Soon: Chapters 28-29: Pennies and Celluloid
Straight has given Paul his first contact in the L.A. underground–a guy nicknamed “Specs,” because he is one of the few people who has not had his bad vision completely corrected by laser eye surgery.
WHAT IS THIS, # 3,697 ON THE LIST OF AWESOME THINGS ABOUT ATHEISTOPIA THEY HAVE ALMOST COMPLETELY CURED IMPERFECT VISION IT JUST NEVER ENDS
Straight also tells Paul more fun tidbits about the L.A. Christians:
They use pennies for their little identification symbols (just like that one group used ailanthus leaves and that one other group used medallions with books on them). Straight explains the symbol’s Deep Significance:
“Lincoln was known as Honest Abe, of course, a virtue we want to be known by.”
Yeah-huh. Hey, Straight, maybe you should have thought of that before you lied to Paul for months about what you believed. And maybe Paul should be thinking about it to, what with his not telling Angela for months about his marriage, and not telling Jae for months about his new religion.
“And the [“In God We Trust”] line on there is one thing that took the penny out of circulation.”
Wow. I’m…kinda shocked. Jenkins has hit on something that atheists might actually do if we could–get rid of the stupid “In God We Trust” line on the money that we use just like everyone else. Though I doubt we would have to take anything out of circulation–couldn’t we just take the line off the penny mold for future pennies?
“But because of the color, the penny also represents gold.”
Wait, copper-colored = gold? WHY???
“The line the penny relates to is, ‘I advise you to buy gold from me–gold that has been purified by fire.'”
Um…’kay? HOARD GOLD!!!!
“So Los Angeles is Laodicea. But I’m still not sure why.” [said Paul]
“Laodicea had to bring in its water by aqueduct, for one thing, as L.A. does. And remember what else that passage tells you to buy: ‘ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.’ Laodicea was a big maker of eye salve for the ancient world.” [said Straight]
“L.A.’s movies could be considered eye products today.” [said Paul]
Well, I guess. But they certainly aren’t the first things that pop to my mind as “eye products,” especially since movies are now completely interactive.
“You got it–not to mention what they used to call ‘eye candy’–the beautiful people.” [said Straight]
“Incredible.” [said Paul]
Not really. Bit of a stretch, to be honest.
And before Paul goes to find Specs, he meets for a few minutes with the L.A. NPO chief, “a sixtyish no-nonsense woman named Harriet Johns.”
Hey! HARRIET! Like Hattie Durham!
Harriet is pissed because Bia Balaam is being a jerk to her, just as you would expect a very tall, silver-haired woman with a full-time job to be. Harriet also mentions the fact that they actually have infiltrators already in the L.A. underground, which makes Harriet awesomely good at her job, and which will, of course, have Grave Consequences later.
Next up: Specs, and one of the funniest lines in the book!