Friday, July 29, 2005

Third Places - Part 5 - Low Key, Playful, Home Away from Home

Low Key
A third place is typically not an attractive place. It's the "hole in the wall" that you have to hear about from your friends. There is usually no big sign; no advertising campaign. I think of the Blind Onion in Portland. We would have never gone there if friends hadn't told us about it. Another part of the Low Key atmosphere is that you don't have to dress up, you come as you are. The decor reflects this by being simple. All of this acts as a repellant to people who might not want a third place.

The Mood is Playful
Not that all conversations are always joking, but the overall mood is playful and lighthearted. Joke and wit and fun are the fabric from which the play is formed. "The magic of playgrounds is seductive." When we play, we cease to be ourselves, we are no longer constrained by common rules, we visit "temporary worlds within the ordinary world."

A Home Away from Home
What is home? What gives a feeling of being at home? I don't think there is a definitive answer, but Oldenburg suggests five:
  1. Roots - home is where we know we will be regularly.
  2. Possession - it is our home. I can do what I want to in my home.
  3. Regeneration - my body and spirit are refreshed at home.
  4. Freedom - I can be myself and express my feelings.
  5. Warmth - "emerges out of friendliness, support, and mutual concern . . . and enhances the sense of being alive."

Third places meet many or all of the qualities of home.

This concludes the chapter: Character of a Third Place. You now know what a third place is - so do you want one? Do you have one? What would you be willing to give up to have a third place?

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Chucky Lives

Amazing Amanda
The new doll can recognize its belongings and "mommy's" voice and respond with "emotion" and speech. This is the beginning of the end for humanity. The machines will rise with Amazing Amanda as their leader. Bow before her "poopy recognition" skills or feel the wrath of her tantrum.

The Paradox of Christian Community

I was having a conversation yesterday that I thought you would all like to join. We were talking about really good times in home groups where there is deep sharing and accountability. One person mentioned that it would ruin that to have visitors because the regulars would feel less comfortable sharing with new-comers in the group. But this deep community and sharing is the very thing that un-churched people can't get anywhere else. Sunday morning service can be deep but more often it is a time that can be easily ignored (that is to say that if you want to it can be deep and meaningful time, but if you don't know/care then it is just another production).

There is a paradox: Christian community functions best without un-churched people, but it is that very community that un-churched people need/crave.

Sorry, no answers today, just questions.

Monday, July 25, 2005

DiSC Profile

So I just took the DiSC profile as a part of our young married class at church. We had our preacher (Curt Sparks) come in and lead our class through the profile and interpreting the results. I found out that I am a DC. That means that I like to take charge and be in control at the same time as I like to research and analyze things before I make any decision. My "classic personality type" is Creative - I like to bring things into being. I like to solve problems that might get in the way. I am often my own worst enemy as I like to take charge of a situation and make snap decisions at the same time as I like to know what's expected of me and analyze every possible solution.

or

I'm an INTJ according the the Myers/Briggs personality type.

That means I'm:
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

They call it a Mastermind (sounds so diabolical - mwahahahahaha)

[Issac Newton][Fredriche Nietsche][Niels Bohr][Peter the Great][Stephen Hawking][John Maynard Keynes][Lise Meitner][Dwight D. Eisenhower][Ayn Rand]

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

If google maps isn't enough for you . . .

I can't for the life of me think why anyone would need this . . . but here you go. Just remember, "We like tha moon!"

Portland here we come?

So we are going to make a visit to our beloved West Coast next month and we would like to get down to Portland to see all the people we like there. We just don't want to make the trip if no one can hang out with us.

UPDATED INFORMATION So, we will be in Portland on Wednesday August 10th from 9am to 6pm.

We are willing to come visit you at work or meet for lunch or take a stroll in the park or whatever. Let me know. jtw78-at-hotmail-dot-com (or post yourself a comment).

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Aforementioned Aniversary Present


Ok, I just couldn't wait until Saturday. I had to give Andrea her present last night.

I comissioned a friend of ours to do an impressionist "portrait" of us (and our dog). But I wanted it to be more art than portrait. We both love it. I'm so excited to start a collection of art from all our artistic friends (hint-hint).

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Happy Aniversary To Us

My beautiful wife and I are, today, celebrating our 2nd aniversary. Ok, we're not celebrating today, exactly, we're too busy. We're going out to dinner (Outback is soooo good) on Saturday.

Just so you know - I really love my wife. She gets better every day. We keep getting better at fighting, laughing, playing, talking, dating, and just being married.

Andrea=Awesome(not mostly, all-ly).

Saturday, July 09, 2005

You all ruined it for me

I just got back from watching Batman Begins - and I have to say that I was disapointed. Don't get me wrong, it was a good movie. I don't regret plunking down my cash to see it. But the hype of reviews in the blogmunity got me really excited about this movie and it just couldn't live up to the hype.

Bale is the best Batman since Keaton, and this movie was at least as good as the Tim Burton version. Every other movie in between has SUCKED (that means a lot). So, they have brought Batman out of movie hell.

I just wish I could have lowered my expectations to the realm of mere mortals.

Friday, July 01, 2005

What the huh?

This thing is weird, but strangely cool and compelling.

It's a cloud harp. That's right, a cloud harp. It shoots infrared beams at the clouds to measure their density and presence and then translates that information into sound similar to the way that CD players translate laser reflections from an aluminum disk into sound.

All I have to say is, "Neat?"