The New Top 5 Ways To Pass Time In An Airport

I posted a handy guide to passing time in an airport last year. But after so much time has passed, the old list may be passe.

The internet needs a NEW list of things to do in an airport.

Without further ado:

5. Jockey for the best place to park. The ideal spot? Comfy chairs, plug-ins for your laptops and other electronic necessities, and a TV playing something better than CNN Financial. I’m parked in front of a football game, in a black lounge chair, with multiple plug-ins. I win.

4. See if you can find someone watching a movie on their laptop and find a way to get close enough for the free entertainment. Disclaimer: if you get in trouble with people for peeping – you didn’t have to take my advice.

3. Get your exercise. Power walk up and down the concourse. You may want to find deodorant for this option.

2. Bonus points for this one – get your fellow passengers to join you in doing the Gangnam Style dance. Seriously, if you post a video link here doing it, I’ll send you a pack of gum or something.

1. Write a blog post. You can give people hints on how the pass the time… (Recycled from last year, but classics never go out of style)

Top 5 Things to Do While Stuck in an Airport

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 
When stuck in an airport due to weather, mechanical failures, or the pilot having hiccups, here is a list to help you pass the time.
5. Browse the Bookstores. See how many magazines you can read before you get kicked out or are forced to buy something.
4. Entertain your fellow passengers. These enterprising guys found a way to make a moving sidewalk into something more than just a people mover. If you’re brave, start a flash mob or get everyone into a sing-along.
3. Leave the secure area and go through security again. This makes them wonder, and ensures you get the full security experience if you missed it the first time.
2. People watching. The classic airport event. You can simply observe others in a subtle manner, or play games such as “Guess the Europeans” (men wearing capris is a tell-tale sign).
1. Write a blog post. You can give people hints on how the pass the time…

Top 5 Things to Do While Stuck in an Airport

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 
When stuck in an airport due to weather, mechanical failures, or the pilot having hiccups, here is a list to help you pass the time.
5. Browse the Bookstores. See how many magazines you can read before you get kicked out or are forced to buy something.
4. Entertain your fellow passengers. These enterprising guys found a way to make a moving sidewalk into something more than just a people mover. If you’re brave, start a flash mob or get everyone into a sing-along.
3. Leave the secure area and go through security again. This makes them wonder, and ensures you get the full security experience if you missed it the first time.
2. People watching. The classic airport event. You can simply observe others in a subtle manner, or play games such as “Guess the Europeans” (men wearing capris is a tell-tale sign).
1. Write a blog post. You can give people hints on how the pass the time…

“The Continuum” and Other Tales

Hey all. I haven’t gone anywhere. Busy work and trying to finish up things at home can cause blogging deficiencies though, it is a documented condition.

Instead of reading my mea culpa for being somewhat absent, you should be reading where on the scale of Christian fiction you land, if you are a writer. Thanks to Mike Duran’s post, we know have an objective scale for measuring just how Christian a particular novel is.

Actually, I’m full of it today. Mike did write an interesting post with a scale borrowed from John Wimber and his book Power Evangelism to describe where people are in their relationship (or lack thereof) with God. It was actually helpful, because it made me think about how realistic my plot progression is in my WIP. I recommend you check it out (and just follow Mike already – I link to him enough here).

In other news, I finished some light reading involving dimension-hopping and time travel. Of course I’m referring to the new novel The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. I’ll be discussing it more next week for a blog tour, so if the premise interests you (and it really should), then check back.

Finally, is there anything people want to discuss here? Seriously, I’m interested in some topics to help feed this fertile imagination. That way, I don’t come up with something that stinks…

OK, this post is getting far too silly. I’ll be back soon with hopefully more coherent thoughts.

“The Continuum” and Other Tales

Hey all. I haven’t gone anywhere. Busy work and trying to finish up things at home can cause blogging deficiencies though, it is a documented condition.

Instead of reading my mea culpa for being somewhat absent, you should be reading where on the scale of Christian fiction you land, if you are a writer. Thanks to Mike Duran’s post, we know have an objective scale for measuring just how Christian a particular novel is.

Actually, I’m full of it today. Mike did write an interesting post with a scale borrowed from John Wimber and his book Power Evangelism to describe where people are in their relationship (or lack thereof) with God. It was actually helpful, because it made me think about how realistic my plot progression is in my WIP. I recommend you check it out (and just follow Mike already – I link to him enough here).

In other news, I finished some light reading involving dimension-hopping and time travel. Of course I’m referring to the new novel The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. I’ll be discussing it more next week for a blog tour, so if the premise interests you (and it really should), then check back.

Finally, is there anything people want to discuss here? Seriously, I’m interested in some topics to help feed this fertile imagination. That way, I don’t come up with something that stinks…

OK, this post is getting far too silly. I’ll be back soon with hopefully more coherent thoughts.

Odds and Ends, No. 67

A bonafide Jason sighting!

June was a hopping month, no doubt about it. Between home and work, I didn’t have much sit-down time for blogging. Didn’t really have much thinking time to write something interesting.

Hopefully July will be better. It should, but a book I should be reading by now isn’t here yet, so that’s not a good sign.

In lieu of originality, here are some interesting reads from the Net:

Brandilyn Collins: How to stab someone at a dinner party. Natch.

Mary DeMuth: Should Christ-followers read fiction?

Mike Duran: Dracula as Christian fiction?

Odds and Ends, No. 67

A bonafide Jason sighting!

June was a hopping month, no doubt about it. Between home and work, I didn’t have much sit-down time for blogging. Didn’t really have much thinking time to write something interesting.

Hopefully July will be better. It should, but a book I should be reading by now isn’t here yet, so that’s not a good sign.

In lieu of originality, here are some interesting reads from the Net:

Brandilyn Collins: How to stab someone at a dinner party. Natch.

Mary DeMuth: Should Christ-followers read fiction?

Mike Duran: Dracula as Christian fiction?

A Little Help?

I need a little help here, from all my writing buddies or anyone who wants to give this a shot.

I have notes on my novel idea that I keep in my Palm Pilot. I’ve scribbled in there for 3-4 years. I review it every so often to see if I’m missing any ideas that could be the thing I need right then, or if I’m getting off track.

Yesterday I was looking at it, and in the middle of some notes there is a name.

Guido DiGregorio.

I have no idea who this is, or what he’s doing in my notes. I can’t remember for the life of me why this guy is there.

So, you tell me. Who is Guido DiGregorio? (Maybe I’ll have to figure out a prize for the most creative.) For those who know what my project is, if you can fit him in, all the better!

Step up to the comments, and begin!

A Little Help?

I need a little help here, from all my writing buddies or anyone who wants to give this a shot.

I have notes on my novel idea that I keep in my Palm Pilot. I’ve scribbled in there for 3-4 years. I review it every so often to see if I’m missing any ideas that could be the thing I need right then, or if I’m getting off track.

Yesterday I was looking at it, and in the middle of some notes there is a name.

Guido DiGregorio.

I have no idea who this is, or what he’s doing in my notes. I can’t remember for the life of me why this guy is there.

So, you tell me. Who is Guido DiGregorio? (Maybe I’ll have to figure out a prize for the most creative.) For those who know what my project is, if you can fit him in, all the better!

Step up to the comments, and begin!

My Treasure

I came across this while cleaning out some files. I thought I’d share it, rather than have it sit around. I wrote it in 1995 while I was in the School of Biblical Studies with Youth With a Mission in Canberra, Australia.

Lord, where is my treasure? It is not where it should be. I had it all in hand, so that You would not have to worry about me.

I considered, “What will be the best? I do want to take care.” Perhaps it would be wise to spread my treasure around. “Diversify,” the money-man says. And if some disappears, I will have the rest to come back to, in my need of the days.

So I proceeded with my plan. I looked about, and I saw people cross my gaze. What a beginning-my fellow man. I then gave of my treasure: a man, a woman, relationships special and dear. But when I came searching, there was none to be found. Portions were gone, not to be returned, others strewn on the ground. “I am fortunate though, I have more.” So I moved to my next trove.

What will make a mark in this world? What I can do, my knowledge, my talents, my potential. Of course I deposited a cache there. It was all in my power. But treasure was lost in each dream unfulfilled. Who can reach all their expectations? Not one, I’m afraid. More treasure in ruin, and less to get me by.

“I must take care of myself,” was another consideration of mine. We only have one body to carry us through. It made sense, therefore, some treasure would stay with me. My strength, my mind, my pleasures were investments of sure benefit. Yet I am just flesh and mortal, no force in my own. The tears and the years each steal their own share. And from all of my efforts, my treasure was gone.

Lord, please tell me what happened! I thought my treasure was so secure. This was not supposed to take place; now all I am is broken.

My Lord spoke to me, “My child, now you will see. It is not in yourself that your treasure is protected. You were never asked to defend and stand your ground. My heart, My hand has always been available to cover what is precious to you. But only in your point of loss would you realize your fraility.

Now your treasure will be laid up in heaven-from My throne it will be guarded. It was never a burden for me, to be the watcher of your soul. Now you can rest in My delight, and know that you will find My inheritance for you!”

Inspired by the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, verses 22-34.