Oh, what fun we had last night.
And by we
, I mean, myself, JT
, and Bob - my son, who hear-after will be referred to as Emo Bob (I'll explain later).
I had to pick Emo Bob up at his mother's last night. She wasn't home from work, nor did she have the gas to make the trip herself. So, if I wanted to see my son this weekend - and I did - I had to get him myself.
Well, as it turned out, JT was planning on watching movies at church again and asked if we wanted to join him. We thought it was a great idea, especially when we arrived and asked JT if he felt like grabbing a bite to eat. So off we went to a relatively new chinese buffet.
For those of you familiar (or, maybe not) with the greater Pittsburgh area - particularly the Monroeville, and surrounding areas - there's a chinese buffet right next to the Hooters in Wilkins Township. It's ownership has recently changed hands, so there's no longer a concern about stray cats ending up as the "secret ingredient".
Anyways, we've been there once or twice since it's changed hands and it's really good. Always a nice selection, plenty of seafood, sushi, and traditional chinese food to choose from, as well as other favorites for any buffet. But last night was an exceptional night for us. They had frogs legs on the buffet last night. None of us had ever had frogs legs before, so we had to try them - not Emo Bob, but JT and I did - and, man
, were they good. You know the way people always joke about "it tastes like chicken"? Well, apparently, frogs legs pretty much do. Thus, I've preserved my reputation for being willing to try just about anything when it comes to food.
OK, so after the buffet we headed back to the church...
Now, at this point I'm sure some of you are wondering why I'm not linking to my church
each time that I've mentioned it previously in this post. Well, just allow me to say this;
The site I link to when I'm speaking of church services is not the same church we go to for movies and youth activities like Lock-In's and such. Instead, the church that I always link to is an outreach of our home church, which has no web site. While our outreach site does. I hope that clarifies any confusion and sets everyone's mind at ease that I'm not "dissin'" my church after donating this nifty new computer to me.
Where was I?
Oh, movies at church. Right!
Now, it was originally JT's plan to watch Transformers, which is an awesome movie. And the reason was because he started watching it at home, but after getting so far into it, he realized that a little TV screen just doesn't do the movie justice. And that's why he wanted to watch it at church - because of the projection equipment and the massive screen available, not to mention the sound system. It's good to be an Elder of the church.
So, anyways, there was a slight change of plans after we got back. Instead of watching Transformers, JT wanted to know if Emo Bob or I had ever seen a movie called Dark City. The answer was "no". And since niether of us had seen it, he was wondering if we'd care to watch it, then critique it with him for his newest podcast, Geek-n-Tell
. And that's exactly what we did. We watched the movie, then afterwards, we all went upstairs to record our vocalized thoughts for the podcast.
It was at this point that we all decided to take on nicknames for the podcast. JT, which is actually short for Just Terry, took upon himself the name of Geek Terry. I guess, if you're gonna put together a podcast, and a supporting blog, called Geek-n-Tell, you ought to identify yourself as a geek of some sort.
Emo Bob, of course, I'm sure you all know by now what he chose to be his nickname. And that, because he's got some strange fascination with being emo
, but without the whole "I cut myself so I'll at least feel something" thing. On the contrary, he's much more like the anti-emo. He's one of the happiest, easy going kids I know. But he still likes having his hair dyed black, and wearing black clothing with skulls and whatnot on his shirts and caps (even if his mother is trying to break him from this "phase" which I've come to respect as Bob - excuse me, Emo Bob - just expressing himself creatively).
Now, yours truly has taken the nickname Critic X. Why? Because, I'm sorta pretending to be a critic or something like it. And my last name (Cross) often being represented by an "X", even though I prefer a "+".
Needless to say, if you feel so inclined, there just might be a podcast available at the above link to Geek-n-Tell. If not, just give JT (or Geek Terry) some time to do the editting before posting it. He does have a lot of "irons in the fire" right now with his other podcast and the one I mentioned previously, that we haven't started yet. So, please, be patient.
Now, today was also a rather wonderful day. Since I've changed departments at work, I've missed out on spending time with my dear friend/sister, Merry. So today we went out for breakfast, kinda. We actually went to Starbucks for coffee and pastries - apple fritters to be precise - and to get caught up with each other from conversations we no longer get to have since I'm in a different part of the building now. It was very enjoyable, and very uplifting, since we have some very intense conversations about spirituality and faith and all sorts of metaphysical stuff. We don't agree on everything, but we do both recognize transcendent truth. And that's always the common ground we stand on together.
We also went to Borders to find some new reading materials. She gave me a present, a book called Starving Jesus. She felt led to buy me something, I felt drawn to it. I've finished the first chapter and it's very intriguing. So far the message of the book is a call to action. The Church ought to be doing something, not just hiding inside the church buildings. And the idea that The Church needs to be painfully honest about our own sins. And all of this dovetails with so much other stuff I've been reading, hearing, seeing, etc... for months now. I can tell there's going to be a really significant post coming out of this. And I'm sure it'll be a part of that other significant post that I've been putting off. Maybe it's because God wanted me to find this book before I posted about all of this. Who knows? All I know is I'm really geeked about whatever it is.
Oh, speaking of "geeked". As if this isn't an indication of just how big of geeks me, JT (Geek Terry) and Emo Bob are. Did anybody else notice that we three single guys chose to go to the chinese buffet next to Hooters
and that we didn't go to Hooters
Yeah, we're geeks.
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