If there was any doubt where I was going to be spending my eternity, this pretty much confirms my reservation at Hotel Hell... "Yes Mr. Ruggerjohnnyd. We have you confirmed for one deluxe smoking suite (they are all smoking suites... it is hell after all) at Hotel Hell with no departure date. Enjoy your stay." After all, how good can Good Friday be without a little crucifixion humor.
Yesterday my ancient computer monitor decided to go all squiggly on me. Looking at the screen made you feel like you were on a bad acid trip. Touching the monitor either made the screen more or less squiggly, but it was getting more unstable by the moment. So it was off to Staples. While at Staples, I made a few purchases to upgrade the home office. I replaced the monitor with and NEC 17" flat screen monitor, which freed up a ton of space on my desk to actually do work (the HUGE old monitor must have needed a lot of room for the squirrel powered power source). I also bought a Microsoft digital media keyboard (the old onnnnnne haddddddddd severrrrrrral keyyyyyyyyyys that stuuuuuuuuuck fffffffffffrom time to time) and a new Sealy Posturepedic office chair. I had been using a very uncomfortable chair that was not intended to be used with a desk and it was starting to kill my back and ass.
While we were out shopping, we also went to Home Depot where we purchased carpeting tiles to carpet my foyer. It had this really ugly, really old, shit brown carpeting and the tacks in the nail strips in the doorways poked through, thereby stabbing the bottom of your feet when you walked around in your bare feet. The foyer was also really dark as there is no light in there. So the new lighter carpeting really brightened up the space. Nicky did a really good job installing the carpet tiles. He is quite handy.
Nicky also fixed a broken tile in the bathroom for me. A good man is hard to find and a hard man is good to find. He is turning out to be both. Lately, I have been making a series of minor but good improvements (repairs/renovations and purchases) to the apartment making it an even more enjoyable place to live, which is extremely important since I not only live here but work here too. Just like in life, making small incremental improvements is important to my overall well-being.
No, I am not talking about muscle Marys (Las Marias de los musculos, according to him) on steroids. While there are plenty of those about. All you need to do is check out the Roxy on Friday nights or the Eagle on Sunday afternoons for evidence of that. This is actually about cows who are competing in an annual test of strength in the Swiss Alps called the Combat of the Queens and renewed doping tests. Funny thing is Major League Baseball has been reluctant to do drug testing on ballplayer, but cows... we got to test them fighting cows.
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo "Monseñor" Romero spoke so eloquently on his vision of the role of the church in today's world. If more church leaders shared his vision, I would probably be a devout and proud Catholic. When you read Romero's words and homilies, you realize how deep and genuine his concern for the poor truly was. He was indeed a man of the people and a true shepard of his flock.
Many people do not realize the violence that was perpetrated on the people of El Salvador. In a war that the US funded (the U.S. sent $1.5 million in military aid every day for 12 years), over 75,000 Salvadorans would be killed, one million would flee the country, another million left homeless, constantly on the run from the army—and this in a country of only 5.5 million.
So again, in commeration of the life and death of this truly amazing man, here are some more quotes:
"We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured."
~ Archbishop Oscar Romero (1977)
"You say that you are Christian. If you are really Christian, please stop sending military aid to the military here, because they use it only to kill my people."
~ From a letter to President Carter from Archbishop Romero
"You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish."
~ Spoken to a reporter by Archbishop Romero days before his murder
"I am bound, as a pastor, by divine command to give my life for those whom I love, and that is all Salvadoreans, even those who are going to kill me."
~ These words appeared in a newspaper just two weeks before Archbishop Romero was shot while celebrating Holy Communion in the hospital which had been his home since his enthronement in 1977.
"Brothers, you came from our own people. You are killing your own brothers. Any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God, which says, 'Thou shalt not kill'. No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you obeyed your consciences rather than sinful orders. The church cannot remain silent before such an abomination. ...In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cry rises to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you: stop the repression."
~ Archbishop Romero made this appeal to the men of the armed forces on March 23, 1980. The day following this speech, Archbishop Romero was murdered.
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