Captain Lunch

I had lunch with a former student of mine today. Just texted me out of the blue yesterday and said, “Hey James. Want to get together?” Which was cool, seeing as though I didn’t even realize this guy was living here after moving away a couple of years ago. Anyway, we had a good time talking about what he’s been up to and why he’s back in Tuscaloosa and so on and so forth.

Then he told me he’d written a song about Batman. Now, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of the Dark Knight. Meganerd here. So I was hooked and was like, “Dude, you’ve got to play me your song.” So we went over to Moody Music Hall on campus, and he played me the song on the piano, with lyrics based upon The Dark Knight Rises. Pretty cool and pretty stinkin’ hilarious.

I asked if he had any other tunes to play. And he did. And they were really good. One was about a prisoner who was out on parole. Another was about a young girl growing up. And another was about Frank Zappa teaching guitar (of course it was). But then there was about Captain Lunch (at least, I think that’s what it was). Captain Lunch: who saves the day by taking people out to lunch who are going through a tough time.

Captain. Lunch. Which isn’t really up there with Batman or anything, but still a noble superhero who hangs out at the local pizza joint. Perhaps this is a portrait of my own narcissism, but I saw a lot of ministry in good ole Captain Lunch. Just there to grab an eggroll with someone who’s down. There to listen to someone’s worries over a burrito at Moe’s.

Captain Lunch: my new favorite superhero… next to Batman.


~ by presbytide on January 10, 2013.

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