Wherein Fr. Z offended a reader and yet reaps a reward

I received at my PO Box (address right sidebar), a Pack of Remonstrance, a Parcel of Castigation, a Carton of Chastisement.

Opening the cardboard container of shame, I found within …

The writer took as an affront my comments on 23 October about the insipid, lifeless, feeble, anemic, indeed “weak-kneed” (I almost wrote another thing) garlic in these USA.  At the time, I was enjoying the garlic in Rome… soooo much better.

As if to prove that domestic garlic is, in fact, not “weak-kneed”, the writer put his bulbs in a box and sent it along via post.

This, friends, is true Christian charity.

Everyone of you should feel free to send me samples of what you think is good that I don’t.

For example, I find that I am always disappointed with Lagavulin 16 when I have to buy it myself.   Another thing I find rather drab, are older series $100 bills.   And if only, if only there were a decent 1969 Camaro ZL-1 around.

In any event, I won’t be able to dig into those treasures immediately, as I am about to head off on a visit to my mother (where the garlic is probably as “weak-kneed” as what I’ve hitherto been constrained to use).  When I get back, however, it’s aglio, olio e pepperoncino, sportsfans!

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  1. TonyO says:

    Oh, come, don’t you think you would look silly with your biretta, sitting in the driver’s seat of a 1969 Camaro ZL-1? Hardly the picture of priestly propriety! [First, no one looks silly in a 1969 Camaro. One might look at that as my way of supporting the 1969 Novus Ordo.]

    However, I will gladly help you sample the Lagavulin 16 if someone sends it. But I would have mentioned more the Romanée-Conti ’78. As long as we’re discussing what’s wrong with your diet… [Next, we weren’t actually discussing that. However, I will happily accept any Montrachet people care to send, whether Chassagne or Puligny. Libs can feel free to send me the “Bâtard”.]

  2. TonyO says:

    And by the way, isn’t a “package of remonstrance” simply the box containing the monstrance that needed to be sent out to be re-gilded, returned all spiffy and polished gold?

  3. bigtex says:

    Not sure how to send you a sample of delta airlines.

    [Yes. Good point. One way could be in the form of Delta Gift Cards. HERE They are also to be found on racks of various kinds of gift cards. The first method allows sending by email (Z-Mail). The second requires my snail mail address (on the right side bar).]

  4. Dismas says:

    Lagavulin 16? Alas, my lips have not touched it for years. Oh, but I remember…

    …I also remember other aspects of life before the minivan, but such is the cross for my own vocation…

  5. Father Z, TonyO, and Dismas, I have to report that Lagavulin 16 is not, alas, what it was in days of yore. My last two bottles (partaken over a long period of time) were definitely disappointing. My ecumenical recommendation to you is that you try Aardbeg, another Islay malt that seems to be that “liquid smoke” we’re looking for. Aardbeg 10 is great and cheaper than L16. The Aardbeg Uigeadail is good, too.
    We now return you to your regular programming.
    Deacon Nicholas o’ the East

  6. (X)MCCLXIII says:

    Dear Deacon Nicholas,

    My experience has ever been that a good malt should be partaken over a short period of time.

    But perhaps you already know that, and agree.

  7. Elizabeth D says:

    Am I mistaken or is that he National Catholic Register being used as Garlicwrap?

    [Great Caesar’s Ghost! I think it is!]

  8. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    I can’t imagine Michael Sean Winters parting with anything edible.

  9. Nicholas says:

    I don’t get why you have a problem with old $100 dollar bills. It’s the new ones that really bug me.

    Sadly, though, I don’t have any extra samples of either to send your way.

  10. MrsAnchor says:

    That was good. I certainly need a few more laughs this time of year! I can’t wait for the tutorial and review of said meal :)

  11. Fallibilissimo says:

    Ooooh! So that’s what that means among you people? See, cuz in my neighbourhood if you send garlic wrapped in newspaper to someone, it means the newsstand guy sleeps under the garlic patch. But that’s another story…and nobody saw nottin’ anyway.

  12. William says:

    Here I was thinking that was going to be from some crazy fundamentalist Protestant who thinks that Catholics are vampires because we drink the Blood of Christ!

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