July 31, 2009

Four For Friday - The Stuart Lisonbee Collection

Stuart Lisonbee.jpgNote: This week's Four For Friday questions come from my friend, colleague, and longtime Four For Friday participant -- Orem, Utah's own Stuart "StuTheWise" Lisonbee. Enjoy, and if you'd like to add a collection of your own, shoot me an email message! ~ Mikal

Q1 - Wearing Your Emotions on Your Bumper: It's been a little over a year since Colorado State University scientists published the results of a study showing a correlation between the number of bumper stickers a driver chooses to display and the likelihood of that driver experiencing road rage. How many bumper stickers do you have on your vehicle(s), and which one is your favorite? If you're not a bumper sticker type of person, which is your favorite of those that you've seen?

Q2 - Secrets: I've long been interested in secret societies. A friend of mine is a Free Mason and a Shriner and has recently been hinting to me that he would like me to join the local lodge (unlike many secret societies, potential members are never invited -- to become a Mason, one must ask to join). Since many of Masonry's secrets aren't so secret anymore, I admit to losing some interest in it, but am still considering joining. Have you ever been "tapped in" or otherwise joined a secret society? If not, would you ever consider it? Why or why not?

Q3 - I Want to Believe: Like the poster hanging in Fox Mulder's office says, I want to believe. I believe there are intelligent beings, much like ourselves, living on other planets. However, as much as I want to believe that one of those alien races has visited and is currently visiting Earth, I don't believe that is the case. Do you believe in space aliens, and if so, do you believe they have ever visited Earth?

Q4 - Politics and Interpretive Dance: My favorite book is "Starship Troopers" by Robert Heinlein, which I first read as a teen back in the late 80's. But it wasn't until recently that I realized there was so much controversy over Heinlein's statements on war, American culture, politics, the military, etc. To me, it was just an enjoyable story. When you read a fictional story or watch a movie, do you simply try and enjoy it, or do you seek some deeper meaning or life's lesson from the author's/director's intended message?

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Posted by Mikal at July 31, 2009 10:30 AM | TrackBack


Hate to be the first to answer my own questions, but I wanted to get things rolling here.

And before anybody asks, "Why does Stu have a toilet in his cubicle?" It's a BIDET! A clean rear end is the true sign of a civilized person.

Q1 - Wearing Your Emotions on Your Bumper: I don't do bumper stickers. But I have a buddy who is a cop out here in Utah, and he used to have a bumper sticker on his squad car that said, "Smile. I could be behind you!"

Q2 - Secrets: Well, I can only go so far as to say "yes." As to why, I admit to having a self-serving interest. The biggest advantage to joining Masonry is that these brothers have sworn to take care of each other. It's the biggest, tightest, most committed network of friends you'll likely ever have. Some people say it's evil to have such a large group of friends so willing to back you up. I'm okay with that.

Q3 - I Want to Believe: I pretty much gave away my answer to this in the question's setup.

Q4 - Politics and Interpretive Dance: Most of the time, I just go to enjoy. Politicizing a story can often ruin it for me. I don't care, for example, about District 9's message about apartheid in S. Africa (not that I don't care about apartheid -- it's just not why I go to the movies). I just wanna see space aliens and their cool spaceships and alien technology. There are some movies though that I feel a personal connection to, because of personal experience, that might make me enjoy a movie I otherwise wouldn't. The movie adaptation for Starship Troopers for example. One of the worst movies ever made, but I absolutely love it! And yes, I spent time on alien worlds at war with giant insects...

Posted by: Stu the Wise at July 31, 2009 10:09 AM

q1: No bummer stickers for me. So what did the study say, more bumper stickers is correlated to more road rage?
q2: No. Maybe. Don't really know...haven't thought too much about secret societies beyond reading the Dan Brown novels.
q3: I believe there are other intelligent beings. And they maybe have visited earth.
q4: I think I do both. I'm not exactly sure what makes me just enjoy the story versus analyze the message, maybe my mood?

Posted by: Ryan R at July 31, 2009 10:55 AM

Q1- I don't have any bumper stickers and I don't have any favorites either. Boring!

Q2- I don't want anything to do with secret societies.

Q3- I do not believe in aliens. I don't need another reason to not sleep at night.

Q4- Hmm...I do both. I usually watch it and enjoy it the first time around, and then look deeper when I watch/read/whatever again.

Posted by: Meagen at July 31, 2009 1:41 PM

I see everyone else is posting their answers here. I had fun chatting among myselves at my place. Visit if you'd like - I'm not very interesting, but I did enjoy this meme.
Thank you for the good time!

Posted by: Grandmother Wren at July 31, 2009 2:24 PM

Q1 - No bumper stickers myself. I don't have a favorite, but for some reason those stick figure family ones make me feel a twinge of rage, is that wrong?

Q2 - I had a 'club' when I was little, I basically excluded my little sister, that was about all. I think my club totaled 3 members. That's the closest I've come. I was an honorary member of a frat in college, I got all the beer, and non of the hazing.

Q3 - I believe there is life out there, but I don't believe there is anything much more advanced then an amoeba

Q4 - I usually see the underlying message. I think I may have been 'trained' to do that from advertising and marketing classes.

Posted by: Josh at July 31, 2009 2:44 PM

1. I have never had a bumper sticker of any kind on any of my cars, unless you count the AAA or parking permit tags we used to have.

My favorite bumper sticker EVER is one I saw a few months ago: Pontius Pilate was a governor. Jesus was a community organizer.

2. Nope. I'm with Groucho on the whole joining a club thing. I have so little interest, it's actually negative interest: I'd be tempted to pay anyone who asked me to leave me alone!
[My understanding is that my mother's family had several Masons in it....]

3. I believe in the possibility, but I have no proof. Show me proof either way, and I'll think about believing.

4. The first time through, I read/watch it purely for plot. If the plot is completely overshadowed by the preaching, I'm extremely unlikely to finish it. If it's good enough to read/watch over, then I'll delve into the subtext.

Posted by: Cat. at July 31, 2009 4:02 PM

1. I've got a Luna Music sticker and an Obama sticker that I've been too lazy to remove (I think that political campaign stickers should be removed from cars in the same way that campaign signs should be removed from yards).

2. I have no desire to join a 'secret society.' They seem to be the adult equivalent of greek organizations in college. I didn't feel the need to pay to have friends back then and I still don't.

3. I believe that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, but it's pretty egotistical to presume that we as a species are special enough to have warranted a visit.

4. I don't actively seek any subtext. If it's well-written one simply picks up the message. If the writer pummels me about the head and shoulders with his/her message? I'm with Cat in that I'll probably walk away from it.

Posted by: mike at August 1, 2009 4:31 AM

My friend (the police officer I spoke of in my own answer to question 1) actually responded to my FaceBook profile, so I'm bringing it here for all to see:

1 - Don't really do the bumper sticker thing, but my favorite license plate frame "SMILE - I could be behind you" on a police car.

2 - Not really interested in secret societies and would not join one.

3 - Yes I believe there are other planets supporting life out there, but personally think they look like you and me, not like Worf or Spock. Are they visiting, why yes we are.....I mean I think they could be.

4 - Fiction books should be read strictly for fun and to escape everyday life, non-fiction and self help, go ahead and look for a deeper meaning.

Posted by: Stu the Messenger at August 1, 2009 9:52 AM

Q1 - Wearing Your Emotions on Your Bumper: I never have put on bumper stickers. I did just put a Backcountry.com sticker on my back window, and will put up a few more (The North Face sent me tons of stickers after I dinged them on Twitter).

Q2 - Secrets: Nah, seems silly to me. I go backpacking/hiking/adventuring with my friends, no need to get together at a really old building and hang out.

Q3 - I Want to Believe: I do not believe they've visited the early. I do believe that as many galaxies as there are, there is other intelligent life in the universe.

Q4 - Politics and Interpretive Dance: I really just try to be entertained most of the time. If it's a made to be though provoking--mostly that means documentaries like Supersize Me, I.O.U.S.A.--then I get into it.

Posted by: Jeremy at August 2, 2009 12:38 PM

Teacher, I was out of town for the last 2 Fridays, please accept these answers late.

Q1 - I have the team stickers of my granddaughters' softball teams on my car and these are the only ones on this car. My favorite bumper sticker of all times I saw in Chicago about 30 years ago; it said "Christians Prosper" and it was on a 10 year old American Motors Gremlin.

Q2 - I am not a joiner. I am not interested in any orginization that would be interested in having me as a member.

Q3 - I absolutely believe that life is widespread in the universe. I'm sure that some of it is intelligent life. I doubt that we have been visited or contacted due to the distance.

Q4 - I never look for deeper meaning in books / movies; made it difficult to impress the stiffs that taught literature in high school.

Posted by: Mike Linn at August 3, 2009 4:30 PM

I have one bumper sticker that I will leave on my car as long as I need to:


Posted by: at August 3, 2009 4:37 PM

1. I'm a bumper sticker person, but I don't currently have any on my minivan. In high school, I had one that said, "Follow Me To Church."

2. If you ask me, our HOA is pretty covert and a little bit scary. I'd consider joining that one. Ooo, the PTA is pretty secretive, too. Maybe I'll check that out. Nah, too insidious.

3. Yep, I believe in Aliens, and you bet your ComicCon tickets that they've visited Earth. Millions of trailer-trash red necks can't be wrong.

4. I'm all about the deeper meaning. Even if a movie or a book isn't intended as didactic, I still dig for that root substance, even if it's just my own root substance that I'm injecting into the material. I like reaching for significance; it's a hobby, I suppose.

Posted by: Neal at August 4, 2009 8:50 AM

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