Friday, March 31, 2006

The Olde Days...

I don't watch that much TV (or the Tabernacle of Satan as my friends Tom and Casey call it) here at seminary, and when I do, it is usually sports related (however I love watching LOST on wednesday nights). If I do watch something else, however, I admit that it might be considered garbage by some, for example, Comedy Central. Although this may be the case, I do remember a time when television was good and wholesome. I was reminded of this the other day when I came across one of my favorite shows on the internet...and there isn't anything about it that could be considered objectionable by anyone. The show... Perfect Strangers. Or, 'Balki' as my brother used to call it when he was 3.

Take some time to watch this classic episode in which Balki buys a lottery ticket. It is funny. Even though I hadn't watched the show in years, I still remembered the theme song. It reminds me of the good old days of being six and not having a care in the world. Finding this made me so happy, I could do the dance of joy.

Excellent stuff. Excellent.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Official Appointments

Priests on the move in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

For all (2) my faithful (once a week) Seattle archdiocese (or at least have been in the archdiocese at one point) readers.

Or maybe I should just say "To Val and Jess."

The Catholic Northwest Progress, the arhdiocesen newspaper, has the official appointments of clergy in the archdiocese. I'd like to welcome Fr. Frank back to his post at the Western Washington University Campus Ministry*. It looks like all the parishes mentioned are getting quality men to serve as their pastors/administrators in the coming years. Still interested in who is gonna help Fr. Frank out at Sacred Heart. More will probably be announced next week.

You'll be missed Fr. Dave. Good luck in your new assignment.

*There is a job opening for a lay campus 'minister' here if anyone is interested in moving to Bellingham.

Inside Scientology

Very interesting article from The Rolling Stone. It talks about the religion known as scientology.

If anyone stumbles across this who is into scientology,post a comment or e-mail me about it, and I will post your comments. I'm interested in your reaction to a piece like this. But who am I kidding...Only like 3 or 4 catholics read this on a less than weekly basis.
Click here for the article.

[update]If you were the person who asked the question in the comment box, please note that I responded to that question in the comment box as well.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sizemore

Another Sports Article.

I know...I know... Another thing I'm posting about that the usual person who would read a religiously affiliated blog isn't interested in...But this is kind of interesting.

It is interesting to me because the man mentioned in the article, Grady Sizemore, went to Cascade High School in Everett Washington. This school was one of my high school's biggest rivals (I went to Sehome in Bellingham). Grady was their star in just about everything...Tailback for Football...Shooting guard for Basketball...and the guy that did everything for baseball. Now he's making millions, while my buddies that played against him are talking about how they used to play against him. I will note that we beat his school most of the time while I was there.

Way to make the WESCO league proud Grady. I'll be cheering for you (yeah right, like you're going to read this).

Washington Post on Vocations

Hearing God's Call In Search for Happiness

The Washington Post put out an article on Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life recently. I've been frustrated with the secular media for a...well...long time I guess. But this is pretty good. Give it a read!

Amy Welborn at Open Book (notice the link to the right) had some comments on the article as well.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

WWU News

From the Western Front. Western Washington University (My Alma Mater) Basketball star Grant Dykstra won quite an award: The Comeback Award from the Jimmy V foundation. This award recognizes NCAA athletes who overcome great obstacles to perform well on the court.

Dykstra's right arm was mangled in a grain auger when he was two and required 16 surgeries over the next 10 years and countless hours of physical therapy to regain strength and movement in the arm, which is five inches shorter than his left. He taught himself to shoot a basketball left-handed and learned to dribble with either hand.

This season, Dykstra averaged 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals, setting a school record for 3-point makes with 101 as the Vikings went 23-7 and reached the West Regional final of the NCAA II National Tournament. He shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 43.7 percent from 3-point range and 84.5 percent at the free throw line. His 3.4 3-point makes a game ranked ninth nationally in NCAA II, and he was 16th in 3-point percentage.

Way to make the double double u u proud Grant. Go Vikings!

amazing

Watch this

At least the zags didn't lose like this. This is why you hustle for a rebound no matter what.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen...

MINI KISS!!!!

As I mentioned in an earlier Vegas post, my friend Adam was in Vegas with his girlfriends band, Mini Kiss. Adam, my friend Allison, and I got to go into the back stage area where the band was waiting to go on. For a little Vegas gig (no pun intended) they got pretty decent rock star treatment. I guess that happens when you bring in record amounts of cash to a particular venue. After getting some free food and drink, we got to go out and stand on the side of the stage.

There's Terra, otherwise known as Mini Paulina, or Adam's girlfriend.

...and a face melter guitar solo. Seriously, this was fun! I was under the impression that KISS stood for Knights in Satan's Service (okay, not really), but how could Satan sing such heavenly music (alright, not quite heavenly, but pretty frickin sweet none the less). The crowd was into it.

So if MINI KISS ever comes to your town, I recomend you go see them. They are a lot of fun, and I couldn't see anyone haveing a bad time. They tour the country and play gigs almost every weekend, so look them up on the web.

Friday, March 24, 2006

First GU...Now this?

After watching the Zags go down hard last night, I prepared myself for a huge letdown today for the UW game. I'm happy I did. This one was tough. Not as tough as last nights...But still pretty dang tough.

Attention rest of sports world...We are really nice people in Seattle. We love our Sports Teams. Our athletes become household names in Seattle. I never used to watch Mariner games. Instead, I watched Jay, Tino, Dan, Ken, Edgar, and Little Joey play baseball. For once, can't we just win something. Why do you always have to use your last second magic against us...Or pitch one hitters in the playoffs against us...Or let refs blow super bowl calls not once, but twice against us???

Oh well, our time is coming. I can feel it.

I'm gonna go meditate on how much God loves me.

Better luck next year, I guess.

The Consistory

While I have been busy blogging about unimportant matters (sports and Vegas) American Papist has been busy blogging about the Consistory of Cardinals. Thats right, 15 new cardinals were installed recently, including American Cardinals Levada and O'Malley. Check out his blog for the latest. Whispers in the Loggia also has some good stuff.

The Runner...

Watch this video of the Zags first, and only, entrance to the Elite 8. Thanks to La Revolucion for posting this.

Its okay Adam....


This is what I felt like doing last night. Instead I hopped in the car, drove up to the college campus where I had some privacy, and screamed I HATE LOS ANGELES at the top of my lungs. Seriously, first USC ruins a perfectly good day by beating Notre Dame. Then the Lakers ruin everyday they are on TV, and then UCLA beats the zags! Oh well, remember the Mariners in 95.

[UPDATE] I almost forgot the number 1 thing I can't stand about the LA sports scene. They are all just a bunch of bandwagon hopper onners. Thats right. Whatever team is favored to win, they cheer for. EXAMPLE: Super Bowl! Before the Super Bowl I never heard a word, from anyone, about the Steelers. Then After they checked the paper to see that they were favored by a few points, everyone around here owned Terrible Towels. LA sucks!

[ANOTHER UPDATE] LA doesn't really suck. Just their sports scene sucks. And I should also add that my Screaming I HATE LOS ANGELES last night only sort of happened. I drove up to the college campus because my phone gets better reception up there. It was more of a joke with my friend, than actually being serious. Still, almost 24 hours removed, this loss really hurt.

Excuse me while I go throw up.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Unconsolable

Thats how I am right now. After watching the Zags play well for 39 minutes only to throw it away with a 5 point lead and less than a minute to play. UUUUGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

So unbelievably upsetting. I can't even believe it. I'm thinking about giving up on Sports. They never wind up making me happy. Seattle always loses. GU always loses. ND always loses (at least since I've been a fan).

Oh man...

well, I'm gonna head to bed and listen to Matt Good.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mass in Vegas

No. I did not cease to be a Catholic when I went to Vegas. Yes, I did go to Mass the one full day I was there, which happened to be Sunday. I went to the Cathedral, pictured above. Had I known there was a Catholic Church next door to my hotel, I may have gone there, but I decided to hop on The Deuce (the bus that runs up and down the strip) and head to the Cathedral. I did not know the Mass times, but as luck would have it, Mass began right when I showed up. As you can see, the Cathedral is of a more "modern" design, if you consider the 1960s modern.


The inside was also of the more "modern" sort. I'll let you decide whether you like it or not, but I will say that the Liturgy, as a whole, was pretty good here. The homily was pretty good too. I learned a lot, and it was one of those where it seemed the priest was talking directly to me. He spoke of idolatry, and how we can idolize certain things. He mentioned the Internet as one of them. Definately true for me. When schoolwork is down, the computer is the first place I go for entertainment.

I was wondering what sort evangelization efforts happen in Vegas. I was disapointed there wasn't more of an effort made to minister to the prostitutes, and the women of Vegas in general. But, sadly I understand now after being there. First off, a priest can best evangelize by wearing clerical garb. However, I can't think of anything more annoying than being in clerics walking around Vegas. "Hey Father! Can I buy you a shot?" So what if a priest wasn't in clerics, and wanted to walk up and start talking to a prostitute. Well, if the girls pimp found out what was going on, I don't think he'd like it. In fact, he would probably hate it, and use forces of intimidation to make sure it didn't happen again. Overall, its a crappy situation as far as getting those poor girls off the street.

Up and down the strip, there were people (usually mexicans) handing out fliers of the girls for sale. They had red shirts on with yellow lettering that said "Girls to You: 696-9696" (ironic phone number, huh). It was like the girls were objects.

Also, I will add that being a girl in Vegas would not be a great experience. You are constantly bombarded with propaganda of women being overly sexually submissive to men and money. You can't even look at the ground in Vegas without seeing "Almost Porn" laying all over the ground. The women in Vegas have to try hard to compete. This was made clear to me when you would see the 40 or 50 somethings dressed like they were in there prime, to keep the attention of the men, whether it be their husbands or the guy they are serving drinks to.

Pray for an end to prostitution, and the objectification of women, in Las Vegas and throughout the world:

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Wasn't expecting to rant like that, but what the hey?

Gonzaga, UW, Money


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Originally uploaded by oakdog6079.
This is a picture of the sports betting area at the MGM Grand. I admit, I placed one small (very small) bet and I lost, but one of my best moments on the trip was in this room.

First off, the room is huge, and filled with all kinds of TVs with just about every sporting event you could imagine on. There are all kinds of soft cushy chairs all over the room. I was fortunate enough to be sitting in one of these chairs during the Gonzaga vs. Indiana game.

The game itself was awesome, but it was even more awesome watching it with so many other people who were into it. On one hand, there were a lot of Zag fans there, which was pretty cool. On the other hand, just about everyone else in the area had money on the game. Most of these people seemed to have bet against Gonzaga. This only pumped the Zag fans up more. Not only did we want our team to win, but we wanted them to win by more than 3 because we didn't want any of these people who bet against our favorite team to be rewarded.

Thus, the game was way more exciting than it would have been sitting alone at the seminary.

I remember two plays that got everyone really pumped. Both of them Involved Errol Knight. One was his dunk off of the rebound. The other was his spectacular tip in. There were Zag fans all around me going nuts. I loved it. One of the best things I did the whole trip.

The UW game was also good, but I didn't get to watch the game in such a prime location, even though it was just a little before the Zag's game. But, once again, there were a lot of Husky fans, and a lot of people cheering for the Illini. The only play I really remember well was Denmon's 4 point play. That really ticked the Illini faithful off.

Looking forward to the Sweet Sixteen. Go Zags, Go Huskies, Go to Church. (ok, its redundant, but I kind of like that little send off).

House of Blues

Or maybe it should be renamed the House of Slow Service and extremely overpriced food. I don't recomend going here. Maybe the Vegas one is the exception, but I think I deserve a few coupons or something, because visiting this place really put a damper on the day. Anyways, just a heads up. There are plenty of alternatives in Vegas.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My Crew

I planned this trip to Vegas when my friend Dan told me he was going with his girlfriend Susan. Dan is in the picture to the left on the far right. He is next to his girlfriend. What I didn't know at the time was that our friend Alison would also be on the trip. She decided to go even after I decided to go. Alison is between Susan and I. Incidently, this picture was taken at the Treasure Island hotel.



Another pleasant surprise, which I came to find out the day before I left, was that my good friend Adam would be there as well. Adam is a good buddy of mine from back in high school. He leads pretty much the most exciting life of anyone I know. The reason he was in Vegas was that his Girlfriend Terra's band had a gig in Vegas the same weekend. This was completely coincidental. I will most definately be posting more of Terra's band some other time. It was, hands down, the coolest part of the whole weekend.

Another friend of mine, Troy, was there because of the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, I didn't spend too much time with him, but we did get a chance to go and watch a basketball game at Toby Kieth's I Love this Bar and Grill.

For more pictures of my trip please visit my Flickr page.

Viva Las Vegas!!!!

After many weeks without any serious Tomfoolery, I finally have plenty. Tomfoolery Galore to be exact! I got back Late Monday evening and I'll be blogging some of my highlights over the next couple of days. It was a dang good time. I got to hang out with a lot of people I don't usually get to hang out with. I'll also (most likely) post on some more serious subjects, such as the prostitution problem in Vegas. The posts will be in no particular order, but I am going to save the best for last. Please check back.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Have a good weekend

I'm going to Vegas!!!!!

I'm leaving tomorrow (Saturday) morning at around 5 or 6 am. THen its 5 hours to Sin City. Which brings me to an important point. I'm not going to do anything stupid. So please, don't think I'm going to do anything stupid. I mean, after all, its Vegas. What could go wrong in Vegas?

At least nothing could go as wrong as my NCAA bracket. What was I thinking? What...Was...I...Thinking? It really is awful.

Andy and colin came into town last night, so I hung out with them today. We went over to the Warner Bros. studio and got a tour. It was pretty sweet. I'll have pictures of it, and the pictures from Vegas, all loaded up early next week sometime.

In the meantime, Go Zags, Go Huskies, Go To Church.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

And I can breathe out...

The zags made me sweat it out. They pulled it off, but they made me sweat it out.

I only got to watch the last 10 minutes because the UCLA game was on down here and I went to Mass at halftime. One thing I gathered was that Raivio did not step up. He fouled out with just seven points. That disapointed me a bit. Morrison had another huge game, and talked trash the whole time. Cage was a little frustrated, I could tell. And Morrison let him know.

My bracket is doing all right. I'm 7 of 11, but haven't lost anyone too important yet. If BC went down, that would have cost me. My stupid pick of the day was South Alabama over Florida. I suck.

Looking forward to the huskies and a full day tomorrow.

Oh. And some cool news. I got a phone call from my buddy Andy today and he is in LA. I'm gonna make my way over to Santa Monica tomorrow sometime to see him.

More updates later. Take it easy.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Let the Madness Begin

But before that, I'll give a quick scholastic update. Greek is hard, but pretty fun. I translated a whole verse yesterday. Philosophy is fun. We read some cool stuff from a guy named Lavelle, a french, Catholic, Existentialist. He was great! check some of his stuff out. Theology isn't that great, but we are reading a great book on the theology of Beauty. Its by John Navone, and its excellent. Espanol es muy bueno (but I'm not too confident that I even got that sentence gramatically correct, so you can see I'm not too good at it yet). And lastly, I'm doing an exegesis on Luke 4 1-13 in NT.

Now...

The Madness Can Begin.

First off, I must say I feel that Gonzaga got a nice gift from the selection commitee...If they can make it past Xavier. UCLA hasn't impressed me and Memphis is a week number one. Raivio has to step up though. Or else it will be a tough (and short) tournament for the team. Please go look at La Revolucion for good Gonzaga updates.

U-dub got screwed. I think the people picking UTAH ST over them are flat out wrong though. But, that being said. UW is going to have to get through Illinois, UNC, and UCONN just to make it to the final four. I don't think thats going to happen, sadly, but I'm not giving up hope.

As for my upsets...

I got Iona over LSU. I got San Diego State over Indiana. And another 11-6 upset with Wis-Miluakee over over OK.

My final four has Duke, BC, UCONN, and (Even though I dissed them earlier) UCLA. Its gonna be UCONN over UCLA in the final. I'm gonna win the pool this year. Suckas.

Monday, March 13, 2006

OK folks...

Espn Page 2 has the Mr. And Mrs. Bracket contest up. On the Miss Bracket side, I feel obligated to urge you to vote for Stephanie Janicki. I worked with her at camp this last year, and to my surprise, see her on Page 2. If you can, give her some support. At this point in time, she is in (a distant) second.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Bracket

The Bracket is out. Tough draw for the Huskies, and everyone else in the Washington DC bracket. Looks way tougher than the other regions. Gonzaga got a good draw though. Will update this later with a better link.

My Kind of Video

Val sent me a link to this Great Vocations Video from Vancouver BC. Its pretty well done, but the best part is the music they picked.

Another great Vocations video for the Archdiocese of New York can be found here.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Not much to say...

because I'm really frickin busy right now. I have big assignments in almost every class and we have a full weekend. I will just say that Martin Heidegger is not fun to read.

Have a good weekend. Check back next week.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Rest in Peace Kirby


Kirby Pucket died Monday.This is one of the first baseball players I remember being able to recognize. One of the best competitors baseball has probably ever had. He won two World series and was a 10 time all star. He played his whole career with the Twins.

WWJBD

What Would Jeremy Bentham Do?

I'm writing a paper on Jeremy Bentham and his popular moral theory, Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is a way many people today judge the morality of actions. Basically it defines an action as moral or immoral based on the pleasure and pain it creates. A moral act would, of course, maximize pleasure and an immoral act would maximize pain.

This leads me to a dilemma? Should I maximize my pleasure this evening and watch the Gonzaga game? Or minimize it and finish the paper on this idiot, Bentham (who, by the way, willed to have his body preserved and stored in a closet at his school to be wheeled out for board meetings). According to Bentham, wouldn't writing my paper be immoral?

Utilitarianism lacks justice. It is a theory that, as a Catholic, I cannot subscribe to. It allows the ends to justify the means, which is rejected by the typical Catholic ethicist. Yet, here we are today , using the ends to (foolishly) justify all kinds of contemporary moral injustices. Thus, I will be working on my paper tonight.

Shouldn't be too hard of a paper though, so I should be able to knock this puppy down and then watch the Zags.

Which leads me to a thought. This might make the dude over at La Revolucion upset. It also might get me burned for heresy. But I have to ask..Should I want Gonzaga to lose this game? If Gonzaga loses, then the WCC, a very disrespected conference, gets 2 bids (Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga). Also, after watching the zags miserable performance last night, (OT win against USD) a game in which the Torreros outhustled the zags, I think that a loss might benefit this team in the long (NCAA Tournament) run. Thus, I am not going to get too emotionally charged up for this one. Whatever happens will be fine with me.

The Cafeteria Is Closed

Gerald Augustinus just added a link to my blog on his page. Give him a read. He has great content and he is funny.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

And the winner is...

CRASH!!!!!!!!

I'm pumped this movie won. If you haven't seen it yet you must. I'm still ticked Thandie Newton didn't get nominated for best actress in a supporting role, but whatever. At least CRASH took home the main prize.

Check out the complete list of winners here.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Youth in Asia Part III

My good friend Tom wrote a letter to the editor of the western front recently on the same article I did. While mine focused on the misconception that pain is a leading reason people request death, Tom wrote on the constitutional aspect that the author brought up. He did a good job, so give it a read.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Can't believe I forgot to post this...

A few weeks ago I bought this U2 DVD from the vertigo tour:

Its pretty much the best concert DVD I now own. Here are some of the highlights (which is pretty much everything).

1) The very beginning, even before City Of Blinding Lights. It plays the end of this one song that I never found out the name of. It just goes OOOOOHHHH over and over again. Then it cuts into the intro to the show: "Everyone. Everyone. EVERYONE!"

2) City of Blinding lights. Especially the guitar intro by Edge.

3)An Cath Dubh --> Into the Heart. An Cath Dubh became my favorite U2 song after the tour, and this shows why. Then they bust right into "Into the Heart." He pulls up this kid onto the stage and does the Bono thing (you know, just acting really cool and what not). Says "Hi, whats your name" to the kid. The kid says "clarence. (or something like that)" And he says, "Hi. My names Paul. But my friends call me Bono." Its awesome.

4) Miracle Drug. Pumps up the crowd by telling them how he "fell in Love" in Chicago. Playing bars. Walking on the tables. Kissing other guys girlfriends. And then he fell in love with Jazz.

5) Love and Peace or Else. I didn't like this song too much, until I saw it in concert. The whole song is good, but of course theres nothing better than when Bono drums at the end into Sunday Bloody Sunday.

6) Running to Standstill. I love how Bono gets political, yet doesn't actually get political. This song started the "finale" (although this "finale" lasted like half the concert). He dedicates RTS to "The Brave Men and Women of the United States Military." Then the end, which sends shivers up my spine each time I watch it, has a video of this women, through the fog, saying the basic human rights (i believe these are from Amnesty Int, but I'm not sure).

7) Pride (In the Name of Love). Perfect follow up to Running to Standstill.

8) Where the streets have no name. Not as good as the Live in Boston version, but still alright. The african flags are cool in the background.

9) One. I love the intro to this song. Love it. There is this awesome camera shot from above that focuses right on to Adam Clayton, the bassplayer. This cool little melody is playing. And then Bono talks about the one campaign. Unfortunately, while this was all good on the DVD, it doesn't capture what it was like to be there in person. Especially when everyone pulled out their cell phones. Gives me chills thinking about it.

10) Zoo Station. The Fly. Mysterious ways. I'll include this as one highlight. I liked the intro to Zoo Station. They didn't do this at either of the Seattle shows or the Vancouver show, so it was new to me. I love the fly. It was nice to hear the version closer to the achtung baby version, but I like the Boston version a lot. Mysterious ways. Bono did the thing again where he pulls a girl up on stage and she dances around. Always a good moment.

11) Yahweh. Just love this song! Its such a good prayer. Take this soul and make it sing. Take these hands don't make a fist. I love it. The acoustic version is good, and I love it when they all go out on the oval (I can't believe this is the first time I've mentioned the oval in this post). I was happy this song was included since I only saw it once out of three concerts on the tour.

12) 40. Wow. The fortieth psalm is one of my favorites because of this band. This was a perfect way to end the show. After he was done singing, Bono pulled out a Rosary and hung it on the microphone stand. There was a great camera shot of the crucifix dangling in focus. Then he dedicated it to a priest at the university of notre dame. Then he walked off the stage, as the the band kept jamming and the entire crowd sung "How Long, to sing this song." Then Adam left, the crowd cheered and kept singing. Then the edge. The crowd kept singing. Then The drummer stopped. Sat there. paused. Then busted into a drum solo. The crowd kept singing. Then he finished and left. And the crowd kept singing.

I've never personally been to a concert where the crowd was such a part of it. Even my favorite Dave Matthews concert might not compare to this.

Anyways, its a great DVD and its being sold pretty cheap on amazon right now. Check it out.

Here is a gratuitous picture I took at the first Vancouver BC show:

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday

Have a good lent everyone!