What I did on my Christmas Vacation January 11, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, blogfoolery, fun, General Catholic, Liturgical Year, non squitur, reading, sickness, silliness, Society.
What I did on my Christmas Vacation
2nd Grade Miss Bailey
Well folks, sorry for the inordinately long break. I had meant to post at least a few times during what I knew was going to be a long vacation, but because of some technical issues and just being too busy all around I never got to it. Sorry about that, if it was annoying. It was a bit for me, but it was also really good to be almost totally unplugged for a few weeks. I appreciated the holiday much more, certainly.
I did a lot over the break. I split some of the most hellishly knotted, unbreakable live oak I’ve ever encountered. It may be a bit hard to tell from the photo below, but I got a hold of some wood that was like one continuous spiral knot from branch to trunk. I don’t know what the heck was up with that wood, but I finally managed just chunking over half of it. I spent 15, 20, even 30 minutes painstakingly splitting even medium size pieces with an axe, wedge, and sledge (no head injuries, thank you). Has anyone ever seen live oak grow like this before? It came from a neighbor’s tree.
Like I said, it’s like a rope of spiraling knots. Weird
But mostly I spent time with my family. I had a lot of fun. Hopefully they did, too. I read a lot. I finished several books, much faster than I normally read. One I very much recommend. I will do a specific post on this book sometime later this week, perhaps tomorrow, but I really enjoyed reading The Collaborator by blog reader and co-parishioner Mitchell Hadley. I’m not a big fiction reader, but this book, I felt, really helped me understand this pontificate a lot better. Hadley juxtaposed the materialist, left-wing outlook of Pope Francis with that of the constant belief and practice of the Church without turning it into a screed, or even mentioning Pope Francis by name. The book bears a lot of similarities with Windswept House and other Malachi Martin novels, but without the oppressive sense of doom. I strongly recommend it. I think many people would benefit from reading this book.
I should make clear, however, contra Malachi Martin, Mr. Hadley does not claim to have any special inside knowledge of affairs in this pontificate or the Vatican, he simply took the trajectory of this papacy and the known background of Pope Francis and extrapolated a bit. The book reads quite prophetically, however, and I suspect there is a great deal of truth in the main arc of the story, even if not intended. I should also make clear that while the Pope in the book is never stated as being Pope Francis, specifically, I think anyone can discern just who it is he’s describing.
I also saw the new Star Wars movie. I’d say I was quite wary going in. I so hate the prequels. Man I hate them. My son begged me to watch Episode 3 a few days before we went to see the new movie. My goodness is it awful. The story makes no freaking sense, and the characterization makes Walker, Texas Ranger look like Hamlet. I also read some “manosphere” blogs occasionally, and some of them were very down on the female protagonist in the movie.
Having said that……I really liked it. At least, I really liked it after seeing it once. I did feel some serious deja vu more than once, however, where the close derivation of the movie from “A New Hope” became just too obvious at times. But I thought the histrionics over the Rey (female lead) character way overwrought, I actually thought they handled her development pretty well. I really liked the new Darth Vader, he was made more unstable and vulnerable…….more human. The action scenes were generally pretty awesome. Overall, I was quite sucked in. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again, though I fear some of the movie’s MacGuffins…….why call it “The Resistance,” why is the Republic ignoring this grave threat from the “First Order,” etc., may eventually grate on me to the point where I’ll come to regard it, if not quite abject hatred like the prequels, at least benign indifference like Return of the Jedi. Thank God there were no Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks. Even when I saw Return as an 11 year old, I found the idea that Ewoks could kill Stormtroopers by dropping rocks on them too much to take. Screw you, George Lucas.
I think the way the movie left off, however, opened up some really exciting avenues for future development. Just don’t let there be an ice planet battle in the next movie. If there is, I’m out…….
Other than that…….I availed myself of the Sacraments a great deal. I spent too much money. My youngest daughter (well, for now), who just has me wrapped around her finger, has a birthday coming up and I went a bit overboard with that. I reconstituted a 30 year old compound bow I’ve had forever. I got some new gadgets for one of my guns. I read a book about Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun. That was good. He grew up about 15 miles from my mom. I pretty well blew up my 4 month diet and exercise program.
Sooo……..what did you do?