Archive for December 25th, 2010

Monty Python pilot skit

| December 25, 2010 | 1 Reply
Monty Python pilot skit

I’m long been a big fan of Monty Python, so I was delighted when my niece pointed out this sketch, which I had never before seen. After you get through the preliminaries, you’ll see that it features two bored airline pilots.

Sadly, in some ways, this skit reminds me of U.S. Homeland Security.

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Working on Christmas Day

| December 25, 2010 | Reply
Working on Christmas Day

The air is still, holding now the beauty that was nascent in the sublime fury of yesterday‘s blizzard. It is seven in the morning, and I’m driving to town to get bread and eggs for Christmas breakfast.

The third convenience store I come to emerges from the pre-dawn darkness with its bright lights and full shelves, and it is open!  The clerk behind the counter welcomes me warmly.  I find eggs and bread, buy them and then head back to the car, but not without first thanking the clerk for working on Christmas Day.  I remember her smile as I drive back home along the icy country roads.

This is the darkest time of the year, yet light emerges from the darkness and not just the neon brightness of a pre-dawn, convenience store sign.  True light lies nascent in the smiles of friends, loving family and hard working convenience store clerks.

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