Clay’s comment of all these Doctors on the docket then me is probably well deserved. But none of them sported a Bronco jersey or an earring. So I got that going for me.
Matt Davis went with me and I’m glad he did. He’s “one of us.” (LR crew – you know what I’m talking about.) I almost wished we had recorded the drive time because there were some pretty funny times.
For example, Matt starts laughing at this sign:
Needless to say – we had found our slogan for the weekend. Said at completely inappropriate times led to numerous instances of fall down laughter. We were at a youth worker conference so fortunately most everyone there had a great sense of humor. Most everyone.
Then again, it might not. I kinda like the Hot Wheels Convention look. I’m not so much a fan of the front windshield and plates. When you paint a van like this, do the Senior groups use it as well? What about the WMU?
Matt also caught this one:
I have a few problems with the plate holder but you know – it’s on a beat up mini-van, the official car of the Religious Right. The Bible – Life’s Instruction Manual. It should have come with another saying – “Used without Author leads to Death.” Of course that would have been one heck of a plate holder. The record needs to show that “Life’s Instruction Manual” didn’t make them any better drivers. They used no turn signals coming out of Sonic.
Another thing I learned about Matt…he’s a total guy. For example, we’re talking about our seasons on NCAA College Football ’06. We have a bathroom break and finish our conversation in the bathroom but no NEW conversation is started until after we leave the restroom.
Every guy knows this is exactly the correct protocal. It’s legit to FINISH or CONTINUE a conversation in bathroom. It is NEVER okay to START or INITIATE a conversation while standing in front of a urinal. (Which, Cathy, brings up a question. Grammatically I know that it should be “an urinal” but “a urinal” sounds better. Do we have a ruling on this?)
Along the same lines, a few hours later and few subject changes later, I randomly ask Matt – “Do you use a 3-4 or a 4-3?”
Couple of guy things about this interaction…it doesn’t matter that our original conversation was over 30 minutes ago. It’s perrfectly legit for me to continue that conversation as if it never ended. A true guy knows this and will continue conversation as well. Matt did.
Secondly, he knew what the heck 3-4 and 4-3 meant instantly – with no explanation needed.
For all that are lost, allow me to explain. After a few minutes of pondering other important points, I realized that Matt and I failed to cover the basic defensive package we use with our college teams on the video game. A 3-4 (3 defensive lineman, 4 linebackers) OR a 4-3 (4 defensive lineman, 3 linebackers). To which Matt uses the 4-3.
Another guy trait – we smoothly transitioned from that conversation to the necessity of deeper discipleship in the church as opposed to more activity. Guys can do this. In the span of 5 minutes we can be horribly rude, insensitive, shallow, and deep. And we’re okay with that.
Another thing we learned on the trip – I have a major hole in my music collection. In the transition to all things digital, I learned that Eric Clapton is missing from my iPod. I realized this after I heard a version of his “Cocaine” song. I’m sure how this happened.
I’ll blog more tomorrow about the actual content of the weekend but I thought inquiring minds might want to know these things.