Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Afterglow

The party's over, 
the luau's done.

All that's left 
is the Afterglow ...

Friday, May 30, 2008

Big Fan

Big Fan, originally uploaded by wb_nod.

May is party month at our house and we had a great time at the Luau! We had barbecue from Red, Hot & Blue, beer, margaritas, root beer kegs, a MOONBOUNCE for the kids, tents, tiki torches, DJ music, Rock Band game, squirt guns & sprinklers, water bottle rockets, and more!

Other than some small incidents, there was great rejoicing. Check out the Luau pics on Flickr or share your own.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Get ready to Limbo!

T-minus 7 days for the Backyard Blowout Luau!!

Are you ready to Limbo??

Friday, May 16, 2008

Local sayings

Local color, regionalisms, aphorisms, pithy sayings, maxims, puns -- you gotta love language. I like to collect saying from places I've been. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes profound; I even like multi-lingual mash-ups.

Here are some phrases I've collected; some of them are slightly earthy:
  • Garbage rolls down-hill.
  • That's slicker than snot on a door-knob.
  • Well, tie me to a hog and smear my ears with jam!
  • You're just a lost ball in the high weeds.
  • Never piss up-wind.
  • Soda: pop, soda pop, coke (for everything), fizz, RC, sugar-water
  • gâvur-kebab: a Turkish/Muslim mash-up meaning ham on a stick (gâvur means "unbeliever", kebab is like shish-kebab).
  • Slainte (Irish "cheers") pronounced: It's a lawn chair!
  • Auf Wiedersehen (German "goodbye") pronounced: Our feet are stained!
  • Do itashi mashite (Japanese "you're welcome") pronounced: Don't touch my mustache!
  • Turkish tongue twister- bu duvarı badanalamalı mı yoksa badanalamamalı mı?
    Should we whitewash this wall or should we not whitewash it?
  • Ridicilis!
  • Chinese story: Tikki-Tikki Tembo no sa rembo, chari-bari, rucci-pip perri-pembo
  • Same story, different name: Tikki-Tukki Timbo, no si-nimbo, bui-hui bushi-fui pom-pom nikki-nomi echo fui-o
  • California: boffo, gnarly, tubular
  • Donde esta Juan? Yo soy Juan! Ai!
  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger -- Nietzsche (eww!)
  • Bumper sticker: God is Dead -- Nietzsche; Nietzsche is Dead -- God.
Add some of your own ...

Blynken Mash Up: The Vatican, Extra-Terrestrials, and Relics

This week the Vatican's chief astronomer,Father José Gabriel Funes, an Argentine Jesuit, declared that belief in the probability of extra-terrestrial life is NOT incompatible with the Catholic religion or belief in God, and that we should not place limits on the creative work of God.

Seems obvious, doesn't it? The Catholic Church has always been at the service of Truth. Her prime mission is to defend the deposit of the Faith handed down through the Apostles (overtly religious), but also to affirm the truth and beauty of all of God's creation, including math, medicine, astronomy, physics, meta-physics, philosophy, art, music, etc. There can be only one Truth (by definition) and it all relates to the whole.

Lots of people will point to the whole Galileo thing ... hey, we said we're sorry, right? And Darwin, he was a Catholic too -- nothing bad happened to him.

So E.T. may be my brother, which is interesting, but there are a whole lot of other brothers a lot closer to home that need keeping. It is these brothers that we should remember to honor both in spirit and body.

Speaking of honoring the body, what is it with Catholics and their relics? Yes, yes, I know that Saint Jerome declared, "We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the creator, but we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore him whose martyrs they are" (Ad Riparium, i, P.L., XXII, 907).

But come on, it is a little creepy to collect them. Hey, I get the head! Aw, man, all I got was a finger bone ... I know, let's dig them up and see if they're incorrupt!

Now on the other hand, if you happen to be completely incorrupt like St. Bernadette Soubirous, d. 1879, now that's something to see.

Ok, I confess, I do have a third class relic - sort of. It's dirt from the site of the martyrdom of St. Isaac Jogues and company.

How about you? Leg anyone?


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