Monthly Archives: July 2006

So it happened on Saturday night at church… our re…

So it happened on Saturday night at church… our regular 5:00 gig. We are a contemporary ensemble of singers, guitars, keyboards, drums and cello although we were missing some of the key components. We had just sat down after the proclamation of the Gospel and were getting ready for the sermon – our priest, this weekend, was the associate, an intriguing gentleman from India… very spiritual and kind of oblivious to our culture but learning quickly.

As he began to preach, I noticed two of my friends, seated on the other side of the church, jump up and head for the back of the church. In a matter of moments, an usher appeared and headed down the aisle, as did another friend of mine who is an RN. Mary Beth got to the person who was in distress and I watched her take a pulse and quietly ask some questions.

The usher checked on the situation and headed to the church entrance again. He came back with a wheelchair but by now, another usher and another woman had approached the scene and were motioning for someone to call an ambulance.

I soon heard sirens and felt a bit relieved however Fr Mike had just finished his sermon and sat down for a moment of silence. (I have to admit, I didn’t hear much of it because he has such a thick accent that you REALLY have to pay attention when he preaches). Fr Mike did NOT at this point notice what was going on, the deacon, however was aware.

The deacon got up to lead the prayers of the faithful and now, I was beginning to feel very uncomfortable. I felt that Fr Mike should have been made aware of the situation and maybe gone down and anointed the person in distress. By this time, the whole back of the church knew what was going on because the police arrived – 3 strapping Cinnaminson lads in uniform.

We stood up to begin the Preparation rite with a song but I didn’t feel that I should have started. First of all, everyone was worrying over this person and not really preparing for the most sacred of moments in our celebration. Second of all, I really felt strongly that the person should have been anointed. I did begin the song but cut it short.

By now, the paramedics arrived with a gurney and Fr Mike finally realized what was going on, as did the whole church assembly. The person in distress protested the paramedics’ attempts but eventually agreed to be taken to the hospital. It turned out to be an elderly woman whose face was whiter than her hair by the time I saw her. The deacon’s wife was gesturing to her husband that one of them – the deacon or the priest – should say some prayers for the poor, sick woman.

Fr Mike didn’t stop. He didn’t go and anoint her. He began the prayers for consecration as the paramedics rolled her out of the church.

I was fit to be tied but trying not to be angry. I just felt so uncomfortable. No one would’ve cared if he had delayed the Mass for a few minutes to say some prayers for the woman. I said a lot of prayers for her starting from the moment I realized someone was ailing.

Later, I found out that she was severely dehydrated and anxious because her special needs son was in rehab after an operation that left him partially debilitated. This woman is the sole caregiver to her adult son who is impaired and she was stressing because no one would be able to help her son if she was in the hospital.

I haven’t heard anymore about her. I hope she’s ok.


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So this is what I’ve done this summer: I joined th…

So this is what I’ve done this summer:
I joined the Golden Eagle Community Band so I could brush up on my bass playing skills. We played a variety of music: marches, show tunes, standards, some pop. I really liked the Sousa marches, Liberty Bell turned out to be my favorite because we played it the night of the fireworks in the Shade. On the way home, Mike and Mark sang it from start to finish. I laughed until I cried.
I’ve gotten to Wildwood twice. It’s so relaxing. I love the deck especially in the morning, drinking coffee as people walk, jog or bike by. It’s so beautiful there. I hope to get back soon.
We remodeled the powder room which was just insane because it took SO long. The result is that it looks good and it works.

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You Are a Dreaming Soul Your vivid emotions and im…

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all…
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

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Have you heard David Lee Roth do the bluegrass version of “Jump” from the Strummin’ with the Devil CD? It’s sort of growing on me… although I think Eddie would have issues with it!

Andy did this incredible version of Tarkus. Well – Tarkus is pretty frightening, but his interpretation is just plain brilliant! He has an amazing sense of rhythm. He also has the uncanny ability to laugh at himself. Why he would ever try to cover Tarkus is one question that defies an answer. Another question is simply “Why?” I’ve given up asking any questions.

I found my Marc Broussard CD – I thought it was lost but it ended up being in my car CD player. I had it on my IPOD so I wasn’t so worried about not ever hearing it again… I just was pissed that I lost it.

Last night I heard that amazing version of Wanted Dead Or Alive – the live BonJovi one… This Left feels Right I think is the album.

Which brings me back to Strummin’ with the Devil… what WAS he thinking? Did poor Eddie give his approval? Did he need to give his approval? Are things that bad that they David needed to do this album? OK, so he failed miserably on WYSP… was that such a shock?

Which begs another question? WHAT has happened to WYSP? Oh sure, in the wake of Howard Stern, the station was doomed, but what about the MUSIC???? I find myself listening to WXPN more often than not… sometimes WMGK – classic rock, now that Mike and I carpool.

There’s a large rubber cockroach on my desk, left by a co-worker. I must remember to return it.

I listen to LaunchCast on Yahoo. By rating artists, albums, songs and genres, you have some control over what you listen to. I feel that my selections are eclectic. Show Tunes to Ska. 80s Hair band to Singer-Songwriters. Classical to Classic rock.

Ah well. I DO like bluegrass… so instead of asking “WHY?” I’ll just say, “Why not?”

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71 days – It’s Just A Ride! Getting in shape is n…

71 days – It’s Just A Ride!

Getting in shape is not an easy task… too much beer, too many cigarettes, too little exercise… 54 years, lots of stress, extra weight, sitting on my ass every day.

So I got on the bike again… The Tour de France gets me jazzed about bike riding and it’s really a fun form of exercise. Even in the heat and humidity, I’m able to maintain an average of 9 miles an hour – I hope by the end of the summer to be up around 10.5 or 11 miles an hour… hey, maybe 12.

The important thing is that I get out and do it often enough. So far, so good. A little sore – in the shoulders especially. Also coughing up all the crap in my lungs.

Won’t be able to ride tonight because we have a Golden Eagle Band concert in Mo’town at Perkins. I really enjoy the band. I’m playing string bass, trying to keep up my skills. Don’t do that enough either! The band members are mostly older folks – my age or older – and some younger folks especially for the summer. We play a mix of big band, marches, pop and show tunes. It’s a hoot.

Went to get gas at 6 am this morning because I forgot to get it last night. Watered the vegetables – OMG the zucchini grew over night – and flowers.

Today is hat day at work. We’re going this “dog days of summer” thing every Wednesday – mostly to boost morale since there haven’t been any raises again this year. The first week was Hawaiian shirt day; last week was Patriotic shirt day. Thusly, today becomes hat day. Mike wore his fuzzy orange hat. I hope I can get a pic of it. I wore my Eagles bucket hat. Go Birds!!!

Emailed Dooner last night. Wonder how he’s doing…

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