La Diva

Today started rough.  It was quite difficult to be mindful at Morning Prayer, and I actually found myself repeating the salutation and Lord’s Prayer when I should have been moving on to the suffrages.  Too much on my mind, I guess.  So, I did do a little Benedictine kneeling for my unmindfulness.

Yet, that was not the worse.  I realized I had not taken my medication (prophylactic antibiotic after a run in with a cleaver on Monday), so I left for home in my “trusty” 1500.  Not a good move.

A week ago my RAM 1500 with 40k miles was in the shop for warranty work on an oil pump. I get that problems develop and am thankful for warranties on new vehicles.  Today, however, it flooded out.  Upon restart, it went 100 meters then did it again.  Realizing I was developing a new problem, I resolved to take it to the dealer about 1/2 mile away.  Well, we never got there.  After a series of thunks and thuds, I pulled into a local business and saw a trail of gas/oil behind me.  So, called for a tow to the dealer.

I do not believe in coincidences, so am betting there is a connection to the repair work from last week.  I was pleasant with the service folk, but will be pushing for more than just a warrantied repair.

Anyway, since they won’t give a rental unless kept overnight, I was forced to cancel a few appointments and return to my study for the day.   I confess it did take me a bit to wind down from my frustration.

After finishing some admin work, I then sat to catch up on a couple of journals and read some Martin Thornton (B/T to Matthew Dallman).  For this, I thought a good cigar in order.  Thus, I delved into the depths of my humidor for one of my last La Divas.

This cigar has been discontinued for years, and the stick I chose was purchased in the fall of 1998 at the PX at Ft. Jackson, SC while training as a Chaplain Assistant.  I still remember purchasing a half-box for “victory” cigars with a good friend in the class.  We smoked a few the day of graduation and went our separate ways. The rest went into the private stash.

After 17 years this cigar did not disappoint. This is a natural wrapper 7.5×49 cigar.  It burned well, and after two hours was palatable to the end.  The tasting notes included cream and coffee with a slight peppery finish. Room note was quite pleasant, reminding me of a sweet campfire.

It was a joy to read a classic work on ascetical theology while enjoying a classic cigar and reminiscing about the good old days.

Relaxing indeed.

Now, I should probably go for some penance for my uncharitable thinking this morning.

The smoking lamp is lit!