07 June 2005

The Man who Fell from Heaven

There's this kid at one of my co-worker's schools who likes to shout *I have a big pen-is!* during class (and that pen is pronounced like the pen you write with, Ramon). I think that's the funniest thing I've heard in a long, long time and if it was my kid, I would totally praise his fine use of our fine language. I find myself laughing as I go to sleep just thinking about it.

You know what pisses me off? *Cheaper by the Dozen,* that Steve Martin movie.

You know what doesn't piss me off? The Japanese version of Steve Martin's epic *The Jerk* is titled *The Man who Fell from Heaven.*

And you know what should piss me off, but I've lost energy — Evangelicals from the States. I met another a load of them this weekend that are in Japan to bless the Japanese people, whether the Japanese people want their blessing or not. Or rather, whether the Japanese people can understand that they are being blessed (as it is happening in English) or not. Short Term Missions is just a religious-way to say *Sightseeing Trip with Feel Good American-style Evangelism to Make You Feel like You Accomplished Something and You Can Get All Your Wealthy Friends to Pay for by Making them Feel Guilty.* Completely ridiculous. Somebody, talk some sense into someone. And while you're at it, give me style and grace.