3/31/2003 08:42:00 pm

Courtesan

Posted by Tom French |

I have been getting some good quality e-mails today.

I got this one:

If you want a High Class Private courtesan
Please call after 9pm - 7 days a week
Penthouse Model-Sydney Australia
Please call Miss STEPHANIE


There was a phone number at the end.

And I also got a more elaborate one with some of these classy quotes:

I currently am a Ralph Model in Sydney Australia. I have been referred to you by a FRIEND...I have three other girlfriends who also have done Photo Layouts for Ralph magazine...We have decided to be a part of the world of the high class courtesan but at a price We are not the $150 an hour wrap around skirt pair of clog hookers. We are beautiful young intelligent woman who are not judgemental and in total control.

We are totally independent of the Adult Industry and as professional models we seek
to work for ourselves. We have also other Model girlfriends who are taking notice of what
we do and they will join us if the gentleman,ladies,couples are discreet

If you want photos please ask Peneloppe and Stephanie and we will email them
to you.

Please we only email to those who entered there email address and referred their friends
WE ARE NOT SENDING OUT EMAILS MORE THAN ONCE IF YOU WANT TO BE ON
OUR EMAIL LIST AND CONFIRM PLEASE GIVE OUR AGENTS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
AS THIS IS THE WAY WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT YOU IN THE FUTURE(
( if you want photos please ask and we will email )

We will also give you a private mobile to call in future. Please ask for the number when you call

This is the most secretive model/courtesan concept . please keep it that way
it is a very exclusive group of Sydney Models. If money is an issue with you please do not call. We say that if you are the type of person
who goes to a mercedes dealer and asks the price of a mercedes first then you probably
will not be able to afford the type of model who graces the pages of top mens magazines


So there you go. I'm popular and on the list.

Yay for me.

I'm not the type of person who asks the price of Mercedes. I don't bother to find out.

3/31/2003 04:00:00 pm

Thespian

Posted by Tom French |

I did a skit today for the student supervisors who have come to visit our college. We did one with a patronising supervisor and a geeky Bible-college student. People liked it. That was good.

3/30/2003 11:30:00 pm

Done

Posted by Tom French |

I just finished printing out my essays. It a little sad because they are pretty boring. I don't feel like I've made the world a better place by writing those essays. Sometimes when I finish an essay I feel like I've written something good and maybe the marker will be challenged a little bit. This time I figure they will say "Yep, pass plus" and off it goes. My assessments this year haven't gone as good as I would like yet.

I think I know who I'm going to blame too.

3/30/2003 11:27:00 pm

DST

Posted by Tom French |

I changed my time on Blogger so that I was right for day light saving but I don't know if it's changed the time everywhere.

3/30/2003 10:21:00 pm

More

Posted by Tom French |

More essay am I writing, yes.

3/29/2003 11:10:00 pm

Par-tay

Posted by Tom French |

I just got back from a party. Now I smell like cigarettes and pot. That's ok. The party was pleasant. I sat around and ate chips and drank Sprite (Did you know that Sprite is named after a small pixy that was used to advertise Coke in the old days, called The Little Sprite? Yes I did). It was nice hanging with my friends.

3/29/2003 07:55:00 pm

One Down

Posted by Tom French |

I just finished essay No.1. Only 1000 words to go! Yay.

3/29/2003 04:08:00 pm

556/1000

Posted by Tom French |

556 words of the 1000 I need. Yay for me.

The question is: What does Gen 1-3 teach about humanity and how should this teaching impact on Children’s and Youth Ministry?

3/29/2003 03:18:00 pm

Slacker 2

Posted by Tom French |

I haven't done any work yet. I think now is the time though.

3/29/2003 11:33:00 am

Slacker

Posted by Tom French |

I haven't blogged for a while. I'm a bad blogger.

Last night was a good night at youth group. We had a regressive dinner and while we didn't do all the eating we had planned the kids were well behaved and we didn't have to do too much shouting. I think the kids also had a good time. I think that's good too.

I played Command and Conquer on Wednesday. That's a fun game. I keep getting tempted to play it some more, but I shouldn't because I have assesments to write.

I expect I'll need to write more in here later today when I settle down to do some work.

I'm a dog

3/26/2003 10:29:00 pm

Double Dissolution

Posted by Tom French |

"Double Dissolution Triggers Grow"

Cool. We'll be able to vote out Howard.

Oh I hope so.

3/26/2003 10:26:00 pm

Rev Up 2

Posted by Tom French |

I saw the new minister for the first time tonight. I think he's a good bloke. I don't know him very well. I knew him when I was in year six, but I haven't seen him since then. But he should be a good boss I think. I look forward to it.

If he ever reads this he'll think I'm sucking up.

3/26/2003 10:24:00 pm

Peace through Punches

Posted by Tom French |

The anti-war protests turned violent today. That's a bit disappointing. They were going really well, but now it's all gone pear shaped. It's sad when peace protesters turn violent. It doesn't seem right. I'll still go marching though. I just won't beat up police. I think that's a bad move.

3/26/2003 01:07:00 pm

You Can't Stop the Murders

Posted by Tom French |

I went and saw You Can't Stop the Murders last night with James, Howie and Ryan. That's a funny film. Very Australian. If I was going to make films I'd make one like that.

Probably not. But I wouldn't be upset if I did.

3/26/2003 01:04:00 pm

Ding Ding

Posted by Tom French |

The Home Ice Cream truck is going past my house. How good is Home Ice Cream? It's good.

If I had enough cash I'd go buy some.

Ding Ding.

3/24/2003 11:24:00 pm

Zzzz

Posted by Tom French |

Goodnight

3/24/2003 11:20:00 pm

Rev Up

Posted by Tom French |

We are getting our new minister on Thursday. This is very exciting.

Have I said this before.

3/24/2003 10:37:00 pm

Approve

Posted by Tom French |

I like what Peter Jensen said.

3/24/2003 10:30:00 pm

Human

Posted by Tom French |

US troops showed reporters a hideout said to have been used by an Iraqi militiaman. The soldier who had used the hideout had only a filthy blanket to protect him from the cold desert nights, and just a plastic bag of raw meat for food.

When he fled, he left behind a picture of his two children.


If I was the sort of person who cried about newspaper articles, I'd cry about that. Coalition or Iraqi. Why do soldiers have to have families? And friends? And humanity?

3/24/2003 10:24:00 pm

Moore and Bono

Posted by Tom French |

I saw Michael Moore do his thing. He's the bomb.

So is U2. Bono looked funny when he was doing is Pavaroti thing.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/24/1048354525206.html

3/24/2003 08:55:00 pm

Just War

Posted by Tom French |

We discussed the issue of the war in Iraq at fireside today. It was interesting. The idea of a "Just War" popped up. It doesn't sit well with me, but I would be willing to say that there probably is a time for war. But I would still very strongly say this is not the time and the US are not the people.

I have to read more about just war, but I'm more softened to it now than I was before dinner. Prove a point to me from the Bible and you'll get me on side. I guess that's what happens when you're an evangelical.

Anglican Media Sydney has some articles about it, I will read them soon. At the moment the Oscars are calling.

3/23/2003 03:54:00 pm

Wondering

Posted by Tom French |

I wonder how the march in the city went.

I read around 20,000. That's not as good as 250,000. I was busy today.

I've been really bad at e-mailing lately.

3/23/2003 03:50:00 pm

Wit

Posted by Tom French |

I often think of witty things to post when I'm not at a computer.

Right now, I can't think of anything witty.

Triple M is playing requests at the moment. You can ring up and ask for songs that make you feel better about the war and all that. People request some odd things.

3/22/2003 10:51:00 pm

Nuggets and the CDP

Posted by Tom French |

I had chicken nuggets for dinner.

I also voted.

I didn't vote CDP, I'm not a good Christian.

3/22/2003 10:50:00 pm

This Day

Posted by Tom French |

I bought two fat books for college at Koorong today. I forgot my book list so I didn't get a text book discount.

I had a chicken kebab at Westfield too.

I haven't done a real heap today because I've been feeling pretty dodgy. I've had a cold since last night. I think I'll go to bed soon.

Last night the kids were crazy again. That's the third crazy kid night we've had. I don't think I'm cut out for the crazy kid youth group. I'm looking forward to term 2 when we change and things become more up my alley.

I also made a Mini-Disk of the Elevation DVD too. And that's what I've done. Quiet really. Quite quiet.

3/21/2003 04:47:00 pm

Yawning

Posted by Tom French |

I need more sleep in my life. I went to bed at 12:30 last night and that is too late for a 7:30 get up. I'm constantly yawning.

It was always scary when the teachers at primary school threatened to write you your parents and tell them to send you to sleep earlier if you yawned.

3/20/2003 11:22:00 pm

Suppliers

Posted by Tom French |

We believe that so far from our action in Iraq increasing the terrorist threat it will, by stopping the spread of chemical and biological weapons, make it less likely that a devastating terrorist attack will be carried out against Australia.

John Howard, 20th March 2003

How much does Iraq supply the terrorists of the world? They probably supplied the planes on September 11.

3/20/2003 11:18:00 pm

Chewy

Posted by Tom French |

I wonder if there will be trading cards with chewing gum for this war like there was for Desert Storm. I do hope so, I do love chewing gum, ever so much.

3/20/2003 11:02:00 pm

Just Following Orders

Posted by Tom French |

If you are a soldier who participates in an un-just war does that make you a perpetrator as well, or just a soldier? Should we support our troops because they are following orders and not making decisions, or do they have the capacity, and freedom, to decide what wars they fight and what violence they participate in?

George Bush said that for Iraqi soldiers “Just following orders” was no excuse. I think that maybe that's true of any soldier.

But then again, I am not a soldier. This is probably not my place to judge.

I guess supporting our troops, even if they are the ones that physically carry out the evil, is the best way to make sure they don't get treated the way the leaders of our country are by the general public.

I don't support the war, and I don't support their participation in it, as a group or as individuals. I do however think they deserve love and respect, the same as all human beings, creations of God.

3/20/2003 10:52:00 pm

Hey Ho, Let's Go

Posted by Tom French |

I went to the Peace march in the city today at 5pm. It was cool. There were between 15,000 and 20,000 people there. And they had all turned up because they war had started 3 hours earlier. It was an emergency rally. Getting 15,000 people on three hours notice is pretty damn good if you ask me.

There were lots of speeches which I wasn't all that impressed with. Mainly because they were mostly politicians and they were all trying to win my vote as well as denounce the war. Simon Crean did that on Tuesday in Parliament too. I find it a little annoying really. Here we are protesting about a war and they are thinking of their political careers.

So that made the speeches a little annoying. But we marched down to Circular Quay and that was cool. We marched past the US consulate and John Howard’s office. There were masses of Police there. Everyone booed and swore but no one got violent. Apart from the fact that being rude to George and John makes me un-comfortable, it was kinda fun. I liked the Police. And all the angry people. It was a very interesting atmosphere. Someone had thrown red paint at John Howard’s offices. That was as violent as it got though.

Anyway, I marched again. It may be “pissing into the wind” as I heard it described. But really pissing into the wind doesn’t make you feel as good, and it doesn’t have the potential to achieve as much.

3/20/2003 10:41:00 pm

WWIII

Posted by Tom French |

World War III started today.

I'm not sure if it did but if this does all disintegrate into WWIII you can quote me on that. It will be a nice thing to be able to point to my blog and say "Look, I was right. On the day the war on Iraq started I said it was the beginning of World War Three". And everyone else will be like "I don't really care Tom." Because they'll too busy with their ration cards and bomb shelters.

3/20/2003 10:37:00 pm

Exhale

Posted by Tom French |

Well.

Damn.

War, eh?

3/20/2003 11:19:00 am

Pooy

Posted by Tom French |

My Archives are being pooy

3/19/2003 11:54:00 pm

Shopper

Posted by Tom French |

I bought a mini-disk today. It's quite cool. I've been playing with that all day. They normally sell for $599 but I mangaged to haggle the guy down to $439. I think it's my Jewish ancestry.

I also bought two cds. U2 Pop and The Wallflowers Red Letter Day. What a wonderful day I've had.

Tonight I will sleep. Tomorrow I will do some college work. Hopefully.

3/18/2003 07:38:00 pm

Hero

Posted by Tom French |
3/18/2003 07:37:00 pm

Watching

Posted by Tom French |

I watched TV a lot today. I watched Johnny commit our troops to war. I watched Georgy tell Saddam to leave. And I watched Johnny and Simony (I'm not quite sure how to ad a Y to Simon) argue about the troops. It was all in all a very strange day. There was very strong community feel at college as we all crowded around the TV to watch the events un-fold. The lectures seemed to end just in time for all the important announcements.

Man, I think John, George and Saddam all deserve a slap. That's a pacifist, enemy-loving slap.

It's a strange feeling I have at the moment. A bit like I did after September 11. Like the whole world is changing. Sad really I rather liked the world.

Well, bits of it.

3/17/2003 11:21:00 pm

War: The Spice of Life

Posted by Tom French |

The war should be starting soon. I'm getting impatient. I can't wait for it to begin. Then I can stop complaining about the lead up to war and start worrying about suicide bombers and getting conscripted. Nothing like a bit of war to spice up your life.

3/17/2003 11:20:00 pm

Vestry

Posted by Tom French |

I went to the Vestry Meeting tonight. Whenever I told someone from college that I was off to the meeting they were all very sympathetic. One told me how her's went from 7:30 to 11:45. I was getting a bit worried.

The meeting went for an hour. Praise the Lord! It was the Best Vestry meeting I've ever been to.

3/17/2003 04:09:00 pm

Horror

Posted by Tom French |

I accidently wore that same type of socks today. I thought they were odd but they weren't.

This is like the first time in 5 years or something.

I don't know what's wrong with me. My whole world is falling apart.

3/16/2003 12:30:00 pm

Zero

Posted by Tom French |

If I wasn't the sort of person who doesn't think we are in the end times, I would think we were, what with all the wars, diseases and internet and stuff.

Really though, there is higher chance, that Jesus will come back soon than there was after he first left. But we could be waiting another 2,000 years and then there would be a higher chance in 2,000 years time.

Really there is Zero chance of Him coming back yesterday, so today the chances have infinitely increased, so that's good news.

Tomorrow though, today's chances will be zero.

3/16/2003 12:21:00 pm

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Posted by Tom French |

We just had the Sunday morning group. That was cool. I enjoyed that. We only had nine kids and I had a helper. It was very cool. The games worked and the teaching bit worked. It was all good. Good lessons are good and remind me that God doesn't hate me.

3/16/2003 12:19:00 pm

Parking Police

Posted by Tom French |

Well. Sunday now. The wedding was all Veggy food. There was a little chicken. And meat on the barbie, but I left before the barbie. So all I got were Chips and Lentil Puffs. Didn't I say they were hippies?

It was a very laid back wedding though. That was cool. I like a bit of laid backness.

Doing the parking was kinda fun. I had a walky talky and I got to wave people down and tell them where to park. I had this wonderful plan for three rows of cars. All with accessways out. It was a beautiful thing. But people wouldn't listen to me. I'd tell them to park in one spot and off they'd go somewhere else. Some people parked wherever they wanted and when I asked them to move they wouldn't listen to me. I tried to get them to move but they wouldn't budge. So when people wouldn't go where I wanted them I had to improvise and so we fitted about ten less cars in the parking area then we could have. How depressing.

3/15/2003 10:15:00 am

Selfish

Posted by Tom French |

My toe operation has been moved. The person rang to say that I couldn't be operated on because there were two cancer patients that needed to be sliced.

Selfish cancer patients.

3/15/2003 10:11:00 am

Wedding

Posted by Tom French |

I'm going to a wedding today. I have to do parking and drive the people home who don't want to stay the night (It's a wedding where people camp together afterwards, even the bride and groom I think. Bloody Hippies). I'm like the van that leaves Hornsby RSL to take all the pissed people home. It should be fun.

3/14/2003 11:25:00 pm

Gone to the Dogs

Posted by Tom French |
3/14/2003 06:17:00 pm

Tally

Posted by Tom French |

Robert discovered that since he got his video card he has hired 84 movies.

David has hired 170.

I'm looking forward to seeing mine. I don't think I'll make 170. Perhaps, but probably somewhere in the middle.

3/14/2003 06:11:00 pm

High School Group

Posted by Tom French |

I went to the local High School today to run their lunch time Christian group. The problem was I was supposed to put a notice in their daily notice things, but I forgot. We had two people come. One girl that arranged to meet me and show me where to go and another kid. It was ok though. I'm glad I did it. And now I have a meeting all planned for next week and it's only week seven or something. I've been so quick.

I just made a very cool flyer for the group though and that's good. It has a snazzy picture of a flame in the backgroud. I guess it's not the best thing I've ever made, but it's pretty good for a 15 minute, Word only job.

3/14/2003 05:11:00 pm

Sleepy

Posted by Tom French |

I made it to bed by 10:15pm last night. That was alright. I turned the DVD that I was watching off at 10:44pm. I think I was probably asleep by around 11 or so. I thought that was pretty good.

3/13/2003 09:38:00 pm

10pm

Posted by Tom French |

I'm going to try and be in bed by 10pm tonight. I wonder if I'll make it.

I probably won't be able to sleep because I had a sleep this afternoon, but I'm going to give it a shot.

This is a good site.

3/13/2003 06:24:00 pm

Staff Day

Posted by Tom French |

We had a staff day today. We sat around and talked. Well I just sat around, I didn't say much. We ate pizza too. I joined in on that.

3/13/2003 06:23:00 pm

Bruce Almighty

Posted by Tom French |

I just watched the trailer to Bruce Almighty and it looks kinda fun. It might make me giggle.

3/13/2003 06:17:00 pm

Buffy

Posted by Tom French |

I've been watching the first season of Buffy on DVD lately and I think that Giles leaves himself wide open for sexual misconduct charges by hanging out, alone, in a library with a 16 year-old female student. We know they are practising fighting and researching vampires, but I don't think that would stand up in court.

3/12/2003 05:09:00 pm

Jenson

Posted by Tom French |

I just finished reading Phillip Jensen's Sermon from Friday night. On Monday there was an article written by Kelly Burke in the paper which was wasn't very nice to Phillip. Then on Tuesday there was this article which also wasn't very nice. I don't much like Kelly Burke's article. She seems to have it in for Evangelical Christians in general and Jensen's in particular. I haven't seen her write a firendly article yet.

I didn't really mind his sermon too much. I thought it was alright. It seemed to be very "Sydney" like (which is probably what you'd expect from Phillip Jensen), but that isn't always bad. As someone commented to me yesterday, it may not have been the best sermon to preach as ones first as Dean of the Cathedral. I can see how it would piss people off. Maybe that's ok, but I would be tending towards being offensive in week two. First impressions count and it would be a shame to get yourself ignored because of your first sermon.

But as far as the sermon goes, it didn't upset me.

It's emphasis was on the preaching of Christ. He said: "The Cathedral pulpit in the centre of the city, the suburban pulpits scattered across the whole metropolitan area, are critical in the free and unfettered proclamation of the gospel." I would agree with that statement. But I would want to say that an effective pulpit ministry must be backed up by more than just boldness and sound theology but also by (and I'd say most importantly by) a life lived in service to Christ, His followers and the world. The gospel lacks all substance if it can't make a difference in the lives of those that believe it. The sermon seemed a lot about talk, without much walk. I agree with the talk but I would pray for boldness to do the walk.

3/12/2003 02:55:00 pm

Botany

Posted by Tom French |

We went to Botany today to get Robert's camera fixed. Now it is. And now I'm home.

3/11/2003 07:11:00 pm

Toe

Posted by Tom French |

I'm getting my toe operated on in the 25th March. Yay. By April my toe will be fixed and I can start my career as a contemporary dancer again.

3/11/2003 07:08:00 pm

Nudity

Posted by Tom French |

I left my phone at college. I feel so naked without it. Naked. Exposed. Nude.

Did you know that Naked in Hebrew rhymes with Cunning? It does.

That's important to know eh?

3/10/2003 09:05:00 pm

Pride

Posted by Tom French |

Haven't I been a good blogger today?


Yes.

3/10/2003 09:04:00 pm

Nothing is Random

Posted by Tom French |

I like blogs.

Maybe one day I'll die and they'll put quotes from in it in a book about me. Probably not. If I'm lucky they'll put quotes in the funeral program.

I was thinking the other day that blogs are not really all that safe a way of storing infomation. What if a bomb blows up the computer that this infomation is stored on? I don't know where my blog is stored. Some random place in America I guess. Probably not random to the people who put the computer there, but random to me.

I was thinking of saying in small groups today "Nothing is Random" and it felt like it would be one of those "Everything you know is a lie" quotes accept kinda Christian and divine believing. But I think it was one of those things you think would be a good idea to say because the person next to you just said it and you weren't really paying attention. I was sitting next to Mitch and I think he said it. But I'm not sure.

3/10/2003 08:35:00 pm

Loving the Lowest

Posted by Tom French |

We just had a fireside with some ladies form TAMAR, which is a group who does something to do with sexual abuse in the church and making sure that it doesn't happen. It was pretty hardcore. Abuse, of any kind, but especially sexual, makes me really angry. My first response is to want to go and find the abusers and punch them in the head, and I almost never feel like that.

I don't know quite what to do now. It's all so scary. As usual I want to stop being in Youth Ministry and go find a job doing data entry where I don't have to worry about stuff anymore. Sometimes I think God got it wrong when He sent me into youth ministry. Maybe I need to learn from Moses.

I was also thinking about how the lowest of the low in our society are child abusers. How do you love them? That's a big job. I don't think I'll start a ministry for convicted abusers, but I would probably support it.

I really don't like humans sometimes. And sometimes I want to hurry up and get to heaven. Either that or get a data entry job.

3/10/2003 05:06:00 pm

Helena

Posted by Tom French |

3/10/2003 04:49:00 pm

Sunday the Ninth

Posted by Tom French |

Yesterday I went over to lunch at the house of a family from church. That was cool. I like going out for lunch.

It was pretty easy day at church. I had much trouble driving to church though. I was very tried. My morning group was good. We played Bible games and didn't make it to any teaching. That's ok though, because I can use it next week. Yayness.

I handed out the wine at communion. Never done that before and I wasn't quite sure what to say. I was in line and Matt asked me to give him a hand. Most of the time I mumbled something like "This is the blood of Jesus shed for you" or "Drink this in rememeberence of Jesus" and alternating between Jesus and Christ. Sometimes I just didn't say anything at all. It was all a little strange. Next time I'll figure it out though.

The sermon was on "Growing deeper in your conversation with God" it was good. I was challenged and that's always a good thing. Except when it's not. But in this case I think it was good.

Yes.

There you go. There's my weekend.

Today it is raining a bit. And college is college. We are having a women come and talk to us about sex tonight. That should be fun. I'll try not to giggle.

3/10/2003 04:42:00 pm

Erina

Posted by Tom French |

On Saturday I went to Erina for Soul Survivor. That was cool. It was an interesting day.

We went out in the afternoon (we only arrived at 2pm) to do "kindness projects". The idea is that you go out into the community and do good things for the people of the community. It's not really a traditional evangelism thing, although it would hopfully be good for evangelisim. I think it is a practical demonstration of God's love for us all. The emphasis is not on getting opportunities to tell people the gospel but just to do good things. I may have misunderstood it, but I think that's what it's all about. And I approve.

I went to the local High School and picked up rubbish around the outside. We would have gone inside but the school wouldn't let us. We prayed at three of the four corners for the school. We couldn't get to the fourth, so we didn't.

That night we had chicken burgers for dinner, I like chicken burgers. We had wedges and cheese cake too. Yay.

At the main meeting there was a drama and some musical worship, lead by people from my church. I enjoyed that.

I preached my "Love Your Enemies" sermon again. It didn't get as good a responce to the funny bits as last time, but it still came of ok. I think.

There was a ministry time post the "message" and I prayed for a guy, which I found very helpful because I hadn't prayed for anyone during a minsitry time before, and I wasn't really wanting to do it. But he was there, and I was the closest too him, and I knew God was prodding me, he has been for a while. And so I got up and did it. I found it really helpful. I don't know about him. I though managed to overcome the nerves I had about praying for people in that context. I'm sure they aren't gone, but it's better.

I don't mind praying for people, but I have never really been a big participator in the charasmatic scene. So Saturday was really good. I'm very happy I'm with this church.

3/10/2003 03:04:00 pm

Behaviour

Posted by Tom French |

We just had a discussion here at college about how we are going to respond to a class we had last week where we all behaved badly for a visiting lecturer. It's very interesting. The decision was to make a public appology to the lecturer (is that spelt right?). It's nice to have people talking about these things.

3/09/2003 11:03:00 pm

For Tomorrow

Posted by Tom French |

I have more to write. Perhaps that's tomorrows job. Talk about Sunday and Saturday.

Now I'm going to bed. I have a little bit of sleep to catch up on.

3/09/2003 11:01:00 pm

Crows

Posted by Tom French |

Thursday. Yes Thursday. How cool were the Crows?

Way cool.

Rob and I drove in to Fox Studios in the afternoon and saw a four o'clock session of The Hours. We were thinking of seeing The Rules of Attraction but I started to feel like it was a film I didn't really want to be watching. Too much sex from the looks of things. I think I'm getting soft in my old age.

The Hours was extreamly boring. I'm sure it was a good film. But so boring. I would have much prefered seeing it on a TV screen at least there is only 38cm to find boring, not 15 metres.

After the film dinner was had, Honey chicken from the Chinese shop. Rating: Poor (I'm glad I bought a small)

When dinner was done though... Hey Hey, it's time to take your seats.

Rob and I were sitting in the front row of seats. There was lots of people standing on the floor in front, but we were sitting higher then them so we got an un-interupted view of the stage. That was cool.

Butterfly 9 played first, them being the support. They were ok. The music was better than the performance. They didn't hold my interest. But I didn't mind them playing. They just didn't kick my bucket.

Half an hour after Butterfly, everything went dark. Ooo. The crowd went wild. Cameras flashed and we saw figures moving across the stage. Some music started. And as the cameras flashed some more we could make out Adam and the rest of the Counting Crows, playing, Have You Seen Me Lately in the dark. So cool.

That's a cool song. They played many cool songs. Mr Jones was third, and cool. Everyone sang along. Everyone sang along to the song from August and not much with the other songs. I think a lot of the fans were from when the Crows first moved onto the scene. Ten years ago. This is their first time in Australia. Adam said they were having a good time and they are coming back at the end of the year. So much yay! Anyone want to come with me?

They played Rain King with Raining in Baltimore in the middle of it. I was hanging out for Round Here but that didn't come. What they did play, that they didn't on some other nights, was my fave, Anna Begins and they played it good too. Much better than the version on Across the Wire, in my own humble opinion.

Murder of One was toppess notchess. Like the Across the Wire one but even cooler. Really posh. Big finish. The bomb. The Bomb! I'm such a fan. How cool are the Counting Crows? Big Yellow Taxi was done good too. Really, I love em. Love em.

I've also decided to become a music reporter, I have found my concert review to be quite well done.

Miami was sic. Adam got people to sing along, but I don't think many people knew the words. I did though. I sang loudly. I know Adam heard me too.

I know he did.

I'm glad I went to the Crows. I think God blesses me more than I deserve. He really should hit me with a stick and send me to hell. I'm happy he dosen't though. Yay.

Yay.

3/09/2003 10:36:00 pm

And So It Begins

Posted by Tom French |

It's so strange just watching this war begin. Does this happen every time people go to war.

I don't have much faith that this war can be averted. I have faith that God can stop it, but I don't have faith in people not to do it. Hmm. Is that the correct attictude to have? I pray for peace.

3/09/2003 07:50:00 am

Awake

Posted by Tom French |

It's so early in the morning. I have to go to church soon. And I have to think of something to do with the kids. A game or something. I have only one leader again, so I'm hoping there aren't many kids.

I'm going over to lunch at a family from church's house today. That should be cool. I like lunch.

3/07/2003 11:34:00 pm

EU

Posted by Tom French |

This is cool.

Wollongong wants to become part of France. That's cool.

Maybe Hornsby will join Germany?

3/07/2003 10:11:00 pm

Things Go Wrong

Posted by Tom French |

Wow. What a night I just had. I still have to talk about yesterday but tonight while it's still fresh...

The day was pretty normal. We had youth group in the park today because we couldn't go to the church due to the World Day of Prayer. Pow. That was a bad move. The park is not really a park, it's an oval. Big oval. We had four leaders today and the kids were crazy. Hypo as anything. We abandoned the activities planned because we couldn't keep the kids all in one spot. The only activity that didn't get abandoned was the pizza, and that went smoothly.

I tried to do my talk but the kids wouldn't listen. We spent the last 20 minutes sitting around waiting for the kids to be quiet. I got about a minute into Moses' extreamly condensed life story before it was time to go home. They were crazy. Next week we are going to another church. Praise the Lord. We just have to be there. I think.

There was another youth group planning on Love Bombing us tonight. I'm very glad they didn't.

At the end of the night everyone went home. But I heard one of the parents lost her kid. I spent much time making phone calls and trying to figure out who the lost person was and how they got home. In the end they had got a lift home and not called their parents. I talked to them on the phone and conveyed my happiness that they were safe.

Ten minutes later I got a phone call from the Mother, and she was very angry at me. Very angry. It has been my first really angry call at this church. My second angry parent call in my life. I said sorry for the things I did wrong (and there was some), and talked her through the other things that I didn't. But she's still very angry at me. I hope things can get sorted out.

I think it's good that people care about their kids.

Praise the Lord. Tonight has been a shocker, but I'm pretty happy. God is a good God even if things suck. I hope I can continue to be happy when things suck. I wonder if this is Joy? I'm feeling very pleased with God at the moment. I'm thinking, yay, I'm saved, Jesus died for me. I could be a crappy youth minister but God still loves me, hugely. And I'm also thinking, God sent me to this church so things will get better. And things aren't bad. People are nice, and very hospitible. And I like being here. I like the kids too. I just have to figure out, or be inspired I guess, how to do this job properly, they way God wants me too. He has a plan. I'll just need to be faithful and patient.

Yay!

3/07/2003 12:43:00 am

Fully Sic Mate

Posted by Tom French |

Counting Crows were cool.

More later.

3/06/2003 11:30:00 am

Dot Com

Posted by Tom French |

www.sparklybee.com does not exist. Yay.

Neither does www.sonnywatkins.com.

I'm guessing that www.iammissingthresstoesbecauseofaterribleaccidentwithapapershreader.com isn't being used either, but that has no importance to me.

3/06/2003 11:21:00 am

Good Days

Posted by Tom French |

Counting Crows Day!

I plan to go to my local library and do some college work before heading off to Fox Studios and watching a movie, eating dinner, and seeing a concert. I'm looking forward to this all, eh. There isn't much on at the cinema though. We might find something.

I wonder how many people I know are going to this concert. Hmmm.

3/05/2003 07:50:00 pm

Idle Hands

Posted by Tom French |

I had quite a sit around day today. I achieved very little. I don't like that feeling. I feel I should be out doing things, or working, or seeing, or making. Something or other. I don't like an un-productive day. Idle hands are the devil's tool.

3/05/2003 03:53:00 pm

The Recruit

Posted by Tom French |

I went to see The Recruit last night. That was a fun film. I don't think I'll buy it on DVD bit it was cool. There was fun spy training teams and the twists weren't to bad. I was a good use of two hours I think. I probably won't think about the film much anymore though.

3/05/2003 03:48:00 pm

Keen

Posted by Tom French |

Chris is downstairs re-editing Panda 82. He's making it widescreen and stuff like that. I think he's having fun. He went for a job interview today with a pretty cool sounding film company. I hope he gets a job.

I'm hanging out to make a proper film. I want to make a short film with clapperboards, lights, tripods, booms, actors, scripts, good story, good dialouge, and a sense of achievement. That would be cool. I want to find something to make. But I'm waiting till I have a reason. I've found that the films I make just for the sake of making a film don't turn out very well. So I'm waiting.

3/05/2003 03:40:00 pm

Tour

Posted by Tom French |

I'm going to Crows tomorrow!

I got asked today to do my "Love your Enemies" sermon at Soul Survivor Erina on Saturday. That could be fun. I enjoy sermonising. Some people will have heard it before. I hope they don't get bored.

3/03/2003 04:12:00 pm

American Accent

Posted by Tom French |

I have decided that the easiest way for me to craft a sermon is to spend a few hours pretending to do a sermon on the topic, in a loud, American accent. It's very useful. Using the accent is good because it makes you sound more "earnest" and you can make up corny-er phrases. Not that I want to only seem "earnest", and I don't want to say corny phrases, but I think that the accent is helpful for lubricating the brain.

Is that a good phrase?

3/03/2003 04:06:00 pm

Crows and Reunion

Posted by Tom French |

On Thursday I'm going to Counting Crows!

I went to a beach mission reunion on Saturday. It was very reunion like. How you understand that probably depends on what you think of reunions. Or what you think I think of reunions.

3/03/2003 04:04:00 pm

Edit Suite

Posted by Tom French |

Lesley went to my house to edit her film today I think. Chris is going tomorrow. It's cool. My computer is getting outside use. That's pretty cool if you ask me. I'm enjoying this computer. I still feel very blessed.

3/03/2003 04:03:00 pm

Proached

Posted by Tom French |

I finally preached last night. It went pretty good. I had problems with being very thirsty and so talking was quite un-comfortable. After I got myself a drink it wasn't too bad. People laughed at my jokes and I think the video was well recieved. I hope though, that I got the point across. I'm hoping people go out and do some enemy loving now. That would be good.

I had a lot of people tell me it was good, which was quite uncomfortable. I never know what to do. And responding to compliments to a sermon I felt was even harder. When you're doing "spiritual things" you feel a little guilty getting compliments for what is probably, hopefully, more God's work than mine. But you know these things happen.

Robert and Lesley came to see the church. I'm not sure what Lesley thought, but Robert liked it. He liked the music.

3/02/2003 01:06:00 pm

Worry

Posted by Tom French |

N Korea 'ready' for war with US

Sunday 2 March 2003, 10:05AM

North Korea has warned that nuclear war could break out on the Korean Peninsula at "any moment".

This came after South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun warned of a "calamity" unless the stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear program is resolved peacefully and quickly.


Does that worry anyone? It worries me.

3/02/2003 12:56:00 pm

Can't Speak Gotta Speak

Posted by Tom French |

I think that at the moment I don't have a lot to say, but I have a sermon to learn.

3/02/2003 12:54:00 pm

AudioBlog

Posted by Tom French |

I have got my computer back at work now. This is very exciting for me. I now have things I can do in the office.

I just tried to sign up for this AudioBlog thing but it didn't let me call the number from Australia. How rude is that?

3/01/2003 11:20:00 pm

Story

Posted by Tom French |
3/01/2003 10:20:00 pm

Love Your Videos

Posted by Tom French |

I'm writing the "Love your Enemies" sermon at the moment. I'm hoping it's ok. I finished the video this afternoon in record time. It was so quick. It's not world class but it's alright. I think it'll do the job.

3/01/2003 10:06:00 pm

Fireworks

Posted by Tom French |

There are people doing the fireworks thing near my house. It's Mardi Gras night but I don't think the Madi Gras will get this close.

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