Why I Don’t Trust Santa

This weekend, I was going through old disks I had in my room in Wichita Falls just to see what all was on them. I found this old picture of two of my friends, Brandie (left) and Prissy, with Santa.

It looks like just any normal picture of two teenage girls with Santa, right? (Note: this was taken almost four years ago)
Look a bit closer…


Notice his eyes…
Yes, granted, I know they just have random guys play the part of Santa but when they take the picture, why are his eyes staring down at her chest? We’ll just ignore that she was only 15 at the time and that Santa is, in most circles, considered a childern’s character. My words of advice to Santas: Don’t look. If you simply must, don’t look when the picture is being taken.

So yes folks, that is one of the reasons why I don’t trust Santa. =)


i’m linux!

You are Slackware Linux. You are the brightest among your peers, but are often mistaken as insane.  Your elegant solutions to problems often take a little longer, but require much less effort to complete.
This is a little quiz I found while searching around the ‘net for whatever. It’s for techies so many of y’all out there, don’t worry about trying it!

cardinal law and pastoral provision

On that note, whatever happened to Cardinal Law? I am not all that sure- officially, he is retired with the title of Archbishop Emeritus of Boston.
The Pastoral Provision website, last updated September 2001, still names Cardinal Law as Ecclesiastical Delegate- a position he has held since the position was created in 1981.

The so-called Pastoral Provision is a provision that Pope John Paul II made in 1980 to assist in the reconciliation of priests and laity from the Episcopal Church. In short, in accordance with the provision, a Episcopal person may reconcile him/herself with the Catholic Church as they would have already, a Episcopal priest- even those who are married- may reconcile himself and be allowed to be re-ordained a Catholic priest, or even an entire Episcopal congregation could reconcile itself with the Catholic Church and be able to use a modified, approved version of the Divine Book of Worship they had previously used.

With all the recent events in the Episcopal Church, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the provision enacted a bit more.

Follow-up from November 2006: Anglican Use Jursidiction?
Follow-up from January 2012: Background on the New Ex-Anglican Ordinariate


graduate study results

I just closed the Graduate Study survey and so here are the results….
20% felt I should go on to a MA/PhD in History from UT
20% felt I should go on to a MA in Pastoral Studies
60% felt I should go other places with most of the people (all but one) saying I should I should be a magazine writer or an editorialist (yes Shellie, it is a word)
One clever young fellow (Ben, I’m assuming it was you but yell at me if I’m wrong) said that I should “travel around the States in a string bikini in honor of the late ‘Thong Man’.” Although when first hearing the idea, my heart leapt with joy, I feel that after much deliberation, I must leave the idea as just an idea.
The next poll is online

“Let There Be Light”

I was reading my hometown newspaper, the Times Record News yesterday (Tuesday) and there was a front page article that caught my attention. The TRN leads with the story of a traffic signal being turned on.

That’s right. The intersection connects an upper middle-class neighborhood, Tanglewood, with a major artierial, Seymour Highway [note: the map linked above is incorrect, Seymour Hwy is now Business US 277, not US 277].

Anyhow, why am I writing about this? Well, the traffic signal itself- sure, it’s a good thing. What I get a kick out of is the neighborhood’s reaction to the signal being turned on. From the story, the signal has been requested for years and so “the day was so long in the making that about 50 neighbors gathered at the intersection to wave at the newly-stopped traffic on Seymour.”

Not only did they just waive at the traffic on Seymour Hwy though; they also had a party to celebrate. Below, Bob Horth, a member of Tanglewood Neighborhood Association, is giving out hot dogs to residents who came out for the event.

What am I trying to imply by all of this? I really don’t know. It caught my attention though. I can’t decide if this is just more evidence of why I can’t explain what Wichita Falls is like or evidence of a great community where people can gather for any little reason. (On a quick aside: for those who take the former to indicate that Wichita Falls is a small hick town, I’m not going to try to act like we’re the next Fort Worth or Austin but we do have three sporting teams- one hockey, one outdoor football, one arena football and home to the largest one-day bike race in America. We’re not that small.)
What do you think? A sign of a small town (or a mid-sized town trying to act small) or a great example of a community being a community- post your comments.

(photo by Harry Tonemah, TRN)


times record news publishes entry

Just a quick note to mention that the Texas 11 entry written on July 30 about the Democrat’s exodus to New Mexico was published as a letter to the editor in the Wichita Falls Times Record News this morning.
Also, if you’re one of the people that saw this site’s address in the TRN, welcome to and feel free to comment on the letter, to add yourself to this blog’s notification list (right column) or shoot me an e-mail.