November 18th, 2004


I had a lot of fun driving Greg up to ASU and back for his talk yesterday. The talk itself -- "What Would Jesus Do?": Pragmatism, Practical Christianity, and the Homiletic Novel was superb, as accessible as it was smart and astonishingly relevant to the present conjuncture. It was great to see Joe. And the fine middle eastern cuisine we dined on was enhanced by its setting in a two-block "Arab Quarter" right next to campus, complete with a lovely mosque and minaret. As for the conversation in the car, let's just say that it's a delight to have reached the point with a friend where there's no longer any need to posture. We kept it real.

Unfortunately, I have to do that tedious drive again today, only this time in a claustrophobia-inducing van after teaching. I'm not looking forward to it. Nor do I have high hopes for my trip, since it will be so compressed. I want to see my sister and her husband-to-be in their happy moment. I want to see my relatives. I want to have quality time with my parents. I just don't fee like traveling right now. And, as I've already noted here -- and thereby inadvertently upset my sister -- I really don't want to see NYC for the first time post-9/11. Now that I'm reading Haruki Murakami's Underground -- thanks for the provocation, Gideon! -- which focuses on the Aum cult's terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system from back in 1995, I feel especially edgy. There's nothing like reading about people's struggle to breathe to make me antsy. Time for a few hours of sleep. . .
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