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Thursday, 03 January 2013 20:13


 
By Jesse Jose
A Cup O' Kapeng Barako

 
 
I t's the first day of the Year 2013 as I write this column, and what comes to my mind right off, is a prayer.

No, I haven't become too religious, nor have I joined the priesthood.  I am just grateful to the one Above for all the blessings he keeps on bestowing on me, that despite of all my kalokohans and sins I've committed in the past ... and keep on committing, He loves me and bless me.

Here's my prayer:

Father, You have drawn us with an everlasting love.  You have drawn us with your loving kindness.  This new year Your bountiful provision overflows with the material, physical and spiritual blessings that only a loving, caring Heavenly Father can give. We choose this first day of the year 2013 to declare to all who will hear, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."

T he year past was also full of blessings for me and my family.  I think those blessings can be summed up in this letter that my wife wrote in reply to a friend's email that I got cc'd with, and that I wish to share with y'all, Dear Readers.
 
Hi Becky,

It is wonderful to always hear from you....
 
Year 2012 has been a whirlwind with all the outpouring of blessings!  Chris, now with Denver Fox News, hopes to be nominated again and win the much-coveted Emmy Award in broadcast news, and Jaclyn was voted as the best news reporter(ABC News) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jonathan has been working as an assistant soccer coach for the Auburn, WA. school district here in our town, and back in college for his bachelor's in education major in Physical Education, and Jesse is in the final stages of editing his book for publication and soon to be out in the market early in 2013.
 
As for me...I survived the grueling first year of law school...the final exams...the most humbling experience I've ever had!  It was an eight-hour exams (Criminal Law, Contracts, Torts) which left me catatonic in shock and exhaustion.
 
While still in a state of shock from the final exams, Jesse and I flew to Barcelona, Spain on December 8, with an eight-hour lay over in Paris.  We stayed in Barcelona from December 8 to December 20 with a good and close friend, who has a place on Paseo de Gracia right in the center of town of Barcelona.  I was in awe in the history, grandeur, and beauty of the place.  To walk everyday and hear Mass, at the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, with its magnificent gothic architecture, has always left me speechless, to gaze at the paintings and sculpture of Picasso at the Picasso museum, and to take a stroll at the avenidas and to learn the flamenco...will always be treasured and cherished forever!  The weather was in the 50's with the glorious sun.
 
Career wise...I am weighing my options right now. I have a job offer at Ventura (California) Naval Base for the Clinical Administrator position in Psycho-Therapy.  We are still negotiating the salary and if they will give me what I am asking (housing and salary), then Jesse and I will be commuting between Seattle and Ventura.
 
2012 has been a blast!  This to wish you and the whole family more blessings, more happiness and good health for 2013!
 
Take Care,
Maribel
 
THE IRISH PRIEST AND THE JACKASS, A DYOK: My New Year's resolution is a vow to laugh more often and share laughter's with friends.  It was said that friends are like flowers: stop to notice, and they bring you great joy.  Water them with loving attention. 
 
Here's the dyok.  It was sent by my good friend, Ray Burdeos, with a note that reads, "It's funny..."
 
An Irish priest was transferred to Texas.
 
Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning.  It was a fine spring day in his new west Texas mission parish.  He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breadth of the beautiful day outside.  He then noticed there was a jackass lying in the middle in the middle of his front lawn.  He promptly called the local police station.
 
The conversation went like this:
 
"Good morning. This Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?
 
"And the best of the day te yourself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church.  There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter?"
 
Sergeant Jones, considering himself a wit and recognizing the foreign accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, "Well, now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!"
 
There was dead silence on the line for a long moment ...
 
Father O'Malley then replied: "Aye, 'tis certainly true. But we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for my call."
 
My respond to Ray?
 
Yeah, man, I LMFAO!  I like it.  Thanks.  At first, I thought the joke was going to be on the priest, but it tuned out to be on the "jackass" cop.
 
I'll keep this joke in mind for the next cop who would write me a ticket.  While he's writing my ticket, I'll entertain him and tell him this joke.  You see, I, too, believe in sharing laughter and good jokes.  That's all.  JJ




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