Category Archives: Observations

Why Yes, I Do Feel a Draft (Repost)

February 26, 2014 (Wed)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing (2014)

Day 26: “Naked and Lost”
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It’s funny to think of how much importance we assign to pants (or trousers, as the English call them). I don’t know if it’s due to societal conditioning, or if it’s some deeply rooted instinctual preference, but it’s hard to take a guy seriously when he’s not wearing pants.

The Stranger Inside (Reposted)

February 6, 2014 (Thu)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing (2014)

Day 6: “Scatterbrained”
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The connection between the brain, consciousness, and human identity is really a bizarre thing. The brain is this squishy, unassuming organ that resides in the head, and it processes countless actions per second. It is the source of conscious and unconscious thought. It dutifully delegates commands to regulate respiration, digestion, muscle control, and immune system defense. It performs all of these actions in perfect concert with each other, and yet it perplexingly remains a mystery to itself. If it weren’t for the benefit of research and education, a person’s brain could potentially remain unconscious of itself throughout an entire lifetime. The thought of that is strange and unsettling to me.

Sympathy for the Sinners

February 4, 2014 (Tue)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing (2014)

Day 4: “When hell freezes over”
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I find the Christian concept of Hell as a place for eternal damnation a strange idea. If Hell is the domain of the fallen angel, Satan, who was banished from Heaven for defying God’s will, then what is Satan’s motivation in his capacity as “The Devil” to carry out the will of God by punishing sinners for eternity? It really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

The Last-Minute Best Man

February 13, 2013 (Wed)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 13: “Unintended”
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Sometime around January 3rd of this year, my brother, J, gave me a call and asked me to be the Best Man at his wedding. He caught me by surprise with this request, but I considered it a high honor, so of course I accepted. J’s wedding was scheduled for the weekend of January 12th — and yet there he was, calling to invite me to play a huge roll in the proceedings with little more than a week’s notice. Prior to that phone call, J had told me that he and his fiancée were not planning to have traditional wedding parties filled with bridesmaids, groomsmen, and sentimental speeches. Stupidly, I believed him.

Copper: The Lifeblood of Lincoln

February 12, 2013 (Tue)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 12: “The day I met Abraham Lincoln”
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Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States of America, is a towering giant of history who demands respect. Why then, I ask you, have we Americans placed his face on the one cent penny, the smallest and most disposable denomination in our currency system? I mean seriously, is there a more disappointing sight than Lincoln’s face shown in side profile on a field of copper? Lincoln deserves so much better than to have his legacy tarnished by junk currency.

The United Strip Malls of America

February 11, 2013 (Mon)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 11: “Road Trip”
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Sometimes I think the United States should rename itself the “United Strip Malls of America”. No matter where you travel within the contiguous forty-eight states, you’re bound to notice the uniform effect of the Twentieth Century’s grand homogenization of the great American landscape. On countless roads in most developed parts of the country, all you’ll see as you drive around this sprawling nation are parking lots, open-air shopping centers, franchised restaurant chains, and the occasional cluster of gas stations.

Bottled Water Blurbs

February 5, 2013 (Tue)

KZ

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30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 5: “You better put out”
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Something has always bothered me about the labeling on certain brands of bottled water. A number of water bottles proudly proclaim right on the label, “This is a low sodium beverage”. Low sodium, huh? No shit. I’m glad somebody finally set the record straight. Now I can stop drinking cans of chicken broth to hydrate myself.

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