Sunday, October 24, 2010

Man charged with assault with sandwich in Dover, New Hampshire

Yeah, you read that headline correctly.

In one of the most dangerous states in the union, a man in south eastern New Hampshire has been charged with assault with a sandwich.

One has to wonder when dangerous things like these will be regulated. Although the sandwich was not identified, what if the sandwich had been a KFC Double Down?

Kramers, I would appeal to your common sense, to take this story under advisement, and urge you to move back to California. For your own safety. We promise not to throw any sandwiches at you. Well, maybe some softer Mexican food at worst.

Plus we sort of miss you guys a lot.

NB: Bring some sandwiches and KFC Double Downs with you. Maybe some Dunkin' Doughnuts too.

You can read more on this story here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Rafaela Sanchez!

Happy Birthday, Monica!

How appropriate you should be born on the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and on the anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

You are a soft, delicate flower, just like an earthquake, yet you have a love for Our Lord and his Blessed Mother like St. Margaret Mary.

God bless you on your birthday. You Mom and Dad love you very much.


Most of the time.

Just where does your personality come from?

At least I did not misspell YOUR name.

New Hampshire 2010: The Musical!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Baptism of Cecilia Kramer

The reason for ultimately going to New Hampshire has not been all the fun that we have shown, albeit it would have been worth it to do just those things.

The reason for going was to go to the Baptism of the latest Kramer Kutie, Cecilia, born on the 12th of August of this year. By grace, we also went to be the Godparents for this child.

We had figured that this particular post would have appeared on a certain other site. However, with the kind permission of the Kramer Family, we are blessed to post here this selection of pictures from the Baptism of Cecilia Kramer on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary.

The day of your Baptism is here!
The Tabernacle is the focus of the Church.
Baptismal Shell.

The anointing before Baptism.

The blessing of the Font.

"We ask you, Father, with your Son to send the Holy Ghost upon the water of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of Baptism rise also with Him to newness of life. We ask this through Christ our Lord."

" Cecilia, I baptise you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "

" Parents and Godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. She is to walk always as a child of the light. May she keep the flame of faith alive in her heart. When the Lord comes, may she go out to meet him with all the Saints in the heavenly Kingdom."
Blessing over the newly Baptised, the parents, Godparents, and Families.

Happy Baptism Day, Cecilia Rose! We love you very much.

Thanks again to the Kramer Family for letting us post these pictures, hosting us, and having us as Godparents to your new daughter. We really cannot thank you enough.

Godfather FAIL!

"I need to learn how to spell my Goddaughter's NAME!"

From a deleted scene of "The Godfather," right after he is talking to Bonasera.

Friday, October 15, 2010

On The Role Of Godparents

Terrible: Latin, terribilis, from terrere, to terrify, or to fill with fear.

The meaning of this word has changed over time.

To be chosen as Godparents is terribilis, terrible.

What do we mean?

Let us look at Genesis 28. Jacob is in the presence of God. He is filled with Terror and Awe. It is terrifying to be in the presence of of God. Jacob recognizes this, and he crys out, "How terrible is this place!"

"Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be in awe of him." (Psalm 32:8)

"The fear of the Lord hateth evil...." (Proverbs 8:13a)

If we were truly aware of God's presence in the Blessed Sacrament when we walk into Church, it truly would fill us with fear and awe.

Being a Godparent should fill us with the same type of fear and awe. It is an obligation of the most severe kind, a terrible obligation. A Mother and Father of a new child ask you to be Godparents. To be a Godparent should fill us with awe, and it should fill us with fear.

Awe, that someone would think we are worthy of such a role, and this awe also fills us with reverence. It should also fill us with Fear, the Fear of the Lord being one of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. Fear to offend God's solemn majesty.

It is not simply a matter of showing up at the Church, holding the child to have the saving waters poured upon their head, and then going to the party afterwards.

Rather, what has happened, the mother and father have now obligated you to a task, a joyful task, that will last until you take your last breath on earth, and you meet the Lord for the judgement.

It is with happiness to meet the Lord at the end of the earthly journey and say that one fulfilled the role of a parent and Godparent as best one could: Prayers were said, Masses were offered, examples were set, and important dates in the spiritual life of the child were remembered.

This is what it means to be a Godparent, and that is why we went to New Hampshire.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things To Do In New Hampshire When You're Dead: Lake Winnipesauke Edition

One of our final stops in our whirlwind tour of Southern New Hampshire was Lake Winnipesauke.

Here is the extreme southern arm of Lake Winnipesauke. Just before we got to this point, we made a wrong turn onto a private road, and we turned back, as there was no public access to the Beach. As we are turning around, this gentleman comes up in his truck and asks us in his best Maine accent,

"Kahn I hep you?"

"Yeah we're looking for public access to the beach!"

"Not around he-yah!" and then he drove off!

Thanks, buddy.
You know, you're not going to get all that sand out of those clothes.

The fearsome Sea Creature emerges form his lair from the bottom of the lake in search of his favourite soft drink, Big Red.

One could walk out pretty far and still only be up to the knees in water.

The MS Mount Washington cruises by on the lake.

Yeah, another two cans for recycling!

The fearsome Se Creature now in search for something to eat....
Well, Lake Winnipesauke was pretty fun, and the beach we ended up at, Ellacoya State Park, had some nice views.
Do you know what town is close by Ellacoya State Beach?
Why, Laconia...
home to FUNSPOT, the World's largest Arcade!

Yes we got within three miles of this Arcade Game mecca.

Here is just part of the Classic Arcade Room.
Quite few records have been set at Funspot, including I believe two Kill Screens for Donkey Kong. If you know what we are talking about, then you are just a big a geek as us.
For more information on Funspot, visit their site at
Did we mention we were only three miles away?!
Next time! There was just too much to see and do.
Speaking of too much to do, we will wrap this series up pretty soon with a couple of more posts on why we were in the great state of New Hampshire.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

About These Postings

It would seem that with the amount of pictures on these latest posting, some of the older ones have been archived automatically. To view those, you can either look at the postings all the way to the bottom and click on older posts; you can also look on the sidebar to the right, and click on a particular post.

Again, thanks for looking!

The Scenery of New Hampshire

The beauty of New Hampshire is something to be seen. While we were just a bit too early for Fall Colours, we caught the very beginnings of it. Next year perhaps, host family?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Things To Do In New Hampshire When You're Dead: Bumming Around The House Edition

Well, our vacation was not all fun and games. There were serious moments as well.


It was all fun and games!

Here's proof!

Here is some of the gaming. I think at this point, they had just beat "Halo" on the Legendary setting.

Some delicious Barbecue.

Here is something one cannot get in California, Dunkin' Donuts!

Drinking beer wit' my Homies. OK, by myself.

The daughter is warned to keep an eye on her Father, making sure he does not 'act up' too much.

I took this book with me to New Hampshire in hopes that I would learn a little bit about being a Godfather. Let me tell you, I learned NOTHING about the role of a Godfather, and how the role only begins the life-long action of prayer and example.
I did learn that I should have had the enemies of my goddaughter, her parents, and my enemies whacked. At least according to this particular book. Great first two movies, though.

Our host shows off his sweet dance moves.

You can try to imitate, but you cannot beat the original.

Eventually, you just knew I would get punished for something.

Walking around the neighbourhood after dinner.

Teaching one of the kids how to knit. Just keep it up now!

"Yes, my face is funny!"

Did we mention we went apple picking? Here, some of the kids are cooking apple sauce.

Watching some Japanese animation.

So this house comes with yard care, and the gardener comes to fertilize the lawn. Didn't know who he was, or why he was doing what he was doing.

All the way across the continent, and where is the Garlic from?!

Kids love to play street Tennis!

They also like after dinner snacks.

Why, there is even time to build shelves for the schoolbooks.

Evenings are beautiful at this time of year.

There is even time to mess around right before bedtime. Tough love.
I don't thin this little girl has her license yet, but the way she is driving.
Thanks for viewing this edition of,
Things to do in New Hampshire When You're Dead!
Join us next time, when we go to Lake Winnipesauke, home to Funspot, the World's largest Arcade!