>Sorry for the silent spell!

>I’ve been working on getting a house! Well, ok, an apartment– but it’s APART from the ship!

I really don’t mind the ship, most of the time, but there are some gals who hang out in berthing when we’re not underway that I REALLY don’t want to be around, and with no A/C in the shop my buddies and I can’t hang out there…. So, getting an apartment lets me chill out in the cool peace of an area with controlled access.

Besides, the Navy will pay for it, since I made second class! (AT2, for those of you keeping track.) {Aviation Electronics Tech, mom.}

The ship is going through SRA, which is basically like taking your car to a really good detailing and repair shop– they’re flushing the water pipes with acid to clean them out (That’s why there’s no AC– everything is water cooled or heated. Yes, they decided to kill the AC in the middle of AUG, in Japan, which averages 85f/60%humidity. Do not expect common sense from the Navy. We get the job done, but we may take an odd route.), replacing floors all over the place, fixing engines, patching the holes in the bottom of the ship (Not dangerous– even the one that was the size of a BMW wasn’t dangerous, but they fixed that a long time ago.)…… A lot of working going on.

Very annoying.

Thankfully, after only five people “fell out”– passed out from the heat and dehydration– we went to tropical hours. 0600-1400 is the ideal work day, which means we start wrapping it up at about 1400. Some divisions do it different, though.

Alan went on leave. He’ll be getting on a plane about now– hopefully. I’m gonna miss him! He’s my main liberty buddy!

I’ll post pictures of the apartment when I have it in my name and somewhat livable!


>Another reason I dislike CNN….

>They don’t even add something new to their news cycle; I’ve been on duty today, and ended up turing on CNN because it’s the only news station aboard ship that isn’t part of Armed Forces Network. (Nothing against AFN, but I get tired of their commercials after a few months.)

My point: CNN just loops, and it’s kinda annoying. It’s as if all the things they show are of equal importance– I can understand beating some topics to death: the London Bombings are important; saying the same thing over and over simply puts out important information. However, showing the same human intrest story on the guy who posts photos from the US that say “we are not afraid!”– although it’s cool, yes– do we REALLY need to see this every hour or so? Couldn’t you spend the time you took on that looking into the (poorly supported) report that the Pope hates Harry Potter?

Explaining the last complaint: No, the Pope hasn’t condemed Potter. There are two signed letters from Cardnal Ratzinger’s office to a german lady author who sent him a copy of her book, which claims that Harry Potter books could pull spiritually unformed folks away from the Faith. The letter is translated and quoted as saying “It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.” So, don’t let your kids read the books unless you’re sure that they’re well enough developed to understand the moral problems involved. (Anybody who thinks that kids with no spiritual development being interested in magic isn’t a problem needs to meet some of my Wiccan friends.)

Another point: he’s Pope. Not God. What he thinks and though IS important, but it’s not binding. The Pope can speak in a binding way– it’s called “ex cathedra,” I think– but it’s rare, and he basically would stand up and say “I am speaking ex cathedra. X, Y, Z, but not A, B, or C, and this does not aply beyond Q unless R and S. That is all.” The things that the Pope said before he was Pope are not even CLOSE to this.

This link has links to scanned versions of the letters, but I don’t endorse the article that is above the links because they make some rather large assumptions about the way that the Cardnal’s personal views carry over into the Pope’s authority……

Full text of BOTH letters that the author recived:

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Vatican City
March 7, 2003

Esteemed and dear Ms. Kuby!

Many thanks for your kind letter of February 20th and the informative book which you sent me in the same mail. It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.

I would like to suggest that you write to Mr. Peter Fleetwood, (Pontifical Council of Culture, Piazza S. Calisto 16, I00153 Rome) directly and to send him your book.

Sincere Greetings and Blessings,

+ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger


Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Vatican City
May 27, 2003

Esteemed and dear Ms. Kuby,

Somehow your letter got buried in the large pile of name-day , birthday and Easter mail. Finally this pile is taken care of, so that I can gladly allow you to refer to my judgment about Harry Potter.

Sincere Greetings and Blessings,

+ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

>Why isn’t this bigger news?


This Roy fellow– may have heard of him, he and a friend use to work with big cats in Vegas?– was attacked by one of said cats, and has some paralysis. He may recover because of stem cell research. Non-embryonic stem cell therapy, with his own stem cells. There are many types of non-embryonic stem cells being researched, including those from bone marrow, the placenta during birth, or cord blood when a baby is born. All of these have had results; embryonic stem cell research has yet to have a result, and is morally reprehensible– as I mentioned below, an embryo is human, though views vary on if it is a legal person.

I just think it’s TOO cool that there’s someone famous that might be able to show folks what good can come of a non-morally-troubling type of stem cell research!

>Well, back to the lab again….

>I’m back in Sasebo, quite happy– although I love and miss my family, I don’t fit there as well as I use to.

Hope you are reading this, Fred and Nancy– I STILL say that Fred’s got to be alright! You looked too good not to be! Thank goodness y’all got to the hospital, though. Love ya, don’t want to lose you!

Uncle Larry took the pictures at the wedding– he’s a pro– and Aunt Pip supervised. Hear the old saying about herding cats? This is the woman for the job: got us all lined out, drove the… er… Strong personalities into the correct positions, and had us smiling as we did it!

Part of our side of the wedding, at the lovely hotel we invaded. The Amazon Cheerleader is one of my sister’s best friends from high school– and she has a boy friend, so please don’t make my sister hurt you.

A strong showing of Patricks (Mom’s side), plus dad’s oldest brother came with his wife, Grandma Alice and Doc Roberts. (Doc has a robotic ankle and is 82 years old, but between her and my… Strong-personalitied grandmother, *I* would not cross them.)

The wedding was at Tyler’s grandparents’ house– BEAUTIFUL flowers and an awesome shop!

The same place was used for a wedding for Tyler’s sister– she and her husband were there, and a hoot!
Although the group may not look like the most lively of bunches, thanks to the Patricks and those who are Patricks in spirit if not name, it was quite a party. *looks at Adam, her brother’s best friend, and Kelsey’s “twin by another mother”)

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