Thursday, February 25, 2010

Friday Frisbee

Need I say more? We're going to start playing our regular season on the 19th of March. It's the earliest we've started so... It might be a little cold, and a little dark, but that's OK. Just throw on a sweater. And maybe some pants if shorts will be too cold.

It's always fun to play Frisbee... Especially in the dark! That's the time when we turn the Frisbee-light on! Also, if I haven't told you yet, the school just put in new lights around the field! I think there are 7 of them. Now we won't have to hope that there's a full moon. :)

I hope you can come!
Frisbeeman Jay

Monday, February 22, 2010

Penelope - Just a Fairy Tale?

Well, I guess I'll do my first movie review. :) I didn't know if I'd ever do one, but when you watch a movie like Penelope, you start to see just how mach damage can be done through movies like these. So there you have it. My excuse for doing a movie review.

Now, for the review.


In this movie there are several things that come to mind after watching it. While it was brained out by a someone who knew what they were doing, it also carried some negative things that should be repulsive to us Christians. Mind you, it was very witty, funny, captivating, the plot moved along fast enough, and the timing of several major scenes was just right. But... Does that make it a good movie?

It's about a girl - Penelope - who gets a family curse (from her dad's side nonetheless) which makes her have the nose of a pig, which makes her family fake her death and then keep her shut up inside their house. Her family believes that, according to the curse, she has to marry a blue-blood, and then her piggy-snout will disappear! Well, they set up a system of "weeding out the unlikelies", trying to find a husband who will marry her. Well, to make it short, one guy doesn't see her "ugly" face when see shows everyone, so he sticks around. One of the other main characters does see it and runs away. Well, she decides after that that she wants to go to the outside world and see everything for herself, so she dons the scarf and heads out! Well, after getting drunk, she finds someone who takes her around to several places, and then she ends up passing out, because her mom and dad are chasing her, trying to get her to come back. Well, off comes the scarf and everyone knows her all of a sudden! Well, she was to marry the guy who thinks she's really ugly, but ends up not doing it last-minute. She then goes inside and basically says (I'm paraphrasing) "I don't want to marry him because I like who I am now." Then the curse is magically broken! She actually had the power to break the curse without marrying a blue-blood. Then she goes and finds the other guy who didn't run when she showed him her piggy-face, and ends up maybe marrying him? She kissed him a long time sure, but it wasn't clear if she married him or not. But whatever, she lived happily ever after.

Now, let's look at some of the elements in the movie.

1. Family.
The mom was the overpowering influence. You could see that through the movie. The dad didn't make any decisions in his family, and was never there until you see him say that the curse was all his fault. The mom was controlling to the point of hiring a "yenta", basically a matchmaker and telling the dad what to do and what not to do. She also decided on things that fathers should decide on... But the father wasn't there. It's a bad case of trying to present this messed up family as the norm.

This movie is coming from a worldly worldview, so you shouldn't be surprised if things don't look like the Bible says they ought to.

2. Language, etc.
I don't think that even one of the main characters made it through the movie without uttering an expletive! there were some of them who did it multiple times! God's name was taken in vain several times, usually right before something very funny, so that you were laughing instead of being appalled that they could do that. Typical Hollywood for you. Then there was the part where she gets drunk. They made it into a funny scene too. there was also a lot of gambling in it, along with some emotional love scenes. Maybe clear-play would take all that stuff out, but then you have to deal with the messages in it too.

3. Salvation.
? Huh? What am I talking about? Where'd I get that?? I'll tell you. What has to happen to reach the "happily-ever-after" stage? Well, God has to work His mighty power in you for that to happen in real life, it's nothing you can do, God does it. Well, there the curse holds the key to happiness and Penelope has the power over the curse to break it. The curse had the power (not God) to make Penelope different and eventually to make her normal, and also to make her happy or not. The witch basically took the place of God in the movie.

4 The Curse.
I have just one question. Would you watch something that has witchcraft in it? I almost left the movie when I saw there was some in it, but God told me to stay. Why? I don't know. Maybe it was to warn you. Maybe it was to teach me of the evil there is out in the world. We have to be careful.

So there you have it. there are a TON of other aesthetic elements in it that are wrong, but that would take too much time to delve into right now. I wouldn't mind if you asked me about them later.

Go watch Fireproof. Just take out the last kissing scene and mute it for some of the music, and you have a good movie to watch. I'll let you decide if you're going to watch Penelope, it does have some lessons that we as Christians can learn from it... If God gives you the wisdom to see through all the muck.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Wow! It's less than a week since it snowed, and yet I'm the bearer of the news that we're playing Frisbee on Saturday! amazing isn't it?!

Well, it looks like it'll be nice, even though the snow has just recently melted. :) So if you have nothing better to do - come on over and play with us! We'll be playing from 2-4.


Saturday, February 13, 2010


Oh man! Boy oh boy!! It SNOWED! :D I almost can't believe that the South got snow!
And when it snows.... You have to at least have ONE snowball fight! :) Boy did I have fun going outside without snowpants. I got a little wet the first time, and I had to wear my wet pants for round 2 also. :) But that didn't bother me. I knocked out a couple players. :) Man I'm smiling a big smile right now. I'm happy! :D I got to see it snow about 3" yesterday. Wish all my friends from Il could enjoy the snow down here. (doesn't that seem backwards?)



Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Wreath of the Night Owls

My Grandpa *Poppy* and Great-Aunt Betty are here for vacation. And last night.... Or this morning, whichever way you look at it, we stayed up until 2am playing Password. Poppy basically won all of the games... And they only let me be on his team once. :( But that was okay because it was the last one. :)

I always like to "finish strong", keep churning until you get to your goal. Well, we were down by a lot of points, and we came back and scored 6 times in 8 rounds. And that made me think of something.

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win." ~1 Cor. 9:24

Now, the moral.

What is a win? Well, when I play my hardest at Frisbee (or anything else) and forget the people around me and I win, have I gained?

I don't think so... A win for me is that I played the game and watched out for others, didn't hurt anyone, didn't curse God in my heart (I know I've been like that before... When I think of all the bad reasons I can when something doesn't go my way or I lose by a large amount), and got the Frisbee to the little people (that's the name I came up with for the people that don't really get the Frisbee, the ones that no one looks to when you need points, I'll save this topic for another post :).

"Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable." ~1 Cor. 9:25

Are you playing to win the perishable wreath that is forgotten after a time? Are you just playing to win another game?

Or are you trying to win the imperishable wreath that lasts forever? The wreath that reminds you that you helped someone. the wreath that tells you that you didn't give up doing what is right, that you gave the "little people" the Frisbee, that you let God take control (we can't do it by ourselves, it's too big a task to go alone).

I hope you're going for the imperishable wreath, not only in sports, but everyday in your home, in your work, in everything that you do.

Frisbeeman Jay

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Frisbee Tip of the Month - February

Hey Frisbeers (is that a word?). One of the things I'd like to do on this blog is to put some Frisbee tips up here once a month. You don't have to follow them, or even read them, but I'll just put them up here for whoever wants to improve their game (or improve my knowledge ;).

OK. First tip.

Don't wait a long time to throw the Frisbee. When you hold the Frisbee, it tends to create traffic around you, with no one getting open, and it almost always results in a turnover. If you think you're holding it too long, just throw it to someone who's close to you. It's okay if you miss.

Remember that one of the main reasons we're here is to have fun!


Monday, February 8, 2010

New Blog

Hello whoever might be reading this...

I got a blog! :)

I'm still learning the ropes so it might take me a while to find your blog if you have one... Let me know if you do and I'll try to find it. ;)

Frisbeeman Jay