Monday, March 31, 2008

A Philly Steak and Cheese Epiphany

Saturday, I was at the mall and to be more specific, the food court. I started to walk along the restaurants looking at all my choices. I was really hungry but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted exactly. Taco Bell? No, I had that last night. Burger King? No, not really wanting a burger at the moment. Subway? No, not that either. The last time I got Subway here, it was cold when it was supposed to be toasted.

I continued to look and along the way I was offered a free sample from one of the ladies standing in front her restaurant (is restaurant the word I should be using when talking about the food court?). I stuffed this sandwich in my mouth and it was so good. That convinced me, I wanted a Philly Steak and Cheese sandwich.

I proceed to get in line and eventually I gave the guy my order/payed and I moved down and waited for my food to come up. I took my food and waited for Steph (my gf) and we went to find a place to sit down. I sat down, took my drink off my tray, put some salt on my fries and looked at this beautiful sandwich that sat before me. I couldn't wait to stuff the whole thing in my mouth and then it hit me.

I just got served a Philly Steak and Cheese Sandwich by three Hispanic guys and an Oriental man. What an ironic and beautiful thing. These men have all come from various cultures and here they are making an iconic American sandwich. I don't necessarily mean that they are from another country themselves but what I do mean is that they or their families are from different parts of the globe just like ours are or were at one point. And at one point or another, somebody in their family and ours chose to come here and when they did, they brought their culture with them. Maybe that was something that they did themselves. Who knows? But that's not the point is it? The point is that we are the melting pot of the world. We take everybody and nobody is excluded and they have the freedom to be who they are. The freedom to be who God made them to be. Granted, racism is still a major problem but the ideal is so awesome.

I then proceeded to look around the mall at all the different types of people. That's what's so beautiful about this place. We are all in this together. We take all cultures and we make them our own. We accept them and find the beauty in them and they become a part of the bigger picture. It made me proud to be an American. It was a good moment.

There really isn't a teaching point here or anything. I just wanted to share such a divine moment with you all.


Jim Halpert is my homeboy...

I'm a huge fan of The Office.

What twenty-something male isn't? It's essential in order to be considered hip.

One of my favorite running gags is the never-ending, all out prank wars between Jim and Dwight. It's more so one sided than anything, as Jim always gets the better of Mr. Schrute.

With April Fool's Day upon us, I felt it necessary to provide any inspiration some of you may be needing.

But first, allow me to introduce a primer to our topic.

Pranking 101...

A prank should be funny.
It may not seem funny to the prankee at the time, but it should be something that by the time it is being retold, should be funny. Compare:
1. So, we set this church on fire and it burned down. (Not funny)
2. So, we put thirty for sale signs in front of the school. (Funny)

*Know your target.
First - you should actually know the person you are pranking - or have the involvement of the someone who does (same rules if it is a place). This is also important because the bigger the idea is the more important it is to know if this person will sue you or have you arrested. (This is the world we live in, unfortunately).
So if you build an indoor pool, your targets need to find this funny. If it's more along the lines of a whoopee cushion thing, this will be less crucial.

*It needs to be fixable.
Anything that causes permanent damage is not funny. There might be little leeway along the lines of "we painted the roof", but not really, as long a the roof can be painted back. Which brings us to...

*You need to then clean it up.
If you turn someone's office into a beach (hilarious, by the way), you need to also be willing to clean it all up after everyone has had their laughs. If you are not willing to do that, then you might want to stick to something more along the lines of salt cookies instead.

Standard Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for any consequences should you decide to re-enact any of the examples listed above or below.




Now, if you fancy yourself a tech-savvy person,
then here are some interesting ideas.

Hopefully this was able to tickle your imagination. If it made you pee your pants, let me know. And get yourself some new pants.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Promises promises...

Today I took a long look at my last post and realized something.

I've failed. Miserably.

I've failed to uphold the standards which I've set before myself in regards to this blog. I've failed to keep the promises I've made to you to provide anything of substance. (All four of you.)

Guys, it's only been a week or so since Tyler and I started this, and I'm already beginning to have doubts.

Not doubts about the idea, but doubts about the execution; at least the execution on my part. I don't want to force anything on here. I don't want to just provide white noise in order to fill up a post entry. I want this to be separated from the already billions of blogs of wax poetry and emo verbalization.

Dear God, I don't want to be a CD liner note for Dashboard.

I'm pretty introspective at the moment. I blame it on a conversation I just had with Matt Stine, a wise old sage.

Not to mention a muscular one.

He's like a miniature very large Bhudda. With hair. Gratuitous amounts of hair.

So, all of this to say that in the next couple of days, you will see some changes within what we are doing here at Push.

Much promised interviews, current event related articles, and music drops will be posted.

Also, we've gotten some feedback from a few of you concerning articles of your own that you were interested in posting. Please, never hesitate to approach Tyler or myself with an idea. We listen to and ignore all ideas equally.

With that said, keep on doing your thing people.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Art of Being Creepy...

If I were to be completely honest, I would wholeheartedly admit that I have failed to keep my end of the bargain as far as consistently posting goes. Of course, if you haven't been checking this blog on a daily basis, that would make two of us. Or three, just in case more than one person besides Tyler and I read this thing.

But, I'm not exactly an honest guy. So, I'll just explain it all away under the premise that it's been an extremely busy and productive spring break for me, and that to find time to write is a novelty I can not afford.

Sure, that's believable.

Currently I'm sitting in a coffee shop; Brew Daily's to be exact. I used to come here way back when I didn't live at school. You know, about two months ago.

Many a thoughts, ideas, capers, etc. were developed within these gloriously roast scented walls, so I figured spending as much time here as possible would help to pique my creative interests.

About the only thing I've achieved to do so far is down a delicious cinnamon roll, buy music, and witness an event so peculiar it makes a Charlie Kaufman/Michael Gondry film collaboration seem like a Disney Channel special.

I do not understand the female species. That obvious statement leads me to this peculiar event.

I was lounging at my favorite table with some of my favorite people, when we were approached by a rather peculiar looking man, with a peculiar look on his face. He gave a peculiar request to one of the girls sitting with us.

"May I take your picture?"

Of course, I already know what she's going to respond with, which would be something along the lines of incredulistic intrigue, yet feigning disgust.

Oh Jared, you have much to learn...

"Ummm, sure!"


When the guy left to get his equipment, I told her that this could only lead to one thing.

More after the jump. ( Ohhh, I feel like such a cool blogger now that I've finally gotten to say that!)

Our gentlemen photographer proceeded to "snapshot" my friend in the bay windows of the coffee shop, followed by some street "candids" and even an alley set.

All of this, of course, under the watchful eye of your's truly.

If anything unfortunate were to happen, I would be the person you would want with you. I'm trained for this sort of thing, you know. Try to beat me in dialing 911 sometime, it ain't gonna happen.

Anyway, to make a long story short, when the photo shoot was over with, he informed my friend that he would get in contact with her via email and once the photos were properly developed, he could begin building her "portfolio". I just think he was building his own special kind of portfolio, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Hmm, that ain't creepy.

After Creeps McGee left, she was given the obligatory hounding as to her actions.

"But he was kinda cute, right? I mean, he's artsy."

Hmm, and Charlie Manson was a family guy too.

Women, you never cease to amaze me.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Unfortunately, I’m beginning to finally believe the notion that it is possible to have too much time on your hands.

To give you an example, as I write this post, I’m currently sitting in a desk chair, spinning around in circle with my laptop on the top of my lap. (Ohhh, so that’s why they call it that.)

I expect by the thirtieth consecutive turn I’ll be a little queasy, but will have successfully burned at least a minute of my day of zilch.

I was thinking that Spring Break would be nothing but loads of fun for me, and so far it has. But I know that in the coming days of absolutely zero activity, my ADHD will kick into high gear and I’ll probably end up building massive forts out of Brad Grimes’ couch cushions.

Where have the days of G.I. Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures gone?

They’re probably stored away in some box in my mom’s attic. All dusty and stuff.

I brought a few books with me to read while on break; nothing fancy, just some essentials.

A few Donald Millers, God’s Blogs, Generous Orthodoxy, and a C.S. Lewis classic.

I don’t think I’ll get around to reading them all, but as long as I carry them with me wherever I go, people will think that I’m good humored, trendy, and intelligent for my choices of literature. (This would be misleading because I actually needed to use spell check to write “intelligent”. Make that twice.)

Since I’m without zero to do today, perhaps I will make some much needed updates and postages on Push.

But the key word there is “perhaps”. I’ve found that with the more time I have on my hands, the less I actually get done. I don’t know what that means besides the fact that I’m a horrible time manager. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t work for Rolex. (ZING!)

Anyway, there’s no real point to this post, other than to feel slightly more productive than I already do, and to give some other bored people something else to read concerning another bored person. Maybe whoever else is bored should come on down to Auburn and we can talk about being bored together.

Sounds like time well spent to me.


Pick up the Styx...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Change Begins with Yourself

guys i love the s a story for ya that i actually told at graduation because I believe it with all of my heart...

A kid goes out and decides that he is goin to change the world...he goes out and does everything that he can to change the world...he goes and tries to help all the peoples of the world...he did everything he could to change the world but then he realized that the world was still in similar shape that it used to be

so as he got older he decided to just change america...he did everything he could to change america...he wrote letters to the president he wrote letters to congress..he protested things he felt strong about..he did everything he coudl to change the he got older he realized that there wasnt that much of a difference

he decided to change his state...he did everything he could to change his state...he wrote letters to the governor...he joined groups that were state wide for causes he believed in..he did everything that he could to change his he got even older now...he realized that again it wasnt having the kind of impact that he wanted

so he decided just to change his neighborhood...he visited all the people close to him...he helped elderly ladies across the street...he did everything he could to change his neighborhood but as things were people moved in and out and he wasnt making the kind of difference he wanted to...

as he was getting into his late years he realized that he had tried so many different things to change the world around him...he decided you know what ill just change myself...and as he changed himself he lived his life differently being the kind of friend he would like to have and the kind of person that he would like to be was by changing himself that he actually changed the world..

By Luke Zeller

Why I'm doing this...Part Jared...

I've always been the kind of person who likes to share ideas. Now, ask me to share my food, and you'd more than likely get a less than genial response.

(I apologize for the immediate hostilities; I just bought some Cadbury
© Eggs and I'm feeling slightly protective.)

When Tyler and I discussed the idea for PUSH, we may have been overreaching in our immediate goals, but they are without a doubt something to overreach for.

Personally, I love the idea of a place for like-minded (and even different-minded) people to come together and discuss thoughts on life, culture, God, etc.

My goal is to post thoughts, ideas, articles, interviews and other little tidbits (seriously, what's a tidbit anyway?) at least once a day, with the knowledge that it will more than likely happen a few times a week.

I look forward to hearing from you guys, and please, don't be afraid to put yourselves out there.

Because it's safe in here.

Keep on pushing,

A little somethin' for all you fly muthas...

Well, I guess it's my turn.

I don't know what more I can add to what it is that I would like to see happen with this blog. I guess for me, I want to keep searching, digging, or "pushing" (lame I know) for more. There is more to this life than school, than money, the buildings we build, the safe-guards we put up, and the kingdoms we create. I feel that sometimes we miss the point of life entirely.

Each day is a gift that I think we are all guilty using for our own selfish wants. We miss those opportunities that are free gifts to us to change something or somebody. Those gifts are unveiled daily but in the midst of the clutter of our eyes blinded by culture we often don't recognize them. I want us to help each other to see. To see those missed things. To see God when we would normally just walk right on by.

How does it grow? It grows by you guys, the readers and contributors to this blog. Where does it go from here? That is the question that only time will tell. I look forward to reading things from you all.

I look forward to learning, laughing, pondering, and wondering right along beside all of you. I love not knowing what's around the corner. I hope you all are excited about this as we are. Thanks for the encouraging words. Posts and stories will soon follow. Thanks and God bless.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

And so it starts...

Well, here it is. An idea in it's infant stage. And we want to make it grow but we cannot do it on our own. Push is a blog that has been started by us, Tyler Morningstar and Jared Murray.

We came to this idea to start a blog about things that are relevant to our world and to the world of those around us.

We came to the conclusion that this would be the best way to get the word out to the masses.

We plan to have stories, discussions, ideas, and whatever else comes into play.

We want this to be a place where many and all feel free to comment and contribute. If there's something that you would like to talk about, feel free to email it to us or leave a comment about it. If you'd like to write a story, poetry or whatever for the blog, just let us know.

We want this to have an impact on those in the 20-something demographic. If the major networks can target you as their main audience, why can't we?

We want this to bring up the issues that you/we feel are important. Not only just to bring them up and to talk about them, but to see what we can actually do to make a difference in the world around us.

We want to get this out to everyone that lives in Fort Wayne or the surrounding areas.

We want to affect the city.

We want to change our world.

We want you to help us with this. Your voices will shape the future of the world and what we do today can change tomorrow.

Tell us what's going on around you. What can be changed? What should be changed? How can it change? What does Scripture say about it?

So spread the word. Get it out there and "Push" people.

Push them to make this world a better place, A more peaceful place. A more loving place.

We look forward to your input. Thanks for reading.

Tyler and Jared

WE instead of I

You can reach us either through Facebook or Aim. Flapman15 is Tyler and pass da rock yo is Jared.