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So, How Was Your Day Yesterday?
So, How Was Your Day Yesterday?
I had a very unique day yesterday. I had to get somewhere, which involved a few buses and a train and bad, bad timing.
When I first get on the bus up here, there's some guy on his cell phone who has the attention of everyone on the bus. He's some weird fundie type, talking about The Bible and how all members of organized religion are going to Hell. That he has studied The Bible, he has read it all, he has looked. There is no reference to Lent, Good Friday or Easter. All that is mentioned is the resurrection, therefore, anyone who celebrates any of those things is a Pagan. Then he starts on Christmas trees in church and how all the priests and ministers who allow decorations are hellbound and that we know Christmas isn't Christ's birthday, but Buddha's birthday, so to celebrate it is the work of Satan. He was really pissing off all the good Baptists on the bus, let me tell you. I expected the ladies to organize a lynch mob at any second.
You know, a little knowledge with someone who isn't too bright is a dangerous thing. This guy was not only a zealot, holier than thou, judgmental as fuck, but a prime candidate to be snatched up by some weird Christian cult. I really do wish he had been preaching to the people on the bus, instead of one of his friends, as I wanted to blow holes in his story.
Well, as today is Ash Wednesday, I feel the need to comment on what this guy was saying. Lent dates back to the early Christians and it's to emulate Jesus's forty days in the desert, when he withdrew to go and contemplate. Which is what a good Catholic is supposed to do, starting today. Give up something you love but don't need for survival. Look at all creature comforts Jesus gave up during his forty days. Lent started as a time for those who had converted to Christianity to contemplate and renew their faith and for new converts to learn the ways, before they were baptized. However, most modern Catholics only observe not eating meat on Fridays during Lent.
However, even Friday wasn't set in stone as the day of fasting and eating fish to remind you of Jesus and his symbol, but Wednesday was used, as it was the day of Judas's betrayal and even Saturday, which was to honor the Virgin Mary. It all depended on how you were raised.
Next we have the last supper. The last supper was actually a Passover Seder. I don't know if it's still true, I need input from those who are practicing Jews on this one. Is lamb still part of a Passover Seder? I ask because at that time, if you lived close enough to the temple, you went to the temple to get a lamb that was properly blessed for Passover for Seder. Jesus and his crew didn't have one, Jesus told them the wine was his blood, the bread was his body. After his crucifixion, the apostles decided this meant that Jesus was the lamb at the meal and this is something the church still preaches, with Jesus being the Lamb of God. But Judas left early, Jesus tried to keep the rest of his drunken after dinner crowd awake to pray and the next thing they knew, he was being arrested.
Next is Good Friday. Jesus dies on the cross. We know this happened on a Friday during Passover, the scriptures say so. We actually have evidence this happened during Passover, we know it was spring. We know Good Friday celebrates Christ dying for our sins. He dies, descends into Hell and is resurrected on the third day. I used to have a friend who went to Catholic school. Every Good Friday, I knew to expect the call and exactly what I would hear... "Christ is dead. Let's go raise hell."
So, next is Easter Sunday. The day of the resurrection. Yes, the name is taken from the Saxon Pagan holiday of Eastre, which commemorated the start of the growing season, fertility and all of that. However, we know the resurrection took place in spring. It was during Passover! I find it odd how the Church decided to calculate Easter. Instead of the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring, it really should be the first Sunday of Passover, as that is when Christ died. I also find it odd that people eat ham to commemorate the death and resurrection of an Orthodox Jew. Lamb makes sense. But ham?
OK, next this guy went on about Christmas. How it's Buddha's birthday and the birthday of some other "pagan" deity, but I missed the name. However, it sounded suspiciously like Siddhartha Gautama, who became Buddha. Either way, he's wrong. Buddha's birthday is celebrated by all in either April or May. Nowhere near Christmas.
The Christmas tree? Eh, I covered that months ago in It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like... Stupidity. I'm not going to rehash it here.
But he turned out to be the highlight of my day. I wish I hadn't had to have gotten off the bus downtown, as I was enjoying listening to his stupidity and misinterpretations. The rest of the day wasn't so hot.
I finally get back on a bus that's running late. I get to the train station with three minutes to spare. So of course, I say to the conductor, "don't leave without me!" as I rush to the ticket machine. Just as my tickets and change drop and I head for the train doors, I hear the ding and the doors close. Not another train for an hour. UGH!
I finally get to where I need to be, do what I have to do. So what do I have to do? The used book shop has a table outside with a bunch of books for $1. One catches my attention just walking by, as it's a horror anthology I had been looking for. So of course, I have to browse. And browse. And get back to the train station 5 minutes after the train left. Heh.
I finally get back to Newark. At 6:27. My bus home left at 6:25 and of course, as the train was late, the bus had to be on time for once. I swear, I can count the number of times in the two years I've lived here that the bus has been on time on the fingers of my hands. OK, so it wasn't so bad, as the buses still run every half hour that early in the evening. Besides, I have my book and I want to finish the one story I was reading when the train got back to the station.
But as I'm reading on the bench in the gate area, I realize, I have this white dot in my field of vision. Weird. I only notice it while I'm reading, though. I get on the bus, try to start to read again, it's larger. I look at the back of the seat in front of me. Yep. Zig-zag, irridescent pattern. I've got an aural migraine. Hurray for me! So I put down the book, pop a few Advil and wait for the broken glass pattern to go away from my right eye, or to move out of the field of vision. This is when I start paying attention to my surroundings and the other people on the bus. There's this guy who is stoned out of his gourd, not only can't he manage to stay on his seat, he falls off every time the bus starts or stops, but he's asking people if they want to buy some drugs and why doesn't his mother approve of him selling drugs, look at all the money he made today and he pulls out a wad of cash. Idiot. We all did our best to ignore him. I was very happy that he wasn't going as far as I was.
I finally get home, cold, tired, too tired to sleep though. So of course, I ended up staying up way too late, but with a vague sense of accomplishment. I finally did managed to warm up enough to go and make something for dinner. I finally did wake up enough to sleep. Which caused me to sleep until 3:30 this afternoon.
So, how was your day yesterday? I hope it was better than mine.
3/2/2006 2:58 am
It takes alot to impress me, so that's saying alot.
"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur
3/4/2006 3:43 am
Dysgyzed, ah... But right after the Tribulation, when the righteous are whisked into Heaven, come the three days of darkness, when demons will roam free. The only candles that will burn will those that are properly blessed by a Catholic priest. A cross will appear in the sky that will warn humanity to repent and convert and accept Jesus into their hearts. During the days of darkness, anyone who ventures out, or even peers out a window will die, ripped apart by demons and dragged into Hell. Which means, CNN won't be able to film those street preachers who venture out to try to send the demons back to hell. But after this? this is what doesn't make any sense. Jesus will return to Earth and rule over those who are left in a world of perfect harmony and love for 1000 years. So who's getting the short end of the stick here?
But the idiot who was begging to get mugged got off the bus in a decent section of town. So, if he fell asleep on the bench in the bus shelter, instead of someone robbing him, it would be more likely someone driving by would get the emergency blanket out of their trunk and cover him. Heh.
3/8/2006 4:59 am
In Greece we only have lamb and a whole one done ona spit,on Easter Sunday.|
Lent has just started which in the Orthodox faith is going without animal products for 40 days,which some do but others like my self just do the last week as we call it here Holy week,Wednesday and Friday all year round fish to eat,even as kids in Britain we had that at school.
Greek and Eastern orthodox Easter is still on the old calender,while Christmas is on the new for Greece but for Russia and Serbia is on the old.Plus on the four Fridays before easter lots of Church stuff.
Holy week is celebrated big time here,from the burning of Judas and walking round each town with the body of Christ for his Funeral.
I enjoyed your post thankyou
3/9/2006 3:20 am
papy, all people here do is, if they're Catholic, they try to give something up for Lent and fail miserably. They eat fish on Fridays and then hit church for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. They they have an Easter egg hunt for the kids and then eat spiral ham and get pissed at me for asking why they eat ham to commemmorate the life of Jesus. |
But the burning of Judas? I thought he hung himself, so why the effigy? That's actually something fascinating I'd like to hear more about. Even the walking around each towns. Nothing like that happens here.
6/12/2006 3:14 am
Sounds like alot of trouble~|