Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Long Weekend

I was out of town for a few days. Before I get to the nice parts of my trip, I'll discuss a fellow passenger on my return flight. It's good to get the bad out of the way first, and it connects to the discussion thread in my most recent post in which I described my ambivalence about the upcoming Court appointments.

On the Portland to Oakland leg of my trip home, I sat next to a right wing Catholic. As soon as I sat down, I could tell he was one of those people who want to talk from take-off to landing. Was he lonely, nervous, or just plain evil? You decide.

I think it started out by his telling me about the Jesuit school his nephews attend in Southern California. That topic led to his lecturing me about liberals, Marxism, the bible, Catholicism, and vegetarianism. I was so good at not arguing with him; I deserve a ticket to heaven for my grace.

He told me he was very pleased about the new pope. The liberal Catholics need a "good swift kick in the pants." I asked him what he thought was so liberal about the church. He said he was troubled by interpretations of Vatican II. I asked what he meant and could he give me some examples. For one, alter girls -- God never meant for girls to serve on the alter. Just like the home, where God intends for man to provide and woman to serve, the church also needs for men and women to adhere to gender roles of leaders and followers. Vatican II only advised placing girls at the alter when there were no boys available. Priests everywhere are failing in their duties to recruit boys. He also blames "feminazis" for leading the church astray -- he really used that term.

Rather than disagree, I tried to ask questions that would elicit talk of his lived experiences as I felt pretty bored with the recitations of AM radio. Since he kept quoting so much scripture, I asked if he had ever considered becoming a priest. Turns out he did, but by the time he went to check out seminaries, the priesthood had already been taken over by the "pinkos." The men led such secular lives -- reading whatever they liked including pornography and drinking, he decided he may as well live on the outside.

I could go on and on quoting him and sharing his thoughts. I believe it might even be educational. It's guys like him who got George W. elected to two terms. But I'd end up writing a really long entry, and people would skim and not comment. How boring would that be?

The good stuff...

My brother John and his wife Tonya celebrated 10 years of marriage with a party and gathering at a place on the southwest coast of Washington.

We stayed at the Tradewinds in a place called Tokeland. It's a funky 60s motelish kitchenette kind of place. I'm so bummed to hear the owners are going to sell it to people who plan to bring it upscale.

Here's the view outside all the rooms:

Any Northwest people who have the opportunity, ought to check it out while rooms still go for $80 a night. My aunt says it's best to go during the week because it's really quiet. I say it's best to pack in all your food because there is nothing but an Indian casino (serving really good burgers if you like such things) and a cigarette stand (that used to sell fry bread) within miles of the place. Lucky for me, Johnya hooked us up good for the party -- fresh crab, salmon, and all sorts of beverages I regretted the morning after the big party.

Since we flew in to Portland (normally, I'd fly to Seattle), we had to go through a bunch of old, depressed logging towns. We stopped for a meal in one of them and had such a treat. We ate at The Shire and were totally impressed. I had a nice salmon filet over organic greens, and my stepmom/traveling companion had a delicious tuna steak. Who knew we had options in Chehalis, Washington?

It was great to see my family. Look how much John Jr. has grown!

11 Added Something:

Blogger hostile17 quipped...

mmmmm fry bread...!(trying to do my best Homer imitation)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger Dirty Dan Sin quipped...

A) your picture proves that you are as fetching as ever...jr is a cutie too!


B) 'deserving a ticket to heaven' is likely to get you a seat for eternity next to exactly the same kind of blowhard.


C) mmmmm, fryyyyyy breaaaad. (that's my Homie)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:58:00 AM  
Blogger cloudy quipped...

I am amazed you showed such restraint on the plane, I would rather have my eyes pecked out by crows. Glad you had a nice party with your family.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Chuy quipped...

What a lovely picture of you and your nephew...cuteness runs in the family! I am impressed with how you handled yourself on the plane. Not merely because you had to put up with a right-wing nut, but because you engaged him in conversation. I hate people who talk to you on the plane...hate them! I get on, pull out my book and don't allow anyone to strike up a conversation. If they say something, I ignore them. Just leave me alone.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous eli quipped...


Tuesday, July 12, 2005 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous anna quipped...

one thing mr. right-wing and I can agree on: I'd rather watch altar boys serve on the altar any day over altar girls. (personal preference)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:20:00 PM  
Anonymous robin quipped...

wow! I usually do what chuy does on an airplane. but, i'd like to think someday - just for fun - i'd get inside the head of a guy like your seatmate.

northwest coast looks beautiful! sounds like it was fun

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous supermosca quipped...

Some of my best friends are guys on that plane! It amuses me when I make just one short comment of disagreement-- they slap it back and then it goes away. Back to talking about things we do have in common.

I hate people who talk on the plane to me or each other - Kathy you should of said as you were leaving: by the way I'm a legal aid lawyer and I was an alter girl (even if it's a lie).

In the grand scheme of it all - - does anyone really think God gives a rats ass about the sex of alter servers.

Words from a feminazi: Even though we were chosen by God (if you believe that) to give birth to the messiah and even though women who ate at table with Jesus were persecuted and called whores and even though it's apparent that Jesus traveled with women like no else had at the time -- I just don't understand where in the Gospels Jesus mandates treating women different from men - he drank from the cup of a Samaritan woman (that would have been a dirty thing back then)-- that sexism crap all comes from Paul - not Jesus, historically Jesus himself did things that would have been "feminazi" for that time- little things like letting women eat at table with him.

Cute picture of K&Baby. K you look very natural with that baby - - you're even glowing!

alright so the other guy got his eyes poked out -- big deal. Y'all are assuming he went to hell (if it exists). We don't know.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Bionica quipped...

Are there blowhards in heaven?

I thought they weren't allowed in.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:56:00 PM  
Anonymous ed sheff quipped...

oh yes... fond memories of Tokeland. believe it or not,
Toke-Land is where we used to buy our drugs back in high school. drugs, fry bread, and illegal fireworks.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:40:00 PM  
Anonymous ed sheff quipped...

oh yeah, props to big sis for biting her lip and letting the bible-belt speak his fanatically warped Christian mind. not that you should have even engaged in that discussion in the first place--you being a feminazi alter girl loving pinko lawyer, and all.

you’re right, its folks like him who elected Bush into two terms.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:53:00 PM  

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