I’ve been itching to post something along these lines, and thanks to LutheranChik for this idea. She posted Five Pleasures, and I had been thinking about listing a few of my favorite things. Well, here goes: Five of my favorite things (limited strictly to "stuff," lest I get in trouble for not mentioning my wife and daughter on this list).
XM Satellite Radio: Easier and less work than an iPod (no downloading, for example), I cruise around the local byways, interstate highways and my living room listening to commercial free music – usually 80s/90s New Wave and alternative – and BBC, ESPN, C-SPAN, Public Radio International, and much more. Where else can you catch a 2 hour lecture/presentation on the future of democracy in the Middle East on a Saturday morning on your way to Lancaster County? Oh, and most importantly, they carry every single Major League Baseball game every day of the season. I can listen to my Phillies wherever I am, thanks to XM Satellite Radio.
Small Catechism Study Edition, 1994 Wengert Translation: Great translation, great footnotes (especially on the Table of Duties), nice little woodcuts. Simply a wonderfully rich edition that gives the reader much more than just the raw text of the Small Catechism.
My pocket edition Bible: It fits in the hand and briefcase so darn easily. I used to love my New Oxford Annotated Bible honker, but the NOAB has taken a backseat to this lovely little guy.
My mechanical pencil: I’m neurotically attached to this pencil (in fact, some unhealthy neurosis is related to each of these five items). It’s the best $6.49 you’ll ever spend at Staples.
The batting practice baseball cap: The official Major League Baseball batting practice cap, New Era style 3930, is the only cap that’s large enough to fit me. I have three – Phillies, Nationals, Orioles.