Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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We just started a blog for our community group/house church. We are a part of Axxess and it's been a very interesting journey for us. I'm very thankful to have the experience to share life with the people I've met. With my experiences in campus ministry and with Axxess, it's been an adventure so far.

Monday, July 22, 2002

Join the Mutual Appreciation Club!

If you need a quote saying how awesome you are (and I do think you're awesome) to post somewhere on your own blog, website, soon-to-be published book, or just to make a life affirming bumper sticker... you've come to the right place! These are actual quotes by me, David Hopkins. Here are some examples of awesome people:

"If I could vote one person, alive today, to be the undisputed ruler of the world, I probably choose Thomas Hohstadt. That is... if I couldn't vote for myself."

"Dan Hughes is much much smarter than I am. He reads more too. You should listen to him, instead of me."

"Wow! Stephen Shields of faithmaps.org? That guy is a very good looking man. I'm not gay or anything, but he sure is attractive."

"Charlie Wear trusts me way too much. And I appreciate his bravery and the opportunites it has given me. If I had the time and money to fly to California, I'd go and give Charlie a great big hug!"

"Daniel Miller likes to use the f-word. But he's such a neat guy, I really can't complain."

"I believe Kausar Nadim will one day cure cancer. However, the following day, his achievements will be used by the forces of evil to create a weapon of mass destruction that will wipe out billions."

"I fairly sure Mark Riddle is my personal super hero. He could wear spandex and a cap... I wouldn't think he's weird."

"When I think 'Irish,' I think John O'Keefe."

"I like to read Len Sweet's books. They are good. If someone said, 'Hey David! What's a good book?' I'd say, 'A Len Sweet book.' "

"People usually e-mail me questions about ministry. When I don't have a decent answer, I tell them they should read something by Andrew Careaga. Recently, I have referred a lot of people to him."

"I don't like hockey that much, but I know Jordon Cooper does. He's Canadian too. And Canadian are generally nicer than Americans."

"Fred Peatross is a very nice person. If I ever accidentally piss him off, I'm sure he'd forgive me-- which is a very rare thing nowadays."

"Kyle Lake once told me I have 'elephant balls.' The Apostle James was known as 'camel knees.' Kyle really knows how to make a guy feel special."

* If for some CRAZY reason, you'd like to be removed from the Mutual Appreciation Club... just let me know! I respect and appreciate all of you... so I'd be happy to oblige.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

Hurray! I'm living in the "cool" part of town.


Wednesday, July 17, 2002

----- Original Message -----
From: David Hopkins
To: Tom Hohstadt
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: Good morning.


That's a really good question. (And THIS TIME, I'm not just saying that
either.) Absolutely. Hmmmm... I'd agree with you. The word appears to
show up a lot.

This might be a simplistic answer:

The word "absolutely" is like the word "awesome". We use the word "awesome"
soooooo much that it hardly retains the essential weight and significance
that the word once carried. "Awesome" at one point meant to be struck
dumb-founded by glory, now it simply is synonmous with "cool". Alas.

What's so interesting about "absolutely" is that the usage of the word is
shifting in meaning. "Absolutely" used to mean complete, wholly true,
unquestionably acurate, etc. Now, when I hear people use the word, they
usually mean "I agree with your statement." (ex. "Senator, do you like ice
cream?" "Oh, absolutely.")

The word "absolutely" has shifted from an objective observation to a
subjective affirmation. This shift to subjectivity could show a little
postmodern flavoring. Is something good, true, beautiful? Absolutely-- if
it corresponds with MY personally tastes and opinions.

What do you think?


P.S. Married life is wonderful. I get to be with my best friend and we own
a cat.

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When away from a computer and you observe something "blog worthy," just call a friend and leave the blog on their voice mail.
Eye witness accounts of Suburban Hell:

1. I saw someone's pet dog dead on their front lawn

2. Observed at Minyard's: the difference between Crest Dual-Action Whitening Fresh Mint and Crest Dual-Action Whitening Cool Mint

3. A homeless lady on the corner held up a sign which reads: "BUCKLE UP! SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES!"

4. The continual sound of a lawn mower or weed-eater in the distance

Sunday, July 07, 2002

If it's 3 a.m. and you can't go to sleep: Roll over. Wake up your wife and tell her you can't sleep. She'll appreciate it. I promise. :) Then start rambling about GAP commercials and cultural identity. Your wife may not know what the heck you're talking about... but if she's anything like MY WIFE, she should be used to it by now.
Melissa and I watched Fast Times at Ridgemont High tonight. In high school, I saw the film and hated it. I watched it tonight and really enjoyed it. (huh?) Cameron Crowe wrote the screenplay. Which makes it official: I now like EVERYTHING that guy has ever done: Fast Times, Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Macguire, Almost Famous, and Vanilla Sky. He's too good. It's sickening.

Also tonight, while online, I went to the GAP website to check on a commercial I enjoyed. (Yes, I like watching commercials.) It's called "Denim Invasion." A couple is walking and people start following them... then everyone starts running. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. The commercials stars Kate Beckinsale (Serendipity, Pearl Harbor) and Orlando Bloom (Black Hawk Down, Lord of the Rings). The director? I'm not kidding: Cameron -freakin- Crowe. Since when did you start directing commercials?

Douglas Coupland and Cameron Crowe. These two guys are really invading my sense of cultural identity.
It's 1:56 a.m. and I can't go to sleep. I stayed up until 3 last night. I don't know what it is, but during the summer I turn into an insomniac. I can't read a book at night. It's like I'm disobeying some ancient code, unless I read candlelight or something. So I resort to either TV or the Internet. Both of these technologies provide their own light.

Television is very senstive to time. The more interesting content is available from 7 until 9. At 3 a.m., television sucks. Infomercials, infomercials, and infomercials. Unless if you have cable or satellite, I'm sure you'd be able to find something. However, the Internet has no sense of time. It's just as boring at 7 p.m. as it is at 3 a.m. I don't know if I find this comforting.

Saturday, July 06, 2002

I just saw Richard Linklater's Waking Life. It was an interesting "concept film." It provides a lot of fodder for discussion. Anyone else see it? Go watch it. E-mail me. We'll talk.
Well, I did not pay my webhost and they took away my website. Bummer. :)

I still have a blog. I have next-wave. Actually, losing monkhouse.org may be a good thing... it will give me more time to focus on next-wave.
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