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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. 34 years ago my wife made the mistake of saying,  "I Do."  


    What makes this day especially special is that not only is it our wedding anniversary,  but more importantly,  it's Great and Holy Pascha.   How much specialer can it get?


    Photo from about 0030 this morning 




    Video,  the loud soprano is her.




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  2. 3 hours ago, Linn Keller, SASS 27332, BOLD 103 said:

    == A FAST SNACK ==

    Peenie Bubber an' Jelly has long been a standby.

    Bacon is a perennial favorite.

    Here's what I just made (and devoured):

    Bread, slices, 2 each

    Peanut butter, your choice of the brand and texture. I prefer crunchy.

    Jelly, your choice. My wife prefers Concord grape exclusively (probably because of her strawberry allergy)

    (this is a true anaphylaxis, it'll-kill-you reaction)

    Bacon, precooked, four slices, torn in half

    Prepare the sandwich as you prefer: half the slice with peanut butter, half with jelly, fold over; or one slice with peanut butter, the other slice with jelly, lay together.

    Microwave precooked bacon for 30 seconds.

    Add bacon to sandwich and close.

    The ubiquitous PB&J is wonderfully versatile and can employ honey in lieu of jelly, or honey and cinnamon.

    Powdered chocolate milk mix can be added as well, or chocolate syrup.

    Sliced bananas, I understand, were a favorite addition to Elvis Presley's PB&Js.

    Its many combinations and permutations are too numerous to discuss here.

    I found PB&J with bacon to be very much to my taste!



    That does sound good.   Concord Grape Jelly....I  don't think I had it until I was in my teens.  Grew up with pomegranate jelly,  apricot jam, mixed stone fruit jam, and sometimes strawberry jam that mom made.  When/if we ran out we bought a 3pound can of Empress brand Apricot Jam.


    I bet apricot jam or orange marmalade would be good on your PB&J.

  3. 6 hours ago, Buckshot Bob said:

    Heck I’ve met people who wouldn’t marry out of their religion or ethnic group let alone race . And that includes every race I’ve had interaction with, not just white people. It’s always amazed me how tribal people still are . Whether it be economic class , race or religion. Even though segregation is illegal people still seem to “self” segregate . Everywhere I’ve lived there’s a white, black, hispanic, etc…side of town. In many large cities if you want good chinese food you go to china town . If you’re ever in Mi take a drive through Dearborn if you want to see a prime example of self segregation. Many of the street signs aren’t even in english. 
    I think it’s great that people here are stating that race doesn’t matter to them.


    I was raised Roman Catholic in a smallish town in San Diego County.   The 7 a.m. Mass was mostly Italian and Portugee (that's what they preferred,  and would correct you if you said Portuguese),  9 a.m. was Irish, 10 a.m. Mexican families and early rising Americans.  All others were people too tired, hung over,  or had gone fishing at dawn and couldn't make the earlier ones.


    Go to a big city and one parish is Italian,  down the street is the Polish,   around the corner is the Irish parish.


    Heck, look at Native American/ First People's language.   For the most part their name for themselves best translates as "people" and the name for everyone else comes out as "not people" or "people with this negative characteristic."  That used to be normal and natural. 


    As an Orthodox Christian I've visited different parishes with strong ethnic identities,  and because of my cassock people give me benefit of the doubt but are still wary/standoffish, "What's this gadjo doing here?" Until I enthusiastically knock back whatever potation they offer and ask for another dose.  Then they stop giving me American distance personal space and step into whatever their cultural personal space is, usually much closer than Americans are comfortable with. 

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  4. 53 minutes ago, Gateway Kid SASS# 70038 Life said:

    Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednigo in the furnace, along with the fourth, our Savior?


    :FlagAm:  :FlagAm:  :FlagAm:

    Gateway Kid

    pardon the spelling 


    This year May 4th was Orthodox Holy Saturday.   One of the Old Testament readings in the Vesperal Liturgy is that passage,  and the accompanied hymn is "He Who Saved the Three Young Men."

  5. 4 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    Beautiful pictures.  Here is a view of St. Isaac’s in St Petersburg. Google it if you want.





    So many beautiful churches in Holy Mother Russia. 

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  6. Found on FB 


    At first glance, this may seem like just another unremarkable page out of a 19th century manual, but it’s actually incredibly influential… revolutionary, even.


    What makes this page out of the Queen’s 1859 Evolutions of Infantry manual so incredible is that it is the first time, in any military regulation of a great power, that says soldiers will defeat their enemies by shooting at them. For the first time, the bayonet is subordinate to the firearm, and no longer the decisive weapon. 


    It goes even further: all the drill and marching a unit does, is simply to put the soldier in the best location to fire on the enemy.


    And it concludes with a profound statement: the soldier who cannot shoot is useless and an encumbrance to the battalion!


    Can you imagine how shocking this was to the old soldiers in the British Army in 1859? It horrified the old Napoleonic veterans like William Napier, the hero of the Peninsula, who just lived long enough to rail against the embrace of firepower, and insisted the bayonet charge was the “ne plus ultra” of the British soldier. 


    The significance of these things can be overlooked so easily, if we don’t understand the context. Today we don’t bat an eye at the thought of soldiers using firearms to defeat enemies without a single fixed bayonet. But in 1859, this was extremely controversial and while everyone else in Europe and America was still training for bayonet focused shock tactics, the British decided, from now on we fight primarily with bullets.



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  7. The little Tankenstein. Baby tank built by the Army 9th Air force Service Command Ordnance Section from German, French, and American parts.



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  8. 4 minutes ago, watab kid said:

    very nice , ive always been impressed by liturgical architecture 



    Here is what I sent to 40 yesterday. 




    After Pascha scaffolding is going up for plastering the pendentives.




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  9. 13 minutes ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    If you are intereested, I have some interior pictures I took in St. Michael's Cathedral in Sitka.



    Yes, please!



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  10. Might as well, the service this evening, Matins of Holy Saturday.  I figure that is someone doesn't like it they can either pass over it or report it and have a mod delete it.


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