Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Survey Says?

It's just not setting in. In 3 weeks I'll be IN Uganda!! That's right! My peace corps service in Uganda will begin March 6. I'll fly out of Indianapolis to Boston for staging at 7am March 2 where I'll spend a few days in orentation and then WHAM, fly straight to Africa... So here's my question to you, readers: If you were going to spend 2 years in Africa what 5 books and 5 movies would you take?? Don't be shy. Post a comment and list what you'd take and why... It might be a more difficult choice than you think. I'm not limited to just 5 books and movies, but I thought it'd be fun to see what people would choose.


At 15 February, 2006, Anonymous Andrew - DEATHWALKSALONE said...

Oo I shall start....

Movies: I would try to choose a different genre for each movie to keep me occupied. Also I like movies or books that motivate me in life, keeping me going to see another day and be happier.

Horror - That is a hard decision since I have yet to see a "really good horror" but for some type of entertainment why not Saw?

Action - Equilibrium: This is a great movie with a lot of action and a cool message! I would say that I like it even more than the Matrix to an extent.

Comedy - Super Troopers: Nuff said.
If not that then Dogma with Jay and Silent Bob.

Anime - I am a big fan of anime and my favorite anime of all time would be S-cry-ed so I would take that entire box set since that entire series motivates me in life.

Drama - Meh skip that I shall stick with Comedy =).

Books on the other hand is a bit harder. However that is only becuase I would bring 4 martial arts books with me (not including my notes from class) and I would bring one story that just motivates my entire existence. The skull of truth perhaps?

Also out of fun I shall do music.. even though I would bring all of my music.

I love all music and I guess I base my entire life around motivation. I also like all music but country... just can't stand that stuff.

Grandia 2 music soundtrack #12
Well its in japanese but I just like the opera sounding rap thing.. dunno how else to explain it but its pretty good. It brings serenity and on the drive to work I actually listen to this song or 3 others. NOTHING ELSE LOL!

Clark Gable - The Postal Service
This is a good song about love that he is creating and wishing to be true, forgetting reality to my understanding. The Postal Service is a pretty good band that my friend got me into about a year ago.

Such Great Heights - The Postal Service (again woot)

This song is extremely motivating... In the car it just has that feeling since it is all around and the melody feels just good. This and the one above are both the 2 main songs I listen to in the car on the way, plus my entire family likes them so we all enjoy them on the way.

We Ready - um forget who raps this

Basically this song gets my adrenaline running and I love that feeling. I will always go for songs like these as well since they just bring it out on you.

Anything classical or anything that I can wake up and be in a serene atmosphere.. that is a great feeling to start the day on.. man it feels good!!!

So many others I didn't list but I thought you might want some insight on music as well from my point of view!

At 20 February, 2006, Blogger cory said...

i'll get to books later.
1. Devdas
2. Falling down
3. lawrence of Arabia
4. shawshank redemption
5. 7 years in tibet

movies that take place over a long time period in a foreign country are really important. and falling down, just for the line after he throws the baseball bat.

At 25 February, 2006, Anonymous Jacob Harris said...

howdy Brian! looks like it's happening so fast that I won't get home to see you before you leave. God Bless!

Movies... this is pretty easy for me because I don't own very many. 5 is about a third of my collection.

1-3: Star Wars Episode 4 - 6
4: Hoosiers
5: The Matrix

Books... while I really enjoy reading, I can only think of one book that I would miss that much if I spent just two years away from it. The rest are just gravy.

1. Bible
2. Ender's Game (probably the most gripping science fiction book I've read)
3. Shakespeare's Complete Works (I always wanted to read more of his stuff... maybe I'd have time in another country)
4-5. I'd just pick something I've never read but have heard about... maybe East of Eden or Grapes of Wrath, maybe a book of poetry by Wordsworth or Frost.

At 25 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey B,

congrats on all!!
In Peace Corps Ghana you can find any book you've ever heard of, but movies, well now that's a different story. I'd recommend taking films that you'd like to memorize or will pull you through the tough times--when you're homesick, lonely, sick, etc.

Good luck with staging, etc. E me when you can...dixie

At 28 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
The Promise, Chaim Potok

Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller
Searching for God knows what, Donald Miller

Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell

Generous Orthodoxy, Brian McLaren

Son of Laughter, Buechner
Godric, Buechner

Dangerous Wonder, Yaconelli

Making Real What I already Believe, John Fischer

Parable of Joy, Michael Card (only available at michaelcard.com)

Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis

Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Abba's Child- Brennan Manning

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen
In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen

The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey

That's enough for now...


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