Airports are interesting places. No one's trip ends at an airport (except in that Tom Hanks movie), rather it's a place that we have to go through on our way to somewhere else. I'm sitting at Orlando International Airport waiting for my flight back home after driving 15 of 25 hours from Lansing. I've probably flown through a couple dozen airports in my life, and this is at least as nice as most of the others.
I'm a bit tired considering I haven't slept much. I can't sleep on a bus. I'd rather be driving. I don't know why, but I love driving at night, and I love driving through the mountains. The mountains are more fun during the day - for several reasons - but mostly because they are cool to look at.
My favorite thing is driving through the mountains at daybreak. Today we were actually out of the mountains by then, but it was hilly. We were between Valdosta, GA and Gainesville, FL when the sun actually came up. I never see this time of day - but there's something about driving through the mount.. er hills then
I think the thing I like about airports is that they represent a journey. Everyone is on their way, and they pass through here to get there. The airport isn't all that important. Sure, there's food and other things to pass the time, but when you enter an airport, it's because you intend to exit it and go to where you really want to go.
Of course, airports do everything they can to capture you while they are there. They put in all kinds of shops and restaurants to get you to feel like it's a destination and not a vehicle.
I think the church is like that sometimes. I think we invest a lot in something that's really just a vehicle. Is the church a destination? I don't think so. I think it's the thing we need to get us where we're going - closer to God. If God, or heaven, is the destination, are there things we can do to make that happen better? What can we cut out?
So, I'm driving a bus to Florida tomorrow. I'm doing it as a favor for a friend. I don't even get to stay in Florida. When I get to Orlando, I'm going to the airport, and flying home. I know - crazy. At least it will be warm (for the little while I'm there).
I started thinking about it: 26 hours on a bus + 2 hours in an airport + 2 hours on a plane + 2 hours at another airport + 2 more hours on a plane + 1.5 hour car ride = ending up back where I started.
Yes, I'm a fan. Yes, I'm confused. No, I didn't see that coming. It's like the whole episode was pretty dry - all about Hurley and his psych problems. Of course, in the last 10 seconds the whole thing turned like crazy. Yes Hurley, you did know Libby from somewhere.
And what about Henry? What's his real story. Looks like we'll find out something next week.
I just really hope that all the questions have some kind of real/believable answer!
I wish I had time to read more. I wish I had time to process what I read more! I have discovered that I enjoy listening to audiobooks on my iPod almost as much as I like reading books. I'd still rather be able to highlight and write in the margins, but with the iPod I can listen while I'm driving, running, or doing other things. I love to multi-task. In fact, it helps me to have at least a little distraction while I process.
Recently i've read (or heard) Purple Cow, Free Prize Inside, Freakonomics, and Flashbang. Great books. All are pretty reasonable to get through, but they will seriously mess with your head. Don't read these books if you don't like being challenged. On the other hand, if you'd like to be better - read them.