April 25th, 2007

roadkill soup

I think I may have posted this before, but it bears re-posting

The Unknown Citizen

(TO JS/07/M/378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Installment Plan
And had everything necessary to Modern Man,
A phongraph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace; when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation,
And his teachers report that he never interfered with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.
-- W.H. Auden

Busy day

I've eaten lamb twice today. I got up early and put a leg of lamb in the oven to roast. Had to baste it every 15 minutes, so I worked out of my home study all morning. Then I took this magnificent hunk of meat over to the church for noon Bible study. We were missing a few regulars today, but we still managed to basically demolish a 6.5 lb. leg of lamb. All I got to take home was the bone (with meat still clinging to it). That's for Sassy, after collinsmom scrapes what she wants off.

Then I made gyros link sausages for supper. There's this butcher shop in town where I got the lamb which makes its own gyros links. They're about the size of brats, and they're fresh-made in natural casings with no fillers. They also make their own tzatziki (sp.?) sauce. *yum*

In between, my e-mail informs me that there's a problem with our youth group mission trip reservations, and I can't seem to ever get ahold of these people. So that adds some stress. I took a walk in a park this afternoon to relax, and that was great, but I wound up all sweaty. So I took a shower before making the gyros links.

I was just about ready to go over to the church to get ready for my evening class when Sassy came in, and she smelled like crap -- literally. She had found some stuff in the yard and rolled in it. Her ruff was stiff in places. Well, I didn't want her wallowing the couch in that condition, so I herded her into the bathroom, got some shampoo, and put her in the tub. She was fairly submissive; I think she knew she'd messed up and Daddy wasn't real happy. Then I dried her off and went out the door to the church.

We had a great first session of God and Me (one Kindergartner and four Second Graders). Several adults were on hand to help. I really feel good about what we did and how well it went. I want to build good pastoral relationships with these kids and their families! So, there's three more sessions of God and Me to go.

Tomorrow, it's off to Indy to get the Bishop's signature on our Troop's Bishop's Award of Excellence application, then I've got to go to Nashville (IN) tomorrow night to conduct an Eagle Board of Review. Friday afternoon, I think I'll go spend the night at Wilderstead and do chores there on Saturday.