Ash Wednesday

I’m not Catholic. Never have been. But I’ve often thought participating in Lent would be fun, just to see if I can; like hiking up a mountain, but without all that work. What if, instead of giving something up for Lent, I take something up then give it up in the end? The biggest problem with this is that I can’t really think of anything I want to do for forty days. My ideas are all either really bad for me, unfeasable, or unappealing.

13 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday

  1. penntastic

    every year for lent I give up being Catholic.

    try painting…or riding your bike to work (if thats not possible then ride everyday when you get home). Go hang out with the kids in the Warhammer store in the mall and learn how to play. Watch a movie you’ve never seen every day.

    I like your idea of starting something and then dropping it.

    1. MacCrocodile Post author

      I’ve been planning to ride my bike to work anyway, and I have no intention of stopping in the very nicest part of spring.

      With painting, I fear I might just end up hating myself, seeing as I hate most artists. In order not to hate myself, I could never take my art too seriously, but then it would suck. A dilemma I should probably just avoid altogether.

      I like your movie idea, though. Forty movies I haven’t seen… hm. I’m sure I could come up with a list no problem. I’d just have to get my hands on them.

  2. laterhayloft

    Actually my church tells us to either give something up or take something on…
    here are some suggestions I remember the pastor saying:
    Writing letters to inmates
    Writing letters to soldiers
    Attend different churches and get a better perspective of different denominations
    Go to meetings/clubs you wouldn’t normally go to
    Going to the homeless shelters and helping out
    Going to the animal shelters and playing with animals
    Baking cookies for prisons or old people
    visiting nursing homes
    Plant things (community service orriented)
    pick up garbage

    not as exciting as some people’s suggestions, but these are a few legitimate ideas.

  3. princesstink

    You could make a serious habit of popping bubble wrap.

    You could take up senseless lying.

    You could always claim you’ve given up something like Coleslaw for Lent…and make a BIG fucking deal about it.

    Schmuck: “Hey, you wanna go to McDonalds with me for lunch?”
    You: “McDonalds? I dunno…do they put coleslaw in their burgers?”
    Schmuck: (Blank Stare)
    You: (Obvious) “‘Cause I’m not eating coleslaw.”
    Schmuck: (Blank)
    You: “It’s a religious thing.”
    You: “You wouldn’t understand.”

    1. MacCrocodile Post author

      Have I told you, Shari’s is the only place I will not order a Reuben sandwich. They put coleslaw on it instead of sauerkraut. I asked the waiter there if they really put coleslaw on it, he said yes, then looked at me like I was retarded when I asked if they had sauerkraut they could substitute.


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