Monthly Archives: March 2008

Soap drama fuels Hollywood labor woes

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Well, if you thought the writers strike was nasty, the potential actors strike might even get nastier, as different actors unions are starting to fight with themselves already…

The bitter weekend divorce between two actors unions in upcoming contract talks with Hollywood producers mirrors a scene from a daytime soap opera — and casts stars from the genre in pivotal roles.

What will America do if that happens??!! Will American culture survive??!! We’ll see.


Friday photo

So my friend Ed took me out to this fabulous Japanese restaurant in Koreatown earlier this week.

Someday, they will make a camera on phones that do not take absolute junk photos, but until they do — this is as good as it gets…

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Even though it is hard to tell, the food came around on a little conveyor belt. It was absolutely delicious. I have not had sushi much, looking forward to going again.


LA news

We don’t live in south Los Angeles, but every time you drive to LAX, or go past downtown, or take the Metro to Long Beach — you are going through, or close to south-central (even though that is not the politically correct way to call south LA these days).

Anyway, read this article today in the LA Times — Living with staggering violence in South L.A.

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I felt unbelievable sadness for the hopelessness in this community.

Now that we have planted a church on the west side, Kairos is hoping to plant another neighborhood church close to downtown in 2010.
It made me hope that Kairos could bring light in a multitude of ways here…

This is how we say it at times…. “Living in the city of L.A., in the way of Jesus — seeking to renew this urban area spiritually, socially, & culturally…”

Another thought about planting churches in urban areas:

“In general, a church must be more deeply and practically committed to deeds of compassion and social justice than traditional liberal churches and more deeply and practically committed to evangelism and conversion than traditional fundamentalist churches. This kind of church is profoundly ‘counter-intuitive’ to American observers. It breaks their ability to categorize (and dismiss) it as liberal or conservative. Only this kind of church has any chance in the non- Christian west.” – Tim Keller


voice of the day

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.

–G.K. Chesterton

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only in Los Angeles

So driving around, and took a couple of shots of the economically depressed neighborhood….

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Then Caleb and I are stopped at a light, and what drives by — but a Ferrari….

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The juxtaposition of the scenes — was kind of crazy & funny at the same time. Some of the apartments around Kairos have many people in a one bedroom place, and then a car (that is easily over $100,000) drives by.

Only in LA.


…remember these movies ?

“Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Breakfast Club,”

okay, if you are not my age (lets just say over 30 🙂 ) — you probably don’t remember them. Today, when I was giving latimes.com my quick perusal, I came across this article….

John Hughes’ imprint remains. He’s still revered in Hollywood, but whatever happened to the king of the teens?

It brought me down memory lane.

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surfing

So, I finally got around to surfing in the Pacific. It was unbelievably cold, and unbelievably fun. However, not sure you could call what I was doing — surfing. I laid on top of the surfboard a lot and got crushed by a couple of waves. However, I am crazy enough to go back out there again sometime soon.

Here are a couple of pre-surfing shots:

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