07 July 2008

Where I Just Was At

by Dan Phillips

I just had the pleasure of spending the long weekend in the Eastern Sierra with Jonathan, my eight-year-old. We had a wonderful time, despite the smoke and heat.

Given your gracious response to last year's pictures, I may toss some up later this week.

But for now I thought you might appreciate the finishing point of the trip. After Jonathan and I buffeted in Placerville ("Over 150 Dishes!") before arriving home, I got this "fortune" cookie:


Just wanted to say:

"Yeah, thanks. Don't think so."

UPDATE: well, while my betters are fomenting, marinating, or germinating, here are a few more pix to tide you over. Mouse-over for captions; click on them for larger versions.





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44 comments:

Rick Frueh said...

All of my disputes could be avoided if people would immediately see it my way by faith!

Daryl said...

Rick,

I'm with you 100%. After all, people are constantly telling me that they don't see it my way, and faith is the evidence of things not seen...if they only belieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeved all would be well.

donsands said...

"All of my disputes could be avoided if people would immediately see it my way by faith!"

I don't agree with that.

Rick Frueh said...

Don - I don't agree with your disagreement! Ahh...disputes, at least they break up the monotony!

~Mark said...

LOL!

dac said...

Not going to avoid disputes?

So, going to start that post on dispensationalism v. CT?

DJP said...

Now, you stop.

dac said...

djp

yes, it is a little close to rule number 5, but it was such a softball I had to take a whack at it.

Solameanie said...

Uh oh. I can see the blogger headlines now with Dan's new nickname. "Divination Dan." The ol' bloke's into fortune cookies.

Just kidding. At least until I see the photos from the camping trip with you using a divining rod to find water. ;O

The Doulos said...

Isn't that somewhere in Proverbs? Maybe from the NLT or The Message? Sounds kinda Biblely to me...

Stefan said...

Some disputes may be unavoidable—whether with saints or otherwise—but that bit of fortunocrustulary wisdom actually sounds somewhat Jacobean.

Joel said...

djp,

Placerville was my hometown from 6th grade through High School! Next time you are there, check out Sweetie Pies for breakfast (right off main street by Starbucks). The best breakfasts! Anyway, hope you had a great time!

Staci at Writing and Living said...

Placerville? One of my favorite blog friends that I haven't met yet - except for you of course - lives in Placerville. I'm very jealous.

candyinsierras said...

I just want to know how many of the 150 dishes you guys ate.

Connie said...

That advice would be just fine, until you consider that 'silence gives consent'.

Ain't happenin' with me either!

Daryl said...

But...but...I thought the highest Christian virtue was non-judging...CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???

Solameanie said...

In the immortal words of Lady Bracknell from "The Importance of Being Earnest" . . .

This noise is extremely unpleasant. It sounds as if he was having an argument. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

DJP said...

Candy, I knew someone would wonder. Well, I think I considered having one of each; but Jonathan (unprompted) observed that he didn't think they had any 150 dishes. "Ten... fifteen maybe."

(c;

CJD said...

Boy, you must read a lot of puritan literature!

Stefan said...

Considering Solameane's comment, on what other blog can you get from small-town Californian buffets to Oscar Wilde quotes all in one comment thread?

Frank Turk said...

I sent you that cookie, DJP.

DJP said...

Boy, you must read a lot of puritan literature!

As a rule, Puritan literature is longer.

And more protein-filled.

And less crunchy.

greglong said...

But, Dan, what if God was trying to send you a message?

You're going to stick to the fuzziness of Scripture over this clear experience of yours? You're going to limit God, then, to only what he has said in the Bible? Isn't that rather arrogant of you?

Isn't there some mystery involved in all this?

Susan said...

Solameanie said: "Just kidding. At least until I see the photos from the camping trip with you using a divining rod to find water. ;O "

1. Ooo! Ooo! Did you part any brooks with your fishing rod???

Greglong said: "You're going to stick to the fuzziness of Scripture over this clear experience of yours? You're going to limit God, then, to only what he has said in the Bible? Isn't that rather arrogant of you?"

2. I don't think Dan was being arrogant, Greg, but he certainly could have been more loving--by telling us how he struggled over his desire to read the fortune slip, and, unable to resist such great temptation, he finally ripped the cookie open and read the fortune, only to feel such remorse that he ended up EATING the slip of fortune--instead of posting a picture of it and leading us astray by such detestable practice! :D

(BTW, a friend of mine DID EAT a fortune cookie fortune once--I was there.)

Stefan said...

Since there's nothing in Leviticus about mixing ink and paper, Susan's friend may have gotten away with it. Dissolving the fortune with one's digestive acids probably negates the sinister divinational consequences of reading the fortune. ;)

Susan said...

Stefan,

I never asked my friend for his exact motives for eating that fortune, although right before it happened his then-girlfriend was badgering him to death about letting her see his fortune. He refused repeatedly, and the rest is history!

(Is any of the 3 administrators out there going to delete my comment for going off topic today??? :P )

pastorbrianculver said...

I feel bad, the only message I ever got out of one of those cookies was...

He who swims upstream, gets a lot of water in his mouth!

I think that is from the same book as...

To thine own self be true...
The lion shall lie down with the lamb...
and
God helps those who help themselves!

tck said...

Looking forward to the pictures!

Matt said...

But...but...I thought the highest Christian virtue was non-judging...CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???

Pretty close, Daryl. Although your statement lacks some nuance. THE highest Christian virtue is actually unity at any cost. Not the mean kind of unity that is grounded in the soil of commonality or doctrinal orthodoxy, but the friendly kind of unity that is united over nothing other than the fact that unity itself unites. Agreeing on stuff is just so, so, divisive.

I think that is from the same book as...

To thine own self be true...
The lion shall lie down with the lamb...
and
God helps those who help themselves!


An Ungenerous Heterodoxy?

Daryl said...

Matt,

You make a good point. Afterall, we need to be culturally relevant, and in a culture that prizes those who are famous for being famous, should we not all the more be unified because we are unified?

All this blather about doctrine and minor theological points like "Was Jesus really God?", just gets in the way of the oneness He called us to.

Mike Riccardi said...

Daryl, Matt,

It's weird reading these things from you guys. All I'm hearing is this.

It's funny... but it's also a little creepy.

Mesa Mike said...

The words of a great modern theologian (who is, in fact, famous for being famous):

> Well, I am a Christian who believes
> that there are certainly many more
> paths to God other than
> Christianity.

Unity at all costs! Besides, disagreements are so unsettling and disruptive, and arguments are all too often convincing...

candyinsierras said...

Nice photos. The sky looks much bluer than up here in Reno during that time.

DJP said...

Thanks, Candy.

It was quite smoky Thursday and Sunday, decent on Friday, beautiful on Saturday.

donsands said...

Nice pics. We know nothing of moutains like these in Maryland; just little hills.

Daryl said...

It's been 8 years since I lived within sight of the mountains...your photos are making me miss it.


Mike R.,

Yeah, it's weirdin' me out a little too...even weirder when you consider that some people actually believe that stuff...

Stefan said...

I'm surrounded by mountains, but I still love pictures of them.

God is omnipresent, yet He is specially present in cerain times and places. As a Christian, I appreciate mountains all the more now, because they remind me of some special mountains: Sinai and Zion (which is also Moriah).

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.
(Micah 4:2)

Susan said...

I like the flower pics. The colors work out pretty nicely.

And the weird thing is--I'm not kidding here--talking about these flowers reminds me of how the Lord clothes the lilies of the field, and how much more he's willing to clothe us because we are precious in his sight! The exhortation in Mt. 6:33 is a good thing to remember for our daily needs....

Any more good pics, Dan? They may serve as reminders of the goodness of the Lord....

DJP said...

Any more good pics, Dan?

Buckets.

You promise to handle Turk when he rags on me for it, I'll put some up another day, DV.

Deal?

Stefan said...

DV = Lord willing?

DJP said...

Latin Deo volente = God willing.

candyinsierras said...

We know nothing of mountains like these in Maryland; just little hills.

I feel for you Donsands. I lived in NH for awhile and sneered at their so called mountains.(spits for emphasis)

Dan. Perhaps Frank gets on you cuz he is jealous. We know HE has no mountains to speak of, right?

By the way, Indian Paintbrush is parasitic, getting nourishment from the roots of other plants, which is why you see Indian Paintbrush and Lupine together.

Susan said...

WHAT?? You want ME to handle the fiery Centurion???? NO DEAL--but more pics would still be nice for all of us!

Matt said...

By the way, Indian Paintbrush is parasitic, getting nourishment from the roots of other plants

Sounds like a megachurch stealing Christians from their local churches. And Indian Paintbrush sounds pretty cool. You know, like Willow Creek or Saddleback. I think I smell a church plant coming on...