Faster than ever for the new year

I think the guardian angel that handles my internet portfolio nudged me to review the different DSL packages available for my house at The Sabine Farm. A quick call to my provider netted me, yet again, an increase in both my upload and download speeds at no increase in my monthly billing. Not only that, but, just as it happened last summer when I went through this drill and got an increase for zero rise in cost, the speed change occured about five minutes after the phone call was concluded.

"But Father, but Father!", you might be asking, "Why do you need faster access at The Sabine Farm when you are going back to Rome again so soon??"

I do a lot of remote access to the Sabine Computer(s) where I can store many useful things. I also use a SlingBox to access my satellite dish and watch the Sabine TV from my perch above the City. Thus, fast upload is a very good thing.

It pays to call your provider once in a while just to find out what they can do for you at no cost to yourself or for a reduction in your bill.

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  1. Brian Day says:

    “It pays to call your provider once in a while just to find out what they can do for you at no cost to yourself or for a reduction in your bill.”

    Oh so true. Call at least once a year, especially if you sign up for a year at a time. When the contract is close to expiring, you can often ask for and get better packages/terms. PacBell (the New AT&T)last summer doubled my DSL speed to 3MBS while cutting the cost by 35%.

  2. Séamas says:

    But Father, but Father!

    Does anyone really ever say “But Father, but Father!”?

  3. Ehemmm… Sure they do!

  4. Francis says:


    Thank you so much for all the work you do on this blog — it is a real source of joy for me every day! I was wondering, Father — what diocese or community are you affiliated with? They are TRULY blessed to have you! God bless you and thanks again!

  5. Patty says:

    Fr. Z:

    Perhaps a FAQ about yourself would be a good addition to your blog to answer questions such as the one Francis asked, as well as the frequent questions about the Sabine Farm. I think I remember seeing a bio on one of your websites, but I can’t locate it easily from this blog.

    Thanks for maintaining the WDTPRS blog. It’s one of two blogs that I check daily. :)

  6. Geoffrey says:

    Remote access from Rome to the Sabine Farm? Wow! Technology is an amazing thing!

  7. Geoffrey: Yah… now if I could only figure out how to enjoy everything about the Sabine Farm while still in Rome. But, Horace had that same problem too.

  8. Geoffrey says:

    Father: I am sad to hear that you will soon be returning to Rome… and that we have yet to hear Radio Sabina! I must say I enjoyed that very much, watching the peace and calm of the chapel with soothing and inspirational sacred music in the background. Made me wish I had my own private chapel with music! :-)

  9. Geoffrey: I regret that Radio Sabina will not be on the air while I am here.

  10. Tim Ferguson says:

    Fr. John,

    I’m starting a rumor that the Sabine Farm is the “undisclosed location” that Vice President Cheney seems to frequently inhabit. Is this rumor I’m starting true?

  11. Tim: I would tell you, but then you might be in trouble with Halibuton.

  12. Elizabeth Ann says:

    While watching the Ford funeral service, I thought I heard the response to, “The Lord be with you” be “And also with your spirit.”

    Were my ears tricking me?

  13. Elizabeth: Probably not. It was an Episcopalian service. The Episcopalian Book of
    Common Prayer uses “And with thy spirit”.

    Even though the Washington (DC) National Cathedral bills itself as a National House of Prayer for All People it is an Episcopal church under the jurisdiction of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC

    President Ford was an Episcopalian.

    It would make a beautiful Catholic church though wouldn’t it? At least, I can’t help but think so everytime I see it rising on that hilltop in D.C. Sigh.

  14. Louis says:

    Let’s bury a St Joseph’s medal in the Cathedral’s floor!

  15. Adam van der Meer says:

    The National Cathedral has some stunning architecture but it would need lots of work to become a fitting Catholic church. The sculptures above the doors on the front and on one of the sides are totally amorphous modern atrocities and would have to be replaced with something much more gothic. Also, there are countless statues of secular figures and reformation “saints” inside that would have to be removed and replaced. Even though some of the reredoses (is that how you put it in plural?) are stunning to look at, when you look close you see all kinds of oddball statues that would have to be removed.

    For some reason the nave also does not properly line up with the sanctuary. It is slightly at a different angle, so that when you stand in the center of the aisle and look towards the sanctuary, things are off-kilter — the sanctuary angles off to the left a little. Not sure how that happened!

    We Catholics are fortunate to have at least two wonderful Churches in DC, however — the National Shrine (which recently installed a beautiful new dome mosaic, and is currently installing another) and St. Matthew’s Cathedral (stunning marbles).

  16. Cathy: Elizabeth: Probably not. It was an Episcopalian service. The Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer uses “And with thy spirit”.

    As does my Anglican Breviary. But I’ve heard that more recently, the Anglicans and Episcopals have unwisely followed our lead and adopted a lot of atrocious ICEL syntax. A Catholic I know recently attended an Episcopal service and said he could not tell the difference from a Novus Ordo Mass. (Which is not to say that you or I could not have.)

  17. Argent says:

    The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Rite II uses “And also with you.” However, get this….it retains the pro multis. Also, the Peace is exchanged right after the Prayers of the People and before the Offertory. For Eucharistic Prayers, there’s Prayer C which I used to refer to as the “Star Wars” prayer.

    At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

    We used this prayer a lot for our diocesan conventions. A complementary hymn Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets was always sung with this E.P. (or it seemed that way to me)

    Rite I retains the “And with thy spirit”. The custom in my former parish was that Rite I was used for the early Sunday morning liturgy (the traditional crowd) and the later ones used Rite II. When I left, Rite II was used exclusively.

  18. RBrown says:

    DC also has the church run by the Franciscans of the Holy Land, near CU. Very nice.

    To me the best thing about the Cathedral of the Imac Conc is found in the crypt: an inscription in honor of Babe Ruth.

    The national shrine has secular windows, the moon space trips, etc. It is typical of people who don’t believe in grace.

  19. RBrown says:

    Circa 1990 a fellow KU grad who lived at the Casa Santa Maria had his father tape KU bball games, then send them to us in Rome. Took at least a week for the to arrive.

    I guess a slingbox makes that MO obsolete.

  20. RBrown: Yah… we had a priest friend in the Twin Cities send us tapes of NFL games as well as things like Rush Limbaugh’s TV show. The Slingbox is not perfect, but it is pretty good. It depends on the speed of your upload at the point of origin (where the Slingbox is) and the download where you want to watch.

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