Wednesday, July 15, 2009

cocktail hour

this evening we are getting together with some of my old friends from the days of church :) i'm not into church, religion or anything of the sort...i think religion is a social convention and it's great for people who desire that kind of a social outlet...personally, i'll stick to cocktails every few weeks with friends and facebook :) but i do have a religious history...

my dad went to seminary, he was to be the priest in the family and pray everyone into heaven. i don't know the details, but he dropped out of seminary :) this makes me think that my dad and i would have been great friends :)

i was raised catholic. i remember my first penance where i lied to the priest because in 2nd grade i didn't really fancy myself a sinner. i remember my first eucharist and discovering that i like red zinfandel. my dad died when i was 10 and a little over a year later we moved to the town where both my parents had grown up. my mom was no longer satisfied with the catholic church so we started trying out all kinds...we finally settled on a covenant church which i believe is an off-shoot of lutheran but i don't really know the nuances of prodestant religions...

youth group was a great experience for me even though i don't now, nor did i then, really buy into the whole "power of the holy spirit" type stuff. however, i got the chance to visit san diego, tiajuana, chicago and we also built houses in mexico on the other side of the texas border. while i could never carry a bible along the beaches and "spread the word", i loved building houses, but i did it on behalf of goodness and selfish experience...

so anyway, this evening i'm getting together with a former youth leader and 2 former youth group peers. i've seen ryan and shad once each i think since high school and russ dropped off the face of the earth for a while - heard rumors he was holed up in a cabin in the mountains after his divorce...but whatever happened he seems great now, remarried and has 1 or 2 babies. i'm looking forward to seeing them :) and finally we're old enough to have an adult beverage with russ :) i think he's about 6 years older than us...though i think shad and i are a year older than ryan...but what's a year when you're in your mid-thirties... :)

anyway, that's my plan for the evening...

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