Monday, February 9, 2015 – Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned
Bless Me Father, for I have sinned. This weekend I had brunch at Brennen’s in Houston and ate the most decadent eggs benedict. Of course they were preceded by a bloody Mary. And of course, I had bananas foster. I went to Brennen’s. One cannot go and not have bananas foster. No, I am not at the sinning part yet. Then I went to see the Broadway play Book of Mormon and laughed and marveled at the entire performance. I have seen and heard worse on cable TV. No, having cable TV is not the sin. I am getting to the sinning part.
I have succumbed to the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune and capitulated to the social media peer pressure and joined Face Book. I still feel the same about the technology. It is a waste of time and energy, not to mention the last shred of any privacy you might have had, is now for anyone with an Internet connection to see, hear and steal.
Within 48 hours of logging on, somebody found me. Even BFF Luddite sent a text asking if I had joined. And now my mailbox is filling with friend requests. Thank you. I appreciate them and I will get to them. Here’s a bit of the back story.
Last March my Ash Wednesday, Lenten commitment was to write an essay every day for the 40 days of Lent. Turns out Lent is really longer than 40 days, so I had to continue from Ash Wednesday to Easter. I began a blog called Here’s What I’m Thinking. Do you know how hard it is to write and publish over 200 posts? Of course with the Texas Legislature in town, it has become somewhat easier since there is so much material.
A few people actually read the daily paragraphs. Thank goodness football season began and in the fall I began posting to Twitter and people actually began to follow and Retweet. So in order to reach another audience, I connected Here’s What I’m Thinking to Facebook. In some respects, I am taking a techno step backwards.
So here’s the deal. You read my daily writings and I will complete your friend requests. The majority of the writings are done in parody and satire. You are supposed to laugh. Sometimes I do put on my doctor hat and write something serious and use multisyllabic words with long pedantic, Faulknerian sentences.
The usual content centers on college athletics – football and basketball, Texas Aggie athletics, politics, the educational institution and living in the state of Texas. Remember, the goal of a writer is to evoke emotion. The reader gets to define the emotion. Oh yeah, at some point I will write about you. So consider yourself warned.
What? Ash Wednesday is NEXT Wednesday? It is not this week? You mean I have to do the whole confession thing again next week? And there is still one more Friday night steak? Saints Behold!