Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday's Feast

Friday's Feast

Friday, January 12, 2007 - Feast One Hundred & Twenty Six

Appetizer - What comes to mind when you see the color orange?

Ha! Well, in Tennessee this is certainly a loaded question. I could say it's the color of all the construction cones and barrels we see all over the roads and interstates for months and years on end...I could say it's the color of the gorgeous sunsets we always seem to have this time of year...I could say it's a fresh glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice...but I will have to say that, along with white, it's the team colors of the greatest school to grace the face of the Earth - the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Soup - Did you ever get in trouble while you were in school? If so, what was it for?

I don't think I ever got in trouble when I was in school, at least not after I was old enough to know better. I never cut class, never sneaked off early, never smoked, never smarted off to a teacher - I don't know what you call that, I guess when it came to personal responsibility I just matured in that respect very early. I'm sure my parents will remind me if I've forgotten some long-ago incident...

Salad - Which topping(s) make up your perfect pizza?

That's funny, we had pizza for dinner tonight. For me the basics: pepperoni and sausage, with cheese. My kids went through a long stage where they had to have "Hawaiian" pizza (with ham and pineapple). I do like the occasional meat-lovers with pepperoni, sausage, ham, beef, bacon, rack of lamb, salmon, elk, ostrich, blue whale blubber and petrified dodo meat. But that doesn't happen too often. And NO veggies. I don't want to see a speck of peppers, olives, onions...and ESPECIALLY NO mushrooms. I don't eat things that have been growing on a forest floor and have been peed on by frogs. Oh, and lay off the "goat cheese", "feta", "smoked swiss tofu" and all that other weird stuff you get at Tomato Head and Mellow Mushroom. Just mozarella, 'kay?

Main Course - Do you believe in UFOs/aliens/etc.? Why or why not?

While I don't necessarily believe we've ever been visited by a UFO or any other aliens, I find it very difficult to believe that there isn't life somewhere on another world. In the almost infinite varieties of solar systems supporting infinite varieties of planets with their own unique ecosystems, there must - by law of averages - be life somewhere out there. And if you assume there is life, by those same infinite varieties out there, there must be higher life and even intelligent life. I'm just going to assume they haven't progressed much farther than us yet. I hope that in my lifetime, if they do exist, we find out for sure.

It will be a huge theological question though - for Christians, are they saved? Did Christ make an appearance on their world in their species as well as ours? Does that make us less unique or more mundane? All the aliens-land-on-Earth books and movies I've ever seen have mostly dealt with assimilating (hah!) the "newcomers" into Earth society and rarely touch on how religions and creation stories might fit together...

Dessert - What color is your bedspread/comforter/quilt?

That's it? After a feast of epic proportions, that's the dessert question you ask?? *sigh* Oh, geez, I have no idea...I think it's maybe green. Shall I delve into the philosophical and sociological implications of such a choice? What does it mean in the continuing harmony of the family and married relationships? Why is it--

Oh, forget it. It's green.

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