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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas 2005 update #2, plus review of Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Yah it was two days ago but Christmas always "lingers" around on this side of the screen for a week or so. Which I like: it takes away from the hustle-bustle of what is otherwise too hectic a holiday. It doesn't wind down for our family until a day or so after New Years... guess you could say we have a Christmahannukah thing going on or something.

I'm probably gonna do a post on some of the goodies that arrived this year, but since there's a few things on the Christmas agenda that we haven't gotten to yet I'm gonna hold off on doing that for now. But that ain't what Christmas is about, not really, is it? This was by far the best Christmas I've had in a very long time. Maybe the best ever. This was a year that saw a lot of stuff going on in my life - most of it I never talked about here - and that it looks to be ending 2005 on a really positive note, I'm really thankful for that. I don't see why I can't keep this good vibe going on long after Christmas, and share it with others. Long story short: despite so many things that went wrong this past year, I feel like the happiest guy in the world right now... and I intend on staying that happy for a long time to come still.

Anyway, it was a good Christmas day and yesterday (which our Brittish brethren love to celebrate as Boxing Day) I went out for a little bit in the morning to make an exchange at Best Buy: I had the Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World game for my Gameboy, but I returned that in exchange for store credit that I used to buy the Peter Jackson's King Kong game for Xbox. Also got The Simpsons Season 7 DVD set, in the normal box not that hideous Marge-shaped container (my parents got me Season 6 in the Homer head and the whole family agrees: that is the ugliest DVD box ever). Then Lisa and I went out and did a little visiting to homes of family and friends, 'specially those from our church. After we got back from my parents' house we decided to have dinner at Pie Works here in Greensboro: definitely one of the best pizza places known to man (any joint that can give you rattlesnake meat on your pizza is gonna get props in my book). And after returning from that, we watched the newest movie to come in from Netflix: Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

I'd never seen anything by Tyler Perry until last night, but I'm definitely going to check out his other stuff now. This was one of the better movies I've seen in awhile. It was not what I was expecting from the title. Diary of a Mad Black Woman sounds like it could be a comedy - it's a very funny movie, don't get me wrong - but this was far and away the most profoundly Christian film I've seen in ever so long. Something I noticed early on: there's no profanity in this movie, apart from the occassional "hell", otherwise there's not even a "damn" that I could remember hearing. Nobody "gets laid", and in the end this is a beautiful story about forgiving not just others, but forgiving yourself. I'm glad I watched the extras on this disc: like I said, I'm going to have to check out Tyler Perry's other work after having seen this. He's an incredibly Christian man who is trying to use his gifts for writing and acting in a way that not only entertains others, but glorifies God. I've a lot of respect for someone who can do all that. He plays three characters in this movie including Madea: imagine a 68-year old woman waving a pistol around everywhere she goes. It was by far one of the most outrageously funny characters I've seen in awhile.

Anyway, we spent last night watching Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and considered it time well spent, and you might want to check it out too. Will chronicle more of what's been going on this holiday season later, including pics of what Lisa got me, which I haven't stopped thinking about once since Christmas morning :-)