For those of you who faithfully read my blog, I apologize for the lack of posts recently that are relevant to NYC. There’s a reason for the shortage–I promise! Some big changes have been in the works the past couple of days. I will wait a few more days to post in-depth about them for fear of possibly jinxing myself. Patience is not my virtue, but for the next week I’m trying to pretend I am calm and composed during times of change. Note: this is clearly a front. (Don’t worry, I’m not dying my hair pink or converting to some arcane religious sect…hopefully you weren’t assuming such things, though.)
I think in an attempt to explain I made this sound more exciting than it actually is, but I will tell all soon enough. In the meantime, I stumbled upon this website that had me wondering if my eyesight had totally given out on me and had to share it. Have you ever read something that makes you think, “Wow, that’s a little much.” Well of course you have, but this website (www.christwire.org) will take the cake.
Under the header “Mission,” the site defines its purpose: “Together, in this community, you and your Moral Leaders will combat the evil liberals of this world and once again ensure that a bit of freedom and righteousness once again permeates every country, and let those who don’t abide by our teachings know the eternal pit of hellfire shall be awaiting!”
Alright, come the eff on here, buddy. Obviously this guy has watched Jesus Camp a few too many times. The main reason I even care to share this site is because some of the articles really will make you laugh. For instance…
Yes, this site states as fact that cats are one of earth’s most Godless creatures. Don’t be alarmed to learn that I would have to agree with that, citing my allergies to cats as proof. (Numerous cats have tried to take me down on various occasions–possibly a conspiracy) Nevertheless, some man with way too much time on his hands made a video explaining that his cat is indeed a Christian. It’s worth a watch.
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve officially spent way too much time discussing a website, but I hope it makes someone out there laugh like it did me.
Lastly, please feel free to e-mail me your address (@ firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can send you postcards and fond greetings from the Big Apple. I love to send mail just about as much as I love to receive it, so don’t be a stranger.
Final food for thought: ( no pun intended)
After referring to my new home as the Big Apple, I started to wonder how it got its nickname. “It must be all the apple trees,” I thought. Yeah, right. I finally found out the other day how it came to be. If you were ever curious, read on…
In the early 1920s, “apple” was used in reference to the many racing courses in and around New York City. Apple referred to the prizes being awarded for the races – as these were important races, the rewards were substantial.
Based on the research of Barry Popik, the use of “Big Apple” to refer to New York City became clearer. Popik found that a writer for the New York Morning Telegraph, John Fitzgerald, referred to New York City’s races “Around the Big Apple.” It is rumored that Fitzgerald got the term from jockeys and trainers in New Orleans who aspired to race on New York City tracks, referring to the “Big Apple.”
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, New York City’s jazz musicians began referring to New York City as the “Big Apple.” An old saying in show business was “There are many apples on the tree, but only one Big Apple.” New York City being the premier place to perform was referred to as the Big Apple. In 1930 a popular song “The Big Apple” helped solidify the nickname.
A 1971 campaign to increase tourism to New York City adopted the Big Apple as an officially recognized reference to New York City. The campaign featured red apples in an effort to lure visitors to New York City. It was hoped that the red apples would serve as a bright and cheery image of New York City, in contrast to the common belief that New York City was dark and dangerous. Since then, New York City has officially been The Big Apple.