April 14th, 2010

bullwinkle

Another old favorite

Methuselah

Methuselah ate what he found on his plate,
And never, as people do now,
Did he note the amount of the calorie count;
He ate it because it was chow.
He was disturbed as at dinner he sat,
Devouring a roast or a pie,
To think it was lacking in granular fat
Or a couple of vitamins shy.
He cheerfully chewed each species of food,
Unmindful of troubles or fears
Lest his health might be hurt
By some fancy dessert;
And he lived over nine hundred years.

-- Unknown
bush

Honor is due

I am frequently exasperated by United Methodist Church bureaucracy. This is mostly because, no matter how holy the cause, it is, after all, a bureaucracy; and all bureaucracies share the same sorts of awfulness. The stupidity and uselessness of Church bureaucracies often seem like a betrayal of the cause they exist to serve, though, and perhaps that is why they are so infuriating.

That said, I went to a District training event last night that was superb. Our DS is pushing to get every Staff-Parish Relations Team in the District trained to do the kind of job we all wish they would do. Rev. Tom True has put together a great resource. Our District leaders deserve every sort of praise for using the chaos of our current situation to drop things that don't work and focus in on things that need to be done.

This is not the first time I have had my weary loyalty rewarded in this new District. I think that most of it has to do with our DS, Judi Purvis. I've known a few really good Superintendents in my career (all too few, I'm afraid), and she seems to be one of them. And, she's a supporter of Scouting Ministry. What more can I say?

I'm saying to my colleagues and parishioners: Let's not waste this moment.
wile e.

Camera shopping

My digital camera is dying. Using the zoom makes it read only blackness. I've replaced the battery, bought a new memory card, etc., but there's something just buggered up in the camera itself.

It's only seven years old -- no great age for a film camera. But as electronic jiggery-pokery goes, that makes it a dinosaur. Probably couldn't get it fixed, at least not cheaply. So I went pricing cameras this afternoon.

I need one by this Saturday, so I can't really dawdle. I've got my eye on a Canon. One of the features I like is that I can look through an actual viewfinder lens. Taking pictures outdoors so much means I'm often standing in full sun, where you can't read an LCD display.

With the death of my old digital camera, the only thing still plugged into my old computer is the scanner. If I can get that hooked up to my laptop and get it working, I think I'll just put the old box away and gain myself some desk room.