“Come and worship in a traditional church setting, but in a VERY untraditional way. We’ll be using the songs of one of the world’s most popular bands to ‘sing a new song’ to God and to a world that needs to hear a voice of strength, courage, love and peace.”

The Set List
Where the Streets Have No Name

God Part II
Mysterious Ways

[talking — included a shout out to all the non-believers in the house. that was not the exact phrase the preacher lady used. that is a phrase that Donnie Wahlberg uses in “No More Games” (the remix).]

[more talking — this was in fact a litu2rgy]
Pride (in the name of love)

[lotsa talking]
40 + prayers [if i was religious, this would have ruled]
When Love Comes to Town

[escape attempt — thwarted! Elevation the Tribute Band borrowed another of U2’s moves. “Bono” and “The Edge” and “Adam” came strolling down the aisle from the stage singing and playing. Snap! We were nearly busted trying to sneak out. Instead, “Adam” totally nodded at me and said, “hey” or something. And I (whilst singing along and clapping enthusiastically) nodded hey back.]

Love and Peace or Else

[escape! we missed the end of the set but i’m guessing it contained Beautiful Day. if not, they totes dropped the ball. nay, lost the ball.]

On our way out, a man and a woman were following right behind us and we thought it was a boyfriend and a girlfriend, the girlfriend rather loudly arguing with him about how much he put in the donation box. HOWEVER — it was actually a woman accusing a vagrant-y type of stealing from the donation box. “They help the helpless but the helpless are not allowed to help themselves.” (Charlie B.)

And yes, of course, every time they said “help the helpless” in their u2charist, i thought fondly of Angel Investigations.

In Review

1. Taming of the Shrew
The dancing was lovely. The costumes were beautiful. But man, does the story fill me with rage. It didn’t help that the ballerina playing Katherina looked 12, so in addition to it being a story about destroying a woman’s spirit, it was reminiscent of Law & Order SVU. Drunken ass kidnaps 12-year-old and starves her into loving him. I’ve seen that episode more than once.

2. Anti-war rally
Excellent turnout, sunny day, good to state one’s opinion. New buttons on my bag.

3. St. Patrick’s Day
The gang: S’rain, Michelle, Sarah, Forbes, Ola, Nadine for a minute, and S. Markle for an hour.
The booze: 5 Bloody Caesars. 5 extra shots. 6 vodkas. 8 Bailey’s. 2 whiskeys. 8 Long Islands. 4 Tom Collins (called for the day “Michael Collins”). 12 half-pints of Guinness. 4 Amsterdam Blondes. 3 pints Guinness. 1 Moosehead. A few free rounds of Jägermeister.
Of note: No one barfed. We wrote a lovely song called “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and wore sparkly green top hats.

4. Battlestar Galactica
Forbes & I are nearly caught up. Just one more episode (well, plus tonight’s). Which means we saw the very exciting “Maelstrom.” I adore this show.

5. Premonition
Erino and I should have known better. What a suckfest. It felt about 3 hours long (and was only 90 minutes). There was one kinda spooky creepy part … that’s it. About 3/4 in, out of nowhere, the movie hits ya on the head with its traditional Christian values. Wha? And Sandra B. wears about 90 different pajama outfits. And there’s a hugging montage. Not even joking. However, on the plus side, the fountain pop at the Market Square Rainbow Cinema was top notch.

I think I’ll watch The 39 Steps now so I can remember what good thrillers are like. Peace and carrots.