- It's been an interesting week with lots of things to cover. First, I attended my first March For Life in Washington D. C.. You can read all about it in my post by clicking ---> HERE. There were close to 300,000 God-fearing, pro-lifers there, all enthusiastically standing up for the unborn and in-firmed. I took as many pictures as I could, and posted some of the best on the link above, and the rest on my Flickr page (see link on March For Life post).
- Last Friday's March For Life post on this blog got a lot of attention, in large part because the main stream media had little or no coverage of this mammoth event, and people were searching for pictures and stories to read about it. But I also got linked to by some friends of mine (and a couple of strangers who became new friends) who know much more than I do about how to BLOG BIG with a million plus visitors each. Among them are the following: American Power, Brutally Honest, The Other McCain, The Curt Jester, The Anchoress, Chicago Ray, and JivinJehoshaphat. There are other notables, including Athos of Chronicles of Atlantis, whom I seem to have tricked into thinking I know Latin.
- Two years ago my employer, a trucking company, issued an edict that pets would no longer be allowed in company vehicles as of the following April. This was both alarming and odd to hear. Alarming for obvious reasons, not the least of which was that for most of us truck drivers, our pets are all we have anymore. And even if that's not the case, we have grown very attached to them having traveled over 120,000 miles each year, all over the country and parts of Canada with them. Odd because only 3 years prior to that edict, my employer (who shall remain nameless) encouraged drivers to get pets to relieve depression and lower blood pressure. Within 3 months of this announcement, over 500 drivers had given notice to quit, causing said employer to rescind its rule. However they still said no pets in new trucks. Read THIS for clarification on why that caused a problem... A couple of days ago, I got the announcement that pets would be allowed in newer trucks which don't require idling in order for the cab to maintain a livable temperature in which to live. I get to keep Buster, my cat, after all. Hooray!
- Whenever I get some free time between load assignments or a vacation or whatever, I like to go exploring... usually within large cities or other interesting areas. And when I do, I tend to run into familiar faces. Not people who know me, but ones I see on TV or in movies. The most recent was last Friday after the March For Life mentioned above, when I ran into Carl Cameron of Fox News. Others I have written about HERE. And still others I have chosen not to include in print, like Laura Ingraham, Mark Steyn, Michelle Malkin, and others.
- The week before last I was able to spend the day with Kevin and family, meeting his wife and kids for the first time, and celebrating his eldest son's birthday. During the visit I got to attend my first ever Latin Mass, celebrated by Father Brankin of St. Odilo's in Berwyn, IL. It wasn't quite what I expected. It was beautiful in its own way, but not very participatory. In fact most of it seemed to be Father Brankin with his back to us, looking up and mumbling in Latin. But true to form, he was and is one of the best Homilists I've ever heard in any Mass. There are a few I've posted on my left column if you're interested....
- A few days ago I delivered a load of toilet paper (several hundred cases of 80 rolls each) to a warehouse who rejected three of the cases. It seems that an overly enthusiastic forklift driver accidentally stabbed those cases with one of the forklift forks, making them unacceptable, even though the product inside the cases were unharmed. So the consignee threw the three damaged cases back on my trailer. Upon contacting my employer about this, I was told to keep them, throw them away, or use them at my pleasure. So now I'm driving around with 240 free rolls of toilet paper scattered about the interior of my cab, making me feel like a very rich man indeed. I think I'll donate most of them to my church.
- Drove from Augusta, GA to Oak Grove, KY through snow storms on icy roads earlier today (Friday). Still have over 1,500 miles to go to deliver in Utah. Praying for good weather and feeling glad I have a job. Feel free to check out other Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.
"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Today, in spite of the weather, I drove to Washington D.C. to partake in the 37th annual March For Life and had an experience like no other. I saw an enthusiastic crowd in very large numbers totally devoted to the life cause, consisting largely of young, fresh faced people chanting, praying, laughing, and enjoying life to its fullest as they marched for their firmly held beliefs.
All of the pictures above and below were taken by me and my Sony DSC-F828. And as usual, you can make each one larger by clicking on it. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Could it be? Is this really happening? Have the Democrats lost their 60-seat majority? Was it just desserts after Frankin stole the MN election from Coleman? Is it the start of a new wave of public revolt against Democrat elitism?
Do you think the fickle public has finally gotten fed up with silly Democrat man-teens, and wishes to return the grown-ups to power? Will the Tea Party continue to push its influence on both old and new Republicans to keep them honest and fiscally responsible?
Massachusetts is the bluest of the blue states, and it has just elected a Republican for Senator. Okay maybe not such a big deal considering they recently had Mitt Romney as governor; but the fact that President Obama tried to work his magic to save Coakley, but instead had an "Olympic moment" resulting in failure restores my faith in the American people (whom I thought had truly lost their minds upon electing Obama).
As far as the Health Care Bill goes,.... the Dems are already working on turning Voinovich against the Republicans. It's still going to be a bumpy road ahead...
(pic from Getty Images)
Nigeria: Religious Violence Kills 27
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 18, 2010
Angry Muslim youths set fire to a church filled with worshipers, starting a riot that killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 300 in Jos, in northern Nigeria, officials said Monday. Sani Mudi, a spokesman for the local imam, said 22 people died in fighting between Christians and Muslims after rioters set fire to a Catholic church on Sunday. Five others died Monday from their wounds. More than 300 people were killed in inter-religious violence in Jos in 2008.
Just in case you have forgotten how crazy violent these fanatics can be...
Saturday, January 9, 2010
The 13th Day has made it to DVD, so anyone can watch it without searching in vein for a movie theater bold enough to run it.
You can order it online from Aquinas & More by clicking on the ad link below (see picture), or by utilizing the links on the left column of the blog. Why do I recommend Aquinas & More? Several reasons:
- None of their goods are made in China. A&M is sensitive about the use of slave labor, forced abortions, and unfair trade practices and refuses to sell goods made there. How refreshing.
- Aquinas & More offers free standard shipping in some circumstances (depends on the dollar amount you order).
- Aquinas & More has a "good faith guarantee" and sticks to it. I have never been dissatisfied with their service.
- Aquinas & More is NOT a corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood, unlike some other large online retail outlets that sell books and DVD's. Why would you shop at a place knowing that some of your spent money goes to pay for abortions? Wouldn't you avoid that if if meant paying a couple of dollars more?
- I have never included a "tip jar" on my blog as I think they are tacky. But entering Aquinas & More through the links on my blog and then making purchases does help me financially. And you do not pay extra for it!
- Aquinas & More is the largest seller of Catholic Goods online.
The 13th Day
Friday, January 8, 2010
- As you might remember from the first time I did this, the 7 Quick Takes thing comes from Conversion Diary in which a bunch of bloggers with Catholicism in common write 7 things of interest about themselves or something in their lives. But then I don't really know if you have to be Catholic to do this. Probably not. You simply have to be one of Jennifer's readers, I guess.
- Work has been slow. Very slow. I drive a semi for a living, and back in the days of prosperity (when Republicans earned their congressional chairmanships by being fiscally responsible) I would be assigned a load with lots of miles and barely enough time to deliver. Then within a few minutes of emptying the trailer, I would have to dash off to my re-load. But things are different now. My current load which was assigned to me at noon today isn't scheduled to pick up until 10pm tonight. It's 542 miles long and delivers on Monday at 5am. It was actually ready at 1pm so I went in early. That's and average of 217 miles per day on this one, as opposed to my former average of 450 miles per day in the good ol' days. Things do not seem to be improving much, except that I no longer have to wait 2 days from my delivery to my re-load assignment. And in case you haven't guessed, I get paid by the mile. *Ouch*
- My cat does not like this weather at all. It isn't the cold so much, as it is the lack of humidity. With his fur all clumped up and everything made of paper or thread sticking to him, he looks kind of comical. But the static electric shock he gets when I pet him does not help his feline disposition. So each time I reach to pet him I have to lick my hand first to spare him the painful spark. And I can only do that once, lest I get a tongue full of litter box dust.
- Hard times means high anxiety. And that usually leads to a recurring frequency of sin. It's very hard to get to Mass on Sundays when you're driving long haul in a big rig. But in spite of my priest's dispensation I make an attempt each week to get there, no matter where my load takes me. But even harder than that is to get to Confession, as every church does it at unique times. And most don't do it on Sundays just before Mass, though sometimes on Saturdays before Vigil. These days it has been very difficult to do both since most Catholic churches don't have truck parking for semis. I'll be going through Chicago tomorrow and staying until Sunday where a friend of mine will pick me up and take me to Mass. I am unsure if Reconciliation will be offered.
- In spite of rave reviews, 13th Day has already made it to DVD. I'll have details on how to acquire a copy in my next blog post.
- Last time I did the 7 Takes thing I mentioned my blood pressure issues and how hard it was to eat properly on the road, and that I found a great salsa that isn't too unhealthy. I want to add Wholly Guacamole to the list of things in which I can indulge. It comes in small packets and only has 150mgs of sodium per serving. One packet is considered a serving, though I use half of one in a sandwich wrap so only 75mgs sodium, really. And it has only 8 grams of fat (1g sat. fat) per packet (4g per wrap for me). Not bad considering 2,000mgs of sodium and 60g fat are considered the healthy limit for daily intake.
- Since I don't have cable TV in the truck (or at home), my Mother likes to introduce me to TV shows I've never seen by sending me DVD's of them for Christmas and birthdays. Years ago she got me hooked on Cadfael and then later, The Closer. Now she seems bent on getting me interested in Nero Wolfe. And I like it okay. It's a bit more of a circus than a simple mystery, and looks to be more about Timothy Hutton's character than the title suggests.
Friday, January 1, 2010
And by the way, have yourselves a very happy and blessed new year!