Saturday, August 20, 2005

There are giants in the sky

The title of this post has nothing to do with its contents, but I just listened to a great song from the musical Into the Woods that starts with those words. It's a song sung by Jack after he returns from his trip up the beanstalk. It's about gaining perspective after being in a different world. If you ever get a chance to see Into the Woods, see it. It's great.

The big news around here is that I bought a new car. Pictures of my new ride will appear shortly. I need to go outside and take some first. I bought a Pontiac Vibe. Pontiac calls it a Compact Utility Vehicle. It's kind of a souped up wagon of sorts. It's also orange (well, "fusion" according to Pontiac). It's pretty sweet having new wheels. I was pretty tired to having to worry about whether I'd return from my errands in my car or on foot.

Mom and Dad were here for the purchase. I had been looking, but having them here to explain things motivated me to get going. It's funny, but here I am, a 28 year old "adult," and yet, there were times in the cubicle with the dealer and then with the financing lady, that my gut reaction was to turn my head and look to Mom and Dad for help/answers. I wonder if that ever goes away. Many thanks to my loving parents for being supportive as I bought my first car. Also, many thanks to God for giving me parents who love me and always make me feel loved.

On a totally unrelated note, I ate lunch at Taco Bell yesterday as I was in the midst of other errands. As I sat there, reading my book and eating my double decker taco, I couldn't help but chuckle as the girl who worked there drug metal chair after metal chair away from the tables so she could sweep. Everyone sitting there would cringe as the chair would scrape across the floor. There she was, just doing her job with no apparent recognition of the fact that dragging the chairs was utterly obnoxious. I couldn't help but chuckle. I mean, why not wait until more people leave, or simply pick the chair up instead of dragging it. I don't know why it struck me as so funny, but it did.

This Sunday is Rally Day at Harpeth. We'll be presenting Bibles and explaining the basic flow of Sunday mornings now that "the late service" is at 10:00. I'm eager to see how I feel after my first Sunday in the regular routine.

I hope everyone out there is doing well.


Anonymous said...

"take extra care with strangers, even flowers have their dangers..."

awesome musical. Alan, i have a newfound respect for you :)


Alan Bancroft said...

Thanks for the props. It really is a cool show. I love that it presents all of these fairy tale folks as real people, with real concerns, and real idiosyncrocies (sp?). I also love that the first act ends with everything resolved and then the second act begins with chaos. Cool stuff.
So, Robyn who?

Anonymous said...

dude, that stings. i take back my respect. i am not THAT forgettable.

and to think i came to see you graduate.... and for mark of course... but also for you.


robyn leigh keeney

beck said...

a new car? i can hardly handle this news. i miss the ole buiey all ready.

Alan Bancroft said...

Robyn-I'm sorry, friend. I have a Montreat friend who spells her name the same way as you do, so I get confused. I figured it was you, but I didn't want to know what happens when people do that. Anyway, I hope you know I will be eternally grateful for your attendance at my graduation. I actually have a really good pic of me and Mark from that day, come to think of it. Anyway, thanks for checking up on me through the blog. I'll know from now on that there is only one real Robyn. :)

Becca said...

orange, huh? pretty bold, schmalan. i'm proud.
starting class tomorrow--kinda nervous
How was rally day?
Our kick off party at the Chappell's was tonight--we missed you.

mark said... car..

awesome..but parting will be bittersweet no? i mean..most of the was pretty faithful..

so nows it just paying for gas..


btw, 3 tvs set up..gameplan ordered..ready for football season baby!

any high speed net access up there for ya?


Anonymous said...

awww... of course you're forgiven. from now on if you see someone sign like this it's me...