Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day (St Stephen’s Day)
In the spirit of the day (only some get off work today in the States) ‘shout-outs’ (not as good as gifts or money I imagine but anyway...) to...

• Erwin B., mechanic. I haven’t got a German car but have a German mechanic (which counts for something). Sounds like a song title, doesn’t it? If you live near ‘Fluffya’ (you know, where Rocky Balboa is from) and need moderate to serious work done on your car he is a hidden gem and all-round good bloke. As he said to me last time we met, ‘Fröhe Weinachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!’
• John V., whose lunch counter in the town where I work feeds me on Fridays (abstinence from flesh-meat). Nice family with an unusual background: third-generation Italian Protestants. Presbyterians actually. (Mr V’s dad left the church because he liked the preaching and fellowship of the Presbys. There’s a humbling lesson there.) They’re not pushy about it (walking into their shop you don’t get hit in the face with the sound of CCM like a soggy towel), not Ned Flanders-ish at all, but have newsletters from their church (an outpost of their faith in Rocky country) and copies of Guideposts to read. An effective silent witness by doing not preaching.
• Colonial Kitchen. Greeks who make the best spaghetti bolognese outside Bologna and maybe there too. A Tuesday-night tradition in YF’s world. I don’t think they practise Orthodoxy (only one or two answer ‘Aleithos anesti!’ at Easter) but if they did they’d be celebrating the Synaxis of the Holy Mother of God today.

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