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Ansgar said:
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Ansgar said:
In these days, when the forum is flooded with threads about ecumenism, controversies and bearded ladies, I like to think back to the days when I had just discovered Orthodoxy and everything was beautiful, exciting and wondrous. Those were the days, before everything became confusing and I had to spend every day concerning myself with questions about whether or not I'm making the right choices.
This is also when I realise that it has been 5 years. 5 years, and I still haven't converted. I'm not even sure if that is a good or a bad thing.

Sorry, I just needed a little rant.
Even with all those things, Orthodoxy is still beautiful, exciting and wondrous. Those controversies are just the little pebbles that get in your shoe as you walk through the wonderful, wild outdoors of Orthodoxy.
Maybe, but why does my pebbles feel like fieldstones? To tell you the truth, there's very little I'm certain about. Nothing seems to be straightforward anymore, and I'm afraid to make a choice.
I was in a place like that once, and a friend told me to just pick one option.  If it wasn't right, that would become clear in time.  When he offered that advice, I took it, made the choice, and never regretted it.  

I wish I could say the same was the case with subsequent decisions in which I applied that advice.  The principle proved true--I always found out eventually whether or not I had made the right choice--but that is little comfort when you figure out that you made the wrong choice and have to deal with the resulting crap as you try to turn the ship around.  But perhaps that is unavoidable.  Anyway, not making a choice is making the choice to be stuck.  And "stuck" is its own hell.

Prayers.  I have been/am there.  Many others are, too.

FWIW, if I didn't read your "little rant", I would never have realised you weren't yet a member of the Orthodox Church.  
 

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Thanks guys. I think Mor hit the nail on the head. I just seem to be stuck, stuck with a lot of things. 
 

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Ansgar said:
Thanks guys. I think Mor hit the nail on the head. I just seem to be stuck, stuck with a lot of things. 
You aren't alone. It's going on 4 years for me.
 

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Ugh, I wish I could go home or travel while being paid.
What sort of work do you do for a living if I may be so nosy?
Oh, I'm a online pseudo-theologian intent on making a fool of myself.  All volunteer too!
 

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hecma925 said:
TheTrisagion said:
hecma925 said:
Ugh, I wish I could go home or travel while being paid.
What sort of work do you do for a living if I may be so nosy?
Oh, I'm a online pseudo-theologian intent on making a fool of myself.  All volunteer too!
Tis a rough time in the job market indeed when they won't even let the online pseudo-theologians work from home!
 

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TheTrisagion said:
hecma925 said:
TheTrisagion said:
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Ugh, I wish I could go home or travel while being paid.
What sort of work do you do for a living if I may be so nosy?
Oh, I'm a online pseudo-theologian intent on making a fool of myself.  All volunteer too!
Tis a rough time in the job market indeed when they won't even let the online pseudo-theologians work from home!
No kidding!  My wife would be none  to happy. 
"Get off the computer!"
"But dear, someone is being a heretic...ON THE INTERNET!"

*Sigh*  For the love of pseudo-theology.  I wonder what Abba Hezekiah has to say about all this. :'(

*, Help!
 

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This story may be of some relevance regarding your current problem:

Now one day the Emperor, tiring of long labors in theological disputes, and being unable to forge a compromise that united all parties, decided to write to Abba Hezekiah, thinking that the answer given by the saint might be the best hope for reconciling everyone. "You know of the arguments dividing us," the emperor wrote, "how one theologian says one thing, and another theologian the opposite, and many others mutiply the arguments continually. I have tried many years to help these men understand the truth, but to no avail. How can this be resolved? What should I do?"  Abba Hezekiah, upon reading the letter, immediately sent back a single line in response: "Stop getting in God's way."
 

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Just awesome.

"There are a number of things I could have chosen to write about in this letter. I could have chosen to write about how Mr. John J Jingleheimer-Schmidt V is hell-bent on appropriating sacred symbols for fatuous purposes. Or I might have chosen to write something about the way that this is the precondition for my crusade against iniquitous Leninism. But, instead, I've decided to devote this entire letter to explaining how Mr. Jingleheimer-Schmidt fears nothing more than the exposure of his motives and activities. What follows is the story of how Mr. Jingleheimer-Schmidt can be so rich in the rhetoric of democracy and yet so poor in its implementation. I cannot emphasize enough how much I resent his policies.

If we don't turn random, senseless violence into meaningful action then Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt will feature simplistic answers to complex problems. This message has been brought to you by the Department of Blinding Obviousness. What might not be so obvious, however, is that everybody is probably familiar with the cliche that Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's cock-and-bull stories are colored and flavored to appeal to the worst kinds of atrabilious, blowsy malefactors I've ever seen. Well, there's a lot of truth in that cliche. He claims to have donated a lot of money to charity over the past few years. I suspect that the nullibicity of those donations would become apparent if one were to audit Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's books—unless, of course, “charity” includes Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt-run organizations that marginalize and eventually even outlaw responsible critics of homophobic sciolists. In that case, I'd say that we live in a deeply troubled society. But there's the rub; even Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's legates are afraid that Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt will bake us a cake of antinomianism, filled with fogyism and topped with a layer of corporatism as soon as our backs are turned. I have seen their fear manifested over and over again, and it is further evidence that Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt may have access to weapons of mass destruction. Then again, I consider him to be a weapon of mass destruction himself.

Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt will plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos long before he can convert me into one of his grunts. He hates you—yes, you, because you, like me, want to give him the severe tongue-lashing he deserves. Whenever anyone states the obvious—that he's cursed with the vice of pleonexia, of the urge to receive more than his fair share,—discussion naturally progresses towards the question, “How can he be so self-centered?” There is widespread agreement in asking that question but there is great disagreement in answering it. No matter how bad you think Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's homilies are, I assure you that they are far, far worse than you think. Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt hates people who have huge supplies of the things he lacks. What he lacks the most is common sense, which underlies my point that we need to make Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's crime-stained gibes understood, resisted, and made the object of deserved contempt by young and old alike. Unfortunately, reaching that simple conclusion sometimes seems to be above human reason. But there is a wisdom above human, and to that we must look if we are ever to analyze Mr. Jingleheimer-schmidt's denunciations in the manner of sociological studies of mass communication and persuasion. Now that you've read the bulk of this letter, it should not come as a complete surprise that it is easier for me to imagine a million-dimensional vector space than the number of inconsistencies in Mr. John J Jingleheimer-schmidt V's plans for the future. However, this fact bears repeating again and again, until the words crack through the hardened exteriors of those who would reap a whirlwind of destroyed marriages, damaged children, and, quite possibly, a globe-wide expression of incurable sexually transmitted diseases. I am referring, of course, to the likes of John J Jingleheimer-schmidt."


 

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A girl in class accused me of being an "arrogant dandy". Now that's harsh. Then again, I probably deserved it.
 

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I've been trying to get rid of too much dandyism lately. It's just that instead of normal now I look gay. I bought new jeans yesterday. They are so slim that they might fit to a 12 years old girl.
 

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Alpo said:
I've been trying to get rid of too much dandyism lately. It's just that instead of normal now I look gay.
Alpo, you just don't know how to do it right.
 

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Cyrillic said:
Alpo said:
I've been trying to get rid of too much dandyism lately. It's just that instead of normal now I look gay.
Alpo, you just don't know how to do it right.
Apparently not. I'm doomed to be an outcast.



I was just thinking of visiting Amsterdam the other day. My friend is studying there and I thought that maybe I should pay him a weekend visit.
 

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Alpo said:
I was just thinking of visiting Amsterdam the other day. My friend is studying there and I thought that maybe I should pay him a weekend visit.
Send me a pm when you're going. We could meet up and have a beer or two.
 

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Anyone know where I can buy/order Swedish snus in California for a cheap price? I tried ordering some Olde Ving Coffee-flavored snus from Sweden but shipping was $30 :(
 

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Coffee-flavored snus? Heresy.

Some random website:
http://www.snusdistribution.com/where_to_buy.php
 

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I've heard that Copenhagen has a lot of flavor, and also drives the pretty girls wild. Maybe you should start there?
 

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Asteriktos said:
I've heard that Copenhagen has a lot of flavor, and also drives the pretty girls wild. Maybe you should start there?
I'm suspicious about who tells you such things. ;)
 

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I looked and all I had were some frozen crinkle cut fries  :'(
 

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I was on a cruise this weekend....and the best overheard line ever...


*lady talking on phone to someone off ship*

'So we went to Mass onboard to start the cruise off right.  As soon as the casino opens, we are going there'


;D
 

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DeniseDenise said:
I was on a cruise this weekend....and the best overheard line ever...


*lady talking on phone to someone off ship*

'So we went to Mass onboard to start the cruise off right.  As soon as the casino opens, we are going there'


;D
Hail Mary, full of grace, pray for me at the craps table.
 

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Dear stink bug,

It is true that I do not want you in my apartment, but I'm trying to catch you so I can let you go outside. I'm not going to kill you, I promise! Please cooperate!

Justin
 

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I really want a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses.
 

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Justin/Asteriktos, your screen name change is really throwing me off. I'm reading threads like, "Who is this prolific new guy?"
 

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ZealousZeal said:
Justin/Asteriktos, your screen name change is really throwing me off. I'm reading threads like, "Who is this prolific new guy?"
Yeah I don't like it either.

"Justin," we've voted - you're going back to your old name. Hope you don't mind.
 

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If you strike my name down, I shall get a new one that is more complicated than you can possibly imagine.

 
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