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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
So, I get up too late for the 8 a.m. Mass this morning, because I'm lame (both senses: I'm lazy, plus, my ankle was hurting and I had a leg cramp), so I go to the parish that has a 9 a.m. Mass Mon-Thurs. Oh, but not today, see, because we're havin' us a primurry eliction and the church is a polling station.

No siree, can't have Mass when the church is a polling station. Fully 5% of eligible voters are expected to turn up, and daily Mass draws at least fifteen people. Crowd control could become an issue. Plus, if some people are voting in the social hall, and others are having Mass in the church, then what about the wall of separation between church and state, like the Constitution says?

So then this short old redneck opens the door.

HIM: You wanna come in?

ME: Why would I want to do that?

HIM: You looked like you wanted to come in.

ME: I know how to open the door when there's Mass.

Using a Catholic church for Mass? He evidently decided I was one of them nutters (funny, cuz I did'n look like one of them Latinos or nothin') and withdrew into his electoral cave. Europeans and Americans, man, we know what churches are for: in Europe, for concerts and tourism; in America, for polling stations.