My view for awhile again

Home again home again…

My Kindle is fired up (thanks to a kind reader) and I have already spilled coffee on myself on the way to the airport. Situation normal.


Meanwhile, you can guess which of these was mine – last night after my talk and supper with Legatus.


Which was Fr Z's choice?

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The Long LSD Psycho Trip Tunnel Of Doom!

Far out…
Look at the colors…

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  1. bombermac says:

    The color of that Macallan 25 is unreal. I may need to buy a bottle just to pour a glass and see for myself. And, once that little experiment is complete, there’s the happy dilemma about what to do with said glass afterwards.

  2. OrthodoxChick says:

    I voted for the scotch, but why not both?!

  3. Legisperitus says:

    Fr. Z: Have your travels ever taken you to the Church Teaches Forum in Louisville? Looks like a good lineup of speakers this year, with Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Arinze, and Archbishop Cordileone.

  4. Legis: I haven’t been invited to that one yet.

  5. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    I agree that the light shows in the tunnels are out there, but I understand what the designers are trying to do – how soulless and industrial a thing is a big, low-ceilinged cement tunnel through an airport. Very Soviet Union. Square yard after square yard of cement. A very dispiriting experience. The light show would be a budget-friendly way to add some color, some (alleged) pizz-zazz to the low-ceilinged cement tunnel that you’re stuck with traversing.

    Better they should have gotten hold of some copies of some of the lovely paintings of the Madonna and child with the goldfinches, and also of the still lives, and embellished the walls of their soulless tunnels with those and others like them.

    Not gonna happen, I realize. But I understand what they were trying to do.

  6. robtbrown says:

    I don’t like Scotch, but Bailey’s is divine.

  7. Joy says:

    I’m with you robtbrown & that’s why I chose Macallan 25. I am sure Fr Z.’s palette is much more sophisticated than mine! Tho I must admit I have never tried the scotch.

  8. Hans says:

    The Bailey’s is fine,, but it loses in a contest with Macallan 25, I think.

    Perhaps OrthoChick has the right idea, in moderation of course.

  9. yatzer says:

    I think O’Hare in Chicago has something similar. I haven’t taken a route through Chicago even on my infrequent travels because there is usually some kind of delay that puts everything off. I’m glad you graced our fair city, but too bad no time for a blognic.

  10. Priam1184 says:

    Looking at both your two drink options and the pictures of that tunnel I am going to guess that in fact you bought the $5 glass of water… But I would go with the Macallan.

  11. Del says:

    The “Choose My Drink” contest is hilarious.

    I voted for the scotch, because that is what I would have chosen.

    But I think I have fallen for a trap. Fr. Z has been traveling all week, giving talks to some of the wealthiest, most influential, and humbly demanding Catholic men — seeking wisdom and guidance. After which, a grand dinner (which Fr. Z would probably prefer to have cooked for himself and a few friends).

    With his CCW swagger and his take-no-prisoners demeanor, Fr. Z probably approached the bar thinking, “I’ve got nothing to prove here. I’d like something soft to sip on, for dessert.” — “BAILEY’S, PLEASE!”

    Meanwhile, the power-chap conversing with Fr. Z had just heard Fr. Z’s inspirational and epic exhortation. He was inspired to order the fine scotch!

  12. Andy Lucy says:

    Macallan 25 vs Bailey’s?

    There can be only one…

  13. frbkelly says:

    Macallan 25 and even water before Baileys by my way of thinking.

    I concur with Marion Ancilla Mariae on the character of the tunnels, but I think they _are_ suited to their purpose. The Madonna of the Goldfinch and sacred art of that quality is meant to stop us, and make us rest for a while in the beauty of God’s creation both in itself and through the art of the painter. Sacred art calls us to focus on God and His creation and lead us to contemplative prayer. That is why we place them in churches, both public and private.

    That is not the effect they want in an underground airport tunnel.

    Even if they could do that in these tunnels, they would not, because they want us to pass through as quickly and efficiently as possible, leaving a fleeting impression of peacefulness, that will leave us willing to pass through again.

    Much like the politician who pushes through a crowd shaking hands, but always brushes on before any real conversation can get started.

  14. Palladio says:

    If you did not drink the 25 year old, I’ll be disappointed.

  15. Rachel K says:

    Fr Z, I just can’t see you as a Baileys drinker. But that is one large glass of the stuff!
    I love it myself, over ice, but I think you like a nice Scotch. Have you ever tried Lagavulin, a nice Islay Malt?

  16. Kathleen10 says:

    I didn’t think you’d drink the Bailey’s but I couldn’t vote against it. Yum!

  17. Hank Igitur says:

    the green and purple lights mean it is still ordinary time in the new calendar but Septuagesima in the old calendar this week. The red is in anticipation of the Feast of St Mathias apostle on Feb 24

  18. Hank Igitur says:

    the green and purple lights mean it is still ordinary time in the new calendar but Septuagesima in the old calendar this week. The red is in anticipation of the Feast of St Mathias apostle on Feb 24

  19. AVL says:

    However did you manage to get through those tunnels without having a seizure??? Yikes. Just the images make me want to go cross eyed LOL…

  20. Art says:


    That would be the tunnel from concourse B to C in the United terminal. So groovy that it even comes with a soundtrack.

  21. kat says:

    Two questions:

    Is that DTW?

    Which drink was Fr. Z’s?

    I voted the Macallan, but would have gotten the Bailey’s myself. Awe who am I kidding? I wouldn’t pay airport prices for alcohol. Would’ve found a drinking fountain!

  22. Sonshine135 says:

    If I’m not mistaken, those are Detroit’s psycho tunnels. Atlanta also has betwixt terminal psycho tunnels if I remember correctly.

    I chose the Scotch. I would do a 25 year old scotch over Bailey’s, and I don’t even like Scotch (I’m a Rye man myself).

  23. Supertradmum says:

    “The Macallan”, please….the best and my favorite. In the old days, even in the 1980s, one could take a jug into El Vino’s in the City of London, and fill it up with The Macallan and pay, leaving with jug.

    EU ended that.

    Ah, the good old days.

  24. mike cliffson says:

    Fr ! I protest! Surely Both is a possibility?

  25. lizaanne says:

    That tunnel looks like DTW – just experienced it myself a few weeks ago on the way back home from a business meeting in Philly. It’s far out man!!!

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