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« Reply #315 on: January 09, 2006, 02:11:12 AM »

His Inebriatedness the Bishop of Bourbon, Vicar of the Great Distiller, Successor to the Prince of the Apprentices of the Great Distiller, Supreme Pontiff of All Alcohol, Patriarch of all Grain-Based Alcohols, Primate of Kentucky, Archbishop and Metropolitan of All Whisky, Sovereign of Loretto, and Servant of the Servants of the Great Distiller, Presiding Bishop of the Holy Synod of the Spirits.

With Fraternal Love, to Our Brother in Alcoholism, His All-Imbibedness the Metropolitan of Metaxa and all Brandy, Chief Secretariat of the Holy Synod of the Spirits.

Our Inebriatedness stands in agreement with Your All-Imbebedness being saddened by the describing of our most drunk correspondence as 'twisted,' for while there are many words with which to describe the inebriated state we do not consider 'twisted' to be among them. Though we also agree that in the interest of spreading alcoholism economy is certainly in order, provided the holy state of inebriation is treated with more dignity in the future.

However, also in your letter Our Inebriatedness noticed an emphasis on the age of twenty-one years in regard to the consumption of alcohol. For while Our Inebriatedness understands that in this land the forces of temperance, prohibition, and sobriety has instituted such a law to hinder the drinking acts of the Great Distiller it should also be noted that our correspondence and and encyclicals are international in scope and, thus, should not be taken as to imply that those who live in freer and more tolerant lands and have not yet completed their twenty-first year, yet are of a sufficient age to drink in their land, should not consume freely in accordance with the ancient canons and ancient customs of alcoholism.

His Inebriatedness the Bishop of Bourbon, Supreme Pontiff of All Alcohol, and Servant of the Servants of the Great Distiller, President of the Holy Synod of the Spirits.
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« Reply #316 on: January 09, 2006, 02:13:15 AM »

Is this what they teach you guys at HC?  Cripes, I need to transfer there!
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« Reply #317 on: January 09, 2006, 03:07:10 AM »

To His Inebriatedness, the Bishop of Bourbon and Supreme Pontiff of All Alchohol,

The Great Distiller is revealed to us!

As you know well from our conversations, and from the implication of our greeting in the letter (to the people over 21 in the USA and all others worldwide), We did not intend to pidgeonhole the faithful that live outside of the puritanical tyrrany of the United States into an age range over 21, but rather were providing a pastoral message to a member of the flock who does live in the land of Spirits-ual oppression.  We apologize if there was any confusion!

Sincerely yours in the Great Distiller, in Whose name we will imbibe together soon enough,

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« Reply #318 on: January 09, 2006, 03:10:30 AM »

So does that mean I can drink now?
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« Reply #319 on: January 09, 2006, 03:17:54 AM »

Well, in my pastoral advice, you probably should not drink in public situations, or situations that can get you into trouble here in the USA.  But once you turn 21, or you visit another nation with lower alchohol age limits, then go ahead!  (Or if you're in the privacy of your own home...)
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« Reply #320 on: January 09, 2006, 03:20:55 AM »

I'll cheers to that.
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« Reply #321 on: January 09, 2006, 12:20:55 PM »

Well, me hopes that your celebration is one that truly lives up to the spirit of what we're trying to accomplish in the Synod of Spirits.
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« Reply #322 on: January 09, 2006, 01:58:08 PM »

This handmaiden of the Great Distiller will work up her tolerance level so she can hang with the Synod of Spirits.
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« Reply #323 on: January 09, 2006, 01:59:00 PM »

Be it as He wills!  The Synod of Spirits would be glad to have members of the great and holy OC.net community come and hang!
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« Reply #324 on: January 09, 2006, 02:41:26 PM »

*ahem* SWEEEeet.  Too bad you're in CLEVELAND.
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« Reply #325 on: January 09, 2006, 03:26:36 PM »

Oh, and I'm in Cleveland only for another 3 or 4 days... then back to Boston (but I will be in Y'town this coming Sunday - at St. John's - before departing for the great chasm and pit that is Massachussets).
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« Reply #326 on: January 09, 2006, 04:41:44 PM »

I always wanted to live in Massachussets, too, haha.  I always get lost going to St. John's, but no matter - give me a call and we'll get some food or something Smiley
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« Reply #327 on: January 09, 2006, 04:43:38 PM »

By the way your custom title thing is getting pretty lengthy!
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« Reply #328 on: January 09, 2006, 05:41:13 PM »

Oh, the custom title needs to reflect not only our lofty status as Metropolitan of Metaxa, but also needs to reach out to the Greek-speakers in our midst who would be under the direct jurisdiction of the Metropolis of Metaxa (it being a Greek liquor).

And I'll get a hold of you probably while I'm in C-bus visiting sis for her birthday...
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« Reply #329 on: January 09, 2006, 06:27:40 PM »

Of course.  Can't neglect the original imbibers!  What would that say?

Sounds good; tell her I said happy birthday (I probably will anyway).
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« Reply #330 on: January 09, 2006, 07:57:30 PM »

Protocol 217660.03
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Encyclical Letter 2104: On the semi-monthly remembrance of the semi-annual remembrance of the annual memorial of one of the Earliest Imbibing Communities, and Thronal Feastday.

From the Bazaar,
to the Plentitude of the Faithful over the age of 21 in the US of A, and to all the faithful in the world abroad,
To the reverened Distillery Metropolitans, Distribution Despotas, Pricing Presbyters, Imbibing Deacons,
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The Great Distiller is revealed to us!

It is with great joy and in the blessings of the Great Distiller that we greet you on this wonderful remembrance.  It is always our pleasure to write to you, the plentitude, on the great semi-monthly (10th and 25th of each month) remembrance of the semi-annual (25th of March, 25th of September) remembrance of the Feastday of one of the Earliest Imbibing Communities, the Ancient Greeks (March 25th), our patronal and Thronal Feastday.  And it has been one of the great challenges that we have relished, to bring you a fresh, inspiring, and edifying message on the 24 days per year that we remember our Thronal Feast.

[bible]Genesis 44:3-5[/bible]

In one of the great events in Biblical history, Joseph uses his drinking cup, the cup used for imbibing at his dinner table, as the tool and means for reuniting himself with his brothers who sold him into slavery.  In the sliding of his cup into the sack of his brother, he forced the brothers to return to him, and at that meeting he revealed himself to them, completing their joy with the promise of shelter and food to be found under his power in the land of Egypt.

This is the hope we have on this day, the semi-monthly commemoration of the semi-annual remembrance of the Thronal Feast, that we use our cups for the restoration of brotherhood, and the furthering of our Love in the Great Distiller.  These are our cups of imbibing, our cups of celebration, our cups of partaking of the precious aged-wine that is the wonderful Metaxa, holiest of the drinks of our Throne.  These cups are given to us to hold within our hands as symbols of the communion and fellowship that the cup, and the drink, can provide.  Through a cup, the Apprentices partook of the wine changed-into blood of our Great Distiller.  Through a cup, the Apprentices shared their community with their apprentices throughout the ages.  And it is through this cup, and through the sacred nectar which we drink from it, that we can further our union with one another in the One Who changed water into wine.

May He Who was born of The Virgin, and who performed His first miracle with the creation of Alchohol from the ultimate of sobriety, be with us in our celebration!  In His service we remain faithfully yours,

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« Reply #331 on: January 09, 2006, 10:56:08 PM »

If someone stumbles upon this and takes it seriously, then goes and starts a drinking cult - I blame you.
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« Reply #332 on: January 09, 2006, 11:20:45 PM »

If someone stumbles upon this and takes it seriously, then they need to get a reality check, or an IQ test, or a life...
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« Reply #333 on: January 09, 2006, 11:24:16 PM »

Hahaha...then what does that say about the people who MADE IT UP?

Besides, you never know what people think about Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #334 on: January 09, 2006, 11:32:40 PM »

Protocol 217660.06
Indiction 21

From the Bazaar,
to the Plentitude of the Faithful over the age of 21 in the US of A, and to all the faithful in the world abroad,
To the reverened Distillery Metropolitans, Distribution Despotas, Pricing Presbyters, Imbibing Deacons,
Instructors and students at the Bartending Universities,

The Great Distiller is revealed to us!

It has come to our venerable attention that there is the possibility that one may take the various encyclicals, protocols, and correspondences from the members of the Holy Synod of Spirits (and the former Archbishop of Stolichnaya) and misconstrue them, twist them, and/or form a cult from them.  While we understand the possibility of taking any statement made by reasonable human beings and twisting it out of context, we feel that it is necessary to make sure that our words are not taken so.

The correspondences, encyclicals, protocols, and decisions of the members of the Holy Synod of Spirits are only to be taken, disseminated, and understood within the context of the Holy Church which we represent.  Any attempts to take our teachings, guidance, or declarations and use them to form an ecclesiastical body outside of the canonical Church will be met with Anathema for causing schism.  For there is one communion of the Alchohol, which is represented and signified in the communion of her hierarchs.  May all those who wish to form competing or parallel ecclesiastical bodies be banished to the pits of sobriety.

May He Who was born of The Virgin, and who performed His first miracle with the creation of Alchohol from the ultimate of sobriety, be with us in our celebration!  In His service we remain faithfully yours,

+ GEORGE
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« Reply #335 on: January 09, 2006, 11:34:16 PM »

ARGHH!!!  Btw, what's MGB?
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« Reply #336 on: January 09, 2006, 11:40:04 PM »

Ahhh - the initials at the bottom of letters such as those represent the one who authorized/signed the letter (i.e the person that it's from) and the person who typed/wrote the letter (secretary/assistant)...

So in this case, MGB = Metropolitan + GEORGE of Brandy, and gsc = my initials.
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« Reply #337 on: January 09, 2006, 11:41:01 PM »

For example, in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, often times letters will have MMP/drg at the bottom, for Metropolitan + MAXIMOS of Pittsburgh and Deacon Ryan Gzikowski.
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« Reply #338 on: January 09, 2006, 11:42:54 PM »

Yeah I knew that - just couldn't figure out MGB Tongue
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« Reply #339 on: January 09, 2006, 11:44:42 PM »

Actually, nor did I know the significance of the two sets of initials.  Thanks! Cheesy
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« Reply #340 on: January 09, 2006, 11:53:40 PM »

No problem... Your interest honors those of us who are committed to the propogation of alchohol and camaraderie throughout the world.
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« Reply #341 on: January 10, 2006, 02:36:11 AM »

and further insantity throughout these forums. Wink
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« Reply #342 on: January 10, 2006, 03:45:17 AM »

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A GOA deacon with that name?  ωραια!
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« Reply #343 on: January 10, 2006, 09:18:09 AM »

Oh yes - a GOA Archdeacon and assistant to the Metropolitan...
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« Reply #344 on: January 10, 2006, 09:44:34 AM »

But....everyone KNOWS Greeks are the most xenophobic!  Who could allow such an oversight to go ... well...unsighted?!
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« Reply #345 on: January 10, 2006, 10:02:28 AM »

Well, we can give the good Archdeacon a break - he did marry into a nice Cretan family...
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« Reply #346 on: January 10, 2006, 10:04:28 AM »

Oxymoron.
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« Reply #347 on: January 10, 2006, 10:07:06 AM »

Wow - coming from a girl in a nice Kalymnian parish - that was totally expected Wink
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« Reply #348 on: January 10, 2006, 10:11:16 AM »

Hahaha..that's an oxymoron, too!  *Cough* Symi...and Karpathos but no one pays attention to them, anyway :/
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« Reply #349 on: January 10, 2006, 10:21:13 AM »

Ahhh, well we're never in the habit of discriminating against people for their national origins at the Synod of Spirits - all those who imbibe together in the spirit of Christian camaraderie are welcome!
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« Reply #350 on: January 10, 2006, 10:23:43 AM »

Of course.  In a mutually agreed upon locale, where the legal age is 18 (or 14).   Cheesy
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« Reply #351 on: January 10, 2006, 10:28:09 AM »

OK - coffee time (and some mind-numbing talk shows, I think)
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« Reply #352 on: January 10, 2006, 10:45:11 AM »

Why go and watch mind-numbing shows... when you can get mind-numbing talk right here?
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« Reply #353 on: January 10, 2006, 10:45:38 AM »

Good Golly!! This is some thread.

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« Reply #354 on: January 10, 2006, 10:47:46 AM »

It's not "mind-numbing" most of the time.  Some threads here are quite interesting.  Some more like are "blood-boiling" at least for some of our denizens. (Do we have "denizens" here? Or do I need a different collective noun, since it's usually part of 'denizens of the Deep'.)

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« Reply #355 on: January 10, 2006, 10:49:34 AM »

1. I think we do indeed have denizens...
2. I was referring strictly to this thread as "mind-numbing"...
3. The monster you have created now has a life of its own!
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« Reply #356 on: January 10, 2006, 10:51:51 AM »

3. The monster you have created now has a life of its own!


/cue lightning and thunder!

MWA-Ha-Ha-hahahahahah.  It LIVES!!!

(when do we summon the crowd with pitchforks and torches?)

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« Reply #357 on: January 10, 2006, 10:55:08 AM »

This thread is like Seinfeld, a story about nothing at all.
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« Reply #358 on: January 10, 2006, 10:59:32 AM »

We could bring it to a higher plane then "Seinfeld", but the first quote that came to mind for me *was* from Shakespeare, but from the 5th act of "Macbeth"

"...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

I'll try to find one more ummm complimentary.

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« Reply #359 on: January 10, 2006, 10:59:57 AM »

Of course - the great mish-mosh thread...
But I think I've said it before - it is nice to have a thread of nothing, to help distract one from all the seriousness and battling that can go on elsewhere on the site...
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