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November 10, 2008

10 Things to chew on

I don’t have any earth-quaking news or idea to pour forth out of my heart today.  It is a Monday- has anything great ever been done on a Monday?  I sit in my office right now, and decided to treat my loyal readers to my first top ten list of what is on my mind today.


1. Don’t you hate how tragically fast the weather changes in the northeast?  Man, it was in the 70’s last week.  Don’t get me wrong: November deserves November weather.  But I can’t stand how it drops this fast.


2. It has been over 5 years since I have competitively thrown a javelin.  My brother is an All-American, but not a school record holder.


3. I understand that cats are predators.  But in the last four days, my cats (who are at a total combined weight of maybe 10 pounds) have devoured a box of munchkins in a matter of a couple minutes, broken in the garbage to lick out the inside of an ice cream container, and found that I left their food bag out between Masses and went on to stuff themselves so silly that it felt like they swallowed a can of Coke.  Frankie & Batman miss nothing.


4. Veteran’s Day is tomorrow.  Some schools are off today.  I don’t get it.  Our Elementary School is off tomorrow.  That makes sense.


5. I don’t think the Red Sox should sign Mark Teixeira.


6. I do think the Red Sox should trade for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He has the same nickname that has made my family famous.  At least in high school.


7. Is it just me or is church attendance the best in November?  I think November is as encouraging as July is frustrating.


8. Maybe it does not resonate with males…but why do people listen to sad music when they are sad?  I had this conversation a couple of days ago, and it makes no sense to me.  Maybe I am a little too happy-go-lucky, but who can fault me for wanting to see this when I am feeling down?  And, of course, read scripture.  So what if they are completely different?  Unfortunately, I know more people who can quote Dumb and Dumber than the Gospel of John.  Ah well.


9. Sometimes, I wish priests weren’t associated with wearing the black.  It is great in that I never have to worry about what to wear at formal events, because 99% of them are involved with the Church, but there is the other side.  At the end of summer, I was eating some delicious Rita’s Italian Ice outside with my significant other, and we noticed some ladies trying to get into St. Stanislaus. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and I let them in, told them I was the priest there, apologized for not being dressed in black, and gave them a tour.  Yesterday, I find they were neighbors of parishioners, who were gushing at what a nice guy the curly-haired parish janitor was.  See?


10. With Christmas only 6 and 1/2 weeks away, I am infinitely more excited about Thanksgiving.  See, that is the only holiday I can go home for and be with my family.  What, you expected a priest to skip out on Christmas or Easter?  So look out Westfield, because the rectory at St. Joseph’s will be rocking and the Social Center there will be hosting the annual wiffle ball tournament.  Don’t let the white collar fool you – no one can throw a wiffle ball like I can.



  1. #2. I may not hold any school record, but I hold the zlot/PNCC record!

    Comment by Andrew Soltysiak — November 11, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  2. I can take a stab at #8 if you like…at least for some of the female population.
    Some feel that listening to sad music when you feel sad helps to express those depressing emotions so they don’t stay bottled up inside. They embrace the music/art/movies that are sad and feel empathy with the artist and feel better. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

    While some guys read or play Gears or Halo to deal with emotions (yes, they do have them) others may just go for an extra long run or workout. Some girls do these things too, but you usually don’t hear about them.

    Comment by Krysta — November 12, 2008 @ 3:26 am

  3. I’m going to have to agree with Krysta on #8, because I do both of what she mentioned (except I don’t play Gears of Halo). Moreso I like to lean towards playing a game, since I can immerse myself in a different world, escape from reality for a bit. But sometimes, I’ll just find the saddest music I can, or find some sort of sad classical music. It just really helps. I can’t really explain it.

    Comment by Josh Beebe — November 12, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  4. 1. November weather seems to be a lot more warmer lately-global warming or just God’s plan? I don’t think its global warming. I think the seasons are just changing. Winter weather is beginning more at the end of December while April’s weather still seems like winter. September and a good part of October’s weather is like summer. Maybe that is the way it is suppose to be.

    2. So throw a javlin

    3. I still can’t believe you have two cats.

    7. Your right.

    8. I do not listen to sad music when I am sad.

    9. Just like a cop. When a cop is in uniform and he is telling you somethingnot to do like not ride your bike on the sidewalk – your gonna listen. If he was in shorts and a Tee and telling you the same thing- you would be like -hey whats with him.

    10. Looking forward to Thanksgiving, also.

    Comment by mom — November 15, 2008 @ 8:27 am

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