We had two flights: One from Little Rock to Memphis that was suppose to take just 28 minutes, but became an hour and 10 minutes due to weather and North Western having too many terminals used up, then a flight from Memphis to LAX which was thankfully, uneventful; though our kids loved the turbulence during the first hour. Once we landed, we had to collect our five huge bags of stuff and catch the bus to Van Nuys where a friend was going to meet us with his van for a lift home.
It was during the bus ride that our kids came emotionally unglued. The baby was the worse, but thankfully he fell asleep about midway through the ride. The other two became irrational with disobedient acts and because we were in public, LA public specifically, there could be no displays of discipline to bring them back into line. I gave one of them a nice pinch, but he only yelled out “Stop hurting me!” Right as we pulled off the freeway and arrived at the station did they finally fall asleep, and of course, I had to wake them up again, which only intensified their mental breakdown. My wife always exhorts me to think positive in adversity and I can say I was happy this breakdown didn’t happen as we were getting off the plane in Memphis.
Over all we had a marvelous time visiting with nana, family and friends. I had a couple of opportunities to teach two different Sunday school classes. One for a friend in Springfield, Missouri, and another for a friend at the church where my mother attends. The kids had a glorious time gorging themselves on candy and assorted chocolate dipped foods (their parents did as well) and running around in a giant back yard.
My video game playing skill is on the level of 80s era pac-man, space invaders, and centipede. Once on my old Atari 800 computer with 64 megs of RAM, I reached a million plus points playing Defender. The only reason I didn’t go higher was that I was getting bored playing it. My dad took a picture of the screen before we shut it off.
I have been pretty much left behind with the new video game age because the games are too complicated for me to figure out and the controllers are beyond just a joystick and a red firing button. The “newest” game I have ever really played with any regularly was Doom. I could play it with regularity because my brother had a list of cheat codes that allowed my character to be invincible and have unlimited fire power.
On New Years evening, my wife and I were invited by one of my brother’s old high school friends to play his new Nintendo Wii at his house. The Wii (pronounced “we”) was this year’s competitor to the Playstation 3 that everyone wanted. I haven’t played the PS3, but after playing the Wii, I want to obtain one. We primarily played the Wii sports games like boxing, bowling and baseball. The characters are semi-crude. They have bodies of sorts, but remind me of the Vegetale characters who have no legs or arms. The objects they are supposedly handling float around them like they are lifting them up with invisible arms.
What makes the game fun to play is that you have to physically work the characters on the screen with the controller. For example, if you bowl, your little man stands with the ball in hand and then you have to swing the controller like a bowling ball and release a button at the right time to make the character work. If you are playing baseball, you have to swing the controller like a bat to hit, or flick it in your wrist to pitch. When you box, you hold two controllers, one in each hand, and punch with your arms to hit your opponent. I was absolutely delighted with the game and if I had the resources, would get one forthwith. My wife was not nearly as amused with it as I was and matter-of-factly said, “we could always go real bowling as a FAMILY.” But we can play it together as a family.
Thanks for the plug
Before we left Arkansas, I discovered that on the Pulpit Magazine blog, the “official” blog of the Shepherd’s Conference, I have been listed on their blog roll. I consider that a great honor. I also liked their description of my blog:
Fred has chosen one of the most interesting names for his blog in the blog-world.
Yes, “Hip and Thigh” is a bit unusual for a Christian blog, because, as I have always said, it either sounds like a suggestive innuendo for an adult site, or a blog about joint pain. In fact, a lot of my “hits” are during the weekends from Europe where folks are searching around for porn sites. But, in defense of my title, I believe I explain it well in the by-line.
The plug goes on to say how I specialize in answering KJV onlyism. Though that is one of my passions, it certainly isn’t what I am all about. To date, I have written about 17 articles, according to my label counter on the new beta blogger, on the subject addressing KJV onlyism. I have written 13 articles on the evolution-creation issue, so it comes in at a close second. I will admit that KJV onlyism is the most popular topic I have ever addressed. To this day, in fact even yesterday, I receive personal email from folks either praising me for my work and helping them understand the issue, or cursing me as some Jesuit plant whose work is to undo Christ’s Kingdom. I hope my interesting blog title continues to stick in people’s minds.