Monday, September 22, 2008

Airplane Watching

On Saturday we decided to go check out the new observation area at our airport. It was fun to watch all the planes taking off, going to destinations that, for all we knew, are exciting and unique. They were probably only going to other boring cities, but it's fun to imagine differently. ;-) I am sure all the passengers on the various planes were wondering what celebrity was on their flight, the way people crowded in to watch landings. There were airport employees, families, photographers, and people (like us) who were just interested in observing. I never knew before then what a sport airplane watching could be.

The following photos were taken by Landon (of course) and represent just another day at the airport.

Lexi gets a close up look at what could be called the "behind-the-scenes" area of the airport: the gates and tarmac.
We were there for a few international arrivals. (Nice big planes!) I became travel anxious when I spotted BA. Must go to London now! was my immediate thought.

Ah, nothing like a visit to the airport to make the travel bug bite deep into a currently stationary object such as myself. Next year promises to be a good travel year for me, if I can only hold out until then... ;-)

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Veep Controversy

I can't quite articulate yet how I feel about the choice of Sarah Palin for McCain's VP. I am currently reading articles from both sides of the issue and thinking it through, trying my best to form an opinion that is concise, consistent with my beliefs, and made through the understanding of what God says in his word. This is not easy, but I'm willing to hear both sides, those who say she is not qualified based on the the theology of complementarianism and those who say she is qualified because Scripture may/may not apply to her as a civil leader. I am not sure it applies to her anyway because it doesn't seem as though she is a faithful believer. She just seems to be a "good girl", one who does not do "bad" things and who says all the "right" things. Can we then apply Scripture to her situation? Does she really represent Christian women? On the other hand, what are the consequences of a woman who takes the position of second highest office in the land? There will be no going back from there and the next step will be a female commander in chief. Is this wise? Are we inviting God's judgement if we vote for her? But then, what about the third party factor? Voting for anyone else truly does send that many more votes Obama's way. And his views which are anti-freedom, anti-religious, anti-everything but what the left deems is right from their point of view, seems far more dangerous to me than having a woman as a VP. I have said more than I thought I would, but you can see how this issue does bear a thoughtful searching of Scripture, prayer, and an informed decision one way or the other.

I will say one thing more: it is the presence of two kinds of thinking on the internet that are influencing me to vote for McCain. One is represented here in an unabashedly anti-life blog post from an MD practicing in the San Fransisco area. The other side is here. Both seem extreme and yet they both represent the illogical reasoning so prevalent in our culture. The one says that Trig Palin has no right to live (but then he goes on to praise the Palins for having him - where is the consistency? Either you believe all disabled infants should be killed or you don't). The other says that Sarah Palin is a mother who should be home. Bar none exceptions. My only problem with the latter's reasoning is that he never researches or considers any other viewpoint but his own and only wants to hear from those who agree with him. I think we should all be open to discussing this. Like I said before, this is not an easy decision that Christians should make, one way or the other.

And now I shut my mouth and will go back to reading and thinking. :-)

How Many of Us Are Guilty?

I know I am and that's hard to admit, but true. Read and be convicted: Quick Lies