Friday, January 13, 2012

NOSTALGIA

Gas being as expensive as it is and my truck being on its last legs, I haven't been able to take one of these in a very long time.  But my all-time favorite vacation used to be a drive through the American Southwest.

I always drove, I never flew.  I am by birth and temperament a Westerner so I had to see the land, not fly over it in a hurry to get someplace else.  And I had to see all of the land and I had to take as much time as I possibly could doing it.

I needed Kansas and eastern Colorado to appreciate the Rockies and the Rockies to appreciate Kansas and eastern Colorado.  I needed southern Utah to appreciate northern Arizona and northern New Mexico and I needed all of them to appreciate north Texas.

I took one of these trips with my dad once(really not a smart move as Pop was never the easiest guy in the world to travel with) but I drove the rest of them alone.  And that was another thing I loved about those roadies.

You can think uninterrupted out there all by yourself.  You can pray or just be still and know that He is God.  When you're not doing that, you can listen to KTNN, 660 AM on your radio dial, the Voice of the Navajo Nation. 

KTNN's music is country and most of the talking's actually in Navajo.  And believe me, there is nothing better in the world to listen to when you're driving through the desert.

The souvenir places are all pretty much the same, as Southwest as all get out, but I love them anyway.  Indian jewelry.  "Indian" or "Mexican" blankets that were probably made in China.

On one trip, I actually bought one of those blankets.  I don't remember what I paid for it but it wasn't much.  And it's currently decorating a chair here in the Bad Vestments office as I write this.

I have absolutely no idea why I thought of all that just now.

20 comments:

Isaiah 3:12 said...

If only the Navajo had inoculated that rag with usurper pox.

Anonymous said...

This picture says more about the bishop than mere poor taste.

Richmonde said...

I once knew a minister who wore Guatemalan braces - lovely man. I don't think he'd have done the whole hand-woven thing.

the Feds said...

Maybe because the (ahem) female bishop impersonator seems to be wearing a particularly hideous indian blanket, (purchased at Walmart, manufactured in China?)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your great site. Ms Jefferts-Shori's theology is ridiculous; if possible, her liturgical taste and "pontificalia" (if a non-bishop's vestments can be called pontificalia) are even more absurd!!!

Happy to be an EX-Episcopalian priest!!!!!

Midwestnorwegian said...

Something tells me she smells like the back of the horse and the saddle from which that came.

Fr. Chris Larimer said...

I think it's giving the deacon behind her heartburn.

Chas said...

What grumpy commenters. Does it count for nothing to show solidarity with indigenous people y los campesinos?

Gail Finke said...

I don't think the cape is bad if she's wearing it in the area where they make that cloth (BIG IF) and if that cloth is normall used for cape-like garments and not skirts. I don't know what it's normally used for. But it looks silly on the miter.

Confessor said...

Well, Chas

The occasion had nothing to do with Navajo native Americans. It was a service in Alabama.

Since the Episcopal church has closed most of its ministries to native Americans under her watch, it may be assumed the PB has no sense of solidarity with indigenous people.

Our grumpiness has to do with the PB's imperious actions against real Christians and her lack of theological solidarity with real Christianity.

The Underground Pewster said...

You know, I think she may have gotten that serape from Clint Eastwood. Now which character was he: Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Unknown said...

who would have thought recycled copes, what a way to save the planet.

Chas said...

@Confessor:

I left out the [irony] [/irony] tags. My mistake. You needed them.

(Not using pointy brackets deliberately here.)

Chris said...

I think I'd like to suggest a moratorium on photos of KJS on this blog, for two reasons:

(1) We already know her taste in vestments, we don't need more proof.

(2) Her appearance inevitably inspires too many commenters to attack the wearer instead of the vestment.

Keisha said...

Somewhere, the other half of the drapes feel lonely.

Yianni said...

Ever notice how otherwise insane Mexican color schemes look GREAT down in Mexico (i.e. houses painted pink, chartreuse and orange), but when you try them back home in Iowa, they go back to looking insane again? Partly, it's the tequila I suppose...

Anonymous said...

Christopher Johnson:

ROFL on your post on this one!!!!!
Thanks it's better to laugh than scream.

Janis Williams said...

Why is the female bird always more colorful in the clerical aviary?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the indigenous folks are thinking: does not that silly white lady realize how silly she looks?

Anonymous said...

If the mitre fits... She is a public figure, doing rather wacky things. She is fair game for mockery and ridicule!