Friday, April 12, 2013

karaoke

at our church we occasionally have a karaoke  night-----everyone always enjoys it and sometimes it's hard to get them to stop singing and let us pack up the machine and go home haha

but this one time, our little karaoke night proved to be very controversial---

we decided to have it as a kinda coffee house, karaoke night blend

it went off very well---until the Sunday afterwards--

at the start of the morning worship service---this rather large, loud african american self-proclaimed pastor, came barging in, demanding to take over the pulpit and speak----it was quite a scene and no one knew what to do----

to let you know a little about our church, we are an old church that is in the inner city----yes we are predominately white but our church members include and welcome all races-----most of our church is older people, but they are very loving and would never intentionally hurt someone

back to the man----he was obviously a little mentally unbalanced but intent that he must speak to the evil devil racist church we were----in fact a church that he knew had just held a klu klux klan meeting---

well i can tell you we were all astonished and someone went to call the police-----

before the police arrived, several men were able to get the man outside to talk-----as they did, the man proclaimed, that he had proof that we had indeed held the kkk meeting at our church---he reached in his pocket, as the men started to lunge----he pulled out a piece of paper,----

my husband being one of the men outside with him---took the piece of paper and was speechless----it was one of our flyers, advertizing the coffee night to the community---

as frank took a look at the what we thought was a clever way to put it, he saw the misunderstanding---

please come to our KARAOKE KOFFEE HOUSE-------  the man said the "h" in house was only used to disguise the true meeting's agenda----we now advertize our youth coffee house, only with a "c"

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  1. Wow! What a story! I would use a "c" now, too. :)

    Have a great Friday, Lynn. Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. thanks dana--yeah getting ready to have my 2nd---hope your weekend is fabulous!!

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  2. Err, in Malay, coffee is spelt kopi. Can't run from k to get some kefin ;)

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    1. omy---then we would have to change it up ;)

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  3. As for karaoke, I can dance I can talk ... but sing I cannot, unless there 10 or so others singing with me and can drown my voice in theirs.

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    1. haha, well let's just say there are a lot of people that enjoy karaoke, that are in your same league ;)

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  4. Wow, that's disturbing. Just like anything else, there will be some people who make something out of what we intend for something else.

    Very scary though the whole episode.

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    1. it really did scare people pretty bad for a while there, teresa!

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  5. The true life lesson is to ALWAYS spell things right :) No more kute ks.

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  6. I've always been alternately fascinated and frightened by karaoke. It's quite a leap from Karaoke Koffee House to KKK, though. Goes to show that sometimes what we see is what we look for.

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    1. true---but we changed it back to the usual way next time, just to be on the safe side---i love karaoke--although when we do it i rarely get a chance, because everyone else loves it too--thanks mom :)

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  7. Funny and scary all at the same time. So glad they were able to calm him down and clear up the misunderstanding. I guess it goes to show you that jumping to conclusions is never a good idea....always ask some questions first!

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    1. it was--and yes that's a great lesson to take away from it --thanks :)

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    1. she did have a great point--thanks sandy :)

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  9. I think Karaoke is an acquired taste. Anyone that's accustomed to reading music from the sheet probably struggles with it like me. No, I don't want a bouncing ball to tell me when to sing. I want to see the written timing and perform it exactly! (kicking the music snob back into her box...)

    That's insane. Isn't it crazy how people see what they want to see?

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    1. even though i like karaoke, i find it hard to follow too---yes it is a crazy thing how we see things! thanks crystal :)

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  10. So many of our older people are troubled. This gentleman probably has some form of dementia, the anger, etc. Your husband had so much control. Consider what happens now when someone reaches into their pocket.

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    1. i know---yes this man wasn't very old but i am pretty sure he had some sort of mental issues----all the men were scared but did do a good job not showing it :)

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  11. Some people just think the world is out to get them. It's sad and ridiculous!

    Karaoke is one of my biggest fears. I can't sing a lick to save my life. No way would I do it in front of others lol.

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    1. it is sad---and about karaoke---even the people that can sing, usually don't sound too good when they do karaoke---that's the time to sing haha--go for it theresa :)

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  12. Wow. Who could have known what such a simple flyer would do?

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    1. i know--i guess it's not true, that it "pays to advertise" ;)

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  13. Misunderstandings. What turmoil they can cause. I bet that woke everyone up if they weren't paying attention.
    Funny, Lynn.

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    1. oh it did--i remember i was over waiting with the kids to perform a play in the service--i was just getting them lined up to come to the sanctuary when a deacon came over and told me to hold the children there!

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  14. How easy it is to jump to conclusions! Someone should send him a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth; there's a lovely chapter all about that subject :)

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  15. Oh, what a terrific story. I DO Understand it was a one of a kind, concerning moment . . BUT, the story potential is WAY UP THERE . . . IF you are writing a play, book, story , song, sermon . . This post is Golden.
    Thank you for sharing this,
    Love & Love,
    -g-

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    1. very true maggid---it would make an excellent play---wow you got me thinking all kinds of things, as i have been known to write a few plays through the years--thanks so much :)

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  16. I never thought that Karaoke and coffee could ever be associated with the KKK. I guess your story is a testament to how words, even seemingly harmless words, could be interpreted in a variety of ways.

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    1. oh yes they can---that's why we are extra careful these days :)

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  17. Wow. Some people just read too deep into things.

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  18. I definitely get that karaoke can be scary : ) Great story!

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    1. it can--and some people really kill me with it--but people love it-thanks joyce :)

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  19. Wow! I know I'm fairly paranoid sometimes but that poor guy must have been really freaked out. :-/

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  20. Proof that some people can find an agenda in EVERYTHING. Glad it was just a piece of paper.

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    1. oh i know---yes, i think he really wasn't meaning to hurt anyone, but i do think he was mentally unstable, so you just never know--thanks juli :)

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  21. The man really needed to back off on his suspicious nature but he was brave to barge in and confront what he thought was a hostile group.

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    1. that's for sure--he was ready to stand up and be heard! thanks susan :)

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  22. Wow, that's some A grade insanity, right there! He really thought it was a KKK meeting? Do people even have KKK meetings anymore?

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    1. well we don't that's for sure--never did---but i am sure there are some still going on--we like to think it doesn't exist anymore, but it does---thanks kellie:)

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  23. Wow, I think that was reeeallly a stretch and I'm an African American. Poor guy, he definitely lost something along the way.

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    1. i know, but he was okay with us by the time he left, i think! thanks jenn :)

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  24. The best of us can often misinterpret information. Flipping through the TV channels I could not understand how they had a show called 'Porn Stars'. It was 'Pawn Stars'. Maybe I need glasses?

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    1. hahaha i know, i did the same thing denise :)

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  25. Oh my, how frightening. I'm just getting to your number on the A-Z list, hello Lynn! I think we met at LAST year's A-Z. For K, I wrote about Karaoke too. :-) So glad the misunderstanding at your church was resolved. Yes, maybe correct spelling is more important than we think!

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    1. hey mare--i think we did meet then---yeah i think at least in the case of the coffee house, we will not be changing the spelling anymore :)

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