Thursday, July 27, 2006

So Where Have I Been All This Time?

Honestly, I’ve got a very good excuse for not having much a presence here lately. As you can see, I’ve been taken in by a cult populated by strange and unusual characters:

The blond-ish older woman in the second row of the group is our leader.
We call her the Great Intergalactic Space Mother.

She’s an emissary from the Gorflon galaxy, who has taken human form and lives among us to prepare our planet for the coming of her Gorflonian brothers and sisters, whom we call the Great Intergalactic Space Aunts and Uncles.
They have a wondrous message of peace and harmony for this planet, which they will share as soon as we are prepared to receive it.

Great Intergalactic Space Mother is teaching us the Gorflonian philosophies to get us all ready. I’m still too much of a neophyte to grasp it all, but the part that I do understand has taught me that the color maroon is deeply, intrinsically evil and must be destroyed. Only when Earth has been cleansed of this color will the Great Intergalactic Space Aunts and Uncles be able to walk among us.

As you can imagine what with all the alms begging, flower selling, and secret missions to pour grey paint on maroon cars, I’ve had little time for blogging. Great Intergalactic Space Mother says that if I prove myself with the car cleansing, then I can graduate to stealing and burning maroon clothing. This would all be so much easier if we didn’t have to wait until the dead of night to undertake our missions. It seems many of the unbelievers consider our acts of purification to be vandalism. Great Intergalactic Space Mother says that we will have to endure our share of persecutions, but we do so gladly and with a benevolent heart, because we know that in the end the Great Intergalactic Space Aunts and Uncles will bring great benefits to all of humanity.

I know it all sounds a little strange, but don't worry about me. The group has been very good. Infact, they've become like a family to me!

Okay so I’m, like, totally kidding…….

Actually that motley crew is most of the Evans-Mitchell brood all together in one place. It’s from our trip to St. Louis over the 4th of July weekend, which is also right before my mother’s birthday. Keith’s mom was wanting to find somewhere in between our place and hers for us to meet, and my brother lives in Saint Louis. Keith and I drove over with my mom, who got to spend time with her grandkids. Keith’s mom drove up with her husband, and we all got together.*

We went out for dinner one evening, and a kindly passerby snapped the pic. Looking at it again:

Back row:
(L-R) Carolyn (my mother...aka Great Intergalactic Space Mother), Danny (my brother), me

Front Row: (L-R) Harley (Mereta's husband), Mereta (Keith's mom), Keith, Mary Pat (Danny’s wife)

The World’s Cutest Nephew and the World’s Cleverest Niece were at home with the babysitter. If I can pry any of the pics Keith took of them away from him, I’ll post a couple.

It was a wild trip. Saint Louis closes several of its bridges to celebrate the 4th of July, which made getting around a little interesting. Still, we had a good time. And I got to meet up with fellow blogger Gordon for ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s) and comic shopping (Star Clipper). He’s a really nice guy and fun to talk to. I’m a little late in saying this, Gordon, but it was great to meet you! I hope things go okay for your father. I’m thinking good thoughts.

*Yes, I know that St. Louis isn't exactly "in between" Louisville and Arkansas, but it still beats the 14 hour drive that it normally takes to go from one of those points to the other.