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April 23rd, 2010

Too much snark?

On Apr 23, 2010, at 3:43 PM, a certain Mr. XXXXX wrote to me:

My name is XXXXX and I attend XXXXXXX, a Jesuit High
School in XXXXXX. For our senior project we were all assigned to
research a famous Jesuit and I was Assigned to you. After extensive
research, I was wondering if you could give me some insight as to what
exactly your role is within the Jesuits as well as your thoughts and
feelings on your work. Any information would be wonderful.
Thank you,

I replied:

"Famous"? I shudder to think... better me than Maximilian Hell, I guess. (He lived in the 18th century, and thus probably doesn't answer his email.)

Lord knows I have written gobs about being a Jesuit and a scientist, much of which is available on the web. If you actually do real research (i.e. in a library with books) you might even find more extensive material... and more accurate.

Rather than deny you the pleasure of doing the research for yourself, I will refrain from answering your question at this point. Especially since I can't quite figure out what the heck you're asking. But since you were at least capable-enough on the web to find my email, I will agree to answer any three questions you want to pose to me... under the following conditions:

1. In your next email to me, you have to give me your best guess for why I am being so difficult with you about all these rules.

2. You must ask the questions one at a time, and wait for my answer before asking the second question.

3. If the question is one I have answered a million times, then I will simply post a link to the answer on-line... and you lose your next question.

4. If the question is impossible for me to understand, then I won't answer it and you've wasted a question.

5. If you ask a really good question, I'll throw it in for free and it won't count against your three questions.

--Br Guy



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