Getting ready for bed after a wonderfully lazy day at Lindsay’s house. The boy has his headphones in, listening to his iPad, probably watching YouTube videos about Yugioh or some such.
I reached over and tussled his hair a bit. He looked up.
"I love you too."
"Good day?" I asked.
"Great day," he answered.
"Me too. Goodnight, kiddo."
Lindsay: “How are you liking New York?”
Anna: “We love it! We’re having so much fun, and we’ve been able to see so many friends.”
Lindsay: “Now you should come to Chicago sometime—”
Anna: “I really want to! Jason loves Chicago!”
Lindsay: “— although maybe not right now, because, you know…”
All: “…winter is coming.”
TJ: “You do know that ‘The North Wall’ is actually just a neighborhood in Chicago, right?”
If you’d like an alert tone of me burping just let me know.
I would like the record to reflect that I was wearing headphones while we were talking on Skype when the aforementioned burp was let loose.
Ironically it seems Lindsay has taken the term “impolite company” a bit too literally.
(Don’t worry, it was after the show part of the recording was over. Unless Caleb wants to edit it back in.)
n.b.: after I did that last night, I figured out how to remove the DRM from iTunes Video.
My original plan had been to buy a Blu-Ray drive for my Mac, and the related software to de-DRM Blu-Ray discs, which would have cost several hundred dollars.
Instead I spent some time in Google and waded through a bunch of crappy, out-dated solutions, as well as several scammy-looking website offering paid solutions, until I found the site that gave me the links I needed.
I had to ‘downgrade’ iTunes from version 11 to 10 (which is an improvement, IMO), and I had to bypass Mac OS X’s warning that the app I found to do the actual de-DRM’ing was ‘damaged and should be moved to the trash’ because otherwise it wouldn’t let me launch it.
This makes it much more likely that I will buy more stuff from iTunes in the future, and also makes the videos that I have already purchased (including Firefly and 5 seasons of Dr Who) much more valuable to me.
Oh, right, and Doctor Horrible.
Now I can watch my iTunes movies on any device I want, I can take screenshots, I can make a DVD (why? well, I dunno, actually, but I could), and I can easily make smaller versions of the movies for my iPad and iPhone.
And, of course, as with all iTunes stuff: no FBI warning, no unskippable previews, etc. Click play and away it goes.
John was the pastor of the Baptist church which was right next to the Presbyterian church I served when I was in Gainesville. Delmer created a continuing education program I was in which was hugely influential in my life.
IIRC, John came to that congregation after the pastor and another staff member (maybe the secretary?) both left their spouses and ran off together.
He knew that when he accepted the job. But there was more.
Not long after he arrived, the music director came to him and said, “I need to tell you this before you read it in the paper tomorrow…”
…which I think beats even “We need to talk” on the “List Of Phrases You Never Want To Hear Because Nothing Good Ever Follows It”…
The music director (male) had not only had “Inappropriate” relationships with more than one member of the Youth choir, but these relationships were with members of the Youth who were also male.
Then — and I am not making this up — not long after they dealt with all of that, they realized that the Offering was much lower on some Sundays than it was on other Sundays, even though it didn’t seem to match up with attendance, etc. So they installed a security camera pointed at the safe… and caught one of the janitors who opened the safe, spotted the camera, and then tried to back out of the room as if nothing had happened.
(All of this is from memory and might be incorrect in some details but you get the idea.)
So… yeah. Just in case you ever feel bad about some ugly situation you inherited at work that was worse than you imagined…
John remains one of the most genuinely upbeat and positive people I’ve ever met. How he does it, I don’t know.