February 5, 2016

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 119 (Driveway dancing, lost luggage, stumbly stool and more)

It's been a while since I've done a 7 Quick Takes Friday post. Here goes.

ONE: Last month I spent the long MLK weekend in Florida too see a Florida Panthers hockey game and for a quick family visit. This was the first NHL game I've been to in about 20 years, so I was long overdue. 


TWO: I've lived in the Austin area for about 17 years, but I had never heard of the Austin Vipers minor league football team until I was on my flight from Florida back to Texas.The team was on my plane after winning its league championship game in Miami. The trophy had its own seat in one of Jet Blue's "Even More Space" section where it was securely fastened:

Here's the flight attendant who had a good time serving the team:


I happened to be sitting right behind the team owner. I was grateful that he did not recline his seat.

THREE: After grabbing my suitcase from the baggage claim carousel, I quickly scurried off to catch the shuttle bus to the long term parking area. It wasn't until I was about to board the bus when I noticed this hole near the bottom of my suitcase:


FOUR: When I got home I filed a damage claim with Jet Blue. They agreed to replace the suitcase and said the new one would be delivered to my house the next night. To provide good fodder for future "the airline lost my luggage jokes," the courier dropped off the suitcase on my neighbor's front porch.

FIVE: Is there still a need for phone books? I found this one on my front doorstep the other day and immediately tossed it into the recycle bin (after taking a quick photo):



I guess phone books will be around as long as people are willing to pay to put advertisements in them.

SIX: Every once in a while my security cameras capture something adorable. Here's my three-year-old doing a little driveway dance:




SEVEN: I don't know how manufacturers come up with model names and numbers for their products. But I'm surprised anyone would give a step stool a model name that sounds like "wobbly."



ADDENDUM: To see other people's Quick Takes, visit This Ain't The Lyceum.

February 3, 2016

Love Lessons: a Valentine's Quiz

It's the season of love, so let's take an early Valentine's Day quiz. But it's not like those silly social media quizzes. Even though the stores are stocked with flowers, candy, hearts, greeting cards, Cupid and more, this quiz will dig a little deeper.


Question number one: Read this passage slowly. Does it sound accurate?
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Question number two: Read the passage slowly once again. But this time replace the words "love" and "it" with "Jesus."
Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. Jesus is not jealous, Jesus is not pompous, Jesus is not inflated, Jesus is not rude, Jesus does not seek His own interests, Jesus is not quick-tempered, Jesus does not brood over injury, Jesus does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Jesus never fails.
Did everything sound right with this version? It matches up perfectly, don't you think?

Question number three: Now the quiz gets more challenging...

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