The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

well, my blog sabbatical has ended.

a basic update: as usual, most systems here in banica are a go, but we do have the occasional breakdown as you all know. my saddlebags failed the other day. the motorcycle mounted cargo-carrying apparatus is critical for lugging around my Mass kit, tools, mangoes, ducks, and any other sundries that come into my possession. so, i decided to engineer a different method. based loosely on the pizza box delivery boy model, i came up with the following: (the trick was to get it mounted on a metal grate. it requires three boards between the grate and the fender, screwed from the bottom up - i.e. three small boards on the bottom screw into another board, thus securing a board to the metal mount. then the box gets 4 through bolts into the top board. the box is made from plywood with 1x1 bracing. notice the rubber insulation as well. so far it seems to be able to take the worst the roads can offer, so i have high hopes for it. i stuck 30 pounds of mangoes in there the other day and made it back without any problems.)


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