While America gorges itself on the election of 2008, lapping up news coverage and swallowing reports from the polls, today is also know as Fat Tuesday, our last chance to eat donuts and such before the fast of Lent. In my own case, super Tuesday will provide a kind of gorge before my own fast.
I’ve noticed over the past four months or so that I really like to come home and turn on the computer and follow news reports about the elections. During some of the primaries I was staying up until 11 AM to read all of the breaking news as they posted it on the New York Times and Reuters. I spend quite a bit of time in the evening on the computer, browsing the internet.
For Lent I bring that internet browsing at night to an end…after super Tuesday that is.
Of course I hope to do more than just restrict my internet usage at night. The best case scenario is to catch up on some books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. Perhaps some Dallas Willard and then a little more theology. I just finished Rob Bell’s excellent book Velvet Elvis and am in the middle of our fried Russ Leitch’s book The Upward Journey.
So the rules for my evenings over the next 40 days are as follows:
- Avoid turning computer on if I can help it.
- Only check e-mail if expecting important work-related e-mail. Only use e-mail program and then close immediately.
- Read, read, read.
Sounds simple enough. Let’s just hope there aren’t too many important primaries after super Tuesday, lest I fall prey to temptation…