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Job opening!

Zo, the Pope is retiring, eh? That’s something that happens, like…never.

Yeah, I don’t know where I was going with this. I think I had that old game Mystery Date stuck in my head. Remember that?

Oh, hey, Kung Hei Fat Choi, y’all! Happy Year of the Snake (that sounds auspicious, don’t it?) Yesterday was Chinese New Year, so we drove to our favorite Chinese restaurant for takeaway. Which is a long, long, STUPID long drive, and the weather was lousy. High winds and raining sideways. The ground is saturated, so it was all slopping over the road in a bad way. We plowed through a few puddles of an almost-stall-the-car depth.

Though seeing the FaceBook pictures of what fell on my buds back in Rho d’Island this weekend, perhaps I shouldn’t complain.

So, hey, you going to apply for that pope thing?

Comments


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 11, 2013, 11:23 pm

That font should be illegal. Or only used for printing Qurans at Gitmo.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 11, 2013, 11:52 pm

Oh, good. I was going for tasteless.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:16 am

Heh. Every time I see it I get a craving for Mexican food.


Comment from Veeshir
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:25 am

I heard Obama is going to Avignon to lobby for the position.


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:36 am

I’m in the LA area and its been nothing but priest pedofilia whenever Catholicism is mentioned. Its not a good time to pick a replacement when you have all these victims on TV.

Apparently, there are four “Popes on the Rope”, i.e. replacements. Two are African, one is Canadian, and of course one is Italian. Since all four share the same basic views, it comes down to nuances. One African is more opposed to Islam than the others. The other African is more opposed to gays. The (French) Canadian is the most political and apologizes a lot. And the Italian is the crowd favorite for being the least traditional.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:47 am

Can you get real Mexican food there Sweas? Like real Carnitas, mexican rice (which is distinct from Spanish rice)and …drool…real refried bins. I don’t think I could live anywhere without some Carne Asada tacos nearby.

What?

Most Mexicans are Catholic, so, not REALLY off topic.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:14 am

Fumes.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:14 am

Get this. Piers Morgan has already gone to Twitter to try to start a Pope Truther Movement…..


Comment from Nina
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:28 am

No effin’ way, José.

I’d have to live in Italy, and I hear they speak Latin there. Or Italian, or something not English. They’d have to move the Vatican to Elk Grove for me to even put in my application. Besides, I ain’t catholic.

Are there any female cardinals they can choose from?

Hey, had to ask. :p


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:37 am

My money is on the Muslim hating African Cardinal.


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:48 am

As the Micks still blame a non-Italian pope for their accession by you-know-who, I’ll put my money on the Pizza crew.
Unlike the rest of ‘em, very few skeletons come out of the closet about la famiglia.


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:59 am

Hopefully they choose one who’s skanky hot, like Jeremy Irons in “The Borgias.”


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 12, 2013, 2:26 am

Will I have to get divorced again to take the gig?


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: February 12, 2013, 3:05 am

Yep, we’re living in historic times. It was interesting to read the history of past papal resignations. Lota corruptin’ going on back then. Kinda like current day corruptin’ by heads of state.

Must be getting close to the time when aliens return with their flaming chariots to pick up their prophets and leave the rest of us stranded to deal with the apocalypse.


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 12, 2013, 4:26 am

Oh, hey, Kung Hei Fat Choi, y’all! Happy Year of the Snake (that sounds auspicious, don’t it?) Yesterday was Chinese New Year, so we drove to our favorite Chinese restaurant for takeaway.>

Since it looks like you are using the Cantonese version of the wish [and the "y'all" would indicate South China], back at you from this Cantonese. However, you could have waited till the weather was better. We have been doing this New Year thing longer than Westerners. The Lunar New Year’s holiday is two weeks long, ending this year on Feb. 24 with the children’s Lantern Festival [being a lunar calendar, it moves around]. Westerners try to do all the partying in one night. That is how people get hurt.

Case in point, yesterday our extended family attended New Year’s Lion Dances, and then a Dim Sum feast where we took over the restaurant. This coming weekend will be the home party. About 70 or so of us, each cooking and bringing a component of a Chinese feast. Your Humble Servant will be making Peking Duck. We also will have our family’s 20′ long dragon dancing in the New Year, to the great pleasure of the younger generation.

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from Nina
Time: February 12, 2013, 4:35 am

I never could get into dim sum, much to my Chinese son’s dismay. I just don’t know what is in those little mouthfuls of mystery, and I don’t trust ‘em. Plus some of them have bones, and I just can’t get into the bone spitting act, either. I can use chopsticks, though.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: February 12, 2013, 6:05 am

I applied, but they rejected my application, because I am Lutheran. It seems that they don’t care for Martin Luther for some reason.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:16 pm

There is no topic, Grom. My comment threads may go where they like. I’m just happy getting a little attention. And no…if I want proper Mexican, I have to make it.

One of our awesomest memories together, Subotai Bahadur, Uncle B and I went into Chinatown in London for a meal and, quite by accident, it was the beginning of Chinese New Year. Lion dancing and fireworks and everything. It was something else.


Comment from Pablo
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:40 pm

Though seeing the FaceBook pictures of what fell on my buds back in Rho d’Island this weekend, perhaps I shouldn’t complain.

Hell, if you could send us some of that rain, we’d gladly take it.


Comment from AliceH
Time: February 12, 2013, 12:59 pm

I once had an absolutely fantastic Mexican dinner (and lots of Margaritas) at some restaurant in Edinburgh. The restaurant turned out to be owned and operated by a pair of transplanted Texans.

Wish I could remember the name of the place, but … Margaritas!


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:45 pm

One site for Papal odds…
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/current-affairs/pope-betting


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 12, 2013, 3:03 pm

There should be a Mexican pope this time.

Two words: Lowrider Popemobile


Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 3:47 pm

Kung?

I always say “gung”. Must be the California accent, huh?


Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 3:48 pm

Maybe they’ll elect a Mome this time, just to keep the Protestants on their toes…


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 12, 2013, 4:30 pm

I’m really liking this idea.

Pope Jesus the Second.

Also, if Jesus was a Jew, why did he have a Mexican name?

Also, Lowrider Popemobile.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 12, 2013, 5:12 pm

Hey, I just used the spelling that was in the email the poncy Chinese tea company sent me. Well, the tea is Chinese; the company is English.


Comment from Redd
Time: February 12, 2013, 5:19 pm

Did you and Uncle B catch The Hundred Years War with Dr. Ramirez, stoaty? I’m a big fan of hers.

Longbows!


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 12, 2013, 5:21 pm

Yeah its been over 500 years since the last time a pope stepped down rather than die in office. Jesus wasn’t the first pope according to Roman Catholic doctrine; Peter was.

For the rest of us Christians, Jesus is the head of the church ;)


Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 5:46 pm

“Gung hey” or “Kung hei”, it’s all a translation into an inappropriate character set, so what the hei…


Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 5:52 pm

Question: When they finally admit that Castro and Chavez are decomposing quietly, do you decide the winner based on who actually died first or which one got announced first?


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 12, 2013, 6:23 pm

I dunno…you kidz are on the edge of steppin’ on SOME VERY BIG toes.
Back to ma rosary…
“First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect…”


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 12, 2013, 6:41 pm

Not sure, mojo. Consolation dicks, perhaps?

We missed that one, Redd. Is Dr Ramirez that goth-looking chick with the too much eye makeup? BBC goes to the same folks over and over and over.


Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 7:04 pm

“In nominae Patri, et Filli, et Spiritu Sancti – alla you wops, offa the lawn!”


Comment from Redd
Time: February 12, 2013, 7:12 pm

We missed that one, Redd. Is Dr Ramirez that goth-looking chick with the too much eye makeup? BBC goes to the same folks over and over and over.

Yep. I like her because she did the series on illumination — and because she personally answered some questions I sent her.


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 12, 2013, 7:39 pm

They should turn the whole process into a reality show. That would really bring it into the 21st century.

Actually, I’d watch the hell out of that.


Comment from Redd
Time: February 12, 2013, 7:45 pm

You really need a crest, stoaty: http://www.heraldicsculptor.com/gartcres.html

It surprises me that Will is a member and Harry is not. Must be the red hair…


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 12, 2013, 9:06 pm

Should be some fun reality TV clips tomorrow. Ted Nugent’s gonna be at the SOU w/ the SCOAMF. Depending on which state channel, not sure there’ll be close-ups.
Can’t bring myself to watch it.


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 12, 2013, 9:32 pm

AltB,

Ditto for me. I can’t even stand to see pictures of the SCOAMF, I’d rather give myself a lobotomy with a decayed flounder than watch a SOU address.


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 12, 2013, 9:42 pm

I’ve developed Tourette/coprolalia-like symptoms since the election. Certain images or voices from the tube set off explosions of profanity. Most of it intelligible.


Comment from Clifford Scridlow
Time: February 12, 2013, 10:39 pm

AltBBrown, was that a snippet of Vatican Rag a few posts back? . . .


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 14, 2013, 5:16 pm

Comment from mojo
Time: February 12, 2013, 7:04 pm

“In nominae Patri, et Filii, et Spiritu Sancti – alla you wops, offa the lawn!”

Latin sounds so sonorous and so cool, doesn’t it?

Which reminds me, Mario Pei tells us that “hocus pocus” is short for a parody of the Latin Mass; the full line was “hocus pocus filiocus,” a parody of the line about “This is the body of The Son.”

And in the matter of appointing a new Pope, why don’t they get one for a change who’s relatively young? Say 45-50 or so, so he has a chance of lasting a while?


Comment from Oceania
Time: February 14, 2013, 11:58 pm

I should claim the title of Emporer of Europe, under the Seal of the Holy Roman Empire.
After all, my family lineage goes back to Charlamange …

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