February 13, 2015

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 108 (RIP W&D, communist cutout, holy heart and more)

ONE: It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of a couple I've been with for 15 years. Yesterday an installation crew hauled away my Kenmore washer and dryer. I've known these appliances longer than I've known my wife. They've lived a good life, but the cost of recent repairs finally prompted us buy new ones. I snapped a few farewell photos. Remember way back in the year 2000 when washers and dryers used to have knobs and dials?

TWO: Now I'm convinced you can buy absolutely anything on Amazon. While searching for something unrelated, I stumbled upon this item for sale.

I have no idea why anyone would want a cardboard cutout of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But if you're interested you better hurry. There are only eight left in stock.

THREE: Tomorrow's Valentine's Day. Even though it's named after a saint, there usually isn't anything religious about this particular holiday -- until now. My wife bought religious Valentine's Day chocolates for me and some other family members. Each wrapper has a Bible verse on it. Very clever.

FOUR: Now that one of the big flower-buying occasions is upon us, my offer is still out there for someone to take my "Out-the-Door Flower Shop" idea and make it happen. Flower buyers around the world will thank you.

FIVE: We went to Houston last weekend to visit some relatives, and on the way home my wife spotted a billboard for a master-planned community called "The Falls at Dry Creek." Is that actually possible?

SIX: While in Houston we attended Mass at Saint Thomas More Church. During the announcements at the end, the priest said that a parishioner disappeared while covering the war in Syria in 2012. He asked for everyone to pray for the missing man and his family. By mentioning this here, I'm asking you do the same thing.

SEVEN: This Sunday I'll be heading to the county jail for my monthly volunteer duty assisting with communion services. Please consider praying for those behind bars and their families.

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