June 6, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 75 (Murderous popes, suicidal flies, fashion faux pas and more)

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I don't know anything about fashion, but I respectfully declined when my daughter asked me to wear jean shorts. I guess they're okay for a seven-year-old, and she wanted me to wear mine so she'd match. I do have a pair of jean shorts that's been buried in my closet for the last decade or so. Will they ever come back in style?


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Extracting the jean shorts from the closet inspired me to weed out a huge pile of clothing to give to charity. What's the point of keeping something in your closet if you haven't worn it in years?


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My daughter's last day of second grade was yesterday, but I already feel like summer's almost over. She's going to a new school next year (Hooray for Catholic school!), and the first day is August 12! Yes, August 12. I've never heard of school starting so early. But the big plus for her is that she'll actually be in school for her next birthday. Until now, her August birthday has always been during summer vacation.


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When I was trying to track down and kill a fly that got into our house the other day, I told my daughter that if I didn't find it soon it would probably just die of natural causes. But she had a better idea. She said, "Maybe the fly will fly into the sharp edge of the can opener and die."


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I'm not a photography expert, but I think Costco needs a new camera. What's the point of putting such a low quality picture on your membership card?

Looks just like me.


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During our last Costco adventure, I wondered why there was a motorcycle in the parking lot. I suppose it could be an employee's bike. But I can't envision someone using a motorcycle to shop at Costco. After all, where would you fit the five gallon jug of mayonnaise, the 75 roll pack of toilet paper or the 150 pound bag of kitty litter?


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I finally read a book that I had prematurely recommended last year. The Pope Who Quit wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. But it was interesting, and a little scary, to read how many murdered or murderous popes there were about a thousand years ago. On one page the book listed string of popes who died under suspicious circumstances. And I laughed out loud when I read about Damasus II's suspected cause of death:

Damasus II (1048), Clement II's successor, was such an awful pope that since we don't know why he died, we assume that he, too, was probably murdered.

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