Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Confessions of a one-trick pony

  • Jesus of Nazareth, you may have read, was a carpenter. Building things out of wood wasn't really his claim to fame; it was just something he did, because his earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter. Jesus grew up around a carpenter and just sort of naturally picked up the trade.
    My earthly father is a journalist. By extension, I am a journalist. I have an ingrained ability to disseminate information. I'm not sure I particularly enjoy being a journalist, but I do it because it's what I know how to do.
    I imagine Jesus might have felt the same way about his naturally learned profession. "Carpentry is alright," he may have thought. "But I think I'd prefer to save the souls of all mankind."
    OK. I'm nothing like Jesus.
    But I do want to help people.
    That's why my wife and I are hoping to join the Peace Corps.
    But here's the thing about Peace Corps: they send the help that countries actually want. For example, China seems keen on having a few folks come over and teach English. So, if I were an English teacher, I might get sent there. My wife, as a registered dietician, would be welcome in any number of countries.
    "We don't have a journalism need," said the recruiter when we went to visit this morning.
    Pity the country that would, actually. Things are in a very bad way when a government decries: "We need more journalists!"
    I certainly don't blame anyone for neglecting to request rabble-rousers when there are houses that need building, diseases that need fighting, and infrastructure that needs developing. But, uhm, I can't do anything else. I'm a monkey with a keyboard.
    So, the recruiter's suggestion to me: Learn carpentry.

  • E-mail addresses that would be difficult to give over the phone.

  • Sadly, this is not yet an Olympic sport.

  • When looking at this picture, it's best not to think about what happens in men's water polo.

  • Norwegian porn: the new crime-fighting tool.

  • Winning the award for comically melodramatic headline: this story.

  • For rent: One slightly-used Italian grandfather.

  • Today is John Robert Parker Ravenscroft's birthday. Be sure to celebrate by drinking a glass of red wine and listening to experimental music (or, at the least "Teenage Kicks" by the Undertones).

  • It's not experimental, but it's good: The Mooney Suzuki
  • 1 comment:

    Jason said...

    Last week I built and launched a new blogging site for Peace Corps volunteers called Third Goal. Peace Corps volunteers are invited to create a free account.

    Jason Pearce of Third Goal

    "Third Goal Is Born"