April 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 18

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I would have made a really great monk had I not been called to married/family life.  I came to this astute, albeit humorous, conclusion while my wife and I were talking about the role introverts can play in Catholic life. She mentioned the power of prayer and those monks that take a vow of silence. While many people would probably have a hard time keeping quiet, I could easily go days with out talking. Cloistered life is ideal for introverts!
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I think our UPS driver is an introvert too. He no longer rings the doorbell like he used to. I didn't mind when he'd ring the bell and dart off before we'd get to the door because at least we'd still know there was something there. But lately he doesn't even ring the bell. So occasionally I'll be rushing out the door to get the older kid to school and discover that there had been a UPS package sitting outside our door all night.

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I'm having a telephone standoff with an unknown person at a local number. I'll explain in a moment. But first, here's my phone philosophy: If I don't recognize the number on caller-ID then I don't answer the phone (excluding calls to my work number). I'm not sure if that's an introverted tendency or if everybody's like that. Back to the standoff: At least once a week for the past couple of months, the same local number pops up on my phone, and I always let it go to voice mail. But the person never leaves a message. I've searched the number online, and it's not one of those listed on telemarketing complaint sites. I figure that if it's important, the person will leave a message. The ball's in your court, mystery caller.

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Our Whirlpool microwave was pronounced dead on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:55 p.m. after only six years. Like a doctor not wanting to lose his patient, the repair guy sadly proclaimed, "I hate to condem things since it's my job to fix them." There are some theories on the Internet about over-the-counter microwaves (cool people call them OTCs, apparantly) not doing well directly above conventional ovens and in the direct line of heat and grease. I'm not sure if that's true, but we're moving on from Whirlpool and trying another brand.

R.I.P   2007 - 2013

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I love it when bizarre plays happen on the baseball field. This one last week was a doozy. Who would have ever thought that a baserunner would be able to successfully steal second, attempt to steal third, wind up back at first and then try to steal second again and get thrown out all within a few minutes in the same inning. It sounds like an Abbot and Costello routine. If you think you're confused now, wait 'til you see it:

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It's  a bird, it's a plane. No, it's the Major League Baseball logo. While I was watching a game online the other day, my six-year-old saw the logo that pops up during commercials and asked if it was supposed to be a bird. Check it out and see for yourself. I added an eyeball to make it a little more obvious and now, sure enough, it's a bird:

Major League Bird?

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Do you want to have an oinking good time? I couldn't pass up the opportunity to snap a picture of this pig candy dispenser I saw at World Market. It's just like a Pez dispenser except, well, the candy comes out the other end.

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