Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fall is fell

Summer is long gone. The boat that tours Conneaut Lake is all alone at the dock. She should be covered with snow tomorrow if the weatherpeople are correct. But one sunny day last week made a pretty photo.

Saturday church blogging

This is the Church of the Epiphany in Grove City, PA which today ordained a new priest and installed him as vicar of the mission church. It was raining so I didn't take a photo of the outside.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday shuffle

1. El Condor Pasa - Zamfir
2. tórramat do nóebaengil - rajaton
3. Berlioz: Requiem, Quid sum miser - Norrington
4. Mendelssohn: Symphony 4 - London Symphony
5. Hummingbird - Seals and Croft
6. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
7. Fire - Arthur Brown
8. My Girl - Temptations
9. Elgar: Owls - Finzi Singers
10. Spooky - Classics IV

I uploaded a bunch of Christmas music but I'm skipping it for now. I love El Condor Pasa but I think Zamfir's arrangement is sappy. It needs to be far more upbeat. The Berlioz Requiem is my favorite requiem because it is loud and has no real solos. Mendelssohn is a favorite of mine. He wrote lots of singable stuff. This would be one of my desert island pieces.

Friday cat blogging

Dude checks out the newly hooked up heated bird bath. If he had Jellico's tail, he'd look like a raccoon. Jellico's isn't banded.

As Tom spies Jellico and starts to sing, PuddyTat decides to go elsewhere.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tim Hortons vs decaf?

We have a new Tim Hortons. I stopped to get a cup of coffee and check the place out at 3 pm. As this seems to be a "waiting" day for me, I waited 10 minutes for some to "wait" on me. I asked for a medium decaf. Guess what. They don't make decaf coffee after 11 am. I would have to wait for him to brew a fresh pot. I left.

Is it true that nobody drinks decaf coffee after 11 am? Or is this company weird? I don't drink anything with caffeine after 3 pm except on Tuesdays. And I never drink leaded coffee if I can avoid it.

I know. I'm weird. I won't be going to Tim Hortons again any time soon tho.

Back 2 Health or a deal gone astray

Back 2 Health is a chiropractic practice in Howland, OH and Greenville, PA. The Greenville office visited Curves and offered a package which is actually a very good value if you are interested in chiropractic.

The caveats: This is not about the women in the Greenville office. They are wonderful - friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. This is not about the expense - they are not a program provider so neither Medicare nor my supplemental carrier will pay for it.

This is about getting new clients and keeping them. While I understand that my first three visits were essentially "free", I did not appreciate spending approximately an hour and a half in the waiting room. The first two appointments were testing and talking with one minor adjustment. I was to have another adjustment today. After waiting for 35 minutes, I left. From the explanation of the delay, I gather I was in for more talking and little in the way of adjustment.

Perhaps regular paying clients are treated better. Certainly many came and went while I waited. But I was a prospective client. My time was not important to this office. I can't afford their program but I do need an adjustment occasionally and could have provided some income and a recommendation. Now they will get neither.

In fact they are getting a free international ad.

For equality and justice for all

Gay, straight, black, brown, white, Catholic, Mormon, Lutheran, Episcopal, evangelical, family, friend....come together to protest Prop 8 and affirm your support for gay rights on 15 November 2008.

Pennsylvania is one of the states which treat LGBTs as second class citizens. If one class of people can be excluded, can you be excluded as well?

Find your local gathering here.


PS Check out the story of the "little" blog here. Another example of how the internet is having a serious impact on our world.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Protect marriage

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Hat tip to Eileen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

One woman's protest - UPDATE

Go read Margaret's letter to the University of Delaware. It is very short.

The influence of religion on governmental institutions needs to be halted and excised. The sooner the better.

How many RCs who supported Prop 8 in California would like to have the LDS dictate what they can and can't do in their personal lives? How many LDS would like to have the pope dictate their life decisions? Would any of those agree with everything the Southern Baptists preach? They need to be careful whom they choose as bedfellows?

UPDATE Apparently Marriott is an excellent inclusive employer and sensitive to public criticism. Read about it at Friends of Jake.

Friday cat blogging on Tuesday

PuddyTat uses Tommie as a pillow. Um, she is the girl and sound asleep here.

While Jellico is poised to disrupt the nap.

Dude ignores them all and eats his breakfast.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Olbermann on Prop 8

Well worth listening for 6 minutes. Keith Olbermann reminds the "Christians" about Matthew 7:19, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Of course, those who only watch Fox News would neither see the piece nor agree with Olbermann. I refuse to visit the blogs which own all truth about things Biblical but I wonder what their comments would be. Nah. They'd never see it because they might learn something which could endanger their certainty.

If you can't or don't want to watch the video, you can read a transcript at Fr. Scott & Co. Ask Some New Questions.

Friday cat blogging on Monday

Three eat breakfast. Tommie's milk was a special treat. Tim doesn't like it. PuddyTat likes it if it is warm. Jellico will finish what the others leave. The only variety of milk they like is 2%. Cats are such interesting people.

While Jellico watches.

Dudie was on his shelf but I can't see that from the kitchen window.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Passion of Joan of Arc

This is a sampler of the "concerts" the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh is doing this afternoon and on the 21st as part of the Three Rivers Film Festival at the Regent Square Theater. Coordinating the orchestra at the front of the small hall with half the choir at the back with the film will be interesting. My half of the choir sings the 2nd concert. The film was made in 1928 or so. Richard Einhorn wrote Voices of Light to accompany the film.