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Friday, April 10, 2009

Road Apples, #23

It's Good Friday and it's a good day to be off. The weather looks reasonably good, and even if it rains (as predicted), I'm still going to have a restful day. I know, that sounds almost blasphemous, and if it makes the Catholic Church feel better, I'll perhaps feel a bit guilty about the whole thing. Never the less, the days of my having a fervent religious bent have wained, as I have noted here before. Which brings me to my next thought...

Bishop Martino Strikes Again. Yes, Scranton Bishop Martino is upset...yet again...over something being done at a religious institution involved with education. Article reference here. Let me see, anyone else sense a pattern here? Martino closes Catholic schools and constantly threatens Catholic Universities. I'm thinking that this is a man who does not believe that the Roman Catholic Church should even be involved in the business of educating young people. Truly sad. If Martino really wanted to discuss these issues with university me crazy...but I would think the MORE PRUDENT thing to do would be for him to meet with the leaders in person. Instead, Martino makes the conscious choice to wage these wars via the press. Even the most die-hard Catholic has to wonder why he makes this choice. It's difficult to believe that self-promotion isn't among his motivations.

The Balance of Today will be spent hopefully not doing too much, other than maybe tackling some things on my perpetual to-do list. For example, I have a book case that I need to paint, so maybe that will make the cut. I'm also going to try and get up to work to pay a visit to the gym.

Yesterday Evening I went for a nice walk, although the number and intensity of hills in this town leaves something to be desired. I'd like to be able to do that more frequently, as I find it very relaxing, especially when I bring my camera with me. If it's not raining, maybe I'll head up to Nay Aug Park over the weekend, as I haven't been there in a while. I'd also like to run up to the Sugarman's Flea Market on Saturday. There is absolutely nothing but junk there, but it's fun to look through it. Maybe I'll ask Kate to come with me.

Culling the CD Herd. Among the things I need to do is to go through my CDs and pull out those that are duplicates (for example, I now have two Supertramp "Best Of" CDs...although one is better than the other). I have someone I can give most of what I cull to; anything not worth giving will be donated. It's amazing how yo accumulate this kind of stuff over the years.

Speakers. I saw a pair of speakers at SonyStyle that I'm thinking about getting for my office audio/video gear. The only problem is that the are a tad bit big. I went through the whole late 70's/80's male fascination with enormous speakers. Now that I'm a bit older I don't need the ego boost, but having a bit more audio kick would be nice. Something contemplate. I certainly can't beat the price or Sony quality.

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