Bad Things

Ryan’s post reminded me of a Bad Thing I went through yesterday morning. This past weekend was the Annual Catholic Appeal, wherein we ask Catholics to support the operations of the diocese through contributions. I was the person at my parish responsible for leading people through the process of filling out their pledge cards during Mass.

Attending the 9:30 Mass (the family Mass), I was reminded why I don’t usually attend the 9:30 Mass. Speaking directly into the microphone, I still couldn’t hear myself at some points of the Mass due to noise of children, especially one baby who reminded me of nothing as much as Damien from “The Omen“.

I’m convinced that if I am unfortunate enough to experience Hell, it will remind of the 9:30 Mass.

And when I’m Absolute Dictator, parents who make no effort to get a screaming child out of Mass until they’re calm will be denied Communion.

Bad Things

Ryan’s post reminded me of a Bad Thing I went through yesterday morning. This past weekend was the Annual Catholic Appeal, wherein we ask Catholics to support the operations of the diocese through contributions. I was the person at my parish responsible for leading people through the process of filling out their pledge cards during Mass.

Attending the 9:30 Mass (the family Mass), I was reminded why I don’t usually attend the 9:30 Mass. Speaking directly into the microphone, I still couldn’t hear myself at some points of the Mass due to noise of children, especially one baby who reminded me of nothing as much as Damien from “The Omen“.

I’m convinced that if I am unfortunate enough to experience Hell, it will remind of the 9:30 Mass.

And when I’m Absolute Dictator, parents who make no effort to get a screaming child out of Mass until they’re calm will be denied Communion.

Ther two sweetest words in the English Language: “Play Ball!”

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today!
We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field.
A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin’ it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don’t say “it ain’t so”, you know the time is now.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Yeah! I got it, I got it!

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch ’em all – a moment in the sun;
(pop) It’s gone and you can tell that one goodbye!

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Yeah!
— “Centerfield” by John Fogerty

When I’m absolute dictator, Opening Day will be a national holiday.

Accident on I-95 slowed Tuesday’s rush hour

Accoriding [sic] to [state police spokesman Cpl. Jeff] Whitmarsh, Ann Marie Pierson, 29, of Wilmington, was traveling I-95 northbound in a 2003 Ford Taurus in the right exit lane for Concord Pike. A 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Dennis Porter, 54, of Wilmington, was traveling in the center lane slightly behind the Taurus. Porter attempted to change lanes and hit the Pierson causing the Pathfinder to overturn. The Taurus came to rest approximately 150 feet north of the initial impact.

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I drove by this accident on my way home last night. (Fortunately, I was going southbound so I wasn’t affected by it.) It’s amazing this doesn’t happen more often. I deal with similar issues in the morning. What happens is the off ramp to 202 gets backed up. (Sometimes past the on-ramp from 10th street). So people who think they are too important to wait in line cut in further up in the line. Often, they have to wait to cut in, so they sit idling in the center lane, blocking that lane to traffic. This forces people to jump into the third, far-left, lane to travel, reducing I-95 through there to one lane. When it’s really bad, we have people in the far-left lane jumping in there suddenly to get around people already waiting and blocking the middle lane to merge so they can merge further ahead.

If people used common sense, this stretch of road wouldn’t be so dangerous. That might be a bit too much to ask of people, though.

When I’m absolute dictator, dividers will come up between these lanes so people can’t cut in. In the meantime, perhaps DELDOT can look at changes in the light pattern on 202 to reduce the backup onto 95.