Yes it is Monday.

Well, right not all I have in my mind is the Passion of the Christ. I saw this movie last night and I have very mixed feelings about it. Growing up Catholic made me learn a lot about religion, add to that going to a Catholic high school and you have quite a bit of knowledge. When I moved to the US I did not attend church as often as I did back in Colombia, and I entered an exploration stage. I visited several Protestant churches and was actually impressed by a lot of them. At the moment I am not overly religious and I now consider myself a Christian first and a Catholic second.

That said I think that the movie was a bit too much. Even though I understand that it is important to illustrate the brutality of crucifixion as well as the torture Jesus went through. I think the movie goes to far to illustrate the gore. I did like that the movie stayed true to scripture and thought the casting was excellent. The movie worked with subtitles, and I think the cinematography of it was beautiful. Now I could have done with a lot of the gore, which in order to my brain to accept I had to look at is as it is just Hollywood and special effects. I think I would have not been able to handle it otherwise. In films, a lot of the most powerful scenes never actually show brutality but kind of suggest it. Alfred Hitchcock did it on Psycho and even on Scarface you never see the guy actually using the chainsaw but I think we all agree that the message was there. I wish that the movie would’ve used a little more of this method; I do not think it was necessary to depict flesh being ripped off of Jesus body. I know I am a little late with all of this, but I just watched the movie yesterday and it did really move me.

I did not want to make this entry about just the movie but I guess it did have a strong impact in me, so lets leave it at that.

**Update** if you have a chance, listen to this.
A Historical Look at Crucifixion

I had to come up with my own this week

For the last couple of weeks there has been no Friday Five… not sure what is going on with the person that runs it, probably too busy. So I am coming up with my own this week, and you can answer in the comments if you want to.

1. Do you drink coffee or tea? (if both pick your fav, if none what do you drink?)
I drink both, but I go thruogh seasons, right now I am in coffee season.

2.Do you eat breakfast every day?(light-cereal, heavy-eggs, toast)
Yes, and it is heavy :)

3.During your morning drive, or wake up time… do you listen to what? (the news, music, etc)
I listen to NPR or Music.

4.Do you always wake up on the same side of the bed? What side do you preffer?
Not always and no real preference.

5.Do you take a shower every morning?.
Yes, have to… cannot do the take a shower the night before thing.

Let the culture talk begin (first post Education)

I have been thinking about writing about culture for quite some time. Like some of you know I was born in Colombia and moved to the US during my teens, so I got to learn a lot about my “mother land’s” culture as well as experienced being a teenager in the US. I have had the luck to be able to explore both cultures at an almost perfect age to be able to assimilate both of them, which is awesome. Living in Chicago also allowed me to learn tons about other cultures, from my best friend being Polish to my fascination with Asian cultures, and just so many other cultures available in such a cosmopolitan area. There are tons of things that are worth while discussing in culture differences, and I guess I would most likely compare anything I discuss here to my two basic ones Colombian and American. I will like to start by pointing some of the differences in the education systems, which have surprised a lot of people when I have pointed out the differences.

I attended a private Catholic school in Colombia and a public school in the US. I completed 11 grades in Colombia s well as being able to attend a US public high school due to my age.

At first glance both systems seem very similar, even having similar roots, but as soon as you start digging you see that there are major differences. One of the most mind-boggling to me is that Colombia has 1 less year of Pre-college education, yet all students are required to complete a lot of courses that in the US would be considered college level.

::Home Improvement Shows::

Onesome: Home- What’s the one thing your dream home must have?

Indoor Pool, 10 car garage, hot tub and a movie theater.

Twosome: improvement- What’s the one thing you would change about your current home? New bed, couch? New carpet or wallpaper? Or something major like an addition?

Better stereo system.

Threesome: shows- Do you ever watch home improvement shows? Which one(s)? Do you actually learn anything, or is it simply entertaining?

Not really, I watched trading spaces a couple of times but not addicted like other people… I am not into home improvement persay, but I would like to learn like anything else. It is at the bottom of my list though.

–Start doing the Thursday Threesome

[ Bracket Quiz ]

Stolen from Bea who stole it from Kym :-)

[Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says]
Fundamental data types nd some simple control structures used for decision making

[Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?]
FedEx Shipping envelope.

[What is the last thing you watched on TV?]
Fox News in the Morning.

[With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?]
The noise from coworkers having meetings in their cubicles instead of a meeting room… but I am not bitter 😉

[When did you last step outside?]
To get in the car to go to work… about to step out to lunch after I am done with this

[Before you came to this website, what did you look at?]
My e-mail.

[What are you wearing?]
Shirt, tie, pants, sweater vest… regular work clothes I guess.

[Did you dream last night?]
Don’t think so, was too tired

[When did you last laugh?]
Meeting that I was just trapped on for a while

[What is on the walls of the room you are in?]
Pictures, calendar, work phone list.

[Seen anything weird lately?]
A car that is driven by a clown.

[What do you think of this quiz?]
pretty good for a meme!

[What is the last movie you saw?]
The Prince and I

[If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?]
A house

[Tell me something about you that I don’t know:]
I think if you just check my about me page, there are 100 things you don’t know :).

[If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?]
I end hunger.

[Do you like to dance?]
Yes, love it, did it this weekend.

[George Bush:]
He has a difficult job

[Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?]
Not doing this again, last time a family member stole the name and used it for their kid.

[Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?]
See above

[Would you ever consider living abroad?]
Think about it every day.