I feel much like I sense the creature above does.
I had surgery on my shoulder Friday and I am still in a lot of pain. I am typing one-handed and fairly obtunded with pain meds and that sucks, so I am taking a break till I can think a bit clearer and use two hands on my keyboard. In the meantime, here are a few of my stored images. They are of no particular point.
Makes me want to light up with my kids:
For non-fans of Twilight:
Be thankful…or wishful…whatever:
Why was this in my files?
And since it’s Sunday but I am a) feeling a bit pissy and b) not up to being articulate and insightful, here is my Sunday sermon:
I usually write about the true origins of Thanksgiving at this time. I go into detail about how the real “Thanksgiving” by what we call the Pilgrims (though they did not refer to themselves as that) was the thanks that God delivered unto the indigenous a pestilence that killed so many of them and thereby was a sign of the newcomers blessing by the Lord to live in this “new” land. And of course all the other nastiness that came with their intrusion on these “savages.” But this year I won’t go into how our ancestors stole corn reserves stored by the indigenous peoples, or how they had to resort to cannibalism in their first year here because they were too busy stealing instead of planting, or how what we call the Pilgrims actually came upon a pre-built town that was devoid of occupants because they had all died from diseases that came up from the original colonial efforts in Jamestown and from coastal raiders that had been plying their slaving practices along the Eastern Seaboard for the previous 50 years.
No, this year I won’t go into all of that. I am going to wish everybody a good day to enjoy their families and friends and hope that they feast well. I will.
I am going to play Combat Arms for a couple of hours till my family gets up, then have some home-made pastries, fresh ground coffee and help prepare our usual extravagant meal. I just ask that we take a moment to think about those we took this land from and that our ancestors did not “discover” this land anymore than I discovered Italy the first time I went there. And give a thought to those without and those in need as well.
Enjoy your day.
Anything the Vatican hates I usually like or am for. Therefore this recommendation against seeing New Moon is just another reason to go with my 14-year-old daughter and see it. The UK Telegraph reports:
Catholics tend to ignore comic news stories about the Vatican, but they are becoming worryingly prevalent – and most of them are entirely the Church’s fault. The latest one reveals that Monsignor Franco Perazzolo of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has condemned The Twilight Saga: New Moon, part of a teen vampire romantic fantasy series (I kid you not) which was released yesterday.
As Nick Squires reports, Monsignor Perazzolo said the film was an “an explosive mix” of good-looking young actors involved in supernatural activities. He also reckoned that the film’s occult imagery represented a “moral void more dangerous than any deviant message”.
A “moral void?” And this is said with a straight face from Pedophile Central Headquarters? My daughter has read all the books in this series and seen the first movie and she still has excellent grades and has only gotten better as a cello player. I have not seen any “moral void” in her or her friends that follw this series either.
Of course, the good Monsignor was no doubt serious and his message plainly filled with the right intentions. But really, how many teenagers who watch vampire fantasy films really turn towards the dark arts? Is his view that simplistic? The Vatican is actually self-harming when it censors childish fiction in this way. It makes the Church seem out of touch and lacking in any sense of humour, alienating far more young believers than made-up wizards or vampires ever would.
Yeah, and I am still waiting for all the adolescent wizards and witches that Harry Potter was supposed to breed according to the Vatican. The Catholic Church. Wrong about Harry Potter, wrong about this flick and wrong on just about everything.
But don’t go against them or they’ll withhold their magic crackers.
Today I get my pre-op work done for my operation on Friday. I have no idea what all that entails but I am so ready to get this operation over with as my injury has been severely cramping my lifestyle. Not to mention the pain…
Where the biceps connects to the glenoid ligament the tissue has been torn away. They are going to have to repair the torn tissue and then re-attach the head of my biceps someplace else. Hopefully when it is all over with I won’t bark like a dog when I move my arm or some other post-surgery anomaly. One can only hope.
I must have my surgery the day after Thanksgiving because my work doesn’t give disability leave and I will have the weekend to recover some. If you take a day off due to injury or sickness it comes out of your vacation, or PTO (Paid Time Off). I am looking now in the picture dictionary under “Sucks” and it says “see: PTO as opposed to sick leave.” I flip to that and it says “see: Sucks.”
So I will gorge myself tomorrow and force my anesthesiologist to recalculate his figures for my weight on surgery day. I plan on being several pounds heavier than I am today when I meet him for my pre-op interview. Also, I hope the bourbon helps enhance the effect of the anesthesia.
I can hardly wait….
Ah…if only the crowd had hot tar and feathers. How appropriate that would have been.
At Ole Miss….my how times have changed…for the better.
Republicans. No need to mock them. They do a good job on their own.
Stuffin’ it down his throat and wavin’ it in front of his kids’ faces? Is he a Mormon or a Catholic?
I get so confused….
Get them while they last!
And not mentioned but certainly useful is the scripted answer to all those Darwinian-based arguments for evolution over “creationism.” It is simple to read and simple to repeat. Try it with me now:
Nananananananananananananananananananana…I can’t hear you!
See, wasn’t that easy?