Went to the Rose Festival today…

…because my cousins said they’d meet me there, and then they stood me up, so I was in a bad mood. I was heading towards the Burnside Bridge, hoping to catch a 20 bus up to Powells for a little book-and-coffee action to soothe a cranky soul.

And that’s when the evangelist decided it would be a good idea to sneak up on me and yell in my ear.

I did what any woman walking alone would do when subjected to someone sneaking up behind them and shouting in their ear, I jumped near out of my skin and ran forward a few steps (out of grabbing range), then whirled to see who my attacker was, bag swinging in a wide arc.

Mr. Evangelist was standing there with a big smirk on his face, holding a giant sign. “That’s right, sinner!” he declaimed. “God is trying to get your attention!”

I had a vision, then, of going home, making a nun’s outfit from another century, hanging a rosary from my waist. In this getup, I would march into the nearest convenience store, purchase a carton of cigarettes and a cheap lighter. Then, I would return to the Rose Festival, buy a beer, and follow these gentlemen around, a little dumpy, fat, chain-smoking, hard-drinking nun. And I would listen intently to these gentlemen, and laugh and laugh and laugh.

I entertained the fantasy for a while, because I’m broke and jobless and could, justifiably, have myself a little break from reality (plus I have about ten yards of black cotton in the basement, leftover from a quilting project).

I finally decided it was too much work, and told Mr. Evangelist, “First of all, I am saved, washed in the blood of the lamb, and second of all, you, sir, are a jackass”, flipped him off, and headed off to Powells angrier than before.

“Find me a Buddhist,” I muttered under my breath. “I’m ready to sign back up.”

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3 responses to “Went to the Rose Festival today…

  1. honeybones

    My God, thats so appalling. I’ve never noticed that aura of sin hanging over you probably because its NOT THERE!!
    I wouldve hit the man. Hard. In the gootch.

    There were witnesses of the police variety, which is no excuse to resort to physical violence, and stuff… ==Mary Sue

  2. Meet you in Portland next year and we can have a group of dumpy nuns. I don’t smoke but I can carry a beer with the best of them.

  3. Hey, kid, I don’t smoke and don’t drink, but I can cuss really well. So maybe we need a convention of nuns to converge on this evangelist (if you can call someone who yells in your ear a bearer of good news).

    BTW, I’ve tagged you for a meme. See my blog for details. Hope you will participate. Good luck.