Monthly Archives: April 2005

And Its Off…

At 12:37pm today, my graduate school application went off to it’s new home via Global Priority Mail. Yes, global. I am applying to a graduate program in Europe. Now comes the wait, as I probably will not hear yea or nea until July.
If you want to view the Slide Show that I put together for a selection of my March 2005 photos that I took and posted with my Nokia 7610. You will need to have your browser set at 1024 x 768 or larger and at that resolution, you may need to close a few of your browser’s toolbars to see the full text with the vertical photos. It was made using Eric Meyer’s S-5.
Ms. Jen’s Portfolio Slides

Why Washington Mutual Sucks, Part 34,981

Here’s the sound of me screaming in frustration:
That is the result of my noon visit to my local branch of my very lame bank, Washington Mutual.
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, major banks offered a wide range services and had trained employees. Unfortunately this state of affairs is now a fantasy…
The sad reality is that the folks at my local branch of a major, national bank had no clue, including the manager, on where one could go to have a bank or cashier’s check cut in Euros.
Yes, Euros, the currency that has surpassed the US Dollar in strength and investment cache.
Back in the day when the great dinosaurs still roamed the earth… oh about 10 or 12 years ago, my local major California bank (Security Pacific) could make checks in British Pounds. Wahoo. Guess who Washington Suck Mutual bought out?. When Security Pacific couldn’t do a banking event for you, the nice teller would recommend a local bank that could.
Not the case any more under the not so benevolent rule of WaMu. When I minorly lost my temper with usually nice, but unhelpful teller, I stated, “You know, there are more nations and currencies in the world than just America. And as a major bank, if you can’t provide the service, then you should have a reference for someone who can.”
Hey Washington Mutual, Please stop taking over good banks and making them medicore.
Funny thing… On the Downtown Disney property in Anaheim, they have a currency exchange place that can also cut one a check in Euros. The Maus is progressive or just savy enough to realize that local people, just not international guests, would like to occasionally bank in other currencies. Funny that.

On Life and Death

Today, Megan and I went to lunch at Ashoka the Great in Artesia. The buffet was good, where else can you find goat curry in OC/LA?
Towards the end of lunch we got on the discussion of topic of the Terri Schiavo case. She mentioned several bloggers input, of which one stated that they thought that Christians were supposed to be looking forward to eternal life with God, not holding on to the here and now.
I must agree with this. In my “Critical Thought & Art Theory” class, we have been reading Margaret Wertheim’s “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet” which examines the concept of space in Art, Science, and Theology in the last 700 years. Wertheim traces Christian thought and scientific thought and how we view the physical and the eternal.
What has struck me strongly in reading Wertheim is how much Christians of all stripes have embraced physcial space and materialism over the last four centuries even while they claim faith in the risen Christ.
When I lived in Boston, my friend Denise told me that if something happened to her that she was “ready to go home to the Lord.” I was shocked to hear this come out of the mouth of a dynamic, 30 something. As I reflected on her words, I have realized that was a truly Christian response to life. I would like to say that without irony about my life.
I started to search some blogs and other spots online looking for Meg’s quote, when I came across two reponses:
apophenia on Terri Shiavo:

…I want to face god when the time comes, not be kept alive just because it’s possible. There is beauty in life and beauty in death – they go hand in hand and i have no fear
So, Schiavo died today which gives me great relief. It is her turn to meet god and she should’ve been given that opportunity 15 years ago. What horrifies me is how her life has been manipulated and used by the most conservative forces for some pretty selfish gains. Of course, everything about it is horribly conflicting. The same agendas who are against universal health care are for keeping people on machines infinitely rather than letting them die in peace.

Jack Miles in the LA Times’ editorial section on April 1, 2005 in an article entitled “A Portrait of the Pope As a Dying Man”:

In our world, things often work that way. To which I would add that because there is no Christian whose dying is so closely watched as the pope’s, there is no Christian better placed to teach again the ancient lesson that earthly life is not to be clung to.
As St. Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 5, “We are well aware that when the tent that houses us on Earth is folded up, there is a house for us from God, not made by human hands but everlasting, in the heavens…. In this present tent, we groan under the burden, not that we want to be stripped of our covering, but because we want to be covered with a second garment on top, so that what is mortal in us may be swallowed up by life. It is God who designed us for this very purpose, and he has given us the Spirit as a pledge.”
For true Christians, the culture of life that matters is the culture of eternal life. My mother recalls the death of a beloved nun, far gone with Alzheimer’s disease, who refused to eat or drink during the last two or three days of her life, saying only, “I want to go home.” For those gathered at her bedside, this was the testimony of the Spirit.