Tuesday, May 07, 2019

When Good Luck Looks Like New Jersey

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" Did you see that the U.S., Russia, and China are squabbling over the new shipping lanes opened up in the Arctic Sea? Well, they had better tread lightly, because Sedna has gotten wind of it, and She is pissed to the plimsol line. I personally hope She smites the politicians first and the ship captains second, but I don't particularly care what order She chooses. Transporting crude oil across seas that are thawed because of the burning of crude oil is just ... oh, for the love of fruit flies. How bad can it get?


You go, Goddess! Feed them all to the polar bears!

Well, that first little bit is not my main sermon of the day. I just read about it on page 10 in the New York Times and thought it was a new low, even for the Orange Menace and his minions.

My sermon is about appreciating the great good luck I have had to live in the post-industrial-apocalyptic-and-climate-change-inducing state of New Jersey.

Last fall I took yet another foray to an event called FaerieCon, hoping I would like it better this time. I didn't. There was even a notable Pagan speaker there, and I attended her workshop, but the whole thing still smelled like Teen Spirit to me.

Anyway, I was sitting in the Pagan workshop, thinking to myself, "Can there be any less hospitable place for a Pagan workshop than a conference room in a Marriott?" when the woman next to me turned to me and said, "Oh, isn't this wonderful? I drove all the way from Ohio to attend this! I'm so happy! No one where I live understands me at all."

Imagine that. I had driven a whopping 100 miles to the event. I even resented that distance. Imagine needing to drive several hundred miles just to lay eyes on a group of Pagans! I'm sure I would throw up my hands and return to the Christian fold, grumbling all the way. Okay well, maybe not.

My point is that over this past weekend, I got together with a few dozen crazy faerie-loving Spoutwood people, and wowsa, we meshed well!

How well, you ask?

Try this: Instead of looking at me sideways when they heard I had flown to Salt Lake City to meet an Andean Condor in an aviary, they all wanted to see pictures!

Speaking of pictures, here I am with my party program and #1 Andy Fan party hat on the day of!


Yes, the sun shone bright on Salt Lake City that day.

What I'm telling myself is this: I grew up in the mountains and miss them every day. But where I live now gives me wonderful opportunities to find people who won't judge me harshly. Yes indeed, I have heard many a comment in the vein of, "Why the hell would you fly all that way just to see a bird?" But not from my friends. Not. From. My. Friends.

I have found the mother lode of eccentric people, all well within driving distance ... and for that I thank all the Gods and Goddesses of multiple pantheons, known and forgotten by history.

If you're that poor gal from Ohio, have faith! It took me a long time to wind my way to the weird. Keep at it. The race is to the steady, not the swift.

Artwork by the incomparable Thalia Took.

7 comments:

neha mumbai escorts said...

Welcome to Mumbaihotcollection.com, home of the finest Mumbai escorts in Mumbai area. Our Mumbai escorts are the finest Mumbai has to offer and will provide an unforgettable Mumbai Escort experience!
Escorts in mumbai
Escort service in mumbai
Mumbai escorts
Mumbai call girls
Call girls in mumbai
Escorts mumbai
Mumbai escorts services
Gurgaon escorts
Independents mumbai escorts
Mumbai escorts independents
Mumbai Escorts services
Escort service in mumbai
Escorts in delhi
Escort service in delhi
delhi escorts service

anne marie in philly said...

I didn't think your trip was weird. it was your birthday, you wanted to see a condor, what's NOT to like? and people who think you are weird are to be shunned.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, as they say, "your vibe attracts your tribe!" Or, dare I say it? "Birds of a feather flock together!"

JACKIESUE said...

I think I would love to go to one of those..

e said...

Being a bit of a Pollyanna, it makes me happy that you found a way to appreciate both the FaerieCon and New Jersey. We find meaning when we wish to, yes?

And, since you mentioned your amazing trip to Utah to visit Andy, I will tell you that I thought of you recently when a friend sent me a mailing that included a postcard of California condors feeding among oak trees. I would gladly send it to you!

(Also, thanks for the link to Hardscrabble Creek!)

Bohemian said...

Winding one's way to the Weird is always so worth the Journey, no matter how long it took!

URGENT LOAN said...

Hello Everybody,
My name is Mrs Sharon Sim. I live in Singapore and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of $250,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 3 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of $250,000.00 SG. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs Sharon, that refer you to him. contact Dr Purva Pius, call/whats-App Contact Number +918929509036 via email:(urgentloan22@gmail.com) Thank you.