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Dole-ing Out The Good Stuff

There are some things in life that I’m willing to travel a great distance to overpay for.

While the list of things isn’t long, it does include a very special frozen delight, found in only a handful of places in the world.

If you’ve never experienced the extreme goodness that is “Dole Whip”, then you my friend are missing out on one of the best parts of a sun-filled vacation.

Dole Whip is a pineapple soft serve offered at only two locations outside the Dole Plantation in Oahu; at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida.

I know what you West Coasters are thinking,

“If it’s so good, how could I have been to Disneyland so many times and missed it?”

My answer is relatively simple,

“You think that you’re walking past the line for the Not So “Enchanted Tiki Room”.

You see, at Disneyland the Dole Whip is located inside the waiting area for the Tiki Room. Since no returning visitor has purposefully gone into the Tiki Room since 1978, the waiting area is usually vacant… except for a long, single-file line that extends from the Dole Whip cash register, out into Adventure Land.

It’s an easy mistake to make, when you cross the bridge into Adventure Land you’re usually dead set on getting to the Indiana Jones queue. Since the Tiki Room hasn’t been updated since Magnum PI was on the air, your first instinct is to blow past the area.

But let me ask you a question,

“When was the last time you saw a long line of wait-ers that didn’t lead to something really good?”

(Twilight Movies excluded for obvious reasons.)

If you do join the line of Dole Whip wait-ers, you’ll notice two things:

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Getting Your Reps In

It’s January 4th and many of you have no doubt joined me in not going to the gym yet this year.  This isn’t because I’m lazy or getting over a cold, I usually go quite regularly.  I just do my best to avoid my Gym for the month of January…

…because a January gym is a chaotic gym.

You see January is the worst month for regular gym attenders because every January many people decide that “getting into shape” is going to be their New Years Resolution.  In conjunction with this compunction, many health clubs offer incentives to entice new members to save money by purchasing a yearly membership.

Now with all of the new members arriving the Gym doesn’t add more space, equipment, or  classes, they simply cram more people into their facility.  This means that in the exercise area there are increased wait times for equipment, especially for treadmills and ellipticals.

It’s much worse in the locker room.

While long-term club members generally have well established daily routines built around exercising and showering at the health club, new members are often just figuring out how they are going to fit all of this into their schedule.  All of the hurried jockeying for locker and shower position causes the room to become a tightly packed sweatlodge of clammy, half-naked bodies awkwardly bumping into each other.

At the gym, January is a month rife with grumpy and complaining members, all unhappy with the club’s services.  Many threaten to take their business elsewhere.  None of this murmuring ever leads to additions in fact; the club will gladly receive your complaints and do nothing.

Because they know that the problem will take care of itself.

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What Our Response Reveals…

Regardless of where I’ve travelled in the world, I’ve found people to be self-centered and opinionated.  I find this is especially true whenever I look in the mirror.

Because of this selfishness our opinions generally begin in a place that considers our own viewpoint first and most important.

The more mature we are the more often our opinions become informed by perspectives outside our own frame of reference.

It’s quite rare that a self-centered opinion isn’t offensive, often because human beings like to be taken into consideration when opinions are being formed and expressed… even if they don’t often take others into consideration themselves.

All of this self-focus places us into circumstances where personal opinions compete for the attention of an audience of people; sometimes in just a room full of people, other times in front of an entire nation.

Because no one can perfectly share our perspective, or our self-regard, going through life without getting offended is impossible.  As Christians, our job is to have a godly response in those moments when someone says, or does, something that we don’t like or agree with.

This weekend the cast of Saturday Night live expressed their opinions about “Tebowmania” in a sketch that featured Jesus Christ making a post-game appearance to the Broncos in their locker room.  While taking credit for the Bronco victory and inferring that Bill Belicheck was the devil, Jesus took some time out to tell Tebow to “tone it down” and add “studying the playbook” to “studying the good book”.

There were plenty of funny moments.

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