Saturday, January 19, 2008


This morning, I went to the Carmelite meeting in Wilkes_Barre. Unfortunately, Sister Catherine wasn't available although she was in the general area. It's been a nice day so far although the very early morning was a bit colder than I like it, with ice on all my windows. There was no traffic worth bothering to complain about. Everything went well at the meeting & we talked about everything we have to cover. Unfortunately Fr. Brocard & Rosemary's husband both died a while ago. I first met Fr. Brocard in the middle of the nineties in Middletown, N.Y. when I spent a week over there & in Tappan. We should be having elections next month. They want me to get a turn as either formation director or treasurer. Either way, I shall most certainly need quite a whole lot of help & training. I've never held any position with them so far. Let's give a veritable standing ovation to Mike Huckabee for telling off those characters who complain about the Confederate flage. I'm most certainly no rebel or good old boy, but these desperate attempts by the liberals to run our lives have absolutely got to stop or we'll for sure be living in a left wing police state.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Last night there was a bit of a snowstorm. I parked my car in the driveway so I could count on no trouble getting out today. It wasn't even the least bit bad, just snow all over my car. When I went to the gas station on Shoemaker Ave. I got ten dollars worth of gas. The woman accidentally gave me $10.33 worth. Prices have gone surprisingly down lately. Instead of just the Citizen's Voice I got the N.Y. Times too. That's one of the papers we conservatives enjoy scoffing at. I asked for the first pump & when I got to it another guy, with a big gas_guzzler, had already beaten me to it. Today a guy at the library asked me for help so he could save some pictures he found on the internet. I sent him to one of my very favorite sites for that kind of thing. Last night I read some more of that Jane Austen book. It's going very fast. Today's the big day for the Friday dance. Lately, besides junk food, I've also been going on quite a cracker binge. Usually I end up eating them with butter, cheese or peanut butter. I don't suppose it's all that good of a habit unfortunately. Eddie, to my undying chagrin, sent me an e mail reminding me of both the year I got out of high school & the year I turned thirty. Tomorrow morning is my monthly Carmelite meeting.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Uncle Frankie came over yesterday & spent a few hours rambling on with my parents about the olden days. Of course, we got quite a load of all the never_ending hardships of yore. Those accounts of generations gone by always seem to have a lot of extra painful maudlin details added with each successive re_telling. I can tell the average story of that ilk in as few words as possible: Everything was harder, people were more decent, etc. The weather's still cold but at least it's not snowing lately. Saturday I have to go to another Carmelite meeting. I just found out, on xanga, that the FDA has decided that cloned meat is safe for consumers to eat. That's pretty weird but I should suppose it's not all that gross compared to the mad scientists who literally want to clone people. I just got an e mail from Mary from my school days. We knew each other from the seventh grade through high school. She's just one example of the kinds of characters who can wander back into people's lives because of the internet. I heard on TV last week that the internet only even exists because of the hippie era of the sixties. That makes sense because few things were more important back then than the kind of rampant, insane self_expression that can now be done with the internet. I just wish everybody would wise up & get a spell_check.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


There were flurries this morning but all worked out well. Yesterday I finished quite a bit more of that Jane Austen book. Mary Anne & Aunt Lauren called yesterday. Uncle Frankie showed up for a while with his very favorite pasta recipe. I just found out that January 4 was national spaghetti day. That's very nice but of all the pastas I know of, spaghetti's always struck me as among the most unbearably boring. Lasagne, though, has always been absolutely my very favorite food of all time. I've been noticing on my official trusty birthday list that we have quite a few this month. Happy day to all who qualify. Unfortunately, I've never really been all that good at sending cards. It's just a bad habit I have of forgetting things like that.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Last night it snowed. It didn't amount to much but the ice on my car was so bad it took me an extra few minutes to pry my door open this morning. The paper machine at outside St. Joseph's wouldn't open either. It started snowing again sometime between 8:00 & 9:00. I noticed it when I got out of Mass. I finished "War & Peace" & started the substantially shorter "Northanger Abbey" last night. Jane Austen's always been quite a favorite of mine. National Popcorn Day, in honor of the Super Bowl, is celebrated some time during the second half of this month. The only catch is that no one has any idea of exactly when it is. As always, I eat entirely too much junk food. Yesterday I ate a whole bunch of M&M's. They taste really good but my weight will get out of control if I don't wise up. Coffee's yet another destructive addiction of mine. I'm sure each of these things most probably has it's annual national day too. I watched another one of those crime stories on A&E yesterday. They're really morbid & warped. Lately I've been finding them really interesting.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Last night was the latest of our monthly HNS meetings. Fr. Walsh didn't show up because of his niece's wedding in Hershey. Rocco wasn't there either. Most of our regulars were there, including Jerry who made the chili. There were hooch & junk food too. It was time for the official changing of the guard. Believe it or not, I'm now down to my last thirty pages of "War & Peace". I'll not be reading it again for quite a while. I just saw the most surprising thing when I first got here a while ago. Two of the regulars got here the same time I did. They seem to be in the habit of doing some of their work on the computers. One of them was wearing_ugh!_a short sleeved shirt & tie!. Neither of them had a coat on. They were both dressed for spring. It's bitter cold with sleet outside. Cold weather has always gotten me crazy. They promised us snow last night but it amounted to nothing. Today it may accumulate. I'm not looking forward to it, but I know I'll have to get a haircut pretty soon at Rose's on Eighth Street. Another dreaded yet inevitable chore is my inspection. That's due this month too. Over the past week, I watched a lot of shows about the sixties & haunted houses. Of cours, I've always been really interested in things like that.