Saturday, January 09, 2010


It's still violently cold although the snow has abated for a while so far. The roads are clear. Yesterday I called Chris to see about making arrangements for the bus ride to Washington, D.C. on January 22. It's the big annual pro_life march. All I have to do is to send the money to the address I got. The fee covers a buffet lunch in a Maryland restaurant. I've never gone on this trip before. I dread having to be at my Knights of Columbus council in Luzerne at 6:00 a.m. but that's what I shall have to do. They're leaving at 6:45 after 6:30 Mass. There was a robbery a few blocks away from our neighborhood recently. That's pretty weird since there's a state trooper barracks right on Wyoming Avenue immediately down the street from here. Lately Elvis Presley has been getting a lot of attention because yesterday was his birthday. I've never liked him very much. As far as I'm concerned he's like a lot of overrated media sensations.

Friday, January 08, 2010


It's been snowing ever since last night. Today's Friday dance will be quite slippery. As usual, I only did a few minutes worth of shoveling. Today is Nunziata's birthday. She's cousin Java's wife. They live in Florida. Uncle Frankie showed up yesterday. He & my mother went food shopping because my father felt a little ill. Yesterday I got the Catholic Light in the mail. The information about the annual Pro_Life March was in it. I want to call to make sure I make arrangements so I can go in a few weeks. Last year I was forced to miss it because of my having promised Fr. Walsh I'd be in church that day. The only thing I don't like about the trip is that it starts so early. We have to be on the bus at my Knights of Columbus council, in Luzerne, at 6:30 a.m. I never sleep anyway so for me it may not be that big of a problem.

Thursday, January 07, 2010


I got yet another fundraiser letter from St John's high school yesterday.  Thanks for thinking of me , Wally

quisque me ad cenam vocarit, valeat.    Please visit me at:

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The weather has been a little colder than I like it today but at least yesterday's brief snowfall didn't amount to anything. It was just annoying & frustrating. We're supposed to have quite a bitter cold spell within the next week. Bob called yesterday but I wasn't home so I called him back. We talked for a few minutes. Last night's meeting in Pittston turned out well. Everyone except Jonathan showed up. Fr. Jackson only stayed for a few minutes. When I first got there the doors were locked & Lynn Marie, who had the key, was in her van rambling on with someone on the phone. Fortunately she only kept me waiting a fairly short time. Because of conflicts in people's schedules the next meeting is supposed to be on a Thursday. No one showed up at Mass at St. John's this morning until the very last minute. There were only a few people there because of their friend's funeral today.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


When I went to Mass at St. John's this morning all went well until I left. As sooon as I got outside I walked right into a snowfall. It's been coming down today more than usual. One of the major disadvantages of this weather is that I always feel abnormally cold even when I'm inside someplace & dressed in very warm clothes. Tonight I'm supposed to go to a meeting at O.L. Mt. Carmel. I hope it's at least a little better by then. My father called Sam yesterday. They talked about all the usual things. Today's my cousin Fabrizio's birthday. He's yet another Facebook friend from Italy. I'm still playing my guitar. I've never been good at keeping it in tune though. Other than that it's been working out quite well lately. These days I don't watch too much TV which is good. It's not worth bothering with anyway most of the time. I didn't see Uncle Frankie yesterday. Maybe he showed up when I wasn't around.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


The weather is consistently cold these days. There always seems to be a constant stream of very slight snow coming down whenever I go outside. Uncle Frankie came over for a while last night. Uncle Larry's birthday was on Christmas Eve. Java's birthday was on Christmas Eve. He's my cousin Mary Ellen's husband. Today is Gisela's birthday. She's a distant cousin of mine in Argentina. As far as I know she only speaks Spanish. She's on my Facebook friends list. Today's also Shannon's birthday. She's cousin Mark's wife in Michigan. Yesterday I finished that book & started re_reading Shakespeare's "MacBeth". I'm still practicing my guitar on a regular basis too. I'm trying to play the Beatles' "Two Of Us". As of this morning the toilet is still an absolute nightmare. Joe the plumber is supposed to show up to take care of it. He was entirely too busy yesterday.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Bitter cold weather continues. It's been snowing quite a lot lately. It's never enough to accumulate but yesterday as I was hanging around in church it got very violent for a few minutes. We still have no priest at O.L. Sorrows. A visiting priest was there over the weekend. On Saturday night I watched "Cool Hand Luke". Last night I saw "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly". I've seen them both at least a few times before. Uncle Frankie is home from his visit with Fran. I've gotten to the very last few pages of that book by Avery Cardinal Dulles. After I've finished it I shall have to start yet another one. The new year is getting under way. So far nothing spectacular has happened except that the toilet wasn't working when I got up this morning. Joe the plumber is supposed to come over tomorrow to fix it. He's not the famous Joe the plumber.