I am just back from a two-day legal seminar in San Antonio, where I learned how best to defend drunk drivers and sexual predators -- I was surprised by the dearth of case law relating to pedophile priests, but I think I know why that is. Anyway, I am cheap, so I did not want to pay for a $109 room with $28-a-day valet parking in the plush downtown hotel where the criminal defense association was holding the conclave (gotta get those continuing legal education hours in). Instead, I paid $4 a day both days to park on one of those unattended lots where you fold up dollar bills as if you were a magician, stuffing them into slotted coin box on threat of towing and a hefty service bill. Also, I stayed at a Days Inn on the way out of town to the east.
This required a freeway trip downtown or, as the clerk suggested, driving straight down East Houston Street, which in San Antonio is rather an African-American enclave, with a stretch of the street named as a memorial to Rosa Parks. One passes small mom and pop restaurants, cut-rate convenience stories, and a miniscule shopping center on either side of a Jack-in-the-Box hamburger joint and a Walgreen's drug store. I say miniscule because about the only other place I saw was a Dollar General. I mean, this neighborhood is part of Romney's 47.
In one block along the way there was a Baptist church and a "psychic" business. With the Great Randy, I say there is nothing at all worth describing as "psychic," there are only guesses, coincidences, and legerdemain. But when you stop and think about it,
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSYCHICS AND BAPTISTS
Because I took East Houston four times, I thought my eyes had deceived me the first and second time, but on the third I caught it: the church and psychic are more or less at opposite ends of the block. Not only that, but they both have those mobile outdoor signs where you can put plastic red lettering into slots build into the contraptions. The psychic sign read
HAVE A QUESTION? WE WILL ANSWER
while the Baptist sign read:
WANT AN ANSWER? ASK US A QUESTION
These poor, deluded fools were trying to outdo each other, on opposite sides and ends of the street. Mind you, when I was studying occultism I was a believer in psychic phenomena, and in that time fundamentalist church leaders were excoriating psychics as "the spawn of Satan," even labeling astrology as a cult. Seems to me the preachers were getting jealous of a growing popularity in "Aquarian" accoutrements. They were, unconsciously, admitting that God and astrology are both bogus. However, I have to admit, although I now reject any possibility of God, I still amuse myself with astrology.