WifeGeeding and I went to the “good” Braum’s for a little dessert on Friday night. An old man limping with a cane walked in nice and slow, sat in the booth in front of us, laid out two dollars, and sat back comfortably. In a few minutes a manager and a female coworker came by with some ice cream and a cup of water, both of them greeted the man by calling him Harold, and then they carried on some small talk with him. Apparently he’s been doing this a while. And I think this proves that even in a large metropolitan city, sometimes you can go to a place where everyone knows your name.
For fans of the television show The Office, here are some spoiler pictures.
I noticed in Barry’s blog that some flag poles were not set to half-staff in our area. That thought entered my mine as I drove around Saturday by several businesses that still had their flags at full-staff. WifeGeeding thinks it wasn’t intentional, I hope she’s right, but this Star Telegram article makes me think differently.
The Ted Kennedy graveside service was quite poignant. Cardinal Emeritus Theodore McCarrick’s words were very touching, and I was very moved as he read the senator’s letter to the pope, and the Vatican’s response. I thought those letters would never be revealed. Kennedy’s letter was almost like a letter to God, and to hear it read right before he is put into the earth just makes it all the more moving.
Imagine just how hard and emotional it would be to write a letter to God (or even the pope) as you know you are living your last days asking for grace and admitting your faults.
I’m fascinated with Catholic tradition and ritual. I wish I had a Catholic priest or expert with me during the funeral to answer all my questions. For instance, during the begging of the funeral the coffin was draped in an American flag and was brought halfway down the church aisle. The honor guard removed the flag (I wonder where the flag was placed during the ceremony? And I don’t think it was folded into a triangle.) and then the Kennedy family placed a white cloth that covered the entire coffin. I’ve seen the white cloth on the coffin before, but sometimes there’s a different color stripe on the cloth. Then there was other ritual things performed using instruments I’m unfamiliar with. It’ all just quite fascinating, and makes for one classy service.
The 49’ers should have never changed jersey’s. What they wore on Saturday night is what they look best in.
I turned 34 yesterday. WifeGeeding got me one of the following:
A manicure/pedicure gift certificate.
A traditional straight razor shave gift certificate.
A gift certificate for a massage.
A 1080P HD projector.
A Bob’s Steak and Chophouse gift certificate.
She also got me a Baskin Robbin’s ice cream cake. Mmmmmm.
I was lucky enough to have lunch with a couple of my good friends and my wife on my birthday.
I usually have a hard time enjoying my birthday.
An old roommate from college called and talked to me on my birthday. It was a long conversation, and I loved every minute of it. I can’t tell you how much a simple phone call meant to me.
Speaking of phone calls, my family from Vietnam even called to wish me a happy birthday.
When both of your parents are dead, your birthdays are just ‘different.’