Monday, 10 March 2008

Lead me into Temptation

"Luncheon With Oysters" (de Troy)

Today is "Kathara Devtera", or "Pure Monday", the day when the Orthodox Lent begins.

One of the advantages of not being religious is not having to give things up, but nevertheless, in keeping with the spirit of the Season, here is my list of luxuries that I won't be partaking of during this period:

1. Expensive Holiday: It would clearly not be very respectful to go off on a cruise, or spend time in a 5 start hotel in Honolulu, so I won't.

2. Caviar: A wasteful extravagance.

3. Champagne: I'll drink Cava instead.

4. Celebrity Dinner Parties: Although it will be a great disappointment, I shall not be accepting any invitations for the next 40 days.

5. Gold-Embroidered Swimwear. This will have to wait, I'm afraid.

6. Fast Cars: I won't be buying a sports car.

Of course, it's not enough to give up these things. One also has to resist all temptation. I would therefore be very grateful if you could each try and tempt me with offers of free holidays, Champagne (don't worry about splashing out on caviar or swimwear). Either I will remain Saintly and steadfast, in which case you will have the satisfaction of seeing what a great person I am, or I'll cave in, in which case you will be able to feel holier than me.

Come on, have a go...

50 comments:

Jean Knee said...

first

Jean Knee said...

SeconD

Jean Knee said...

I gave up rutabagas and liver for Lent. don't try and tempt me, I won't bend.

Jean Knee said...

If I were you, I'd reconsider the gold lame bathing suit. gold is the new black.

Jean Knee said...

no wait that's wrong, thirty is the new forty


something

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

You can't tempt me with gold lame.

Front is the new Back.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Where's Bee?

Maybe she's given up being first for Lent.

Jean Knee said...

I think scarlette's sleeping

Jean Knee said...

no, wait she might be holding out to be 11 th

Jean Knee said...

10

Jean Knee said...

11

Jean Knee said...

nope, that wasn't it

Bee said...

MEAN!! YOU GUYS ARE MEAN!!
Here I am working... okay not really I was at lunch then I had to schedule a fight between Milton and I, guess who won???

Bee said...

Brian, I was about to send you a Greek goddess dressed in gold lamee and bearing the gifts of a cruise champagne and driving a car. Oh and she's a celebrity who does news and she likes dinner parties... what should I do with her instead?

Bee said...

things I missed:
Bikini
fast
,

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Send her - we need to find out just how good I am at resisting temptation.

Or not.

Bee said...

Too late! I win! You said send her!!
Doing victory dance!
woohoo!

Jean Knee said...

Brian, do you really like dinner parties?

Bee said...

Yes he does jean knee. He eats and drinks tea with his pinkie sticking up.

Bee said...

La Di Da.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

Well, I don't exactly get invited to any, but parties aren't really my thing, since I'm very shy. I do get better (or at least louder) when I've had a few drinks, though.

Brian o Vretanos said...

I'm not keen on tea. I tend to go for the wine.

Brian o Vretanos said...

No-one does that thing with their finger. Not even the Queen.

Bee said...

Hee Hee what thing with their finger??

Dan said...

I wish I had given up things I don't normally do.
Can't wait till Easter, I'm having Pizza, Burgers, Fries, with Ice cream and a beer.
Oh, and all kinds of Coke.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Dan:

You're making me hungry. Don't tempt me, or I might have to go and get a burger. And post the photos ;-)

Brian o Vretanos said...

Dan:

I reckon your sainthood's in the bag, though. Giving up coke is incredibly impressive. I don't think I'd like to do that...

Bee said...

Just make sure they give you grilled onions!

Bee said...

I still win, right?

Dan said...

brian
I'm tired of looking at the right side of your face, update picture with left side please.

Esmeralda said...

Dan:
How is your Lent-promise working out? Are you surviving? Have you lost weight?

Oh, and BTW, you can officially eat all those things you gave up on Saturday (the day b4 Easter). You don't have to wait for Easter Sunday. As a matter of fact 40 days is over next wednesday, but because Holy Thursday and Good Friday are days of abstinence, you have to wait until Saturday...

Dan said...

Esmeralda
I'm doing good but have not lost any weight (read the Gut Boy post)

Brain
Giving up all knids of Coke was incredibly impressive, Im FUKING DYING to do a couple of lines already !!!!!!
and drink some too.

Jean Knee said...

what about me, here? isn't this all about me?????????????????????????????????

Jean Knee said...

It seems like half the time I come here you're asleep. what's up with that?

Bee said...

He's not asleep, he's just hiding.

Bee said...

BRIAN!! Don't blow away! I just saw the news for your area and this guy with an umbrella almost Mary Poppined outta there!

Tracy said...

Brian- As my gift to you, I will go on the cruises, drink champagne, I'm not eating the fish eggs though, yuck!, and will go to the celebrity parties. All of this, I will do for you so that you will not be tempted.
YOU'RE WELCOME!

Dan- I'm going to come to your house and help you with the coke. Don't want you to overdo it!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

It was the coastal areas that had the real wind problems, so you'll be pleased to hear that I didn't get blown at all.

Tracy:

Your selflessness is saintly. I will send you any celebrity dinner party invitations and cruise tickets I might receive over the next 39 days.

Jean Knee said...

sorry you didn't get blown. what a bummer

Bee said...

bwahahahaha! hahahaha! HEEE HEEE HAAA.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I knew one of you would take the bait. Though I did think it'd be Bee ;-)

Bee said...

I was very tempted but I decided to be a lady today and ladies don't think dirty thoughts.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

I'm tempted to make a witty reply to that, but it'll have to wait until I've stopped laughing.

Bee said...

Somebody has to mind their manners here! Just like gentlemen DO NOT laugh at ladies!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Now, I/d never laugh at a lady...

Bee said...

Listen Brian, you’re lucky that I’m biting my nails right now while eating an orange, burping and swearing, otherwise, I’d come over here to tell I AM a lady!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Ladies don't brag about their status.

Bee said...

Does “status” mean “stature” in your weird English? I never brag about that, if anything I’m always complaining about how short I am.

Brian o Vretanos said...

No, it doesn't it means status. As in lord, lady, gentleman, etc.

You can have high status but be vertically other abled.

Bee said...

Hmmm... now that I think of it, you can call me Lady Bee! Yeah sounds good! Thanks Brian!