June 29, 2005

Gag Reflex, Triggered

Say, someone call me if ever Danny Ainge goes spastic on Oprah, or his wife gets an official church handler to mind her manners for her, or Danny's accountant starts muttering something about "dead agenting" that guy at the IRS, or Dan and the missus lock one of the kids in a hotel room for weeks. I would like to know about any of that.

Ditto Steve Young.

Yeah, no reason.

Posted by Ilyka at June 29, 2005 11:23 PM in hell is other people

Through my life, I've had several Mormon friends, and they've all been great people. And no one has ever tried to convert me -- unlike friends in other religions I could mention. Now my family is living in Utah, we know lots and lots more LDS and I have to say how great they've been to my parents. It really lessened my worry with them being so far away now.

Posted by: Ith at June 30, 2005 12:06 AM

The Mormons may have tried to convert me by sending me a nice copy of the King James Bible, which I still have. And I knew a Catholic girl when I was in junior high who had decided to convert to Mormonism because she was in love with Donny Osmond. So that's 1 present and 1 friendship, and 0 attempts to get me "clear" of my "thetans."

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 30, 2005 12:17 AM

Just so we're "clear" (ha! Ha!), I don't mind people knockin' Mormons. They're knockable enough, and if I'd started writing this blog 15 years ago knockin' Mormons would be all this site would be about.

I do mind when someone's ego won't let them just say, "Wow. I didn't know all that about Scientology. Thanks for the tips, guys," and then leave it at that, without dragging in people who have nothing to do with the gaffe in an effort to change the subject.

It's especially dumb to do it with Mormons, who can be depended upon to vote Republican with more surety than virtually any other subset of Americans you can name. "Social justice" arguments don't sway the Mo's one whit.

Posted by: ilyka at June 30, 2005 01:07 AM

Never been Mormon, but run into a lot of them (living in Utah, that will happen :)). I also used to know a girl who got pulled in by Scientology. As I posted at Ace's, I can safely say that I'd convert to Mormonism five hundred times over before ever walking into a Scientology center.

Posted by: Sonetka at June 30, 2005 01:35 AM

Not saying there aren't things about Mormonism that bother me - there are, and I'd make a lousy Mormon. (The whole ward/bishop system bothers me, from the descriptions I've been given). Still, comparing Mormonism to Scientology is like comparing a gnat to a ravening leopard seal.

Posted by: Sonetka at June 30, 2005 01:38 AM

Ilyka, got ya :) I'm just saying that if I had to live in a town surrounded by Mormons or Scientologists, I'd pick the former. I wouldn't ever be Mormon, but they don't make me back away slowly :)

Posted by: Ith at June 30, 2005 01:54 AM

Yeah, I hear you. But you know, this comment made me snort tea a little bit:

I'm a Frisbyterian.

We believe that when you die your soul goes up on the roof and you can't get it down.

That's not real whack, is it?

Posted by: Margi at June 30, 2005 02:28 AM

Yeah, the Frisbyterians bit was killer. Wasn't that one of the Daves? Dave in Texas maybe? Too many Daves on that blog to keep track of.

Posted by: ilyka at June 30, 2005 02:31 AM

Actually, that's an old quote of Bono's (the U2 guy).

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 30, 2005 03:25 AM

But yeah, Dave in Texas used it. I didn't realize anyone remembered it -- Bono said it to some interviewer back in the 80s.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 30, 2005 03:26 AM

I didn't realize anyone remembered it

Dave in Texas is good at the music trivia (I remember him from the ASV comments), so it figures he would know something like that. He plays in a band in East Texas somewhere I don't remember.

One of all of a handful of people I regretted never meeting while I lived in that state. Kim du Toit, of course, would be another one [/p0ker face].

Posted by: ilyka at June 30, 2005 09:28 AM