So, I got a call today from my new friend, James, the NY Times reporter who has been working on the story to unmask the secret scary vast conspiracy to funnel money from rightwing political covert ops into Christian ministries in Hollywood. He was calling to say the piece he interviewed me for is running in this Sunday's Times - the front page of the lifestyle section. It was very nice of him to call.
Anyway, here's a funny exchange we had in the course of today's conversation...call it Round 3.
James: I hope you'll be okay with this. In my article, I referred to you as "a Catholic activist."
Barb: Forgive me, but what the heck is a Catholic activist?
James: (laughing nervously) Well, you know, somebody who is really into organizing Catholic things.
Barb: But, I don't organize Catholic things. I am the executive director of an interdenominational non-profit --
James: Yeah. Yeah...I know...but I had to call you something.
Barb: You could have called me the executive director of an interdenominational non-profit organization.
James: Yeah. Well.....[cough]
I dunno...I think calling me an "activist" makes me sound much more nasty and unbending and menacing, don't you? I think it makes me sound like someone with whom "mainstream Americans" would probably not want to play foosball or something. But, I do think it might be a nice monniker to use on Jesus some day at the gates of heaven:
Me (to Jesus standing at the Gates of Heaven): I think you have to let me in.
(Jesus raises the Divine-resurrected body eyebrow)
Me: I'm one of your activists. The NY Times said so.
Jesus: Cool. Wanna play foosball?