Yesterday we went to Salem for the reading of the nine new names on the Afghan-Iraqui Freedom war memorial. We met the man who helped us gather all the Oregon war information last June for our riderless horse. At the time there were 3,397 Oregonians who had died in service of this country in the past century. Now it's passed the 3,400 mark (although I'm not sure of the exact number -- gotta find out).
Then we watched Maria lose to Henin in the women's season-ending final. And after that we saw 'Lions to Lambs,' the new Cruise-Streep-Redford film. All I can say about that is it was riveting, intelligent entertainment. I didn't want it to end. What an amazing way to show every point of view on the war and how we got where we are, including the politicians, the media, the military and the apathetic public. Redford started out sounding like Redford -- that weird, affected way he does dialogue. But suddenly he was the most natural and believable I've ever seen him. And Cruise was jaw-dropping. He really is a better actor than he gets credit for.
The Masters Cup (men's season-ender) started yesterday, and we get coverage from Shanghai in the middle of the night. I fell asleep during Roddick's match, and just gave up and went to bed. So, when I got up this morning, what did I find out? Roger lost his first match. TO GONZALEZ! It's round robin, so he'll play again, but this hurts his chance of making the final.
Unbelievable. That's three losses since I decided to pull for the guy.
I have definitely wrecked his career.
I hear:Contemporary Christian, if you can believe that
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens, Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking, Loving might be a mistake, but it's worth making, Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter, When you come close to selling out, reconsider, Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!