Saturday, June 06, 2009


Gas prices have been going up these days though there's no real reason they should. Uncle Frankie came for a while last night on his way over to a wake for a relative of his. Surprisingly I haven't gotten any headaches, major itching or any other significantly obnoxious aches & pains for quite a while by now. Tomorrow my nephew Sam will turn sixteen years old. It seems as if it were only yesterday when I was his age. Jennifer's birthday is coming up on Monday. I'm still reading all those books, consistently sticking to my habit of trying for around fifty pages each day. This weekend, so far, I don't have to be bothered with doing any lectoring at Mass. All that means, though, is that I'm not officially on the schedule. Lately there's been quite a lot of road work being done on Eighth Street over in West Wyoming. Construction workers hogging up the streets & blocking traffic has always bugged the hell out of me ever since I was a kid. I know it's a necessary evil but it's still an absolutely unbearably annoying thing.

Friday, June 05, 2009


The weather absolutely stinks today. It's a cold miserable rain, not even a nice spring shower. For exactly that very reason we shall have to do an even more enthusiastic Friday dance. Uncle Frankie called yesterday when my parents were gone shopping. He later came over with his very favorite pasta recipe. I watched "Becker" again yesterday. I don't usually bother with new or recent shows but that's always struck me as quite an especially good one. A little while ago I found out from one of my plurk connections that GM has recently sold Saturn. CNN reported the big news. I've had my '92 Saturn ever since the beginning of 1996 & it still works exceptionally well, especially considering how old it is. Fr. Walsh wasn't available today so Fr. McDonnell, O.S.J., celebrated Mass. After Mass I went over to Rose Chairge's & got a haircut at 9:30. When I went there on Wednesday she wasn't around but she said that was because she showed up very late that day. I'm still reading all those books. Yesterday I finished Thomas Merton's "No Man Is An Island"

Thursday, June 04, 2009


I went back to Rose Chairge's for a haircut this morning. I knew she was open because I passed her by on the way home from St. Joseph's. She was too busy though. Uncle Frankie showed up yesterday & very early today too. Last night I went over to O.L. Mt. Carmel for another of the meetings with Fr. Johnson's group. Johnson's his first name. Fr. Greg was there for a while toward the end. Fr. Johnson made us give him our names, phone numbers, addresses & e mail addresses. It rained all day yesterday & during the meeting too but at least the weather was very much better than it was for the first meeting I showed up for. Today anniversary congratulations are in order to Mary Anne & Steve. They were married twenty one years ago today. June's quite an especially busy month for special occasions. All the kin are anxiously getting ready for the Fourth of July in Hilldale. They're all making arrangements for arrival, food, etc.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


It rained yesterday late in the day & again this morning. Uncle Frankie came over for a while yesterday. I also watched an episode of "Becker" yesterday. One of the Hemingway sisters played Becker's lawyer. Bob, blithering idiot that he is, was attracted to her like crazy. I've never been able to stand the Hemingway sisters' looks. Tonight I have to go to another of those meetings at O.L. Mt. Carmel in Pittston. The first one was really interesting. I just hope we don't have yet another torrential downpour tonight. The last one was during a major storm. There was a blood drive that day too. This morning I went to Price Chopper at the Midway to get toothpaste & milk besides the paper. After that I made sure I went over to Rose Chairge's barber shop on 8th Street to see if I could get a haircut. It was closed. I know barbers & hair stylists are closed on Monday but I didn't know she'd be closed on a Wednesday too.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Uncle Frankie showed up yesterday. He got me to drink some new V_8 drink that was a combination of flavors, like peach__mango. Unfortunately I don't usually bother to eat very much fruit so things like that are always quite good for me. One of these days I suppose I shall have to get a very desperately needed haircut. It's nice to have long hair but by now it's been getting too much out of my control. Another thing I shall have to do is get cracking about current events. Yesterday On "Jeopardy" there was a category about our abortion president's new cabinet & the only name I recognized was that of the Secretary of State. Yesterday I saw John Huston's movie version of Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood". Having already read the book at least about a million times over by now, I could recognize easily that the movie was quite faithful to it. Summer will be very soon upon us. There are only nineteen more days to go before the new season. It rained for a little while when I first went out this morning but lately the weater's been very nice.

Monday, June 01, 2009


The murder of the Kansas abortionist proves just exactly how poisonous the pro.abortion mentality is!


The weekend went quite well. The only thing that really bugged me was that Cheryl called at 4:15 to ask me to lector for her at 5:00. I absolutely can't stand it that she always does that. Uncle Frankie showed up a few times over the weekend. I just noticed recently that Snapple, always a very favorite of mine, now comes in plastic bottles. Up until only very recently I'd only known it to be available in extremely thick heavy glass bottles. Lately I've been on a bit of a Snapple binge, drinking a bottle a day. Usually I like to drink it very sparingly because they only have relatively few flavors & it gets boring after a short time. This weekend Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Pope John Paul II's Cardinal Secretary of State & Pope Benedict XVI's Dean of the College of Cardinals, visited the Oblates of St. Joseph. He's from the same part of Italy as the saint who founded the congregation. I made sure I went to 3:00 Mass at O.L. Mt. Carmel in Pittston where he was the principal celebrant & homilist. Bishop Timlin was also there. There was a very nice reception after Mass but I couldn't go because I didn't know you were supposed to make reservations in advance. At least I can now add yet another distinguished character to the list of famous people I've gotten a chance to see in person.


amazingly I've gotten another hit in California!