Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

A few questions this morning: Is the tv show "24" addictive? (I saw an episode for the first time last week and it seemed so.) Does e-mail save time? (I'm so far behind it's almost hopeless. Haven't recovered from the wreck yet.) Is Emmitt the greatest running back ever? (He did play behind an amazing line. Wouldn't he at least be the most consistent?) Am I a heretic because Ecclesiastes is one of my very favorite books of the Bible? Son #2 is 12. Wasn't son #1 just 12 a couple years ago? Then why's he away in medical school? (Sign I'm aging.) Best place in Texas to spend a couple days away? (Hill country? Big Bend? Metroplex? Austin? . . .) Hockey's on strike? Who knew? Was there really a better movie in 2004 than "The Incredibles"? Will the Princess Leia hairstyle ever return? You get to pick one warrior to go into battle with you. Do you pick Legolas or Aragorn? Why doesn't someone make a tiny beeper to help a person find the following things: wallet, glasses, wedding ring, and keys? I'm just wondering . . . .


  • Too Strange!! I post a list of things I don't understand 2 minutes before I read your blog! Coincidence? You have to wonder.

    But in response YES 24 is addictive

    and NO there was no better movie in 2004 than the Incredibles!!

    And REALLY! Hockey is on strike?

    By Blogger DJG, at 3/02/2005 04:36:00 AM  

  • No, Emmitt is not the greatest ever. I could have run behind that line! Barry, by far is the most talented running back ever.

    Yes, there was a better movie in 2004: Napoleon Dynamite...GOSH! Check this out!

    By Blogger jch, at 3/02/2005 04:49:00 AM  

  • Definitely Legolas over Aragorn. The elf (I almost typed man-- oops!) took out an entire oliphant by himself... all without breaking a sweat or having a hair fall out of place! :)

    By Blogger ann, at 3/02/2005 05:35:00 AM  

  • 24 is addictive. You know this because after waiting a whole week for a new episode, the 60 minutes feel like five. That Jack Bauer is having a really bad day.

    Loved The Incredibles, but honestly it was the probably the only Oscar-nominated movie I had even seen. I've seen Napoloen Dynamite, but my husband laughed a lot harder...boy's humor, I think:)

    Sam Gamgee is my choice for a warrior friend!

    Email definately doesn't save time. It's taken me thirty minutes to read, ponder and respond to this morning's post!!!

    By Blogger Cindy, at 3/02/2005 05:48:00 AM  

  • I've got to agree with jch -- Barry Sanders was the best running back ever. Emmitt was a great all-purpose back and, most importantly, he was a winner.

    The Incredibles was probably my favorite movie of 2004 (although Napolean Dynamite runs a close second).

    I've got to go with Aragorn. A great warrior and a great leader.

    Some of us here Up North actually do miss hockey. College Hockey is a good substitute, but there's nothing like the NHL.

    At least NASCAR season has started!


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 3/02/2005 05:50:00 AM  

  • Fun questions, Mike.

    24: Haven't been able to see it, but always have time to have to hear or read about it. (!)

    Emmitt? Wow, so many greats. Jim Brown and, yes, O.J. have to be considered. I like the Barry nomination too.

    Ecclesiastes: We can't be sufficiently grateful that in addition to the Proverbs we've been given Job and Ecclesiastes. What gems.

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 3/02/2005 05:59:00 AM  

  • Why can't they put a beeper on a T.V. remote control? You talk about time wasted......

    By Blogger Brad, at 3/02/2005 06:07:00 AM  

  • Oh yea, on the greatest running back thing. How could the greatest running back of all time not have the most yards? Quitters never win. Emmitt is the man.

    By Blogger Brad, at 3/02/2005 06:11:00 AM  

  • 24 is addictive, only if you're watching it for the first time. If you've sat through previous seasons, it's nothing you haven't seen before.

    I need a clapper on my checkbook. It mysteriously disappears once per week.

    The Incredibles was great, but for my money, Spiderman 2 was the most entertaining movie of the year.

    Jim Brown was the greatest running back of all time.

    Napoleon Dynamite works better as a cultural phenomenon then as a movie.

    By Blogger Phil Richardson, at 3/02/2005 06:29:00 AM  

  • "Why doesn't someone make a tiny beeper to help a person find the following things: wallet, glasses, wedding ring, and keys?"

    Add to that list socks and many of you guys already have the "beeper" - you call it

    W.I.F.E. ;-)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3/02/2005 06:37:00 AM  

  • What a great list of questions! And I feel the need to impart my answers:
    - Yes, “24” is addictive. If you rent the first three seasons on DVD and sit down to watch the first episode, you will be held hostage by your TV for the rest of the weekend. I know. It happened to me.
    - I think email saves time. But I’m not Mike Cope either.
    - No idea.
    - Guess I’m a heretic, too!
    - Got me on that one…I’m only eleven months into the kid thing…
    - Hill country IN BLOOM, downtown Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Abilene during Homecoming and Sing Song weekends
    - Probably no one in Texas.
    - I personally enjoyed “Collateral” (not exactly a pick-me-up flick, though)
    - I sure hope not.
    - Well, Aragorn IS the king...but Legolas is one bad-to-the-bone-elf-with-a-bow.
    - As soon as that beeper is created, I'll buy one. That inventor could make millions.

    By Blogger Jana, at 3/02/2005 06:42:00 AM  

  • Yes, 24 is addictive.

    E-mail is just a quick way to pass work on to someone else.

    John Riggins was not only a running back but also was his own blocker.

    There is a time for Ecclesiastes, and there is a time for Romans. There is a time for Psalms and there is a time for John.

    Sign of aging: Getting underwear for Christmas and liking it.

    A couple of days, give me the coast.

    Yes I miss hockey, now that football season is over. NASCAR is not doing it for me.

    "The Incredibles" ****

    Leia hairstyle? In a galaxy far far away.

    Give me Aragorn. I don't need a bunch of women drooling while I in battle.

    I have a beeper that finds those things I call it "My Wife".

    By Blogger spot, at 3/02/2005 06:56:00 AM  

  • Did you all forget about WALTER PAYTON???

    And.....try Alias - it's highly addictive too!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 3/02/2005 07:03:00 AM  

  • I have a question of my own...

    Am I the only one who has trouble functioning when Mike Cope goes for two days without posting to his blog?!

    I think it may be more addicting than 24!

    By Blogger tine, at 3/02/2005 07:09:00 AM  

  • Amen, Tine, Amen!! :o)

    I find myself checking the blog everytime I pass the computer, just in case Mike's posted the day's theme. Two days of withdrawal is too much. How dare he take a couple of days off!! lol

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3/02/2005 07:33:00 AM  

  • Hockey's on strike? Who knew?I did, but I'm from Michigan where the Stanley cup likes to spend most of its time. :-)

    You get to pick one warrior to go into battle with you. Do you pick Legolas or Aragorn?Gotta go with Legolas, he's a pretty sweet fighter.

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 3/02/2005 07:34:00 AM  

  • Watching Emmitt and the Dallas Cowboys in their prime was a marvelous thing, indeed. Talk about addicting! When they would come back from behind in the last minute or two of the game scoring a phenomenal number of points to earn a big win. Now, that was addictive.

    As for loving Ecclesiastes a lot - I do, too! I'm glad I'm not the only one. I try to tell myself that it is a strong sign that I'm becoming wise in my "old age," which I was just writing about in my blog while ago. (Today is my birthday.)

    Speaking of aging - you think YOU are aging because your #1 son just turned 12 and is now in medical school - Wait until your #1 son leaves home to go off to the U. S. Naval Academy at 17 and will return home for spring break in a couple of weeks with his family at 41, while you are still the same age!! That's the shocker!! (As I said, today is my birthday.)

    If you want to get away for a couple of days for a great time, go anywhere in Texas! I grew up there and have lots of family in Abilene and Lubbock, but have long since lived in South Louisiana and cannot ever wait until I can come out there. I love it all. Although, I do have to admit that the drive down from Abilene through the hill country to Luckenbach in the spring is one of the neatest little day trips (or two days) you can take.

    These address your BEST questions of the day! Ha!

    By Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews, at 3/02/2005 08:00:00 AM  

  • Mike-
    Alias is definitely the show to become addicted to. Most people say you're either an Alias addict or 24. If you're accomplishing both, then that's saying something.

    As for the princess Leah hairstyle? I think that's what I'm going to go for now. The spikey look has worked for me for a while. Why not try something new? It would give a whole new meaning to Comb Over. Comb over, loop around, comb over, loop around.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 3/02/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • 24 - Nope - Battlestar Galactica Woo Hoo!

    Email - Yes

    Emmitt - No - Jim Brown or Sweetness - Yes

    Heretic - No

    Dude you need help!

    Wow good one - Beach house (Where!) Big Bend 2nd Choice except they have closed the border. Hill Country if you like people but the Willow City Loop during bluebonnet season and Enchanted Rock plus Cooper's Llano make it a good third.

    Great Chris Rock Line - “How are you handling the hockey lockout?” — Asked to Rock, who grinned and said, “All of Harlem is in tears right now. I just remember growing up doing pickup hockey games. It was a magical time.”

    Ah the Disney Movie bug has you but what happens when Ex C of C John Lasseter takes Pixar somewhere else.

    Man I hope not!

    Conan because he becomes Govenor.

    Cause it will go off during the movie and we will have to hunt you down and make you watch "Howard the Duck"

    By Blogger happytheman, at 3/02/2005 08:13:00 AM  

  • I'm gonna have to put in another vote for Barry over Emmit. Sorry, 'Boys fans. Barry was dazzling. He didn't really need an offensive line. He would make people miss by himself...like he was invisible or something.
    I'm gonna miss that guy on Sunday afternoons.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 3/02/2005 08:39:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Crista, at 3/02/2005 08:47:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Crista, at 3/02/2005 08:52:00 AM  

  • Hey Uncle Mike..thought I would take the time to put in my answers or comments to your questions since this class is so tremendously BORING! Plus, I just wanna!

    That 24 show, never seen it nor have I heard of it. Maybe its an adult thing? I like Fear Factor though!

    E-mail doesn't really do a whole lot for me. I think it is nice though. I enjoy quoting Napoleon Dynamite back and forth thru e-mails with you! What a connection!

    Son #1 is a GENIUS...that is why he is at medical school.

    The Hockey thing? No idea! They told me that at church the other night. But I do know that my big brother is looking down...very frustrated...he loved his roller and ice hockey. :)

    YES! I think Shrek 2 was WAY better than the Incredibles...and I think that you know that too.

    I hope the Princess Leia hairstyle will NEVER return. Atleast not in my generation. :)

    Legolas?? Aragorn?? Lord of the Rings people, maybe? No idea here. You nut!

    Someone should make that. And one for the remote too.

    I went to visit Grammy and Papa last night and they said that Chris had called them and talked! They told me that I need to call him, and I do. If only I can remember. Send my love to my Chris and Aunt Diane. Love you

    By Blogger Crista, at 3/02/2005 08:55:00 AM  

  • Best all time movie "Lonsome Dove". All of life's questions for a man can be answered by Ex-Texas Rangers Augustus McCree & Woodrow Call

    By Blogger Fastbuck, at 3/02/2005 09:19:00 AM  

  • 24 is absolutely addictive. In fact is spreads like a virus. David was hooked from the beginning and it spread - we've even infected our friends!
    David drove around with a "Palmer for President" bumper sticker on his car throughout the presidential race. Most people thought, "what do you expect from some foreigner" but the chosen few knew who David Palmer was. He still seems like the real president, maybe he will show up again, like Almaeda did???? Sorry, wrong chat board!

    As for getting away in Texas - this is hard. Austin - I would go with Austin.

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 3/02/2005 10:20:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Matt, at 3/02/2005 10:26:00 AM  

  • 1. On 24: There has probably never been a TV show that more people have told me I should watch than this one. Yet, somehow, even after Tivo-ing it a few weeks ago, I still never got around to it. Guess I'm missing something.

    2. On Email: Saves time, but also opens up possibility of more and easier communication. So you also get MORE communication. In the end, I think its a wash. (A better question is - does reading Mike's blog save time? Especially when he poses pointless questions to which, for some reason, I have an irresistable urge to write answers...)

    3. On my all-time team, I'll take Emmitt. For talent. For character. For reliability. Thankyouverymuch.

    4. Ecclesiastes? Heretic? Nope. I would be more nervous if you were trying to organize your entire theology out of obscure passages in places such as - just randomly speaking - say, 1 Chronicles 4 or Revelation 20. And I would be REALLY nervous if you mentioned Song of Solomon.

    5. On kids: there's a strange, twisted law of psychology at work here, isn't there? When did my kids grow up? How did I miss it? Not fun.

    6. Haven't been there yet, but my guess is - after I go in a few weeks - my answer will be South Padre.

    7. Hockey's on strike?

    8. The Incredibles? Yep. Best movie of 2005. Napoleon comes in a close second....

    9. Did I miss this also? Was the Princess Leia look ever in?

    10. You take whichever you want - Legolas or Aragorn. I'll take the other, and feel just fine about it.

    11. How about beepers for TV remotes? Those things are constantly disappearing around my house.

    By Blogger Matt, at 3/02/2005 10:29:00 AM  

  • 24 WAS addictive! The first season. Less so after that. And then the daughter just drove me nuts and I had to quit.

    I was partial to Spider-Man 2 but loved The Incredibles! Was I the only fanboy who thought they ripped off the Fantastic Four?

    Hockey, Schmockey. Spring training games have begun! Woo Hoo! The Mets and Nationals (!) are playing as I type.

    I love Ecclesiastes too. SO incredibly applicable in this post-modern, experience is everything world. Still, that part about "the golden bowl" still kinda grosses me out.

    WHICH Leia hairdo? The buns? Ack! Bonus points: Did Star Wars take place in the past or the future?

    Legolas in a fight (the bad guys would bite it long before they even got to me). But Aragorn as a leader.

    Thanks for the fun questions!

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 3/02/2005 11:12:00 AM  

  • Star Wars took place in the past. Read the opening line: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . ."

    By Blogger Blogging by Tina, at 3/02/2005 12:16:00 PM  

  • Mike, I stumbled across your blog from (I think) a link from Anne-Geri'Fann's blog. (Angie used to attend North Atlanta Church of Christ, where I am a member).

    I'm very touched and challenged by your writings, and also torn by the direction Christianity in the US seems to be going. If you'd like, drop by my blog at http://tinaallyn.blogspot.com. I made some comments about "spiritual correctness" that express my frustration with American Christianity these days.

    By Blogger Blogging by Tina, at 3/02/2005 12:35:00 PM  

  • My husband only watches two TV shows that are not sports events... NFL Primetime (sports related, however) and 24. He does NOT miss an episode... EVER! He even gets our children bathed, in clean jammies, and into bed REALLY quickly so he can sit on the couch and watch the entire show without interuption!

    How about spending time away from TX all together? Atlanta is nice! :)

    For real... Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wears Princess Leia hair on a regular basis. Scary, but true!

    I really don't want to go into battle with anyone... Legolas or Aragorn included. Who would I rather have to look at? Hands down... Legolas. Those elves are hotties! :)


    By Blogger Mandy, at 3/02/2005 12:51:00 PM  

  • Wow, that made me laugh more than anything else has all day long!

    You rock, Thank you!

    By Blogger Martin, at 3/02/2005 02:36:00 PM  

  • hahahaha thats funny

    um..iv never seen 24..

    email saves alot of time..

    i dont know who emmitt is..

    ur NOT heretic..

    idk about the who son thing..

    best place in texas is fort worth because of shopping(duh!!)

    ..hockeY?!on strike!?

    the best movie of 2004 was napolean dynamite!!!!!!!!

    i think the princess leie hairstyle has died, mike..

    i would pick legolas

    and the beeper is a great idea, just email bill gates and he'll probubly make one!

    By Blogger katy taylor, at 3/02/2005 03:57:00 PM  

  • Emmit is strong to quite strong, but what about Earl C. BIG EARL ran out of his jersey and clean over defensive backs. I'm gonna pretend the John R. comment didn't happen on a TX blog! I have so many kids there is no such thing as an addictive TV show. (not since Real People went off the air) I wanted to be Sarah Purcell's boyfriend when I was a kid. And do not bring up "Thats Incredible!" I distrust all shows with Fran Tarkenton and an"!" in the title. The Incredibles was very good but scared my little one to death. I cried (honestly) when Aragon took the sword and declared himself king. I would go to battle with Mighty Mouse, however, b/c the music is better "Here I Come to Save the Dayyy!"

    By Blogger 6crocketts, at 3/02/2005 07:48:00 PM  

    1)Yes, 24 can be addictive. But can also be bad for the blood pressure. (former addict)
    2) Email DOES NOT save time but is defitely worth it. (a bit like cell phones . . .)
    3) Am more of a college football fan with a specialty in Razorback heritage, so will have to let others comment on Emmitt.
    4)Your Ecclesiastes comment made me smile and post. (I, too, am a fan). I've never heard the delightful "Do not be overrighteous; why destroy yourself?" ever quoted from the pulpit!
    5)I knew about hockey because of Nashville's sportstalk radio and the Predators.
    6) My son #2 is groaning as I try to nurse him and type this, so, adieu . . .

    By Blogger Shannongayle, at 3/02/2005 10:42:00 PM  

  • Jim Brown

    and...even though you didn't ask, Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain.

    Maybe I should go back to my favorite Eccl.'s verse- "Do not say the old ways were better."

    By Blogger Larry, at 3/03/2005 02:14:00 AM  

  • I've been faithfully reading your blog for some time now, but have always been a lurker ... absorbing the content and thoughts but being intimidated enough not to respond. However, your questions are too thought provoking to not respond. I've made the plunge and opened my blog account. We'll see what develops ...

    Now to your questions. There are selected ones that demand to be answered:

    1) 24 is one of the most addicting shows I've ever watched. If you really want to get hooked, go the video store and check out the different seasons. One episode after another, no commercials; I predict many late nights for you as you keep repeating to yourself, "just one more! just one more!"

    4) I have to admit I had never spent much time in Ecclesiastes. However, after sitting through your series on the book, and trying to make sense out of it at home, I have become intensely interested in the various messages it conveys. I'm not yet at the point to say it's my favorite, but it's making a very strong showing.

    5) Daughter (child #2) is the same age as Matt and starts medical school in the fall. Yes, they were both 12 just last year, and I never fail to be amazed at what prodigies they are to be in med school this early!

    6) The Texas Hill Country (including Austin but branching out much farther)is hard to beat, although I'm beginning to get a real heart for Galveston.

    8) No, there is not a better movie out this year than The Incredibles. However, close seconds appear to be Million Dollar Baby, and (believe it or not) Hitch. I really enjoyed Hitch as I closely related to the poor, clutzy schmuck that wanted to marry the unreachable woman of his dreams, and followed his heart regardless of the potential suffering and failure. His success made my heart sing. Sounds like a replay of parts of my life.

    9) Lets's pray not.

    10) Definitely Legolas. Not only was he incredibly fast with that bow, but he just looked too cool! Man, I wish I had that much hair.

    Just some answers to great questions on your part ...

    By Blogger Sarge, at 3/03/2005 09:40:00 AM  

  • Mike -

    I hope I can call you "Mike," even though I've never met you. I've been following your blog for a while because of Gary Holland, my brother-in-law, (I'm Laura Holland's sister), and have already posted a comment to this entry, but wanted to add a bit more.

    Because of you I've started "blogging" as an "off-the-wall" if you will ministry here where I am and I wanted to invite you, and your followers, which seem to be many, to check out what I had to say today in application of Ecclesiastes, which as I said, is one of, if not my favorite, book of the Bible.

    Please talk with my sister, Laura, when you can because their daughter was in a tragic accident there in Abilene a few months ago at 16 in which someone was killed. It wasn't her fault at all, but she feels it is and is very depressed, as is Laura. I'm sure you can relate.

    Thanks for all of your inspiring thoughts and words.

    Ya'll check out "deeandrews.blogspot.com", otherwise known as "Finding Direction: The Wind Vane Chronicles".


    Dee Andrews

    P.S. May God continue to richly bless you in your ministry there in Abilene.

    By Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews, at 3/04/2005 06:15:00 PM  

  • "The "find what you lost beeper" thing has already been invented. Go to a REAL city and check out the Sharper Image in the mall. Several versions and brands. Usually a remote with 8 or so colored buttons and 8 corrosponding keychains that you put on your favorite stuff. Don't know what happens when you lose the remote though..."

    Written by my brother Joshua...opinions written here do not necessarily reflect those of the blogger posting

    By Blogger Heather A, at 3/06/2005 11:00:00 PM  

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