Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Pointless Gestures

One of the 300 churches within a five block radius of our offices is holding a daily rosary-praying session for 46 consecutive nights leading up to the Virgen of Guadalupe's feast day on December 12.  Why 46, we have no idea.  But the purpose is to pray for peace in Mexico.



They started this tradition last year, and in the intervening 11 months there have been about 34,000 homicides in Mexico, so the efficacy of this approach is clearly debatable. But far be it from us to criticize other people for wasting 46 consecutive evenings (we'll probably spend 40 of them drinking beer in the Plaza with a dog on our lap). Instead, we just want to highlight the work of one of our neighbors, a man we've noted from time to time, a man with a vision ("Anyone can shout into a megaphone, but if I took two megaphones, mounted them on a pole and hooked them up to a battery powered tape-player..."), a man with a dream ("...I'll get more tail than the parish priest!"). Starting about a month before the October 28 start of the rosary marathon, Ding-dong here was walking the streets day...



...and night...



...urging people to come pray for rosary-peace. If we had to say something positive about his racket-making contraption, it's that it's very well made. You can hear that fucker from about three blocks away. Unfortunately, he walks verrrrry sloooowly up and down every street in the Centro, which means we hear his annoying pre-recorded voice voice saying the same thing over and over and over and over and over again for about 45 minutes every evening. And note the use of the present tense. Even though we're 12 days into the rosaryathon, he's still out there begging people to show up, his message of peace noisily echoing off every wall in our office.

We may be wrong, but we tend to think that the kind of people who are disposed to spend 46 nights in church praying the rosary are the kind of people who already know about the 46-nights-of-praying-the-rosary thing. Can't God find something else for this guy to do?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2011/11/hasta-los-burros-mexicanos-son-considerados-una-amenaza-para-eu/

Crazy Rita said...

You might go to H-E-doublehockeysticks for calling the Man of God a fucker.

Burro Hall said...

Prove to me I'm not already there.