. When your senses can take it in, it’s reality. When all you can do is imagine it (or have faith that it exists) it’s not real . . . but that don’t mean it ain’t true.

A lot of truth has no basis in reality. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not real. I think courage is the ability to make truth a reality, or at least hang in there until it materializes on its own. I’ve got some dreams that I’ve been waiting to come true. But now, I think they’re already true. I just need them to become reality for them to be worth anything. Or maybe, the possibility will be enough to keep me going.

So, why Voltron? Because I added to the sidebar an automated news generator that pulls up stories containing the word of your choice. I chose Voltron because A) that show freakin’ rocks, and B) I thought it would be funny. As it turns out, C) there really is Voltron news. So here’s my invitation to go check out all the happenings in the world of lion robots.

February 26, 2008 question

Clearly I was not clear yesterday. I was asking for the three movies in the 80-year history of the Oscars to have swept all five of the big awards in a single year. Those were:

It Happened One Night (1934)
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)

So I give credit to everyone for putting up with me. Today’s question moves things to the great outdoors, because for some reason today is “establish a national park” day. Here’s the question:

What two national parks were established on this date, one by Congress in 1919 and the other by Coolidge in 1929?