Friday, September 28, 2012

His Purpose, His Timing

I don't think guys understand God the way that women do. Perhaps we do when we get older.
My wife is an amazing woman with an odd relationship with God. Many times I watch her pray for a close parking place when she goes to the store. No, really. She prays for that right in the car when she pulls in the parking lot. "Lord," she says, "please lead me to a good spot." I wouldn't dare do that. God has bigger things to worry about than where I park. But God loves us equally. He gives Darling close parking places because she asks; He gives me the ones further away because I need the exercise (and probably because I don't ask). Then she thanks God for the parking space. I don't usually thank Him for mine. (Maybe that's why she gets better spots.)
And Darling's faith doesn't waver. Her immediate response to the announcement of my layoff in April of 2009 was "God will take care of us." And I believe it, of course, but sometimes it's hard, especially for a guy, when the company you work at decides you are surplus. So my prayer sometimes sounds like this: "God, I'd sure like to know that you're keeping an eye on things, and I'd sure like some assurance that I'll be getting another job. And, uh, Lord, would you mind telling me what your plan is?" So God has to remind me. Even though I’d prefer a handwritten note left on the seat of my little Toyota, God works in different ways than we expect.
Darling goes to Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. Last Wednesday she got ready to go, but her car wouldn't start. So she called our auto service and they showed up. They pushed the car out of the garage and the tow truck driver tried to jump it. No luck. Since the local WalMart doesn’t have the right kind of battery for her car, they decided to tow it to the dealer.
Looks like a bad start to the day, and she is definitely missing bible study. She calls and tells me and I grumble. This sure isn't what we need right now. I'll be unemployed soon. "Right, God, so what's the plan with this one?" But God is in the answering business; it’s my listening that doesn’t always work well.
We have 100 mile towing with our auto service. So the tow truck guy towed the car to the dealership on the other side of Houston. This gave Darling quite a long time to talk with the (non-Christian) tow truck driver about Jesus, the Christ, Son of the Living God. He was of the opinion that Jesus was a prophet or teacher, but certainly not the Son of God. He listened politely for about an hour. (Really, what else is he going to do with a cute little blonde in his tow truck with him?) Now it's God's turn to work on him.
So she gets to the dealership and they look it over. It would be a few hundred dollars for the repairs, and I'm groaning. The whole situation just isn't working for me. Ah, but wait. Turns out we are covered by our warranty until FRIDAY (two more days). And, since we are still under warranty the repairs to the car are free. We also get a free oil change, they’ll wash the car, and we have the option to buy the extended warranty.
Normally the dealership would give her a loaner car, but her license is expired (she just had her birthday), so she has to wait for her car. While she’s waiting she meets the CEO of a local battered woman’s shelter. Darling is delighted to find a place to donate some of those closet clothes that take up space in the house. This same woman is studying for a state exam and incredibly nervous, so Darling prays with her and the woman cries tears of joy. “This is exactly what I needed,” she says. Of course it is. Our heavenly Father was no doubt waiting for these two to take a little time out and talk to Him.
The young girl working at the counter notices them talking and praying and crying and comes and talks to them a bit. Darling gets the chance to share the love of our Lord with this young girl, and prays for some of her needs.
Okay, I've pondered and this is what I've concluded.
Romans 8:28 still applies, doesn't it? “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV)
Though bible study is a good thing, the Lord thinks that talking to someone who needs to know about Jesus is even better. And joining in prayer with a fellow believer is doing His work, which is what we're supposed to be doing anyway. Darling was a witness to those who know Him and those who don’t.
Our God isn't trying to scare us. Darling's car could have stopped working at the mall, the doctor's office, or any of a hundred places less convenient than the house. For some reason it stopped working at the house, near the phones and all the conveniences of home -- a place where she could wait and be secure.
I think He still expects us to pay what is necessary. I didn't get out of it totally free; the extended warranty was pricey. But I was able to buy some assurance that the car will remain working for the next five years. That's worth a bit. And I wouldn’t have that chance if this happened a week later.
God is in charge, and it is HIS timetable, not mine. If this happened a few months ago we wouldn't have thought a thing about it. If it happened a week later, we would be paying for the repairs.
Finally, I guess my Mom was right. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. That car sure needed to be washed.
I'm sure there are more lessons that I just don't see, and I'll keep thinking about it. I hope this story blesses you. I shouldn't be, but I am constantly astounded that the God of the Universe pays attention to my tiny life. And He is in control -- all the time - His time.
I still don't pray for parking places, though. I need the exercise.
Uhm... Mine's the white one.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert
Italicized sentences are my thoughts, not from the sermon. All Bible verses are in NIV.
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

The Setting
Spiritual/moral failure is caused by choice not environmental factors. It isn't what is going on around you that cause sin, but what is going on within you.
I actually have my own example of that. How many times have I tried to logon to a computer system and it failed? Then you realize the CAPS LOCK is on. That happened to me (again) about ten minutes ago.
Adam and Jesus are the diametrically opposed examples of choice. Both were tempted, but only Adam succumbed. Yeah, you can argue that Jesus is God, so of course He could resist. Yet in that infinite mystery that I still can't quite get my head around, Jesus was also fully human, and He never failed in his human choices.
Satan will attack at your weak points. If you know what your weaknesses are, then learn God's word (Bible verses) concerning those weaknesses and use them in time of temptation. I've done this a bit. Many more times I've simply hung my head and prayed a simple prayer "Lord, you know I can't handle this, so if I don't get some help here, I will fail." I wish I'd think about praying that before opening that bag of chips…
While the verse states "to be tempted," the Greek word for temptation can also be translated as "tested." The actual word is neutral.
Gen 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
1Cor 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
That latter verse is about trials as much as temptations. I can say there were many times in my life that I simply cried out to God saying "You promised not to give me more than I can bear, and I'm there right now." Sometimes that was the first thing in the morning. He keeps His promises, but there's certainly a difference between bearing a trial and being comfortable with it.
In the second verse we read that Jesus fasted for forty days and nights. That number forty is used often in the Bible during times of trial and testing. Moses was in the desert for forty years before leading his people out of Egypt. The Israelites were in the desert for forty years after doubting God's ability.
Fasting is not really an option for Christians. Jesus said "When you fast…" in Matthew 6:16. He doesn't say if you fast… Fasting, though, means to lay aside your physical wants and needs and focus your full attention on God. That's hard for me when I'm hungry. I don't fast enough. Even my doctor says something similar to that.
I think it is interesting that the Bible specifically says that after Jesus fasted He was hungry. Uh, yeah, I think so…
Ron Hindt said that the temptations were coming, but Jesus was ready. The best defense against temptation is to always be on the lookout, be prepared for attack. Make no mistake; Satan will attack in the area you think you're strongest. "Oh, I would never…" and that's the spot he will chip away at. It's happened to me more times than I can count. Now whenever I'm tempted to say "I would never…" I remember that David was a man after God's own heart, writer of Psalms, leader of God's people and he failed in every area of his life at some point. I am certainly not greater than David.
The Seduction
Pastor Ron tossed a different verse at us for starting this section. Looking at 1 Jn 2:16 - "For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world." He summed it up as Lust of the Flesh, Pride of Life and Lust of the Eyes. These were the temptations Satan used against Jesus. I know all of these, much better than I'd like.
For the first temptation, verses 3 and 4, Jesus is faced with a lust of the flesh. After forty days Jesus was hungry so it was the obvious temptation. As God, Jesus could easily turn the stones into bread to satisfy His hunger. Satan uses a technique similar to the one he used with Eve, using a little uncertainty with the words "If you are God." He defeats the temptation with Scripture. This strategy wasn't for Jesus; Jesus could have commanded Satan to leave, but illustrated a technique we can use against Satan. Seek God first.
Verses 5-7 depict a wily Satan using a Bible verse as the bait for Jesus' pride. After all, this is God, and the angels themselves will protect Him. Doing this elevates Jesus above and beyond his manhood, leading him away from His mission as man and donning once again the mantle of God. Not every Bible verse is used for good; taken from context even the words of the Bible can be used for evil. No matter the argument, keep your eyes on God.
Verses 8-10 have a couple interesting bits. Firstly, Jesus never debates the rule of Satan over this world. All by itself, that can explain a lot of things. The other key thing is that Satan offers to Jesus the very goal Jesus will someday obtain. Basically, though, Satan says "Take the shortcut. You don't need to suffer as a man. I can make you a king today! Why wait?" Satan offers a small compromise to a greater goal. The lesson for us is profound: little compromises lead to great ruin. In this case, Satan would also achieve the one thing he seeks for all eternity - sovereign rule in the place of God. When we get a chance we're to read Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 for a glimpse into the heavenly warfare at the beginning of time.
Jesus responds knowing full well that whatever you worship you also serve. He commands that Satan leave. I can imagine the grimace on Satan's face at the words "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only" for this was the very contention that exiled Satan from the heavenly realm (although let's not forget that in Job Satan is still visiting the throne room of God, and I don't really get how that works. That's my limited understanding, not God's fault.)
The Success
The final sentence sums up the entire conflict. "Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him." I imagine that the angels fed Jesus, gave Him drink, perhaps healed His body (though I'm sure Jesus could do that Himself if He wanted). I suspect they also provided heavenly fellowship for the short time Jesus remained in the wilderness before returning and continuing his walk upon the path to the cross.
Luke 4:13 adds an interesting twist, however. "When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." Satan wasn't finished with Jesus. We know Satan tempted Him again in the Garden just before His crucifixion, though again Jesus did not yield.
Satan does that with us. When we think we've defeated him, when we think he left and we have a bit of peace, that's when Satan will return - at an opportune time. Be wary.

I wish that I was a stranger to temptation. It wouldn't be so bad if temptation wasn't so darned tempting! I've hurt people, through my attitude, my ignorance and my neglect. Tempted to put myself first, I did so and often still do. The ones I love know me best of all. They are also the ones I disappoint most often. I'm sorry, my dears, for all the pains I've caused through the years.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Get Behind Me

Pastor Ron Hindt took us through the first part of Matthew 4 and talked about temptation. I have to admit that this sermon hit me hard, not necessarily for my current failures as much as my past failures. I owe a lot of people apologies for many of my poor choices in life.
He started his sermon with some immutable laws of the universe. I didn't write them down, but the internet is a pretty handy resource. (What did we do before the internet? I think we talked more…)
So I think this is the list or close to it.
Law of Mechanical Repair - When your hands are coated with grease, your nose will itch.
Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Law of Probability -The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act
Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
Law of the Alibi - If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
Law of Close Encounters -The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.
Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.
He finished his sermon with a joke:
A pastor goes to visit an older lady from his congregation, but he's been busy, so he missed lunch. While she's getting the coffee he notices a bowl of nuts on the coffee table and he likes nuts, so he grabs a handful and chomps them down. The lady brings in the coffee and realizes she forgot the sugar, so goes back to the kitchen. The pastor grabs another handful of nuts and chomps them down. The lady comes back and realizes she forgot the milk, so goes back to the kitchen and the pastor finishes the bowl of nuts. As they drink the coffee and talk, he starts to feel a little guilty. Finally he says, "I'm sorry, sister, but I was hungry and ate your entire bowl of peanuts." She smiles and says, "That's all right, dear. At my age I can't even eat the peanuts. I just suck the chocolate off them and put them back in the bowl."
We are always surrounded by temptation and the consequences may not be obvious, but there is always a price for yielding to temptation.
I'll go through the rest of the sermon in the next post, but will add my final thought on temptation with another joke:
Struggling to make ends meet on a first-call salary, the pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. "How could you do this?!"
"I was outside the store looking at the dress in the window, and then I found myself trying it on," she explained. "It was like Satan was whispering in my ear, 'You look fabulous in that dress. Buy it!'"
"Well," the pastor replied, "You know how I deal with that kind of temptation. I say, 'Get behind me, Satan!'"
"I did," replied his wife,"but then he said, 'It looks fabulous from back here, too!'"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy 21st Birthday, Darling Daughter!

My youngest daughter E is twenty-one today. I really wanted her to be born on the nineteenth, maybe because it is a prime number, but mostly because I thought having a birth date of 9/19/1991 would be so very, very cool. I like the repetition of the digits and the symmetrical non-symmetry.
As it turns out, E didn't need a special birth date to be an extremely cool person.
When E started walking her first serious target was our bookshelf. A few weeks after she gained bipedal mobility she grasped the cover of our copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare and pulled it from the shelf. We actually tacked cross-stitch fabric over the lower shelves to protect our books (and her tiny toes). I'm not sure we needed to do so, except that some (like Shakespeare) were pretty heavy.
When she turned four years old I sat down to read a book to her, one of her favorites. As we sat and I said I'd read it, she said that was okay, she would read it to me. Astounded I watched my daughter do so. When her GrandDaddy asked her how she knew to read she simply shrugged and replied "Yesterday I was three and I couldn't read. Now I'm four and I can."
She has always had a love of books. Even when she was in a high chair her Grandpa George would entertain people with his favorite magic trick.
"Watch this," he would say, and he'd hand a book to E upside down. No matter the book, she looked at it briefly and then righted it so the text was correct. Grandpa George just laughed at that.
/* Personal note: I really loved Grandpa George, and I still miss him. I always will. He never doubted me. */
Grandpa George would sit at the breakfast table and read the paper to E while G'ma bustled with breakfast. I have no doubt he contributed greatly to her love of words (although not much to her interest in current events). His favorite book to read to E was Snow White. She learned to count when she was very small also, though she did it precisely as Grandpa George did when counting the dwarves: "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven and Snow White."
E's memory is uncanny at times (probably always). When she was in kindergarten they learned a bible verse a week. One Tuesday I asked her what bible verse they learned. "Psalm 100. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands." I congratulated her on knowing it already and she looked at me, a bit puzzled. "I'm not done," she said and proceeded to recite the entire Psalm to me.
That was probably the most useful Bible verse I ever heard. We used it for baths. E hated baths, so I made a deal with her. As her foot touched the water, she could start reciting Psalm 100, and I'd pull her out immediately when she was done with the Psalm, regardless of her state of cleanliness. I learned two important things from this. Firstly, long hair is hard to wash, but you can still wash a small child, top to bottom, including hair, in about a minute if you focus. You have to be fast! Secondly, I learned Psalm 100. Those were our "Psalm 100 baths." What we need now are Psalm 100 showers!
When she and the Lad were older I convinced them to learn Romans 12. E had it down in just a few nights, and the Lad a few nights after that. I still stumble on parts of it. Romans 12 is full of good life lessons. I hope they both realize that as they get older.
E became Winnie the Pooh in the very first Kids' Backporch Productions. I was so proud of her. She had the entire play memorized, every part. I needed that memory often. (I was Eeyore - hey, it was type-casting!). I've seen her in a few plays and productions since then and she's quite talented. She was the author of one of the plays.
One of the most amazing things was when she volunteered for a summer trip fixing houses. As she left that first summer, I said to her "You can do anything, but don't do roofing." She ended up doing roofing and garnered praise from all her co-workers. She volunteered for two summers.
She loves people. She doesn't get that from me, I don't think. Most people tolerate me and I reciprocate. On the other hand, I'm fairly certain she doesn't talk to computers like I do. That's probably a good thing.
She doesn't love horses. She took a class on horseback riding and it taxed her animal loving abilities. However, the experience did result in a number of funny personal non-fiction articles that made me chuckle.
I was delighted when she took up ARMA, learning to fight with broadswords. The only girl in the group, she was almost giddy when she told me she advanced from white shirt to red shirt. The next level is red shirt? Really? Don't they watch Star Trek?

Masada, the trail up

When we went to Israel, E and the Lad climbed Masada, barely breaking a sweat doing it. I am still proud of them for that. That trip to Israel is one of my fondest memories.
A few years ago, in 2009, Darling, E and I had the chance to go see a live performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Topol played Tevye, in what was billed as his farewell tour. She and I sat next to each other almost quoting the entire production.
She's just that good.
She told me the other day that graduate school is like a two-year vacation. She gets to read books for classes. She reads papers for work. She writes papers for publication and will be traveling to Kalamazoo for a conference next spring, on a panel for something to do with Knights in Tights. No, that isn't quite right, but I don't have her memory.
Happy Birthday, Sweetie! I hope that you always love doing whatever you do.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Constitution Day 2012

September 17 is Constitution Day, the date commemorating the day in 1787 when the United States Constitution was signed.
Here are some facts about the US Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either.
The Great Compromise saved the Constitutional Convention, and, probably, the Union. Authored by Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman, it called for proportional representation in the House, and one representative per state in the Senate (this was later changed to two.) The compromise passed 5-to-4, with one state, Massachusetts, “divided.”
The first time the formal term “The United States of America” was used was in the Declaration of Independence.
The word “democracy” does not appear once in the Constitution.
The delegates were involved in debates from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. six days a week with only a 10 day break during the duration of the convention
Of the fifty-five delegates who attended the convention 34 were lawyers, 8 had signed the Declaration of Independence, and almost half were Revolutionary War veterans. The remaining members were planters, educators, ministers, physicians, financiers, judges and merchants. About a quarter of them were large land owners and all of them held some type of public office (39 were former Congressmen and 8 were present or past governors).

I was selective in what I chose to list here.
Personally I think all of us, regardless of political ties, need to review the basics of this great document. I memorized the first part of the Constitution when I was in school. How about you?

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gathering Ideas

Ideas are easy. I get ideas for articles all the time. I just don't follow through on them. I get a lot of my ideas while I'm driving. I read decades ago that driving occupies your analytical mind and lets your creative mind work unhindered. I believe that's probably true.

I think about how I am not doing my Prime Blog Posts this month. I'm tired and there are too many other things going on in life at the moment. (Thoughts of my no doubt less-than-helpful emails to my two youngest and my letter to my son B, currently supported by Brazoria County, and I shake those off.) Maybe I can do a blog post on the days evenly divisible by ten. I still gather ideas, though.

There were better sunbathing pictures, but not safer ones!

For instance I drove to work this morning a little later than usual. In the Houston area that usually means glaring sunshine and maximum air conditioning, but this is the start of the two weeks (I hope) in the fall when the weather is gorgeous here. I think how 75 degrees seems a bit chilly to me and how my brothers would think it's nice. Maybe body chemistry changes depending on the weather we're used to.
The weather made me think of Costa Rica, since the weather there is supposed to be "perfect" all the time. Yet just last week Costa Rica had a 7.6 earthquake.  My brother saw it in almost real-time, before the news services. He was teaching a class on tectonics, had the data tracker open for earthquakes and it started pinging. This was twenty minutes before the news services picked up and broadcast the story.
Thinking of news services made me think of the (not-so) hidden groups that control the country. My brother says the politicians run the news. I say the news makes the politicians and run the country by influencing voters. No matter how you look at it, the politicians currently suck. That's the technical term. My brother and I don't agree on much politically or religiously, but we agree on that.
Which got me questioning what kind of people run for politics? One group certainly would be those who want fame, with huge egos that demand a lot of media. Some of them go into Hollywood (like Oprah and George Clooney) instead. There's a group that see politics as a way to make a fortune, or increase one, and maybe they're right. There is certainly the group who want power, usually to go along with the first two reasons. There might be a few who go into politics solely for the purpose of helping to govern a great nation and provide a strong future for our children and grandchildren. I don't know if that last group can withstand the pressures of Washington without being crushed into one of the other groups, though.
Thinking of politics made me wonder how the Democrats kicked God off their platform and booed when mention of God was left on anyway. I had to do some research on that one. What they did was do a voice vote to remove the phrase "God-given rights" from the platform wording. To be fair, the delegates didn't necessarily boo the decision to put the phrase back in, they probably booed the decision that the voice vote was sufficient to decide. Interestingly, this bit of news didn't get much play in the mainstream media and I couldn't even find it on CNN, except a few articles wondering why they put the phrase back in and what party can represent atheists. I'm still baffled, but I liked the Catholic article on the incident.
The Democratic platform also has a paragraph (not changed) stating “We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.” Even ignoring the omission of "God-given rights" from their previous platform statement, my big concern is the fact that if hard work pays off, you are responsible and rewarded and go as far as talent and drive take you - then you now pay an extra burden of taxes. So do well and be punished for it. I don't get it.
Top 10% paid 71% of taxes
I also thought about Darling and how she isn't doing terribly well after this surgery. The pain meds ("better than morphine" according to one doctor) don't seem to do the job and she's itching all the time. She's also nauseated (as in feeling nausea, as opposed to nauseous, which means to cause nausea). I'm not a very good caretaker; when Darling feels bad I don't know what to do and I find myself frustrated and angry. Why isn't there a pill to take care of everything all at once? I'd take it.
I started thinking how you should always have a notebook and be prepared to write your ideas down. I've lost many, many ideas because I did not capture them and they escaped into the either. No problem! I have an iPhone, so I started Siri and said "Record memo" and once again realized how stupid Siri is for the things I want to do. "I found fifteen record stores near you," she replied and even pronounced "record" using the verb pronunciation.
And I think of how I order a really big breakfast because I'm hungry, then eat two potato nuggets from the breakfast meal and I'm not hungry any more. That gives me lunch today and breakfast tomorrow, I guess. As I finished the nuggets at my desk I get one more thought for a Blog post.
I opened a small ketchup container I brought from home. It seems that ketchup in those small plastic/aluminum containers have a shelf-life. At least the old one I opened seemed mostly water, and that sure isn't appealing. Chemical Engineers had a hand in how to do the food for those little containers. Look at the work they do in University of California, Davis in the Food Science department. That's interesting stuff and would make a good post, if I wanted to do so. Now that I know these containers have a life expectancy, there will be a mass burial when I get home.
By then, of course, I'll have more ideas that Siri won't record for me.