Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 19, 2013. Today is Good Friday. This evening, as Roman Catholics we will celebrate the saddest Mass of the year. “The Church – stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open – is as if in mourning. In the fourth century the Apostolic Constitutions described this day as a ‘day of mourning, not a day of festive joy,’ and this day was called the ‘Pasch (passage) of the Crucifixion.’ The liturgical observance of this day of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death evidently has been in existence from the earliest days of the Church. No Mass is celebrated on this day, but the service of Good Friday is called the Mass of the Presanctified because Communion (in the species of bread) which had already been consecrated on Holy Thursday is given to the people. Traditionally, the organ is silent from Holy Thursday until the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil , as are all bells or other instruments, the only music during this period being unaccompanied chant. and sad Masses in the Catholic Church.”
There really is a Small House Movement: (BBC NEWS) — Americans construct tiny houses – and new lives. “More and more Americans are building tiny houses, drawn to the prospect of financial freedom and a smaller ecological footprint. Gianna Palmer reports on the growing movement from Charlotte, North Carolina.” People are building some really, really neat, small homes!!!!
Europeans eat a lot of rabbit: (BBC NEWS) — Call to review pet rabbit protection in UK. “Pet rabbits need better legal protection, according to an animal welfare scientist. James Oxley said that unlike some EU countries, the UK does not have legal requirements on the size of hutches, or that rabbits be kept in pairs. Writing in the World Rabbit Science Association’s journal, he said rules in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 were “non-specific”. He has also suggested a review of how existing law impacts on rabbits.” In 1997, when I took Susan to visit the Timmerman Homestead in Germany … after a tasty evening meal … she remarked … “I didn’t know German Chickens had 4 drumsticks.”
Environment news: BBC NEWS) — Report: One fifth of China’s soil contaminated. “Almost a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown. Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China’s soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination. The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and arsenic as top pollutants. There is growing concern, both from the government and the public, that China’s rapid industrialization is causing irreparable damage to its environment.” Given the level of contamination … there may darn well be chickens with 4 drumsticks in the Chinese countryside. Certainly would make for interesting “carryout” at Chinese Restaurants … the chickens walking themselves out to the car!
In the “I didn’t know that news”: (BBC NEWS) — How 420 became code for marijuana. “The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis. On Sunday pot smokers will gather across the US to mark what has become a hallowed date in their calendar – 4/20, or 20 April – by smoking marijuana, possibly at 4:20pm. The 4/20 celebrations have taken off in the last few years, but their origins appear to lie in the escapades of a group of friends from San Rafael high school, northern California, in 1971. That autumn, the five teenagers came into possession of a hand-drawn map supposedly locating a marijuana crop at Point Reyes, north-west of San Francisco. The friends – who called themselves the Waldos because they used to hang out by a wall – met after school, at 4:20pm, and drove off on their treasure hunt. They never found the plot … The group began using the term 420. So did friends and acquaintances, who included – at a couple of steps removed – members of the Grateful Dead rock band.” I didn’t know “420” is code for dope!! Go figure!! Guess it really shows my age. My generation just called it “pot” or “dope”!
Science news?: (BBC NEWS) — Beard trend is ‘guided by evolution’ “The ebb and flow of men’s beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study. The more beards there are, the less attractive they become – giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia. When “peak beard” frequency is reached, the pendulum swings back toward lesser-bristled chins – a trend we may be witnessing now, the scientists say.” I have had a beard since 1970, when I ETS’d out of the Army. I wanted to look like a “Hair” cast member, (Give me a Full Head of Hair!!) … and a “hippie” … certainly not a returning Vietvet!.
Not much else to share. Spent the day with a Dear Friend, explaining how to safely access file sharing sites on the Internet. What programs are necessary and how to have a 100% unforgettable, unbreakable, passphrase, (247 raised to the 16th power, possible combinations). Simple really … 16 characters or longer … consisting of the same 5 characters at the beginning, ie . #3456 … then the name of the site you are accessing, ie … amazon … then the same 5 characters at the end, ie 6543#, the same beginning and end for each passphrase. For example … #3456paypal6543#, or #3456amazon6543#. Think you could forget that?
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in to spend a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free, (418 days, 22,617 ciggybutts not smoked, $3,576.00 saved). Easter Sunday Lunch and a Movie? My Dear Friend Cecil Caulkin gifted me his old Webber Smoker … will smoke a boneless Turkey Breast!! The movie? “The Dog Who Saved Easter ”. Later, when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will remember the sacrifice made so many years ago, for my redemption. I will also say a prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform … care to join me? Be and sleep well … the best we have will spend this Easter Weekend, on watch, so you and yours can, If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)