Yesterday, I went to an old quarry near Blacksburg. Beautiful site, and lots of fun jumping from 10′ and 40′ cliffs. But remember, keep your arms in and your legs together. I did neither, and can still feel it.
I finished Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz this afternoon. A good read. Light, yet made me think. I recommend it, especially for people who are frustrated with the church. I especially enjoyed hearing about Miller’s time at Reed College. Confession: I spent several hours today on the Reed College site and over at wikipedia. I’ve often been guilty of many of the same things that Miller talks about: self-centeredness, turning the church into a legalistic institution, not caring enough about the world’s big problems. I’d especially encourage long time Christians to take a look at this book.
UPDATE 4PM: suspect was captured near the rugby field behind the south main Kroger. Now let’s see if I can get home. I’ve been gone since 8:30AM with little to do.
UPDATE 12:45PM: another sighting on campus. Neighborhood on lockdown. Looks like I’ll be spending the day in Christiansburg. Story is the top story on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and makes the front page of the Washington Post.
UPDATE 11:20AM: someone matching the suspect’s description was spotted in Squires student center. The building was evacuated. No cars allowed back into my neighborhood, even though classes were cancelled and students ordered to return home and stay indoors. Logan is attempting to walk back to the neighborhood. I’m at University Mall catching up with the intarweb.
I’m in my first class today, but I’ve already had some excitement. A prisoner escaped from the Montgomery County Jail (he was in the Montgomery Regional Hospital emergency room for a sprain). Apparently, he’s shot three people since escaping, one which was fatal. He’s hiding out on the Huckleberry trail between the trailhead at the Blacksburg library and where the trail crosses Tech Center Drive by the airport. Especially exciting, since I live less than 100 feet from this section of the trail. I drove to campus this morning.
I saw Snakes on a Plane Saturday night. The movie was much better produced than expected, but what made the movie was the audience participation in the theater. There were some huge jumps in why things were happening in the movie (don’t think about it too much). It was also fun to see the movie that became an internet phenomenon. I do recommend seeing the movie, but it won’t be near as fun in a week or on video when you don’t have the audience participation.
Since we’ve “foiled” another terrorist plot, what you can bring on an airplane has been cut down again. And who says we’re winning the war on terror? As all our freedoms leave us, it makes me think that we’d be better off if we had some people die in terrorist attacks, but kept our freedoms. I mean, isn’t that what the terrorists are fighting against?
Will be glad when project 3 (a dumb terminal) is done. God willing, I will finish early tomorrow. I spent eight hours in there today.
Saw Monster House last night at the drive in. Okay story line (designed for kids), but amazing computer graphics. Also had a chance to try one of the “world famous” drive in hotdogs. Their chili was almost nonexistant. I think I’ll pass on the hot dogs next time and opt for a second popcorn instead.
Next week’s drive in movie is Pirates of the Caribbea: Dead Man’s Chest. I’ve already seen it, so I’ll be passing. Not worth a second viewing, even at $4 a ticket.
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed keeping track of since I was young has been which states I have visited. For clarity’s sake, visiting a state simply means I’ve set my feet on the ground there. For example, I was in Missouri on a five hour layover. I could see the famous St. Louis arch from the airport though. I’ve never spent time in Georgia, just driven through. Also, I may have been to one or both of the Dakotas before, but I’m not sure. Same goes for Kentucky. Otherwise, I think this map is accurate. My count says I’ve been in 23 of the 50 states. Not too shabby.