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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

T-shirt I saw recently, worn by a teenage girl: "I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you." - - - - We arrived in Anchorage last night on the second longest day of the year. When I went to bed just after midnight, it was still light. When I got up at 4:00 (Anchorage time), it was also light. I think that for a few moments in between there, it may have darkened a bit. I'm not a fan of light at midnight, but I could get used to the light-at-4:00 thing. Being a morning person, I love early light. That's a problem of living on the west side of a time zone. Sometimes it feels like the sun rises around noon. Now it's 4:30 a.m. and there is STILL no one else at this hotel lobby. Sluggards!


  • I'm a bit concerned about the things I see on t-shirts in the stores these days. You don't even have to go into a Hot Topic store to find shirts that are basically just ... unkind. I wonder what they are telling us about our society today.

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 6/22/2005 07:24:00 AM  

  • Joyce, I share your concern for today's society. But I also ask myself if society has changed that much or is it just more blantant and in-your-face?

    Mike, Diane - Alaska!! You are on the cruise of my dreams. Enjoy it! You all really deserve this break and change of air and scenery!

    Guess the 'sluggards' figure they're on vacation and can sleep until late, leisurely breakfast time. LOL

    By Blogger Kathy, at 6/22/2005 07:36:00 AM  

  • I'm hoping for a t-shirt that reads:
    "My preacher went on a cruise to Alaska and all I got was a lousy t-shirt!"

    Talk about a cool shirt.

    I didn't realize Alaska and Abilene were so much alike...

    I think for a few moments here in Abilene last night between midnight and 4:00am that it actually dipped below 100 degrees.

    Enjoy the cruise. I have to disagree with Kathy...
    I was kinda thinking that I deserved it.
    Well, if not Kim and I, there is no one else I'd rather see enjoying it than you.

    You are loved and missed!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 6/22/2005 07:54:00 AM  

  • I loved the long days growing up there. I could fish until 2 AM and feel like it was early evening. Of course, it never worked for mom to say be in by dark in the summer. I would have been out all night. I hope you enjoy your time up there.

    By the way, I'm going home for the first time in 11 years in a week.

    By Blogger Chad, at 6/22/2005 08:05:00 AM  

  • You guys keep having a wonderful time up there!!! It sounds beautiful! Give Diane a hug for me! I miss you guys!

    Love you, Heather

    By Blogger Heather A, at 6/22/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • Enjoy your cruise--remember to be nice to the entertainers. :)

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 6/22/2005 08:21:00 AM  

  • Chad and I lived with his parents on the Kenai Peninsula during the summer of '94. One night I was driving us back from Anchorage when it really did get dark enough to need the headlights. (About 2 a.m.) I had to ask Chad's dad where the headlight switch was. We had been there six weeks and I'd hadn't needed them until that point.

    Have a great time! Chad will be landing in Anchorage a week from today.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 6/22/2005 09:44:00 AM  

  • So Mike,

    I guess we need a shirt that says something like:

    "Don't worry, Christ took the blame."

    or maybe better:

    "I was to blame, but Christ paid the price."

    On a lighter note, maybe the t-shirt wasn't meant to be mean spirited, just an explanation from the girl to her boyfriend or parents. Easily the kind of explanation a boyfriend or parent would except with resignation.

    I would like to be on your trip, I really want to see Alaska sometime.


    By Blogger Tony Arnold, at 6/22/2005 10:32:00 AM  

  • At least it wasn't written across her rear end. Those print-on-the-patoot shorts . . . What's THAT sayin'?

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 6/22/2005 10:51:00 AM  

  • One of the shepherds and his wife from our church are on that same Cruise right now, that is a huge coincidence. His name is Jerre Bryant, her name is Phyllis, that would be awesome if you got to meet them.

    By Blogger CL, at 6/22/2005 11:05:00 AM  

  • I don't know that the tee-shirt thing has gotten worse. It's been almost thirty years since I saw - in a McDonald's - a well-endowed girl in a tee-shirt with letters that started out very big and ended up very tiny: DID YOU KNOW THAT Everyone Around Can See You staring at my chest?

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 6/22/2005 12:25:00 PM  

  • Mike and Diane,
    I hope you are having a great time in Alaska! We are having a blast in Eugene. Christ Fellowship is absolutely INCREDIBLE! I will be sure to give Matt and Sarah Lynn a hug for you.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 6/22/2005 03:09:00 PM  

  • I think that the t-shirt is satire even if the wearer didn't mean it as such. It is a social statement and whoever sees it will get that. Wheather they think about it or not. If we are going to take the shirt seriously then we are saying that people don't take responsibility for their own actions and don't even care. I don't think that anyone would say this statement out loud without realizing how ridiculous and harmful this mindset is. The fact that one would wear the shirt says to me that she is really saying that this is a social problem and should be corrected. Or she's a brat and thought it was funny.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 6/22/2005 03:42:00 PM  

  • Kyle,

    I don't know that I've ever heard psycho-babble put so eloquently. ;-)

    Perhaps I'm cynical, but I'm pretty sure your last explanation is the correct one.

    By Blogger Lucinda Ross, at 6/22/2005 06:09:00 PM  

  • Keith, did you finally get the joke after about the 7th time you read that shirt?

    By Blogger don, at 6/23/2005 06:37:00 AM  

  • p.s.--OF COURSE the T-shirt was a joke, as Kyle said. Like the bumper sticker I saw that said "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you". It's a joke. Don't try to analyze the wearer. It's a joke. Lighten up.

    By Blogger don, at 6/23/2005 06:50:00 AM  

  • I'm amazed at what people are willing to wear on a T-shirt. Sometimes they are meant to mock the zeitgeist of pop culture, but some are intentionally destructive.

    A friend of mine saw a T-shirt for sale in a NYC shop that floored him. It was a plain white shirt with large black letters that read:

    "F*** you, you F***ing, F***!"

    The shirt had no little stars substituing for letters. It actually spelled it all out.

    I'd say that's pretty much blows the lid off the vulgarity per word scale.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 6/23/2005 08:29:00 AM  

  • I've been in the Netherlands this week and at my hotel in Den Helder last night it was still light after midnight and about 4:30 this morning it was definitely light enough to see. I guess we must be at similar latitudes!

    By Blogger Jenni, at 6/23/2005 12:04:00 PM  

  • My daughter could wear that tee-shirt and she's only 5 yrs old!

    By Blogger Holly, at 6/23/2005 12:57:00 PM  

  • Wow-you are on a cruise in Alaska!! How fun-ah-the life of a preacher! ;) J/K-I spent last summer interning at the church in Juneau-BEAUTIFUL place and awesome people, but I did have to get used to the whole getting light at 4 a.m thing!!

    Enjoy it, though-that it some of God's most beautiful land-and you can see Him EVERYwhere!! God bless!!

    By Blogger Katherine, at 6/23/2005 09:44:00 PM  

  • I saw a Pregnant Woman wearing a T-Shirt in the Mall in Tupelo today that “This made possible by Jack Daniels.” How proud she must be!

    By Blogger Jeremy Houck <>, at 6/24/2005 10:00:00 PM  

  • After I married Rob I saw a picture of him wearing a T-shirt that said "I like my bad attitude." So glad I didn't see it before the I Do's! But he was only a college freshman...though he swears he had to have been in high school. We are going to burn the picture before our kids are teenagers!:)

    By Blogger SG, at 6/25/2005 03:46:00 PM  

  • I saw this t-shirt on an ACU student and it inspired a pretty big argument amongst my MDiv friends and myself about it's propriety:

    "Jesus loves porn stars."

    I thought it made a good point.

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 6/26/2005 06:16:00 AM  

  • Yeah that is my son. He also has a t-shirt that says, Jesus surfs without a surfboard or something to that nature.

    I was taken back when I saw the porn star shirt. But it is a true statement. Jesus even loves mothers who mess up and disappoint their children.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 6/27/2005 05:04:00 AM  

  • Fajita - I saw that actual shirt being worn over the weekend in Amsterdam....

    By Blogger Jenni, at 6/27/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • When I was yearbook editor at ACU, we had done a feature on a guy who had started a juggling club on campus. The photographer came back with pictures of the guy (a friend of mine) juggling and wearing a shirt that said "Jugglers Have the Most Balls." I thought it was funny but we had to photoshop it out.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 6/27/2005 08:36:00 AM  

  • Amazing, Mike! My long-time running buddy, Dan Hopkins and I along with our wives were in Anchorage just before you were there. We spent the week of June 13 there and then ran in the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon on Saturday. What an incredible place! Look forward to sharing stories with you when we are next together. Quite different from rural or urban Texas!

    By Blogger Larry James, at 6/29/2005 04:23:00 PM  

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