Monday, February 25, 2008

(Almost) Everything that's on my mind

The following are random thoughts in no specific order...

We were in Egypt last week so I have been absent from the blog world for a few days.

My 8th month old baby has already been to 4 different continents and has "seen" the Redwood Forest, Windsor Castle, the Pyramids of Giza, ancient Petra, and old Jerusalem. What will his checklist look like by the time he is 30?

My older boys (8 and 5) know the difference between Jews, Muslims, and Christians and actually have real conversations about the relationship between these religions. Don't worry, they still think words like burp, fart, and toilet are funny.

An Egyptian man offered me 5 camels for my wife and kids but he wouldn't throw in the "Pyramids" keychain so we were unable to reach a deal.

I am ready to live in America again but probably need to find a job.

I realized that I have the best 3 boys and wife that money, or camels, can't buy.

Like a normal college student I am counting the time until Spring Break and then the end of the semester. The difference is that I do not care about the degree, I just want to learn. I have become one of those annoying old people that do all of the reading and that come with new questions and proposals for the class.

"Bucket Lists" cause people to quit jobs and live in the Middle East... or the Bahamas.

More than one month of winter weather is too much. Thank God for California.

If I was a billionaire I would be doing the same thing that I am today but I would be doing it from a nicer home, a newer computer, and my butler would be washing my empty glass of fresh squeezed Pomegranite juice... and I would probably have a car.

I have read about 7 good books and 3 bad ones in the past 4 months.

I set aside 1 minute every day so that at the end of the year I have a few hours to myself.

I have Dave Crowder, Bone Thugs, Norah Jones, Jars of Clay, and Poison playing in the background while I study. And that is the secret to great grades.

I miss the students I used to work with but honestly hope they connect with their new leader.

I don't know why it seems like the time here in Jerusalem goes by fast but it seems to take forever to do so. Figure that out.

I may actually be the leader of a church next year and I listen to TuPac, I have read all the Harry Potter books, I read the books and listen to the messages by the Presidential candidates before I vote, I am imperfect, I will probably walk or take the bus to work, I think Chris Rock is funny, and I have only read a few chapters of "Purpose Driven Life".

This year I have learned how much I don't know.

Retirement is fun, but coming out of retirement is not going to be easy. Since I want my boys to eat I guess I better suck it up and make sure they have all they need.

Having less food, no car, a small house, and a few suitcases worth of possessions is actually an okay way to live.

Traveling is great and seeing people and places all over the world seems necessary to understand and lead people, but I look forward to returning to my home and being in a place I know. (At least a place where I know the language fairly well).



Rich said...

about time. think i've checked back at least 2 to three times a day hoping that you would have graced us with another thought.

moral of the story. never go to Egypt again.

Anonymous said...

Ben is one lucky baby!!! I can't believe he is 8 months old is about time you realize that you have the best 3 boys and wife....that money or camels, can't buy!! Yes, I think you will need a job! I am sure there is one waiting for you......
10 books in the last 3 months. Few more months.


Ryan said...

Rich- I do want to go to Egypt again but I will make sure to let you know. Thanks for checking in.

Melissa- Sometimes I look at our passports and think we must be one of those wealthy families. Then I realize that I don't have a job and the money is running out. My theory is to spend it when you are young and then mooch off of others when you are too old to work.

Kevin said...


Bone Thugs is where it is at!