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03/23/2008 Entry: "Holy Week MI-5"

This week is the week many Christians refer to as "Holy Week." Here are five questions inspired by the week. Well, inspired in a low-brow way!

1) Palm Sunday. On this day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt--one that had never been ridden before. What's the most unusual form of transport you've ever been on? Fighter jet? Submarine? Dog sled?

I guess that would have to be a Singer dual propulsion trike. You swing your arms back and forth, and push with your feet. You steer by twisting one of the handles to the left or right.

2) Maundy Thursday. On Thursday of Holy Week, Christ and His disciples ate the Last Supper. What would you want to eat for your final meal?

Colonel Sanders original recipe, mashed potatoes and gravy. Chocolate mousse for dessert. Cold milk and black coffee. Yeast rolls.

3) Good Friday. Christ is crucified. What's the most excruciating physical pain you've endured? (And just so we can get some cool/interesting answers, ladies please eliminate child birth. We know that hurts wicked!)

When I was younger I was prone to dislocating my kneecaps. Usually, they would pop back in on there own, and it would be no big whoop. One time, though, my knee got really swollen. We went to the ER, and the ER doc thought perhaps there was blood behind my kneecap. So he took an empty syringe, jabbed the needle behind my knee cap, and pulled back on the plunger. He hoped that would draw fluid into the syringe. It didn't. Instead, it created a vacuum. He let go of the plunger, it slammed forward, and jammed the needle even farther under my kneecap. I was holding onto my Dad's hand, squeezing for all I was worth! The doctor said something to the effect of "Huh, I've never seen that before," and then he did it again! After the second time, he said "Well, I guess it all must be clotted behind there." I guess so!

4) Holy Saturday. It's sometimes observed with silence. Can you think of something significant to share dealing with silence?

Richard Walton was my high school chorus/music theory teacher. He had a poster on his office wall, filled with quotes about music. I remember two of them. One was "Hug a musician, they never get to dance." The other was "Next to silence, the thing that comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

5) Easter Sunday. The Lord is raised from the dead. Even many non-religious people celebrate Easter in some fashion. Do you have a family tradition on Easter? A dinner? An egg roll (the rolling of eggs on a lawn, not a noodle rolled around napa and bok choy!)? If you're Jewish and playing along, how about a Passover family tradition?

In my family, we always meet at Ma's for a ham dinner. Ma always gets some presents for everyone. The kids get little baskets, and the ladies get a little gift/trinket/knick-knack. The men get bolos. We then stand around the kitchen, and try to out bolo each other. Of course this year, we Rockland Battys are all sick, so none of us will be at Ma's.

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