Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dateline: Waterloo, Iowa

Vicki and I are in Waterloo, Iowa celebrating Thanksgiving with family. My sister Joanne lives here with her husband Fred. Their daughter Karyn is in town as well, and my oldest sister Carol and her husband Paul also made the trek here from Cincinnati.

Believe it or not, Iowa is really beautiful this time of year. The landscape is a study in browns and ambers and faded greens, textured by leafless trees and dead tall prairie grasses and, of course, miles and miles of harvested corn fields that stretch to the horizon, all capped by a pale blue sky. It's a world that should be captured in pastels. Yet it has the odd effect as you drive through it of making you want to put on camo's, pick up a shotgun and shoot at some birds, even if you've never done such a thing before. In my case, the birds would be completely unthreatened.

It's good to be here. It's good to be with family at Thanksgiving. And it's good to get a little break before we crank into the craziness of Christmas at VCC (although to some extent that's already begun!). I think it's going to be an exciting month ahead and I can't wait to see what God has in store for all of us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Watching

One of the more telling images I've seen tonight is the difference between Obama's supporters gathered in Chicago and McCain's supporters in Phoenix. I was riding my exercise bike when I saw this, so I couldn't hear what was going on. But there were what appeared to be thousands of Obama supporters yelling and jumping up and down at a park in Chicago. Then they cut to Phoenix where maybe a couple hundred of McCain's supporters were just kind of standing around watching a boy's choir perform. Hmmm...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election 2008

Little known fact:

Since 1968, if the Cincinnati Bengals won its last game prior to Election Day, the Democratic contender for the White House also was victorious. If Cincinnati lost its last contest before Election Day, the Democrat also lost. The lone exception came in 1988, when the Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 6, yet two days later Michael Dukakis lost the election to George H.W. Bush.

We'll see tomorrow if the Bengals go 11-1. Maybe they're just in the wrong business!