Roman Prelude

Shortly before our departure, FOG Ernesto and his wife took us out to dinner at Antica Trattoria, right here in the hometown. (Some of the dishes – I think in particular of the Ravioli al Funghetto, with its glorious veal stock – were outstanding, Gruelag or not Gruelag.) Our waiter accent and demeanor gave him away as a recent arrival, and we talked a bit about Italy (Ernesto and his wife stopped in on a whirlwind post-collegiate tour of Europe). His comment: “There are only three problems with Italy: too many communists, too many priests, and too many Italians.” My reply: “There won’t be too many Italians for long. They’re not having enough babies.” He disagreed, and I wasn’t about to argue.


  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    What can I say but LOL!

  2. The fillet is pretty mean there as well.

    On a related note (and apologies if you’ve already seen this):

  3. Cubeland Mystic says

    Please pray for Becky S., she’s dying right now. She’s a close friend’s sister. She’s only mid 30’s. And it is an infection so drugs could still help. She’s not expected to live past today (April 7th). At the mercy hour on the west coast aprox 75 minutes please join me in a chaplet.

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    Will do, CM.

  5. Long-time lurker here. I am praying for your friend’s sister and all her loved ones. Please keep us updated so I know how to direct my prayers.


  6. Cubeland Mystic says

    She has not improved, but has not died as expected. So where there is life there is hope. Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to pray. These folks have had many tragedies in their family. If anything at this point pray for the protection of her nieces and nephews.

  7. Cubeland Mystic says

    She passed about an hour ago from this comment. Thank you all for your prayers. She was in her mid-30’s. All too young.

  8. Matthew Lickona says

    So sorry to hear it. Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

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