6/13/2004

Overwhelmed...

Wow, it's really a week since I wrote anything. This past week has been blur of activity.

Monday night, host professional society dinner meeting. It was poorly attended, but only because we sent out the publicity way ahead of time, we changed the day of the week, the week of the month from our regular times and we also put the wrong date on. Oops. We did send out a correction, but apparently a lot of people didn't get it. Still, a good time was had by all who showed up. The presentation was on the new Personal Courage wing of Seattle's Museum of Flight - WW1 and WW2 fighters. The new exhibit is built around stories of the people who flew the airplanes, not just a bunch of hardware on display, which I think is a great idea.

Tuesday night, Vestry (church board) meeting. Nothing scintillating (last month we called our new Rector, so it's hard to top that).

Wednesday, youth group. My friend who helps run youth group didn't have time to plan anything, so he brought the 1973 movie Jesus Christ Superstar to watch. I've seen it once a long, long time ago, and man was I shocked. The theology is awful, the performances even worse. Apart from the two main songs that nearly everyone can remember, the songs sucked too. This was written by the same guys that put together Evita and Phantom of the Opera? Hard to believe.

Thursday was a council meeting for the same professional society as Monday's meeting. More the admin stuff. We did make some decent progress for next year, which is good, because I'm the chair as of July 1.

Friday was the ballet. Midsummer Night's Dream by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Awesome. Plus, I get to dress up in a tux. The best part is forgetting what you're wearing and being occasionally reminded by people's reactions...

Saturday I was the Keynote speaker at the University of Washington's Aeronautics and Astronautics Department graduation. Try saying that three times fast. This was a beautiful and wonderful thing. I was asked by the graduation senior class to do this, which is an amazing thing in itself. It came about through the same professional society referenced above. We did some events with the student section this past year and they really appreciated it. I spent several weeks outlining my ten minute speech, but really kicked it into high gear this past week, finishing up with a lot of work on Friday. I had no idea just what the setting would be like, but I was in a packed auditorium with 70 students and another few hundred parents and relatives. It really was fun and as usual, the butterflies dissipated about ten minutes before I got up to speak.

Right after that was staff prep day for the week long youth camp coming up next week followed by a Mariners game, which we won 3-0, but which was one of the most excruciatingly slow games I've ever experienced.

Which brings me to now, Sunday morning, when I was supposed to be off to church but my car wouldn't work properly.

So much busyness. At what point is this a rich life, and where does it just get to be too much? I really don't like being idle, but this just doesn't leave me much time for reflection (as if I'm good at that anyway... sigh).

Oh well, at least this coming week isn't crammed with stuff (except the graduation party this afternoon, and welcoming the new kids to senior high youth group...)

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