My ultra-boring life

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kickin' Back Old Style

OK, we're in Chicago and so far it's been AWESOME. At first, I was a little worried. The two days of driving were very long, thanks to lots of construction and heavy rains, and then the hotel we had originally booked (the Days Inn in Niles/Skokie) was AWFUL. Like, blood on the walls, no towels, internet not working, bad shower curtain AWFUL. So today we checked out of that hotel and moved to the downtown Howard Johnson's. It's old and obviously 'economical', but it's well-maintained and the people are nice so we consider it a big improvement, even though we're paying more for the convenience of being downtown.
We went to the Sears tower this morning which was pretty cool though the weather was hazy. I started getting souvenir-crazy then, though luckily I've been able to say 'no' to most everything so far. Then we went to Giordano's for some real Chicago deep-dish pizza that was ever so tasty. Then we went to Grant Park and saw Buckingham Fountain, easily the most impressive fountain I have ever seen, though some might consider it overly ornate. Then we went to Millennium Park and saw sculptures and fountains and gardens and the Giant Silver Bean (I believe it is officially called the cloud sculpture or something like that) and I was duly impressed. This evening we headed out to Wrigleyville for a Cubs game. It was AWESOME. It's amazing how everything, absolutely EVERYTHING there is built and geared around the Cubs. It was awesome! I got a new Cubs shirt and we ate hot dogs and popcorn and got rained out and the CUBBIES WON!! Hooray!
Now I'm bushed, though we still have 2 more days here. So fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Authority

I have what some would call an unhealthy respect for authority. I don't believe EVERYTHING I see/hear, but by golly if someone who's done a lot of validated research comes to me and tells me that the sky isn't blue, I begin to wonder if blue means what I think it means.
This is the opposite of my husband. If he didn't think of it, or if he can't understand it, then he generally blows it off or disparages it.
This produced a lot of conflict in our early marriage. So I begin to wonder: what is a HEALTHY level of respect for authority? If you don't respect any authority, then not only does it make certain social interactions (like work) difficult, but you are doomed to repeat many mistakes and not be able to learn beyond what you are able to test for yourself. But if you believe everything you are told, well, you'll end up buying a lot of Brooklyn bridges. Either extreme, you get hurt.
I don't know the answer. (HA! You came here looking for answers?! Sucker!) I like my level, imperfect though it is. I suppose everyone has to find their own level. But from what I've seen in the world of late, I would recommend erring on the side of healthy respect for authority. So many people throw away authority simply because it is what it is, forgetting that authority became that way through experience and gaining knowledge. It's not always right, and sometimes it is even taking advantage of you, but if you show people respect you at least improve relations with them and might learn something in the process as well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Short Film

Was directed to this short film, entitled "Validation," from a forum I frequent. It's 16 minutes long but I really liked it.

An Explosive Topic

OK, this has been on my mind for a while, and I know I'll get a lot of hate mail for this, but I just wanna speak my mind.

Marriage is an interesting institution. Our government and society has assigned a lot of legal baggage to go along with the institution, but barring that, it's a social institution that defines a basic unit of a family and therefore a basic unit of learning, living, and society at large. The authority for defining this basic institution comes from one of two places: 1) God, or, if you don't believe in Him, 2) society (which only makes sense, since it's a societal institution).

Since we live in a non-theocratic republic, we cannot say that one person's religious beliefs are more valuable than another person's. So we must use the societal definition of the institution -- majority rules. It doesn't matter what influences each individual's definition -- we cannot dictate another person's conscience -- but when polled/voted for the majority's definition, we need to try to accept it graciously. Government shouldn't get involved because marriage isn't a 'right'. It's a social construct, defined by the society in which we live. If you don't like it, then you're free to live the way you want without the 'social stamp of approval' or move someplace where the society defines things more to your liking. Don't go spewing hate against the people where you live.