Thursday, April 05, 2007


Ok, a lot has happened in recent times, and I've started to fall behind on my posting, so I'ma speed things up a bit.

On saturday, we went to the vatican museum, home of the Sistine chapel. It was a very nice museum, but at the time, my foot was still large and in charge, so it wasn't a pleasant experience all around. First, the Akers pulled the old "Leave at 6:15 for the museum but it won't open 'till 10 'cause we didn't get our facts straight" routine, which quite honestly gets me EVERY time... BUT, while we were in line, we saw a motorino accident. Guy was fine, but his scooter was on the recieving end of a low-speed SUV. It was strange... there was no damage to anything or anyone that I could tell, but he still left his scooter lying in the middle of the road for a good hour while waiting for the cops to show up. Had I been driving, I woulda run over the bloody thing, but that's just me. So, yeah, we were waiting in line.

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Kak read Bridget a bedtime story. Bridget liked the pictures!!

Then we got inside, where camera were more or less outlawed, and the laws were more or less ignored. Mostly more. When we got in the Sistine Chapel, the "no photography" sin was illuminated by the flash of a thousand cameras per second... would you believe that wasn't the most ironic thing? The most ironic thing, in my opinion, was the booming loudspeaker that went off every five minutes asking people to be quiet.

Italy is very confusing sometimes.

Anyway, we wandered a bit for a while. Then we went outside, and I looked at this:

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Rob and Kyle decided they want this in their back yards.

So, um... we wandered some more... I honestly didn't take many pictures. OH, I wanted to say something.

For every museum we've visited, or basilica, or whatever, as soon as we first enter the room, music would always play in my head. Y'know, that generic "English art museum" music? Dun dun dun DUH-NUH-NUHH, DUH-NUH-NUHH, nuh NUH nuh-nuh... Like that. Well, the second I walked into the Sistine Chapel and looked up, the music stopped. I've been playing that moment in my head over and over since we got here, but like in so many good things in life, it surpassed anything my imagination could conceive of. Being there, and seeing the work, was truly amazing... I think my favorite painting on the ceiling wasn't the creation of Adam, but the separation of light and darkness... very cool. Anyway, I won;t bore you guys with my new-found soft, emotional side... I try to repress it, but it comes out on this blog every now and again.

Then again, maybe I'm just losing it from staying up past 4 for 4 of the past 5 nights... it's been one of THOSE weeks. So, forgive my shortness, and strange attitude. Believe it or not, I'm actually planning on getting up at 5:30 tomorrow to go to the Holy Steps.

Hmm.... oh, for those of you that are no one that I've mentionned this to... did that makes sense?... anyway, I finally have the music I want to make little music videos of pictures and movie clips from our trip here, so I might get to work on that tomorrow, or much more likely, saturday... might be fun. Crud, I have another picture from outside the museum. I'll leave you guys with it. G'night... have a blessed Good Friday, and a rockin' Easter.

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Pfft... I'd look impressive TOO if I took MY shirt off... and worked out regularly... and had a beard like that... and was a roman god, or whoever this dude is. Whatever.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should I say know what I'm going to say. I probably already embarrassed you on facebook, I won't do it on your blog, too. Not after Mike barfed all over my sentimentality... ;)

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GF, again:

Btw...that last picture...yeah, couldn't stop laughing.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Scarcely Human said...

I had no idea I had that look on my face when the picture was being taken, either! I'm all like "Well, HELLO there..."

2:31 AM  
Blogger Ibid said...

Oh Joe, you are so dreamy. . .

Sigh. . .

Ok, so you had the same reaction to the Sistine Chapel I did. Awesome!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY! IBID! Back off...he's mine! ;)

8:50 PM  
Blogger Propter Quid said...

I didn't care too much for the Sistine Chapel. While the art was awesome, it was somehow, too cluttered. (I'm not just talking about those obscene crowds either...)

God Bless.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Scarcely Human said...

That's kind of interesting, Andrew... I think I know what you mean. Could you elaborate, though? Most of the problem I've had with Rome is its trying to make history better by museum-ing it(case-in-point, the Roman coluseum).

And yes, Ibid... I AM dreamy.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

So ... When did they move Dolphin's Stadium to Rome??? That was kind of an odd thing.

Ok, Joe ... Section A of Chapter 1 is finally up on my blog. I should have more up later tonight (if the kids let me actually get to writing).

GF: I promise, with small sentimentalities, I'll try to hold my food down ... but, ya know ... no guarantees or anything. :)

3:43 PM  
Blogger Scarcely Human said...

Aww, isn't that adorable... you two found common ground...

Urp... *hup*...


4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike - fair enough.

Joe - I don't even know what to say...I was going to try to come up with something really witty, but I don't have enough time. So...I'll go with "You're mean."

8:49 AM  
Anonymous A-Jay said...

Just wanted to say Easter was fun and full of good food!! Too bad you're in another country, but I missed you. Alyssa made most of the meal, so you know it was FANTASTIC!!!! I made banana cream pie for dessert, it was pretty good. I had never made it before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. We had a game of guys vs girls Scene It (the guys vs girls version). On the men's side: Boppa, Mike, Daniel, and Dad. On the women's side: me, Marj, Alyssa, and Mom. The guys totally ruled for most of the game...and by totally ruled, I mean they were about 1/2 way around the board and the women were still somewhere stuck near the beginning. Somehow the women caught up (I think it was ONE lucky streak where we actually knew the answers and had good die roles). The game ended in what should properly be called a tie. Mom and Mike shouted the answer at the same time (at first I thought Mom answered first, but upon further reflection, I was sitting right next to her and she probably just drowned out Mike so I thought she answered first...sorry Mike). The game needed to end anyway, it was getting really late. We'll all have to get together again when you get back and have a rematch. It was a good game. We missed you Joe!! Keep posting, or we'll make you pay. :)
P.S. My oh my...I have a picture of Daniel and rival that oh-so-hott picture of you!!!!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous PianolaGirl said...

So, did the Easter Bunny come to you in Rome? I can't imagine what the Italians would do with that custom! Can't wait to hear what you did for Easter Mass. By my third Mass I was bleary-eyed and hoarse, and by the time we played games after dinner, I couldn't possibly say who blurted out the answer first. I was just flabbergasted to actually KNOW one! Love the picture of you and your god - and the caption.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous PianolaGirl said...

I read your entry again when I wasn't so out of it and I have to say that, although I know we Catholics like to make sins out of everything conceivable, until now I was not familiar with a "no photography sin". Darn!

2:15 PM  
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