more page 123

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 8, 2008

3/8/2008 12:32:39 PM
Maybe its time for some personal blogging. I haven’t done one of these in a while, and never for general audiences.
Yes, piersgavestonjr (NSFW) is “out of town”.
I had a duplex neighbor once who used that phrase as a euphemism for being in prison. He was this kinda short gay man, and every time I saw him he had a lit cigarette in his hand. He had a bf who was in and out of town. He took in boarders from time to time, and they all seemed to be either just in town or about to leave. One had this device attached to his ankle. He got a package in the mail a few years later. He left his wallet in a taxi, and they mailed it to the address on his i.d. card.
Neighbor and his buddies were always nice to me, but they sure did make me nervous. They finally got evicted. There was one more household downstairs before the house was sold to that evil developer.
Now, I can’t say where pg is, but I feel certain he will be back soon. These problems with blogspot really upset him. I am doing very well on wordpress, but if pg decides to blog again, it might be with another service.
Saturday is such a fine day. The main chore for today is laundry, and the load is in the dryer now. The county has not sent us a water bill, and it is due on the 13th. I may have to pay that online. There is a picture in production now, and it is proving to be a bit of a problem. I sense that if I keep making changes on that it will come around, but maybe not. Maybe I should just go into final assembly with a hopeless mess of an image and see what happens.
Its been a good week for the blog. Last night I found this thing, about going to page 123 of the book nearest to you at the moment. That was an easy post to write, because all I had to do was copy a few sentences and paste the pix into the window. But a tough one to edit.
I considered another take on this, with the second closest book from my computer. This would be a Bible that my parents gave me on my eighth birthday. It has a drawing of Jesus with children in his lap, talking to them in his spotless white garment.
Over the years, many bad vibes have attached themselves to the bible. At the very least, it is NOT the word of G-d. But, a present from mother and daddy ( in mother’s handwriting) is something to keep. This was 1962, when the world was spinning, John Kennedy was president, and church was still fun.
At any rate, page 123 of this edition of the magic book is Leviticus 26. There is a source to copy/paste this book, which is in the public domain. This part of Leviticus is not nasty, so here goes.

41And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
42Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
43The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes

How do you circumcise a heart?
This might be an easy meme to expand on. There are two ways to go here. One is to continue with the same covers, but to numerically expand the selections. Maybe we could turn 123 backwards to give us 321. Then add 123+321 to get 444.
This might be the way to go. There were some hippies at my high school who thought 44 was a magic number. It was Hank Aaron’s number. One of them was a founding person at a local radio station, whose phone number became xxx 4488.
There was also the screaming idiot boss who said that everything is four.
Ok, so where to go from 444?
Before we continue with this vertical numeric progression…or horizontal digital quagmire…there is another approach to consider. That is, stick to page 123, but use different bibles.
Now, this is the family house, and has sheltered some serious Jesus worshipers. There are LOTS of bibles in this house.
Of course, page 123 was in Leviticus in the first one I looked in, and that is such a dreary, law heavy book. There is always the danger of hitting Leviticus 18:22, which would totally spoil my day.
So, we go back to the golden rectangle progression. 321+444 is 765. The M&D bible starts the page numbers over at the start of the new testament, so that puts an easy end to this madness. The old testament is more appealing anyway.
The old testament ends on page 800. The last word is “curse”.
The new testament ends on page 246. This gives us a combined 1011 pages. This is below the threshold of 1209, which is the sum of 765+444. So, we are stuck in the old testament on this program, which is fine with this reporter.
While researching the numbering of bible pages in the house, I found the other keepsake bible in my collection. This is a Gideons bible with a plain black cover, given to me by Briarcliff Baptist Church on September 29, 1963. I have no idea whose handwriting it is on the presentation page.
This might be a better bible to do this exploration on. Page 123 is Leviticus 15, which is juicy.
to be continued
spell check suggestions for this feature: compression
lieth- liveth, keith
briarcliff- radcliffe, cliffhanger, patriarchal, matriarchal, clifford

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  1. more page 123 said, on March 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    […] Jonathan Mason wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThe new testament ends on page 246. This gives us a combined 1011 pages. This is below the threshold of 1209, which is the sum of 765+444. So, we are stuck in the old testament on this program, which is fine with this reporter. … […]

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