A whirlwind two weeks. We took our annual vacation to Alpena, Michigan, then I came home to a packed office. Worked all day Saturday, then I went to church in a neighboring town that features the famous 4:30 PM “drive-through Mass”: typical time, about 35 minutes. On Saturday evening, the priest appeared to be in a hurry. I was back in my car at 5:00. I then attended our town’s annual Homegrown Music Festival for a few hours, then came home and crashed.
A few random things to mention: We watched Bernie while on vacation. I had never heard of it, but it was good. I think I especially liked it because I didn’t realize, until half-way through it, that it was based on a true story and even did a pretty good job of actually following the story. * * * * * * * How about my Detroit Tigers? Wow. * * * * * * * And even my Detroit Lions looked good in their first preseason game, but then again, they always look in good in August. It doesn’t seem to translate (or carry over) well into September/October. * * * * * * * 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get. Required reading if your young loved one is a Millennial. * * * * * * * Dylan Grice and Taleb and metals. * * * * * * * A noteworthy, if lengthy, introduction to the though of von Balthasar. If you’re really interested in von Balthasar, however, I highly (highly) recommend Edward T. Oakes’ book. It’s one of those books that makes you want to read its subject, but also kinda makes you feel like you don’t need to anymore.
Everyone enjoying the new TDE? Traffic hasn’t materially changed compared to July 2012 figures. Overall, fewer people came to TDE in July 2013, but more people are apparently coming back during the month. July 2012 stats: 5,812 Unique Visitors; 14,250 Visitors; 81,722 Pages; 108,093 Hits. July 2013 stats: 5,129 Unique Visitors; 17,810 Visitors; 59,348 Pages; 89,732 Hits. Either way, they’re good figures for a blog, especially for the slowest Internet time of the year (by way of contrast, March 2013 stats: 11,556 Unique Visitors; 44,581 Visitors; 517,956 Pages; 545,585 Hits). * * * * * * * The (new) normal TDE resumes tomorrow.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList