Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

The Politicial Science of Yelling at Tourists July 19, 2014

Filed under: Funny,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

You can learn a lot about country’s political structure by how their soldiers yell at you.

Consider how a Queen’s Guard reprimands a tourist in the U.K.:

“Get off the fence!”

Now compare how a U.S. Marine corrects a tourist at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

“Sir, it is requested you remain off the plaza at all times!”

American soldiers are not always courteous, but the communication styles seen above are representative examples of the decorum expected for each. This reflects something of the political relationship between soldiers and citizens in these countries.

In the United Kingdom, citizens are the monarch’s subjects; therefore the queen’s soldier reprimands citizens like inferiors. (“Get off…”) But in the United States, the soldier serves under the authority of a civilian in the person of the President, the Commander in Chief. The U.S. soldier is a citizen’s servant; therefore a U.S. Marine corrects citizens with respect, as peers. (“Sir, it is requested…”)

 

Happy Caterday June 7, 2014

Filed under: Cats,Funny,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The Hilarious Struggles of Cat Owners in Pictures

 

Doin’ it Wright June 6, 2014

Filed under: Funny,Neat,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

How to do visual comedy in the movies better.

 

Meet My Friend, Christopher ‘Tiffani’ Hilton May 24, 2014

Filed under: Meet My Friends,Neat,Songs,Stuff,tiffani — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 11:48 am

What song would you like to share?

Imagine‘ by John Lennon. Is that a cliche answer? Maybe.

Chris at work (presumably cooking)


What is your line of work?

Sous Chef at Western Technical College

 

What is a secret about your occupation that would surprise people?

We know how many calories your eating. It’s a lot more than you think. (a lot more)

 

What question are you tired of being asked?

“How is it?” (Asked by others referring to food that they cooked. My impulse is to start thinking about ‘what would make this better’, even if it’s pretty good already.)

 

What question would you like to be asked?

“What are your favorite board games?” Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Nothing Personal, Dominion, The Resistance

 

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?

DFTBA (Don’t forget to be awesome) is a sort of omnipresent thought in the back of my head at all times

 

What are your favorite websites?

What If: XKCD  Because I like impossible scenario physics

I have a lot of YouTube channels that I subscribe to. I highly recommend: Numberphile, CGP Grey, VlogBrothers, Veritasium, ViHart, Crash Course, Zogg From Betelgeuse

 

What is something neat you came across recently on the internet?

Minute Labs

 

Today is V-E Day May 8, 2014

Filed under: History,Neat,Politics,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Here is the Second World War in Europe depicted day-by-day, 1939-1945.

 

Meet My Friend, Colleen Gran Schmoll April 20, 2014

Filed under: Meet My Friends,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

What song would you like to share with us?
I am liking that song “Happy” by Pharrel right now.

What is your line of work?
I have worked as a phlebotomist for 9 years.

What is a secret about your work that would surprise people?
Most people that are hard to get blood from aren’t really that upset with you when you have to poke them twice. That is very nice.

Colleen Gran Schmoll, Friend of Christ, Fashion Lover, & Phlebotomist

Colleen Gran Schmoll: Friend of Christ, Fashion Lover, & Phlebotomist

What question would you like to be asked?
I would like to be asked about my life as a Christian. How would I answer? I would tell about growing up as a Methodist and hating God because of my father’s death. Learning to love God at several evangelical churches through music and the truth that the Bible teaches. And then my move to the Catholic Church and spending 4 years “practicing” and finally deciding to become a Catholic after a young man in the choir asked me to be his sponsor for his confirmation.

What question are you tired of being asked?
I am tired of being asked if I am pregnant. Why, because I am not pregnant and it is rude.

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?
“Stop looking for a husband and you will find one.” It works!

What are your favorite websites?
I do like YouTube a lot. I am able to listen to songs that I like, learn whole musicals before I audition for them, and watch documentaries about Chernobyl and unusual medical conditions–and pretty much anything else.

What is something neat you came across recently on the internet?
I have found an interesting site with really cute dresses, including wedding and special occasion dresses called tbdres.com. Everything is 50% to 80% off right now. Also, modcloth.com is a GREAT vintage style site. I love fashion!

 

Meet My Friend, Stephanie April 18, 2014

Filed under: Catholicism,Meet My Friends,Neat,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

What song would you like to share with us?

“Prayer of Augustine”  This is one of my favorites because it is so beautiful, a good reminder of how to calm our hearts, not with things but with God, our source. Also one of my friends, Dan Purkapile, sings it and he has a beautiful voice/talent that I think everyone should hear.

What is your line of work?

Coordinator of Catholic Religious Education and Youth Ministry at my parish.

Stephanie (left) and her mom at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse

Stephanie (left) and her mom at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse

What is a secret about your occupation that would surprise people?

It is fun! My two favorite things, youth and faith. Also there is a lot of work behind the scenes and really no job description, just do what is needed to be done.

What question are you tired of being asked and why?

“Do you know what you are having?” I am pregnant and my husband and I don’t want to find out until the baby is born. There is so much joy and surprise at that moment.

What question would you like to be asked?

“Who is your favorite saint?” or something like that. To which I would respond, there are too many to count, let alone pick one but I have a few….and then tell them about our awesome brothers and sisters in Christ.

What is your favorite website?

Word on Fire—Father Barron is so smart, insightful and interesting!

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?

Go to confession regularly and to to the sacraments as often as possible. This is where our strength to live each day as Jesus disciples comes from, His presence and grace in the sacraments. Who can say no to Jesus?

 

 
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