Monday, August 27, 2007

Back to Business as Usual

Well, I'm back from vacation now (*sob*). The 11-hr drive back to Steubenville was pretty tough, but we made the most of it. We even stopped at this fireworks place that just so happened to also sell knives, swords, nunchucks, and blow guns! And to top it all off, it was connected to a Jelly Belly. It was pretty much the craziest thing I've ever seen, but wicked freakin cool.

A few highlights from the trip:

  • The winter home where we stayed is A LOT cooler than the pics are able to illustrate. I mean, this place is dope. It looks just like a ski lodge, and it has ten-kinds of room. All the wood is real (in the pics it looked kinda fake to me), and it has doorways made out of tree trunks with knots in them, and sleds and snow shoes and other winter stuff hanging on the walls. It was just really nice and I hated to leave. Maybe I'll buy the place one day....


  • The Baseball Hall of Fame was probably my favorite of the various places we visited. The history of baseball is just so rich and amazing. It's impossible to soak it all in with just one trip, so I'll definitely need to go there again.

    One thing that struck me while I was there is that several Christians were likely enjoying the Hall with me. They've all come to connect with their heroes, with men (and women too!) who have long since departed this world. They do this through the things these players have left behind: gloves, uniforms, baseballs, pictures, autographs, etc. They do this in a place built specifically to honor meritorious figures in the world of sports.

    Is this not what Catholics do when they venerate the relics of the saints? Our heroes are men and women of spiritual prowess who have departed this world. We seek to connect with them through relics, the things they have left behind. We honor them in our churches and in our homes. It's not such an appalling concept once you consider the various ways in which the secular world and non-Catholic Christians have honored deceased men and women throughout the ages.


  • Finally, the pleasant surprise of the vacation was this little coffee shop that Sean and I chilled in while we waited for the mechanic to finish with the mini-van. Actually, that whole day was really nice b/c he and I were able to relax and do whatever we wanted while everyone else was away at The Great Escape nearly-vomitting on the various roller coasters. Plus, we were fixing the van without them knowing it, so it felt good to be a part of that and to surprise them when they got back home.

    But, back to the coffee shop. Sean and I walked over to this place, just hoping for a place to read while we waited on the van. It turned out being such a cozy little spot. It kind of had a record store vibe, with old rock posters and record covers all over the walls. But, it had a coffee shop vibe too, with little couches and tables and nooks tucked away where you could just sit and enjoy a cup of cofee and some relative peace. So, I sat there, with some hot chocolate and a small plate of crumb cake, reading Jesus of Nazareth and, honestly, wishing I could never leave. Unfortunately, they closed at 4pm (which sucked mightily) and we had to find another place to go. But, being at that coffee shop was one of my favorite moments of the trip.


  • I should have pics and even a video coming soon. Now, let's get into some apologetics....

    Pax Christi,
    phatcatholic

    2 comments:

    Laura H. said...

    i love cozy little shops like that. a little something out of the ordinary and so comforting too...

    Hidden One said...

    Cool!

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