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Other Lenten ideas

What if Lent isn't just for ketchup? Maybe there are other inexplicably Lenten things in our world?

Please share with me any particularly Lenten cities, cars, surgical procedures, fossil fuels, fossils, celestial bodies, or deciduous trees (or things in other categories) you can think of. It's good to have a list.

(I promise this is the last entry on this theme.)


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Feb. 23rd, 2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
I would not wish to give up feathers for Lent. However, anger? That could go. Fear, too.

Earthquakes and global warming? Zika. All diseases.

The problem is, we don't want them back after Easter!
Feb. 25th, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
we don't want them back after Easter
Good point! If we could give up zika and global warming, I certainly would like them to stay gone!
Feb. 23rd, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Please share with me any particularly Lenten cities, cars, surgical procedures, fossil fuels, fossils, celestial bodies, or deciduous trees (or things in other categories) you can think of.

Trilobites. I wouldn't give them up, but Earth evidently thought it was worth it.
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
Trilobites were apparently too luxurious an indulgence? Like gold-flecked chocolate covered endangered brazil nuts or something, harvested unsustainably by cutting down the whole tree** with axes made of elephant ivory.

Earth's Lent is apparently still ongoing, as it hasn't gone back to trilobites yet. It'll be fun when it does.

**The way, in the American South, the early Europeans did with pecans (p. 2). The mind boggles.

Edited at 2016-02-25 01:12 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
To be consumed with a large silk napkin covering one's entire head.

Edited at 2016-02-26 02:33 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
The idea of conservation of étendue, which I just encountered today, strikes me as a particularly Lenten one. :)
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was *fascinating*--every aspect of it was informative to me. I would never have thought of trying to focus moonlight to make a fire, I guess because moonlight seems like "fake" light to me--but as I read, I realized how naive that perception was. The real reasons why you can't focus moonlight and light a fire is much more interesting.

... And, if the surface of the bright side of the moon is about 100 C, then while you might not be able to light things on fire, with a big enough lens, you should be able to boil water. impressive.
Feb. 25th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yep! You could make yourself a nice cup of tea by moonlight. (Which really should be a step in some old grimoire for curing menstrual pains, if it isn't already.)
Feb. 24th, 2016 02:37 am (UTC)
Enjoying it
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:26 pm (UTC)

I'm glad.
Feb. 24th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
Dal Makhani.

That was a really terrible pun and I'm sorry.
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so dense. What's it a pun on?
Feb. 25th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 25th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)

actually that's a great pun.
Feb. 24th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC)
Cheese wheels
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Now I'm imagining tricycles with cheese wheels....
Feb. 24th, 2016 09:48 am (UTC)
Pity the poor shelf-stacker who was obviously suffering without their sugar and coffee. But once they'd labelled feathers and sponges, the ideas just seemed to flow...
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
He got his Lenten groove on at that point.
Feb. 24th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
All-hands Webcasts.
Feb. 25th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC)

I didn't know what this was, and ended up having to learn what an all-hands meeting was. This entry has been, overall, weirdly more informative than I expected.
Feb. 27th, 2016 12:35 am (UTC)
This one was actually kind of interesting. They were talking about block chains (which I can't really explain, but the architecture behind bitcoin is one, though my heart was not in it.
Feb. 26th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
For the longest time nothing came to mind, and then I considered a Lenten Spoon. Not to give up, but to use. Shining, reflective, golden, the size of a demi-tasses spoon. To remind us that we can choose to scoop things out of the cup of our life, or to integrate them-- stir them in. And that there are gleams in the depths.
Mar. 7th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
How did I miss this lovely thought? The expansion, especially: both to scoop things out and to stir them in. And there's something about the size of a demi-tasse spoon too. There's a charm in tiny things.
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