name it and claim it

today i bought a dryer. i officially own both a washer and a dryer. this afternoon i christened them with two loads of laundry. and all was well in the world of my clothing. i bought it from this place called Habitat ReStore, and it's run by Habitat for Humanity and helps them get money to pay for the work they do. they were having a 50% off sale today, so i was able to score it for a rather cheap price. i was most nervous about being able to actually get the one i wanted...when i showed up, 10 minutes before they even opened this morning, there was already a line down the sidewalk. thankfully it was still unclaimed when i got inside, so i now possess a beautifully old school kenmore dryer. i was joking around with a friend last night that it was my own little version of "name it and claim it"...just find an employee, name what you want, and they'll make sure you can walk out with it. i was just glad i was able to find Bob, the nice older gentleman who helped me out this morning, so i could get it before the hordes of fellow bargainites grabbed it up.

i also witnessed an attempted robbery today. and had dinner with swell folk. what an eventful day.

i also made of when people make a list of what they do during the day and put it on their blog.


Koyaanisqatsi...life out of balance

i haven't read anything this brilliant in a long, long time. an ingenius and unique idea, excellent execution, and an article that takes its time to present its thoughts. yes, the article is long. and some of what is shared could be done a more succint format. but that would quite innappropriate in some sense, considering the subject.

i had tears in my eyes at the end. i won't say why unless you ask me (in person or via joeldaniel@intheround.com). i know it breaks blog culture to have posts that are too long. so not many will likely read this. but it's well worth the time.

invisible beauty

and...i almost missed it...but there's actually a link at the top where you can listen to the entire 44 minute performance.

(thanks to www.ysmarko.com for posting about this)

and (final addition...i promise)...i hope you'll post your response/thoughts/reflections even if you don't usually. you don't have to be registered or anything. i think this requires some communal reflection.


this past week i drove. a lot. something like 1700 miles. so now i'm tired. been in a bit of blog funk recently...posting on weird, random things. and it's not been for a lack of things happening. just a lack of thought development around the variety of these things to the point where i feel comfortable documenting it in such a way as the entire world can quote me on it.

this one who was risen today is genius. i want to be fully enamored with him. we look at creation and see beauty both intricate and varied. recently i have looked much at those who have surrounded me in life at the present moment...and have seen and experienced emotion; intense, complicated, diverse. surely he who wove all this feeling into his creation is beyond words. just as you can never fully describe any single emotion, so much more can i properly speak of the one who put these feelings into motion at the beginning of time. that we should be people of such diversity...diversity of thought...in even just one day or one hour. joyful, nervous, loving, overwhelmed, stressed, thrilled, exhausted, peaceful, exuberant, broken. and pieced together again. to think that i share these same thoughts with all of humanity, from the beginning of time. on this day, all those years ago, what were they feeling? was it perhaps so much more than could be summed up in words? Creator recreated...and his creation astonished in wonderment. and today awe runs through our veins and floods our thoughts, mixing with our immediate experiences and tinging them toward worship.