A Fond Goodbye :-'(

This blog's coming to an end, it's time to say farewell.  All good things have to come to an end.  It's been so much fun taking part in this blog, and I wanted to share some good and not so good memories!

I remember one time I got an inspiration of a blog post just by listening to The Catholics Next Door, a replay at that.  It's where Greg related a problem with their baby daughter having a poopy diaper disaster during Mass.  The idea was to imagine Lino dealing with such a thing.  Haha.  Ain't gonna happen!

I also remember ruffling the feathers of a certain dating coach whose name rhymes with Yoko Ono.  He wanted Lino to straighten out and settle down, and I said Lino's "old" and set in his ways.  Dating Coach wasn't happy, but hey, so far I'm right.  Be yourself Lino, don't settle for an invalid marriage.

And my happiest time?  The time I got to speak to Mama Rulli around Christmas 2010 and she admitted she liked the blog, because she does read it.  It meant a lot, because I love that funny lady, and miss my own Mom who died 12 years ago.

So as we look ahead in the future, good luck God Bless everyone.  Who knows, perhaps someday Lino will work in the Vatican with a new Pope named Timothy Dolan who will take the name Linus.  Nice, but hopefully that won't happen for a good many years.

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Ending on a high "note"

We're really sad to be ending our run as Lino's Officially UnOfficial Fan Club. We just love being a part of the show, and a part of all your lives, it has simply become time to move on. Life sometimes surprises you.  Lino has given me so much through The Catholic Guy Show.  I never imagined listening to a Catholic radio show could enhance my life in so many ways.  Besides the two biggies (marriage and a baby) I've gained so much; I had the confidence to teach a year of CCD, spent two years with a scheduled hour of weekly Eucharistic adoration, made many new friends, and so much more. 

We want to end on a high note. Be sure that our love for Lino has not faded, we will still be listening and calling in. We wouldn't be a good fan club if we just let this site get neglected and pushed aside so we will simply end on a good note. 

Please pray for us and know that we are praying for all of you.  I leave you with a song:

I was going to make a parody of this song, but as I read the lyrics I realized that they still fit the situation. 

How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times that made us laugh
Outweigh the bad.

I thought we'd get to see forever
But forever's gone away
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

I don't know where this road
Is going to lead
All I know is where we've been
And what we've been through.

If we get to see tomorrow
I hope it's worth all the wait
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

And I'll take with me the memories
To be my sunshine after the rain
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

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Hello, Goodbye, Hello

"Hello, Catholics and everybody else! (I borrowed that from Lino and I hope he doesn't mind.)

I can't believe we are ending our time as bloggers on the Catholicguyshow.com so soon, but I am thankful for the opportunity I was given to be a part of this exclusive group of Lino fans.

It's funny how things work: I had been berating myself for letting my own blog go over the past few months and thinking my New Year's resolution would be to write more on my own blog. It is almost as if God was saying, "Hey! Get Busy!" when I got the e-mail from Dustin saying we were closing down. There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. (Eccl. 3:1) ran through my mind immediately.

First, let me say to Dustin: "Thank you." Plain and simple. You are an amazing young man that God is using every day. You and Alli are very special young people and you are going to make wonderful parents. It warms my heart to see a young Catholic couple living their faith. I hope one day to meet you face to face.

Now, Lino- You bring me joy and laughter and teach me through it. Thank you for being a trailblazer for those of us who don't believe being Catholic= being boring. There is a time and a place for reverence and a time for joy. (See the verse above.) Thank you for writing your story and reminding us that we are all sinners and that God still loves us anyway. Thanks for being yourself and letting us know that being "human" is ok and that we don't have to be that "pious prude" to be Catholic.

And hey, Fr. Rob- Thanks for showing us that a priest can be a regular guy. Thanks for being there for us and 'taking up the slack' when Lino (and we) needed you the most. Writing about you has been a challenge I have loved.

So I hope everyone will continue to listen to the Catholic Guy Show as often as they can. I know I will. Be sure to follow Lino on Twitter and Facebook and if you haven't done so, get his wonderful book, "Sinner" (available at Amazon.com and where ever fine books are sold.)

Peace, LaJuan

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The Post where we say goodbye

After nearly four years, we are closing shop on catholicguyshow.com. Not because of any disdain we have toward Lino Rulli or The Catholic Guy Show, but because it's just simply time. I want to give this blog a definite ending instead of all of us slowly drifting away.

When we began this blog, we had a beatific bold vision: To create a place where we got to write about our unending love of Lino Rulli and The Catholic Guy Show. And years later, I think that myself and our writers have stayed true to this mission.

We didn't do a big countdown or announcement of our end date because the blog was never really about us. Oh sure, we loved getting mentioned by name on the air. Any time we wrote something that was fun enough for Lino to plug during his show, it was like a second birthday. And yes, I do list this blog on my résumé. But in the end, the focus is all on Lino Rulli and The Catholic Guy Show.

I think we accomplished a lot on this blog, including two crew appreciation weeks, prediction columns that often went awry, hacking RBI Baseball to include Catholic Channel personalities, turning Lino into an enigma, published in-studio commentary, somehow convinced Lino's intern to do profiles of crew memberscomplimented his assistance in impregnating others, and heaped well-deserved praise upon the amazing Mama Rulli. And while we were unsuccessful in our efforts to get Sinner on the Nook or get Lino to release Generation Cross Volume Two, I feel that we have accomplished everything we can as a fan club. I also believe that all of our writers are talented enough to start their own ventures in Catholic Media and be wildly successful.

After all, we learned from the best.

So we bid adieu. As far as a personal post from me, I can't praise Lino enough for what he's done in my life. Because of him, I became Catholic and met my wife. And now we're having a baby! Seriously, aside from people in my family, Lino Rulli has had more influence on my life than anyone else. This post I wrote on his birthday sums everything up.

There might be a few more posts today from our writers saying goodbye, but after Jan. 13, 2012, this blog will cease to be updated. By the end of the month, catholicguyshow.com will actually redirect to Lino's own web site, but catholicguyshow.blogspot.com will forever stand as a monument to our love of Lino Rulli. Also, our twitter feed, twitter.com/catholicguyshow, will be given to Lino to do as he wants. We're hoping that he takes advantage of it's 3,500+ followers and uses it to tell listeners what's coming up on each show.

We'll miss writing about Lino Rulli, but we're confident in our future.

Below is a list of sites where you can go to keep following all of our writers.

dustin Faber - dustinfaber.com, thecatholiclovebirds.com
Allicia Faber - thecatholiclovebirds.com, twitter.com/alliwait
LaJuan Tallo - woundedfaithful.blogspot.com, twitter.com/lktallo
Elaine Payne - facebook.com/elaine.payne, Elaine's Google+
Krista D'Amore - twitter.com/kcdamore
Jamie McAdams - Romancatholiccop.com, twitter.com/JamieMc4525
Jim Bitz (Doug in Kansas) - Napoleon LivestockJim's Facebook
Fr. Jim Chern - msunewman.com, chernjam.blogspot.com

Thank you so much for reading our work. God bless you.

dustin, Allicia, LaJuan, Elaine, Krista, Jamie, Jim and Fr. Jim.

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