Monday, November 27, 2006

Post-Thanksgiving Post

Wow, the cleverness has gone from the blog and it's only Monday. Whee. Well, first things first: Thanksgiving dinner was good, I spent way too long on the computer playing Civilization 4 and City of Heroes, and I know I must be getting old because I spent Sunday dozing off while watching football. 10 years ago, I would have been doing everything EXCEPT watching football. Four years ago, I would have been hanging out with friends at my new apartment in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Now? Football. And it wasn't just the Bears game, no, I watched the Colts game, too. See, I'm a Colts fan, and usually if I watch one of my favorite teams on television, they lose. It's why I usually listen to baseball games on the radio, and football games while I'm going back and forth between home and wherever on the weekends. This weekend, though, I actually sat in front of the tv and watched two football games. My life has gone from "More time to have fun" on weekends to "More time to rest" on weekends. I'm not sure that I care much for the restful weekends. They're kind of dull.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving!

I hope you all enjoy the four-day weekend as much as I will. Mind you, I'll spend much of it playing City of Heroes or Civilization 4 because I can. Enjoy the food, the friends, and family visits.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's one of those weekends again.

You know what I'm talking about, right? It's the weekend where you know you have a few things to do around the house, but there's something in the back of your mind that keeps nagging you. That's what's happening at the moment to me. Something is missing, but I have no idea what that something is.

I think I know what it is. Most of the current players of City of Heroes have been waiting for Issue 8 to appear on the regular servers, not just the test server. We'd really like to have all the neat new stuff we've seen there.

And how about the minor uproar in the Catholic Church this week over Pope Benedict's discussion about married priests, stemming from an African archbishop's disobedience? I think the news agencies are making a mountain out of a molehill, folks. His Holiness is dealing with the problem at hand, not trying to reverse decisions made centuries ago. Could it lead to married priests in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church? I doubt it very much unless Pope Benedict has something else up his sleeve.

My questions are these: how could a priest support his family if he were married? I think it would be too much to ask a parish to support the family. The priest would then have to concern himself with other things than the spiritual health and guidance of his parish. If one of his children is sick, is he going to be able to say Mass every day like he's supposed to do? Would his wife need to find a job, or would the priest act as sole moneymaker? If so, he'll need to do something in addition to being a priest. I don't know of many people who can work two full-time jobs, especially when one is "on call" like a priest. Then there's the whole mess of how to use Church property correctly. If there's any discussion on married priests within the Latin rite, these questions are just a small sample of the ones requiring answers. Our Church needs more priests, but it also needs more men who are willing to live chaste and celibate lives to become priests.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

One thing I do like about both living in Springfield and the new job is that my daily commute is no longer 10 minutes of driving at near-NASCAR speeds interspersed with 45 minutes of waiting for the light to change. Even when the light changes, you're not guaranteed to actually move.

So, no, I don't miss Lake-Cook Road at all.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Crunch Time

It's real simple, folks. November 7 is Election Day here in the United States. If you're registered to vote in your locale, GO VOTE. I'm asking my Illinois readers to go out and vote especially because my job deals with the electoral process. It doesn't deal with voting machines or anything like that, but I make sure that campaigns stay honest. So go out and exercise your right to vote. If you're registered and you don't vote, or you never bothered to register, I'm going to tell you this: YOU'RE SCREWING YOURSELF IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO VOTE. You willingly gave up your chance to guide this nation. If the person you wanted in office doesn't get in and you didn't vote when you had the opportunity, YOU ARE THE ONE TO BLAME BECAUSE YOU'RE TOO LAZY TO VOTE. If you cast your vote and your candidate doesn't win, that's one thing. If you don't cast your vote and your candidate loses you have no right to complain about where the nation is going. You want to talk hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is someone who wants all the bells and whistles of a modern democracy but won't even do the bare minimum to maintain it. Oh, you pay taxes, you say? Big deal, so do the rest of the voters.

I'm not telling you for whom you should cast your vote. I'm not campaigning for anyone. I'm not going to tell you who I'm voting for or why. Those things go against the neutrality needed for me to do my job properly. I will tell you to GO AND VOTE. As a US citizen, you have a right given to you and enshrined in the US Constitution to cast your ballot and peacefully resolve the question of political leadership from the smallest township to the national government itself. Ignoring that right is an invitation to those who think they can make better decisions for you than you can for yourself. You have to ask yourself if you really want your life micromanaged. If you do, then stay home on November 7th. Whether you want the status quo to be maintained or you want a change in how things are run, then you have your option to vote. GO OUT AND VOTE. Do not put this off until the end of the day. If you have to be late for work or class, be late for work or class. If you keep putting it off until the last minute, you may find yourself outside the polling station facing an election judge and a response of "Sorry, the polls are closed. Our hours were from 6AM to 7PM. Couldn't you even bother to show up during that time?" If you couldn't, then you only have yourself to blame for the way things are. You may be that deciding vote. Go change things. Go keep them the way you like them. Either way, GO VOTE!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Hey, all.

I'm still around, just trying to find more time for blogging. Now that I'm not doing the politics thing anymore, it's getting more and more difficult to find stuff to write about. This is one of those lazy Sunday evenings when I don't have much to do except for laundry. Sometimes being content and having everything done makes you feel like something is missing. So, I start surfing the web, hoping to find something new or different. I did happen to find a business out there that has a great sense of humor, and tries to make the foundation repair business go from boring to fun. The Crack Team is a chain of contractors who repair cracks in the foundation of your house. Then, there's the mascot they use for their company, a happy fellow by the name of Mr. Happy Crack. I am not making this up. His motto of "A Dry Crack Is A Happy Crack" immediately sends your mind back to sophomore year in high school. I have no idea if this company is any good or not, but take a look at the sites. For lack of a better phrase, it'll crack you up.