AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!John, next time I see you, I will beat you, severely... That is a really awfull pic of me, just terrible. I look like some sort of forest Imp on crack. The shadows under my eyes add a nice diabolical touch. Is that the best pic you have of me from camp, or the worst??? I hope it is not the best, otherwise I am truly scary lookin. I suppose that mabye I look ok though, considering the triple digit heat, having to share a cabin (there was no vent in the bathroom mind you) with 7 boys, and eating Cap'n Crunch every morning for 2 weeks. I guess it could have been worse, but I will beat you anyways. At least you can't see my horns.
By the way, who says I am cuddly??? Also what is up with the +5 and 5 thing, is that some sort of D&D gaming lingo?
John - since I don't have your e-mail and I saw Tommy posting on here earlier, I thought I'd ask here: Are you and Tommy intersted in a little photography gig on the 23rd of June next year? You sounded open to it, but I hadn't said anything to you about it all summer, so I thought it was about time to bring it up again.
Mr. Giblon, good to see your Capn' Cuddliness in person! And do beat our photographer here, but spare the camera.Em, does this concern a certain matrimonial ceremony somewhere abouts KS?
Em, I may in fact be interested. Let me talk to Tommy.Nick, this was the only picture of you smiling. Oh, and the +5 thing is humor, and also because I've been playing World of Warcraft on my brother's account. I'm a level 13 Undead Rouge!
Oh, well I guess that is ok then. Am I like scowling in all the other pics? I hope not. When I first moved to Boise, this really queeny dude in the optical shop downtown told me I look "menacing". He made some comment about pan handlers, and I said one of the reasons I moved to Boise was that there were very few pan handlers. In SLC they are all over downtown and it gets anoying. He looked all shocked and said " I get pan handled all the time here", and I said "hmmm, well it hasn't happened to me yet" He replied "maybe that's becuase you look so menacing". He may have thought of me as menacing, but I thought he was just freakin weird. I wondered if anyone else would think of me as menacing. I still, never do get pan handled here though, so it has it's benefits.
Duffy, I think that John does need a good beating now and then. I will make sure to spare any equipment. Acctually though, if I tried to beat John, I am sure he would beat the crap out of me in the process. It would look like some crazy drunken Monty Python skit, and we would both end up in the hospital.
Yes, Tommy, it does involve a certain matrimonial ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. :) You are invited to photograph the Curry/Harrison wedding. I had been scouting for photographers, and since I have some photography experience myself I am extremely picky. Oftentimes the eye of the photographer (especially in wedding photography) reflects his or her values, and there are lots of photographers who don't share my values. You and John DO, (or at least for the most part, eh, Boyer? ;) so you seem to be the fellows for the job, if you can make it.
You live in Boise, eh, Mr. Giblon? Evan and I have a friend in Boise.
Is his last name Mortinson by chance? Boise is a great place, I love it here. It is even better now that our little SSPX congregation has it's own church. If ya'll are ever passing through and need a place stay look me up. I am more than happy to put up a few fellow Catholics, even if your not a Trad ;-) My goal is to move to N Idaho though, within the next 5 years or so. It is even more awesome up there. A lot more Trad Catholics too.
My little smiley face got cut in half.... Whaaaaaaaaahh..
Well, as a matter of fact, it is. But you spelled their name wrong (it's an "e", not an "i"). Greg, a.k.a. "Mort", is one of my dearest friends. If my fiance and I ever need anyone to "put us up" in the future, you can bet he'll be contacted first. . . . You're kinda odd . . . not that that would be unusual for my circles . . . or, most espeically, for Boyer's circles :) (tee hee hee - I can see the look on your face, John). . . but you're really quite odd.
Gee, this is a small world. I have heard very nice things about the Morts. I don't know how they put up with Holy Apostles though, it's Very chinga chinga, but to each their own. Even the Cathedral here is really chinga chinga so you don't have much in the way of liturgical preferences. Liturgical "dancing" is just plain wrong. UghhhhI have never claimed to not be "odd" so that is quite fine if you feel that way. It is not the most polite thing to say, but I am sure that you are the most totally normal person in the world yourself. I agree that John is odd, in a good way though. It was so refreshing to meet somone who has some of the same thoughts about very unusual topics. There has never been anyone, that I have felt so comfortable discussing religion with in my life. I really hope that he goes into religious life becuase he would be awesome.Something tells me that most of the students at TAC have some very differnt circles. TAC is not just like any school so all the people who go there are going to be very unique and eccentric.
Yeah, T.A.C. is eccentricity central, and that's why I didn't necessarily mean the term "odd" to be an insult, per-se. Just an observation. ;) You would be one of our more eccentric eccentrics . . . but the community finds them rather entertaining, so that's not necessarily a bad thing.John's a dern good theologian (at least I never had any cause to complain of him in class). I found him to be a stellar intellectual and a fabulous section-mate this past year. I really hope to have him in class again. As far as the religious life goes - I pray that God puts John into the best possible vocation for the sanctification of his soul, wherever that may be. Pax,Em
So you and John are in the same grade then at TAC? Does your Fiance also attend school with you? It must be a strange little sub-culture down there, full of Catholics very passionate about the faith. Ironically located in a See not known for it's Orthodoxy. God certainly works in mysterious ways.Well, this has been interesting. I was curious as to how many people would pop out of the woodwork on here. It's not Free Republic yet, but there are some people paying attention to the content anyways and that is good. John does find some rather strange video's. They are pretty fun to watch. I was sure after meeting John at camp, that he had some very interesting friends. You are obviously one of them. Despite the opinion that you may have established about me so far, I am a pretty friendly and down to earth person. Just very outspoken. One of these days I would like to visit TAC. The campus looks very nice, and I am sure it is better in person. Too bad it is not in Idaho. I don't think I could live in Cali, it's not my kinda place. Well God Bless and have a great weekend Ya'llAD+MGNickolas
Yes, I'm also to be a senior there this year. Many of the readers on this blog are John's schoolmates. In fact . . . you're one of the only people I could not identify right off the bat. My fiance has already graduated from T.A.C. - he will be continuing his schooling this year in systematic theology. He hopes to teach at the collegiate level.Well, to be frank, California is not my kind of place, either. In fact, I think that goes for a lot of TACers. But then again, the campus scarcely associates with the common culture - the fact that it is so alien to our values is probably more of a help to T.A.C.'s contemplative lifestyle than a a hindrance. God bless,Em
Well you are off to a good start in life, graduating from TAC and getting married to a theologian. So are you both from Cali? There are some very nice places there, but everything is so expensive(Housing mainly). The materialism and modernism don't help much either. But there are a lot of good people and many good Catholics. Idaho is a very nice place. Boise is a good size metro with a lot to do. The outdoor scene is awesome. There are not a lot of Catholics, but we still are the 2nd largest religion in the state. Mormons being 1st of course. The oldest building in the state though, is the Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart. Older by at least 50 years than the oldest Mo buildings. Immaculate Conception (SSPX) church in Post falls has a pilgrimage there every fall. They even get to say the Tridentine mass at the old altar, becuase the mission is owned by the state. The Diocese has a weird equivilant each year, that incorporates liturgical dancing and A Lot of pagan ritualism. Thankfully they hold their thingy out on the lawn in front of the mission and not inside. If you are ever in N Idaho I highly recomend going to see the mission. The native people there were waiting for a priest to come and baptise them, becuase their chief had a vision years before of men wearing black robes (Kaniksu) and holding two sticks crossed. These men were supposed to teach them the right way to worship the Great Spirit. When Fr's Pierre De Smet and Antonio Rivali showed up the tribe wanted to be bapitsed immediatly. There is so much great history and breathtaking scenery that I hope to live there some day. Well have a great day and God BlessAD+MGNickolas
No, I'm NOT a Californian. (eeeeek!! Nononononono) I'm a Missourian. I was born and raised here, and I wish I never had to leave. But hey, God's will be done. California and Florida will be my states of residence for the next seven years, at least.Pax Christi sit semper tecum,Emily
Ha ha... Now I know how to get really upset, by accusing you of being a closet Californian. ;-PIn Idaho, one of the first questions people ask you is "Where are you from?" "Utah" I reply. the next question is always "Are you Mormon" To which I answer "No, I used to be but left and became a Catholic" They always seem to be very delighted by that Catholic or not and welcome me to Idaho. Now if you are from Cali, and get asked "where you are from", unless you want to get a dirty look and maybe hissed at, you will lie and say your Canadian or something. I accidently made a female friend of mine cry once, about her Ca roots. When I found out that she was from Cali, I wrinkled my nose and made the sign of the cross with my fingers at her. I was only joking, but since other people had had the same reaction when she moved here, but in different forms, it made her start to bawl. I felt like a bit of a jerk.Missouri is a nice place. St. Louis has an amazing basilica. They also have a lot more diocesan approved indults(ICSK) than most other states, and even the Cannons Regular of The New Jerusalem, which is a very interesting order. Plus, I think that Burke is the only bishop that did not allow that pathetic "talking about touching" program into his Archdiocese. He is certainly one of the 5-10 bishops in the NCCB that is acctually Catholic. The rest tend to be, well... I won't go there.In the Mormon church they believe that the "New Jerusalem" is going to be established in Jackson Missouri and that the garden of Eden was located where the city of Independance is now. Very strange people those mormons. While I am sure that Mo is a nice state, the garden of Eden was certainly not there ;-)Anyways have a great day and God BlessAD+MGNickolas
I was born in Independence, MO., where the R.L.D.S. believe Joseph Smith will appear again someday. As a whole, the area ignores those people as much as possible. They're weird.Yeah, unfortunately the "Protect the Children" video was headed up under my former bishop's direction. We have a new guy, though, who is getting national attention for the changes he is making. Bishop Robert Finn. The National Catholic Reporter, the nastiest rag of liberal 'Catholic' nonsense known to journalism, wrote an article about it "more than half the length of Matthew's gospel" (to quote Our Sunday Visitor). I think it's the best argument for how much good he's doing for us around here. See the article at http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2006b/051206/051206a.php.The good bishop came over for dinner last Sunday. He is surprisingly frank, beautifully commanding and relievingly wise. My fiance and I admire him a great deal. Missouri is a good place for the Church right now. Unfortunately, it's also a frightening place for the right to life. Please pray for Missouri, especially for KC, as it battles the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and they're multi-million amendment to the state constitution, which claims that it will ban cloning but actually protects embryonic stem cell research from any goverment regulations whatsoever, through the old "it's not a clone until it's implanted into a woman's womb" clause. It's frightening. PLEASE pray. Missouri doesn't have the smartest voting record in the world (see election 2000 . . . we elected a dead man as our state senator! Augh!)
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