Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The average American watches 1,456 hours of television a year, but only reads 3 books.

I was thinking about this statistic and reminisced over the books I’ve read this year and thought about how I am a better person because of it. I’m glad I’m not average.

The books I have read this year:

books Simplicity by Mark Solomon

books Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll

books Counterfeit Revival by Hank Hanegraaff

books Confessions of a Reformission Rev. by Mark Driscoll

books No Compromise by Melody Green

books Let Me Be A Woman by Elizabeth Elliot

books The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio

books The Barbarian Way by Erwin Mc Manus

books Hard To Believe by John MacArthur

books To Own A Dragon by Donald Miller

I’m not one of those people who can read a book slowly over a long period of time. I operate on spurts of reading and reading. I usually finsh books in a few days. It rarely takes me more than a week to finish a book. I like to commit to it and finish without a lot of distraction in there. This also means that I can not read more than one book at a time. I like to fully immerse myself in a particular book, and reading more than one at a time splits my focus.

Currently reading:

books The Coffeehouse Gospel by Matthew Paul Turner

Friday, December 15, 2006

pretty pizza

pretty pizza

i made this the other night when Buddy, Maveja, and I had a "pizza and movie" night a few days ago. it just looked so pretty...but it tatsed even better.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


i've decided that looking at the weather report for Windhoek really isn't all that helpful or accurate. Today's temperature, as reported for Windhoek - over 60km away, was 93F. however, the outside thermometer posted on my friend Barbara's door (which is in the shade, mind you) read 102F.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas in Okahandja

Christmas in Okahandja

As you can see, Okahandja goes all out when decorating for Christmas.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


I took a solo trip to Swakop on Monday/Tuesday for a little R&R. I had been toying with the idea for a week or two, but finally on Sunday night I just decided to throw a few things together, pack up the Stream and head out the next morning. I threw my mattress in the back of the car, took my backpack with a change of clothes, bathing suit, sunscreen, bible, journal, and a few books. I grabbed a cantaloupe, bread, jam, and some Salticrax and headed out around 8:30am. It’s a little under 3 hrs to drive to Swakop, which for one who is accustomed to solo 8-hour drives between Ohio and Pennsylvania, felt like no time at all. Along the way I came upon a recent accident with an overturned car. There was a traffic policeman there already though, and both people were standing outside the vehicle and looked fine. I also got to see two huge ostriches standing right along the roadside. Closer to the coast, the more the terrain starts to appear like the surface of the moon, that’s when you know you’re nearly there. Then the next thing you know, you see the signature thick patch of clouds hanging around the coastline, and the palm trees lining the road up ahead. And you’re there. Swakopmund. The haven for Germans in Namibia. I parked the car by the beach and headed to Out of Africa for some coffee. The waitress was really sweet; got my order wrong; but the café au lait was fine. And the hot banana muffin was correct, and yummy. I hung out for a while enjoying the coffee and the people-watching time. An American guy came in the shop while I was there – the accent is a dead give away. The weather was really chilly and overcast (typical for Swakop) but I headed to back toward the beach and spread out my blanket where I would park myself for a few hours to read. The beach was pretty empty and therefore peaceful. I finished “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin McManus and started, “Hard to Believe” by John McArthur. I ate my cantaloupe and Salticrax (a tribute to Amber). By then it was about 4:00 and I decided to drive to Landstrand to find a camping spot. The place was virtually deserted and I picked my spot, then drove to town to buy some wood. Around 5:00 the sun had actually come out, just in time to start its decent into the water. I walked down to the beach at Landstrand and read for a while longer, then headed back to start my fire. The sunset was fiery and highlighted some ships in the haze along the horizon. After sunset I laid down next to the fire and looked up at the sky as the huge ball of a moon began its way up. What a beautiful time of reflection, solitude and serenity. I grabbed a shower then climbed in the back of the stream and hit the sack early. I woke up the next moring to a semi-stormy day, thick clouds and blustery wind whipping up the waves. I walked along the beach collecting shells for longer than anyone I know would have been able to put up with. It is nice to have no constraints or concerns sometimes. Then I headed back into town and decided to give the Village café a try this time. I’ve always wanted to check it out…it has a very Yellow Spring-ish feel to it. and the hours of operation sign has always intrigued me:

Open: whenever we get here
Closed: when we leave

I sat at a table by the window and enjoyed my mocha as it helped warm me from the chill coming in the partly open door. And I debated how long to remain enjoying this fall-type weather before heading back to the summery, pressure cooker of Okahandja. I strolled by a few shops and went in the cute little bead shop I like. I was in there at the same time as a Japanese couple with a video camera. The guy was video taping all the rows of beads and scanning the store, which I thought was a bit strange. And on my way out I head them start talking to the owner of the shop and say, “We’re from Japan and we heard that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were here, and she bought a bunch of things. We’re making a webpage because we love them…and we wondered if we can tape you saying that they were here and bought things from this shop” I made a quick exit, shaking my head.

I was thinking about this couple on my way home. And I was reminded; we are worshippers. What consumes my thoughts, what commands my adoration and love? For what, for whom, am I willing to look like a fool? For this couple, it was Brad and Angelina. I feel sad for them. Wasted worship.

“Has not God made the foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe….But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’.”
1 Corinthians 1:20-21, 30-31

Here are some pics from my time just to make all of you in cold countries feel a bit warmer…

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Solo in Swakop

Friday, December 01, 2006


Once the sun goes down in Okahandja there's not a whole lot to do. So I read, play spider solitaire and watch movies. Some movies veiwed since being here...and my personal opinions:

Trauma (good psychological thriller, but the ending didn't live up to the rest of the movie)
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (only movie I've seen in the theater here. liked it a lot)
Tsotsi (South African film. I would totally recommend it)
Inside Man (Chaiyya Chaiyya. enjoyed it. very Ocean's Eleven-esque)
Brother's Grimm (Really good. Better than I expected)
Lemmony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events (finally got around to seeing it. really liked it)
Over the Hedge (Funny)
Ultravoilet (NOT my pick!. 2 hours of my life I will never get back)
Failure to Launch (not bad, but predictable girl movie. there is a cool scene where they rock climb)
The Constant Gardener (set in Africa. pretty good story)
Mean Girls (totally surprised me...I laughed a lot)
The Fog (Buddy and Maveja's choice. pretty cheesy)
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (Not really my style. too comic-book for me, and a bit long...or maybe it just seemed long)

Recently Read:
"Let Me Be a Woman" by Elizabeth Elliot
"The Air I Breathe" by Louie Giglio

Currently reading:
"The Barbarian Way" by Erwin McManus

In the Line-up:
"Life Together" by Deitrich Bonhoffer
"Uprising" by Erwin McManus
"Hard to Believe" by John McArthur

Currently Watching:
"Friends" Season 9
"The Wild"

Currently Listening to:
Paul Simon
Norah Jones
The Wild Dogs
Damien Rice
Over the Rhine

Street Sweepers of Okahandja

Street Sweepin'