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January 9, 2013

The one where I couldn’t think of a title.

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Well hello there people. It’s been awhile…wow the last time I posted I was in Europe! It feels like I have been back in the states for forever but it has only been a month. The semester that I lived in Europe was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am definitely missing the European scene that I was apart of and I can’t wait until I get to go back! But since being back I have got to see so many of my friends that I missed like crazy while I was gone. I cannot wait to get back and be apart of campus life this next semester. I missed all of the events and sports games and just being able to chill with some of the best friends that I’ve ever had.

There has been a lot going on lately in the life of Cherith Brooke. I recently got offered an amazing opportunity to intern at a wonderful company that I will be learning so much in. I am excited to start putting the things that I have learned in my business classes into action! I have also been nervous because this is my first job in the career field that I am studying and want to work in. All of my other jobs have been in child care or other fields but this internship is giving me the chance to see if this is really what I want to do.

It’s 2013 and this year is going to hold so many wonderful memories! I can only imagine what this spring semester will consist of. Some pretty awesome times are ahead and I am so looking forward to being apart of them all!

Learn something new today: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 6 whole years.

Anybody have any supernaturally awesome cures for the dreaded hiccups?..

Cherith Campbell

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November 28, 2012

The one where I explored the streets of Rome.

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Well this past week I was in ROME! So here is a recap of all that I got to do. :)

Day ONE: We arrived. Got checked in to the cutest B&B I have ever seen. Then we went out and ran into Auralian’s wall and then ate at a pizzeria. Each of us got a massive full sized pizza for only 5 euros!

Day TWO: We got up. Bought our Roma passes for transportation and discounts to all the places we wanted to go. Headed to the area of the Roman forums and passed Capitoline hill and Trajon’s column on the way. We got our first glimpse of the Colosseum and had our first gelato! Then in front of the forum we were approached and offered a tour. The girl was from England and the guy from North Carolina. We went with a guide named Fabio! On the tour we met this couple that was on a four month journey across the globe! They were from Australia and had been through Asia and now were in Europe. We saw the Imperial Forum, Palentine hill, and the Colosseum. Everything was so amazing. Later we picked a restaurant to have our Thanksgiving dinner at called ‘Wanted.’

Day THREE: We saw the Baths of Caracalla this day. They were massive! It was actually a complex and was more for social swimming…without swimsuits. Also we went through the Capitoline hill museums and that was really cool. There were beautiful paintings and sculptures and murals. Then we went to the Piazza Novana where the artists district was and bought some paintings. The Pantheon was next. It is one of the most well preserved buildings and you can definitely tell when you see it. After the Pantheon we went to the Trevi fountain! I threw in a coin and can only hope that the saying is true- that when you throw a coin in the Trevi you will return to Rome. For some reason I have had this attachment to the Trevi and I had looked forward to seeing it the whole time. And let me say- it was everything I had hyped it up to be. I was not disappointed. I loved it! We went to the Trevi multiple times during the week. :) That night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Rome and had an American meal for the first time in three months! IT WAS FANTASTIC! I have a bacon cheese burger and french fries and a hot fudge brownie sundae. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

DAY FOUR: This was the Catacombs which was pretty cool but not my favorite place. The history and stories behind it is amazing though. We walked done some roads out on the Catacombs and that was absolutely beautiful. We were more out of the city so the landscape was incredible. We also went through an open market which was a lot of fun but very hectic as well. There were vendors trying to get you to look at their stuff and bargaining was kinda crazy. We ate a basement restaurant that night and witnessed a lady translate in three languages at the same time within ten minutes! It was so cool to experience that.

Day FIVE: This day was dedicated to the Vatican City. We ended up getting a tour for this as well and getting to cut thousands of people to get in! There were people that waited in line for hours with just hopes of getting in before they closed the doors. Inside it was so packed and getting around was madness. But it was so worth seeing all of the famous sculptures and painting, especially by Michael Angelo and Rafael. We saw the School of Athens painting and the Sistine Chapel! The Sistine Chapel is truly incredible. We then later cut hundreds of people on our own to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. Waiting in lines are for squares. When in Rome right?!  :)  We went to a little hole in the wall pizzeria by the Vatican for lunch and it was definitely some of the best pizza I have ever had! Then we had gelato on the Spanish steps after that. On our way back to the B&B we stopped by the Colosseum one last time. Hayley and I sang the song ‘This is what dreams of made of’ from the Lizzie McGuire Movie in front of the Colosseum! Probably one of my favorite memories- it was so much fun and a perfect way to end a wonderful trip!

And as for all of the little details and inside jokes/memories…What happens in Rome stays in Rome.  ;) 

Learn something new today: Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world there is a duck watching you.

Cherith Campbell

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November 20, 2012

The one when God answers prayer…with ME!

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Hello there reader. Did you know that God is so awesome. Well just listen to this story.

I went to ICF this past Sunday with a girl that I became friends with here named Corinna. She picked me up and off we went to the celebration.- They call their services ‘celebrations’ because they want everyone to know that they celebrate the Lord. Upon arrival we are waved down by her friends in the front that had saved us spots. -CELEBRATION HAPPENS- After it gets over one of the  girls sitting by my friend starts talking to me. We talked about what I was doing here and she asked me about America and what I missed and what I will miss when I leave. I found out that she had spend like three months over in North America. The conversation went on for a long time with her continuing to ask questions. She was so intrigued and eager to be talking to me but I didn’t really think anything of it. After awhile we finally split and mingled with other that were there. Later in the car on the way home Corinna told me that she wanted to tell me something. She continued and said that her friend that talked to me for so long told her that I was an answer to her prayer. I was totally taken back by this and asked why and Corinna told me that apparently the girl had been missing her time in North America and so she had prayed that day before for God to send her someone that she could speak English with. HOW COOL IS THAT! I was so excited hearing about this and I thought it was so awesome that I got to be someones answer to their prayers. Such an amazing thing to be a part of God’s work…and maybe not even know it!

Okay well nothing is gonna be able to follow that story so I’ll just briefly list a few random things that happened this past week in my Swiss life.

  • I chopped my hair off.
  • We fed a TON of bread to the ducks and swans on the dock of the Rhein.
  • Had a super awesome crazy girls night! – with facials and ice cream and a random dance party that was planned and the Lizzie Mcguire Movie. :)
  • Visited the island of Reichenau.
  •  Had an afternoon of candle making in Gailingen. – So cool! (but takes forever)
  • Had a bonfire.

TOMORROW I LEAVE FOR…………….ROME!  I will be spending our Thanksgiving break with Hannah, Erin, and Hayley exploring and soaking in the wonders of Rome for five days. It is going to be fabulous.

Learn something new today: A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside. -Just a heads up for those of you thinking about getting a pet hippo. *Keep out of reach of children.

Cherith Campbell

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November 16, 2012

The one where an Asian lady gets attacked by a swan.

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HEY!  I’m so sorry that this is late- for some reason I couldn’t log in earlier this week. :( But I can now so here we go!

This past week I went to Lucerne and St. Gallen in Switzerland! We also had a fall banquet which was so amazing!

Our fall banquet was a super nice night for all of us to get together with the staff and neighbors that live in Busingen. We all got dressed up, as much as we could with what we had, and had a great time. The dinner that we had was Raclette style which is a special cheese fondue. It was so much fun learning about the ways of Raclette and laughing at Brady’s ‘jokes.’ As cheesy as they were we loved his effort. The night was just a great time of fellowship and memory making.

Lucerne! Oh. my. goodness. One of my favorite places that I have been to all semester! It was the ideal ‘Swiss town’ with its buildings and houses and boats and cafes. Hayley, George, and I actually planned this little day trip the night before going on it and it was so much fun. I loved every second of this trip. We saw the lion of Lucerne, which is a dying lion in the side of this cliff rock type thing. It was so detailed and big! We also experienced an Asian lady getting attacked by swans-HILARIOUS! I photobombed a few times. :) And then we went on a 2 1/2 hour boat ride down the Reuss (Uri) river and through the Alps. It was truly magical. Being on that boat surrounded by massive mountains was breathe-taking.

St. Gallen! This trip was also planned the night before going. We were bored so just decided to plan a trip through Switzerland.-Yeah so cool I know!  Anyways so Hayley and I went earlier than Brady and Erin because we wanted to be there longer. When we got there we went around the city seeing crazy awesome things and then picked Brady and Erin up at the train station a little later. We visited the city red lounge. And yes we lounged there. This is an area where all of the ground and massive lounging furniture things were covered in red playground tar. It was really neat. There were also giant beans hanging above us. We went to a historical monastery- yes another monastery- and it was very interesting. There was a chapel there and that was BEAUTIFUL. Definitely one of my favorite churches that we have been to. We also went where the oldest library in Europe is. We later went to a cafe and got some coffee and studied…yes studied- we studied for our European history midterm in St. Gallen, Switzerland- pretty cool. :)

We had a fun and busy past week and its only going to get crazier. ICF is Sunday- we leave for Rome on Wednesday- we are gone for five days in Rome- we get home and have our wrap-up retreat- we pack- ICF again/Hannah leaves- and then I leave!

Learn something new today: The most frequent pick pocketing occurs in areas where there are signs that say “be aware of pick pocketing” because when people see the signs they immediately reach to check for their money and valuables. Then the pick pocketers in the area see where they check and they know where to take it from.

 

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Cherith Campbell

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November 7, 2012

The one with the epiphany.

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For the past week I have livin it up in Frankfurt. As soon as I got off the train I knew I was going to like it there. And I was right. I absolutely loved this week! I learned many things about myself and God revealed so much to me about personal areas of my life as well as my future plans-His plans. We worked with Chris Zimmerman. Some of you might/should remember him speaking there at MNU earlier this semester. Well I am just gonna let my little notes about this whole experience speak for themselves.

Ready. Set. Go.

*Our vision is Heaven on Earth. Wanna join?

  • EVERYONE is made in the image of God. Not just Christians.
  • Jesus became part of the people and society. He gained the authority to proclaim. He didn’t start his speaking, preaching, and teaching ministry until he was thirty!

“There’s no holiness without social holiness.” -John Wesley

  • THE MISSIONAL CHURCH: So often we have the view that everything starts with the Church and that missions is just a little branch that some select few specialize in. Then we throw in some Christ where we feel it comfortably fits. *This view should be reversed.
  • Church view: Believe. Behave. Belong. — you must first believe what we believe. Then you have to change in order to behave as we do; the right way. And THEN you may belong and be accepted by us.
  • Missional view: Belong. Behave. Believe.– you feel a sense of love and belonging and acceptance and so then you gradually begin to see and behave in ways that glorify God. Then God works in you and continues to reveal to you in ways that you should think and believe.
  • Action teaches more than teaching does.
  • Don’t be limited to Sunday morning fellowship and service.
  • Don’t pray for God to be with you and ‘wait on Him’ before you enter into foreign territory. He is most likely already there waiting on you.
  • You pray when you are walking on water because you don’t want to sink but there is no need to pray when you’re sitting in the boat. Get out of the boat.
  • Stop praying abstract prayers asking for God to bring people to church. Get off your butt and go to where those people are.
  • The kingdom of God is for TODAY.
  • Action comes first. Prayer comes after. Just like Jesus says in Luke to the 72- we are to be praying as we go, as we are already on our way and in action.
  • GO! I AM SENDING YOU OUT LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES.–He is sending us out just as he came. He says that just as he came we should go. Vulnerable as a baby. Dependent on his parents growing up. Wounded when they beat him and hung him on a cross.
  • The kingdom of God works and operates through people who are fully dependent on him.
  • Step out in faith not knowing what may happen.
  • Do not be distracted. You are on a mission.
  • Offer peace to everyone. No matter their background or religion or values. It shouldn’t be a test of whether they are worth of peace or God’s blessings.
  • The kingdom of God is at hand. Offer peace for whoever you meet and accept all that THEY want to give you.
  • *Jesus passed the bread and wine, offered his body and blood, even to the man that he knew was going to betray him. He offered himself even to his enemy.
  • We don’t bring God to the people. We just need to help them understand and see that God is ALREADY with them.
  • I may not know how God can help but I do know that we/I can ask him to help.

Who are we sent to?

Who am I sent to?

Who are you sent to?

Am I living out God’s vision and call as radically as I can?

This week God spoke to me in so many ways. He opened my eyes to the plans that he has for me. Ephesians 3:20 says, “By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope for.” God wants to do amazing things in me and through me…so why was I standing in the way? Well not anymore. God’s got some insane plans for me and my future. And I’m ready to be apart of them.

Check this out.

www.crippledjesus.com

Learn something new today is gonna be a little different this time..

Ponder this: The hill billy story. The hill billy went into a church that was very nice and sophisticated and everyone was dressed fancy. The church and pastor were disturbed by the hill billy’s attire and so the pastor went to him after church and asked him how he liked the service. The hill billy replied that he thought it was okay and he enjoyed it. The pastor then asked if he would be coming back. The hill billy said yes he would like to come back again. The pastor went on to say okay well for next time how about you talk to Jesus and ask him about how you should dress when you come to church here. The hill billy said that he would. – The next Sunday the hill billy showed up at church and was wearing the same clothes as the Sunday before. The pastor and church were very upset about this and so the pastor approached the hill billy and said I thought last Sunday we talked about your clothes and you said you were going to talk to Jesus and ask him what you should wear and look like when coming to church here..? The hill billy said that he did talk to Jesus and ask him how he should dress. The puzzled pastor then asked well what did he say? The hill billy responded, “Jesus said that he has never been to your church so he doesn’t know how I should dress or what I should look like when coming here.”

are you pondering…?

what are you pondering…?

…?

 

 

 

Cherith Campbell

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October 29, 2012

The one where we worshipped in three languages, got ‘adopted,’ and walked like an Egyptian!

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A lot has happened in Switzerland this week. So here’s a recap!

ICF: A group of us went to Neuhausen to a youth/adult worship event and it was amazing. There were people from around ages 15 to about 30. Everyone got there and socialized while others bought coffee and snacks. Then at eight the craziness began. We filed into a big room with a stage. A video introducing all of the worship team played and then they all appeared. The whole night was multilingual and that was definitely my favorite aspect of the entire evening. We rocked out to songs in English then they would go right into singing in Swiss German and then there were High German lyrics below everything. Being amongst all those people was such a great experience. In the middle of worship I looked around and realized what an awesome thing I was witnessing. So many of the people in that room were from completely different backgrounds, cultures, and even languages. Yet, we were all worshipping the same God and He was speaking and working in all of us despite our differences. God was touching Swiss, German, Dutch, and us Americans all at the same time. In each of our languages, in each of our circumstances, and in each of our individual lives. That was insanely cool to be apart of!

Adopted family: Hayley and I got invited to go over to a couples’ house from the international church this past Sunday. We spend the afternoon at their house with their family and had a blast! They have three little girls that are absolutely adorable. Lilly is 3, Maddy is 5, and Katie is 8. They are actually from the states and are living here for about five years on business. We had dinner and played with the girls; they showed us around and told us jokes. They started working on art pictures to give Hayley and I when we had to leave so we will be getting those at church next time. :) It was really great to be in a home and family atmosphere because we haven’t had that in awhile. We got to know them and we shared our stories as well. It was good to have that hospitality and openness with them and their girls.

Halloween: We had a Halloween costume party  and it was wonderful. We had Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood and a Christmas present and Rosie the Riveter and a wolf and a grandma and pirates and a peacock and a Mexican selling bananas. Yes- quite the range of characters. Linda and I went as Pharaoh and Cleopatra. We looked pretty dang good if i do say so myself. It.was.great.

I’m leaving for Frankfurt, Germany and will be there for a week so I’ll have to catch up on everything when I get back.

Learn something new today: When you look at your reflection in the outside of a spoon you will look normal but turn the spoon and look into the indented inside of the spoon and you will be upside down. Blew my mind. :)

 

Cherith Campbell

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October 24, 2012

The one where we live with ‘brothers.’ (monks)

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We just got back from Taize, France on Monday and it was quite an experience. We stayed in a monastic community where we lived in a community of brothers. A brother resembles a monk but just isn’t catholic. They have dedicated their lives to celibacy and to God. Taize is a community that is geared toward youth and they have hundreds and even thousands come to live in the community for a period of time.

We had prayer services three times a day. Before breakfast, before lunch, and then after dinner. The prayer services are very unique. Everyone sits on the floor and the whole service consist of singing chants, scripture reading, and silence. The brothers sit in the center area of the chapel building. It was very interesting to see the ways that they worshiped and the positions that they took. – bowing.

All of us were assigned work places in order to participate and give back to the community that we all lived in together. My group tore down these massive tents that people stayed in when they go there. It was such a specific task to tear down and fold everything and then put it away. Our ‘responsible’ or team leader was Pawel (25) and he was from Poland but had decided to volunteer in Taize for a year. Julian (19) was also another permanent (volunteer/worker) and he was German. He has until Christmas to work in Taize and then he will go to the United States to work in national parks out of Arizona. They were so nice and amazing to get to know.

Every morning we would partake in communion and every weekend they celebrate Easter. On Saturday we had a candle lighting service which was really cool to be apart of. These kids would light their candles and pass it along to the brothers who then passed it to us. Once you had the light you were to pass it to someone who did not.

The week we spend there was definitely a time to remember. We met people from around the world, learned the way of a monastic community, and really experienced God in a very different and interesting way.

Learn something new: Rubbing noses: the purpose/meaning of this cultural action isn’t to ‘rub noses.’ It is actually the idea of them getting close enough to breathe in the breath of the other person. It is an action of intimacy.

Cherith Campbell

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October 16, 2012

The one where the hills come alive with the sound of music!

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This past weekend was my first personal trip of the semester. And I loved it. Hannah Swearengin, Hayley Pankratz, Erin Knocke, and I got up super early to catch a bus, then a train, then another train, and then finally hours later arrived in Salzburg, Austria. The train ride there was beautiful. The scenery that we traveled through was incredible. After we arrived we wandered around for awhile until eventually finding our hostel. Yes we stayed in a youth hostel. And yes it was awesome.

The next day we went to multiple museums such as Mozart’s birthplace and his residence. We also did some shopping through Old Town and along the river as well. We ate a cafe, enjoyed one of Salzburg’s original apfelstrudel (apple strudel). Delicious. That night we got in late and hung out in the lounge area at the hostel and we met other travelers that were our age. That was so cool. We ended up getting to know three guys in particular pretty well. Darcey, Will, and Max were about our age and they were on a one and a half journey around Europe before going back to London where they worked for some outdoor recreation place. Darcey and Will were actually from Australia and Max from Germany but they all met at this place where they had to decided to work at until moving on to college or going home. They were a blast.

The third day that we were there we went on the Sound of Music Tour. That was so much fun. We got to see where the movie was filmed and where all the scenes took place. For example, we saw the house that was used, the gazebo, the lake, the path Maria skipped down, the church where the wedding took place, the Abbey, and many other places. We got to hear interesting facts and behind the scene stories from the movie and about the actors. For the way home we got a train, rode it for multiple hours, got off and on another train, rode it for an hour, then finally got home…uh home?…wow how crazy is that for me to say home and mean Switzerland. So cool. Yet I do know where my real home is. (that’s for my mom) :)

Well first personal trip done and a success. I had such a great time with the girls that were with me and we made so many amazing memories. Tomorrow we leave for Taize, France so get ready for that next!

Learn some new things today:

  • Mirabell means beautiful, lovely, wondrous in Italian. And the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg were used in the Sound of Music.
  • Salzburg means ‘salt castle.’
  • In the Middle Ages salt was called the white gold.
  • A dirndl (landhausmode) is the traditional dress for women worn especially in Germany, Austria, Bavaria, South Tyrol, and Liechtenstein. Based on the historical costume of the Alpine peasants. Where the bow is tied around her waste shows status: Middle front- still a young girl. Left front- single/available. Right front- married. Back- widowed.
  • The edelweiss is the flower of Austria. It grows up in the mountains and can be very hard to get to. In the old days if a young man wanted to show his love and valor he would hike up and pick an edelweiss for his girl.
  • Europeans wear their engagement rings on the left hand and then they switch it to their right hand when they get married. And guys wear engagement rings as well.

 

 

Cherith Campbell

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September 26, 2012

The one where it all begins.

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Hey my name is Cherith and I live in Busingen, Germany/Switzerland. (well for the next three months) I am at the European Nazarene College with a handfull of other students from MNU that came as well. I have been here for two weeks now and have traveled through four countries and have stayed in three already! Our first trip was to Munich, Germany to visit Dachau, which is a concentration camp there. The experience there was unreal. I just got back from PARIS  and it was the most amazing trip I have ever been on! I visited Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier (the Opera House), plus many others. Everywhere you looked there was beautiful  buildings, architecture, monuments, statues, etc. We learned the history of the cathedrals and sites as well as shopped among the street vendors and side stores. I had the best Creme Brulee  ever at a restaurant called Chez Clement- I seriously wanted it to be a bottomless bowl! So far it has been such a crazy, unique, and wonderful experience and I am so excited for what is still to come!

*Follow me on this amazing journey as I sing and pray and learn and eat and shop my way across Europe. :)

Learn something new today:  Feudal Lord Story (The reason for Busingen being German owned but in the country of Switzerland)– Austria was the power and owned everything a long time ago. Switzerland started buying the land from Austria but then the Swiss stole the Feudal Lord (of Busingen) that lived across from where I live. They took him and kept him in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. From then on Austria forbid Switzerland to buy the land of Busingen. It is said that the village town/land of Busingen is to be a constant annoyance to Switzerland that they cannot ever have it.

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September 26, 2012

NO RISK. NO FUN. {MNUEurope}

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There is something quite unique about being in a completely new environment. Everything known before is shifted, and every interaction, every detail, every moment is filled with learning. In no other place does it become so clear to you that your only consistency is the Lord, and in no other place are you able to find a mind clear enough to fully examine yourself.

Studying abroad in Europe this summer was the trip of a lifetime. The memories I was able to make in that beautiful place will never be forgotten. Whether it was train rides, long walks in the country, thousand-year old churches, intentional conversation, hiking in the Alps, walking through palaces, eating at street-side cafés, exploring museums, or running in rain, these moments created such a beautiful experience for me. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to broaden my horizons and take on a new adventure.

Obviously, Europe is freaking cool, but in life, be the one who’s willing to risk and to take on the new challenge. As the Swiss always say, “No Risk, No Fun.”