Friday, March 16, 2007

Putting the Fear of God In Your Laptop

This is the Catholic way to deal with recalcitrant computers. Sarah was trying to send an email about getting spiritual direction when her laptop crashed, and she promptly detected the hand of the, um, dark side in this. So we invoked St. Isidore of Seville and applied two blessed rosaries, a St. Benedict medal, and a rock from the scavi under St. Cecilia's in Trastevere. Sarah refers to this, somewhat apologetically, as Catholic Voodoo. But seriously! Let it be known that St. Isidore takes an active interest in fixing Roman internet connections, for he has helped me with mine several times, especially when I have promised him a rosary. He's shrewd that way. We finally have the internet in our rooms now, which is a minor miracle.

Related: If you haven't seen it yet, this is Sarah's blog: Winds of Westernesse. It has lots of pictures and detailed descriptions of what we've been doing for the past month and a half. Be sure to read the Epic Story of Christendom creaming Penn State in a ludicrous midnight Palio.


Andreth said...

I didn't invent "Catholic Voodoo," for the record, Coriel Conquistadora did, and this episode reminded me of it. I didn't use the laptop again until the next day, but it has worked ever since. *knock on wood*

Boeciana said...

Hello, just came here via Zadok!

The Trid collect for the Mass against cattle sickness works - it refers to 'those creatures of labour without which we cannot live', or something like that that. Anyway, after praying that my old laptop revived for long enough for me to extract the relevant files. Deo gratias!

Meredith said...

Thanks for stopping by, Boeciana!

I will have to try that collect sometime. That's quite a loophole you exploited! Laptops are really like donkeys, in my opinion - contrary, spiteful, and yet indispensable. Sometimes I feel like I owe mine a Franciscan apology.

Frank Navarro said...

Meredith: This is a beautiful trip and time in your life. I feel lucky to have been able to look over the pictures and read about this time and experience your journey. My fmily and I will be in Rome this summer for a few days, and I will be thinking of you during our trip.
Hope to see you when you come back.
Your old MEHAP teacher at Mountain View High.

Meredith said...

Mr. Navarro!

Wow, thanks for visiting my blog! I wish there were more posts on it, but Rome has a way of filling up your time. You're so lucky to be coming here this summer. I'll have to tell you all about it when I get home. (I've run into several things I remembered from MEHAP - when I was in Florence I saw "John XXIII's" tomb, and I remembered that he was that antipope that got shut down at the Council of Constance.)

Coriel Conquistadora said...

Haha, yes, I was about to wonder whether this was the same "Catholic Voodoo" that has been going on around here. It seems to have been working quite well. ;)