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A Royal Sports Bar…

Chickie’s and Pete’s was a good place to enjoy a rainy evening at World’s of Fun on Friday. For some reason, all the TVs were broadcasting the Royals game with the Mets. Go figure. In Kansas City.

The place wasn’t packed, but there were enough people to keep the tables mostly filled. One group of what I assumed were elementary/middle schoolers dropped in after picking up their pizza somewhere else.  They were obviously more knowledgeable about the royals than I was. They debated the plays and the players with an obvious knowledge that I lacked.

When we got there the score was 1-2 with the Mets ahead. We saw a lot of fun, including an overturned call of safe turned to an out, before the score became 3-2 with the Royals ahead.

Having finished our meal, we exited through the rain to the car, and came home to other amusements. Woke up this morning to find the score was 9-3, with a Royals loss. Nice of the Royals to do their best work while we were there to watch.

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Eureka!

The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.

The show ran from 2006 to 2012 on SyFy. Great theme music. Excellent exploration of characters. Good science and pseudo-science. Cool devices. I really enjoyed watching it. Via DVD. Only watched the first three seasons.

But there is a subtle flaw in the premise, one that easily passes by most of the audience that watches it today.  It is endemic in the philosophy of our culture today.

The government solves everything. The government funds everything. The creativity comes out of government programs. It is the whole premise of the town, of Eureka. And for the most part the show takes the line of the benevolent government — creating a crisis every week.

But that flaw is also shown as a flaw, but more subtly week after week.For its an individual that always solves the issue, often in teamwork, but individuals are the driving force.

In a subtle way, the show really is a case against the premise, against the flaw I mentioned. No matter how well they try to write it, the individual always comes out over the government.

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One Blood — All Nations

Acts 17:25-27King James Version (KJV)

25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Today’s post is a small meditation on a point of theology that seems to me to be often reversed in our world today.

When people see the passage about making everyone of one blood, they put the emphasis on the one-ness. Well, Paul does mention that elsewhere — the fact that in Christ we are:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
So there is the fact of oneness in the Acts passage. But perhaps we need to look at the opposite direction of the passage. He took one blood and created all nations from it. Diversification. Tower of Babel. The note is an emphasis on how God has split and diversified all mankind, to better help them to know him.
In much of the science fiction today, it assumes that men will become more alike, the “races” will blend and disappear. Now we know we are all one in Christ, but at the same time there will still be the distinction of races before the Throne of the end times, and that there will be nations in the new heaven and new earth.
Perhaps there is a reason we are meant to be distinct. We can learn more of and from other cultures, but it doesn’t mean we should lose who we are, that they might learn from us.
Just a thought. Haven’t figured out practically what it would mean. I only know that it seems the course of the world, as usual, infiltrates the church and goes against the course of the scriptures, while making us think that the spirit of the age is the eternal unchanging Spirit.
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#40: Great is Thy Faithfulness

 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not:

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

CHORUS

3

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

Stregth for today and bright hope for tomorrow –

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

CHORUS

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Batman and Robin

Last night I watched a second season episode of the 1960s Batman and Robin television show. It was a wonderful, humorous, formulaic show. You could always count on the corny phrases, the fight scenes, the cliff-hanger ending that they got out of at the beginning of the next episode by some “logical” trick of science and learning that Batman would pull out.

There have been many other incarnations of Batman, most of them darker than the TV show. But the TV show is the only Batman I ever really known, or ever really care to know.

Batman was perfect in obeying the law, didn’t drink, smoke, usually got both of them out of their scrapes. Only this episode had Robin making one of the escapes and saving Batman.

Just shows how different the sensibilities were 50 years ago.

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Come to the Dark Side: we have cookies

Today I’ll encourage you all to go visit the below link on “darkside cookies”.

http://cedarwrites.com/darkside-cookies/

This follows a joke about how the side that doesn’t follow all the PC rules doesn’t  follow all the fads on correct foods, which mean we have cookies, and we have the better tasting ones. which led to trying to actually create the Darkside cookie.

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Halloween Haunt and the Dining Plan

So, Worlds of Fun is into Halloween Haunt. When I was up on the Steel Hawk last night, I could see all the theatrical fog and smoke penetrating the park. Some places it seemed almost overwhelming.

We are still going, though they are open only on weekends until Nov. 1, because the dining plan is still in force. We’ve eaten 647 meals, at an average price of about $0.50 cents per meal, based on what we paid for the plans. The total retail price is at $7,071.89 with this weekend and next to go.

When we purchased the plans in the fall of 2014, they were $80.50 a piece. This spring they were $96.00 wen the parks opened. By May they were selling at $108.00.

So I expected a higher price when we renewed this fall. But the price is $90.00 a piece.To make it ever better, they have a season drink bottle for $25 with free refills all season long.  That compares to $10.99 souvenir bottles this years with free refills the day of purchase and $0.99 cent refills the rest of the season. So next year besides being stuffed with park foods, we will also be floating on soda.

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Harmonaires

The Harmonaires is more of a stage dance presentation sometimes than a well-rehearsed music group. It isn’t easy to sing well while doing all those dance moves. That said, they sung a whole lot better in the numbers where they weren’t dancing.

They started with a James Brown Medley, arranged by Jan Ward

  • I Feel Good
  • Devil with a Blue Dress — Soloist Brandon Day
  • Get up off of that Thing
  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag — Soloist Jordan Hurst
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Shake a Tailfeather — Soloist Stephanie McCormack

Then they sang:

  • Let’s Groove by M. White and W. Vaughn, arranged by Jan Ward
  • No Day But Today by Jonathan Larson, arranged by M. Brymer
  • Summer Nights by .W. Casey and J. Jacobs, arranged by M. Brymer, with soloists Jake Reynolds and Arionna Spletstoser
  • Shut up and Dance arranged by Andy Beck, with soloists Rainbow Htoo and Aleecia Roberson
  • Every Day I’ve Got to Sing Some by George Ratzlaff

(Instrumentalists were Cooper Harmon on Drums and Braxton Medelinn on Keyboard)

This is memory, but I think the Harmonaires had different outfits this year than last. The ladies’ dresses seemed more flattering than I recalled in past years, but the men’s outfits seemed somewhat baggy and bunching on some of them.

I specifically noted the men’s outfit on the shortest of the men. He was the one that really had his moves most fluid. Dancers, especially men, usually make the most of height, but even with his being short, I feel he could stand out as a real solo or featured dancer, if they took care to tailor his clothes to flatter the right parts of his proportions, instead of bunching the way they did. If his height stays in similar proportions to other men, I recommend he pay close attention to his clothing to make his mark in performing.

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Treble Choir

When I attended my first choir concert at North Kansas City High School years ago, it was the women’s Treble Choir that really impressed me. The tight harmonies and a capella pieces they did at that concert impressed me — someone who sings a capella regularly as a professional.

This year the numbers were not a capella, but they were quite well presented, if not quite as tight as those original a capella pieces I remembered from years ago (I know, after all these years, we are talking about different singers, but we have the same Mr. Shirley directing faithfully and well).

The first song was The Old Woman in a Basket, a traditional nursery rhyme arranged by Lana Walter. They sang it very liltingly and brought out the fun of the song.

The second number was El Cielo Canta Alegria! by Pablo Sosa, arranged by Roger Bergs. This number really lilted along, and the women were very responsive in their dynamics.