Wow, that was quite a storm last night. I didn't get a good view of the lightning because I was in bed trying to sleep and the window shades were down. Still, seeing that bluish-whiteness light up the sky, casting its eerie glow over everything and casting the tree branches into silhouette, was pretty fucking cool! (Plenty of people on my flist have written about it, if you want more details.)
When my mom heard that I hadn't received my grandfather's birth certificate from Italy yet, she talked to a friend of hers, Giovanna, who's Italian. Giovanna's son is in Calabria, the state where Castrovillari (my grandfather's birthplace) is, and he's offered to help track down the birth certificate. I called on Saturday and left a message on his voicemail. He called back today and said he will call the town hall in Castrovillari tomorrow to see what he can find.
Our book club is meeting this Saturday, late afternoon, down at the Cape. We'll be discussing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. If you'd like to join us, let me know and I'll send you details.
As we were waiting for Mass to begin on Sunday, someone's [unidentified electronic device] went off. The music was Disney's "Under the Sea." In the brief moment that the device chimed, I couldn't help but think that the processional hymn would go something like, "Under the See (the Holy See), under the See (the Holy See)…." I have failed miserably (mercifully?) to come up with the rest of the lyrics.