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||[Jun. 27th, 2005|01:58 am]
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Hello, Nerd Squad peeps. It is me, the man who many a complaint and criticism of the infamous Squad of people with problems. Here is me two cents. We must avoid something happening team, weve got to keep to the easy going people that we are so good at being. There is a reason that nerd squad has turned as it has as of late, we are lead by one of the more amazing people i know in lorinda clausen and she has a very acute ability to read people. She read that we needed a bit of a break. Some fun time together sort of. She tried the book, and no one really read it, and then everyone started complaining about it (please guys, there is like 15 of us, if we arent easier going we will collapse on ourselves, the book was fine, not perfect, but good fodder for thougt and thats all we need). Then as school closed up, so did our minds, debates continually turned to side chatter. She kind of moved one meeting (yes, only one) away from the debate. That couldve been a bad or a good call, we will never know, but she did it on her judgements, and even if you think she shouldve gone the other way, there is logic in her decision. We have spent one other meeting on the road that did cost 5 dollars, but it ended in one of our more intellectual teachings on the topic of evolution. And guys, it isnt Lorinda, or other people or anything, its each of us. There is not a single one of you out there who in one form or another is guilty of the little side thought that happens, the time talking about funny stuff, making jokes and what not. Its too bad we are all such fun loving people. Now, I have talked to lorinda before i read steph's highly negative post and mentioned a bit about our direction now (how it is leaving intellect just a titch) and what we will do. She has excellent ideas, and agrees with me on whats going on and what will go on. One point she made is timing, I know sometimes we cant help it, but we have to be punctual, a lot of the talk is detracted from by in and outers. We must be at church at 12 and leave church for destination or start convo there by 12:15. After that you need to reach us on cell phones. She is also thinking about specific topics, and im sure she will pick a great one, as well she would really like to get a professor from bethel to come in.
Guys, nerd squad is one of the greatest inventions known to high school folk anywhere. We have some of the most amazing people and minds in our prescense every time we get together, if you dont think so go hug a telephone pole or something. The fact that we can congregate in a group of 10 and maintain anything like an intellectual conversation is outstanding. This group has the ability to do great things for each of its members, I know, it has reformed me. Since nerd squads start last spring with me, lorinda, and addie at caribou I have matured more than I have ever imagined. I now understand the true challenge and necessity of always being open minded, the key to empiricism in thought and logic, and have a clear outlook upon the life i lead that maintains the highest level of joy, happiness, and love of existance that i have ever had. I thank each and every one of you for that, I couldnt have done it without you. It is this congregation that keeps me from building too many poorly founded opinions and becoming closed into my often faulty answers.
My thoughts about the groups and its chances are pretty much this: Yes, it is tough to keep a train of conversation with a lot of people, but it can do amazing things if we execute. Sure I make the most thought process progress with just me and zach and lots of espresso for a long time, but I have come to realize that often progress without diverse perspective is often ignorant progress. It is the widespread views that allow us to analyze the every nook and cranny of our conclusions and thoughts. Slow moving I know, but I love it. The trick for us is to keep it moving. Hold in the jokes when you can, and keep from small talking. It seems to me that you guys want to move forward and this will help a lot. That kind of stuff is great, i love it, but once the group gets larger the problem is severly exacerbated. When one person says a joke, everybody then comments, adds to it, laughs it up, and one of the ten people will have another funny to feed off of that one. Its awesome, i take great joy out of it, but if nerd squad wants to "keep on trucking" (yeah, pope mobile) then it would be nice if we toned it down. It takes a lot of mental concentration, and i oftentimes suck at it, but if we all try, i think we can really stick to a topic and make some headway.
Thats all I've got for now, I cant wait to meet with you guys again, I'm excited to see where this group can go mentally and where it will take me. Thought is one of the more amazing things of life and most people miss out on it. Lets cherish what we have.
Team member 34.5