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JSOR & eating - trinalin thinks things through
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JSOR & eating
Mom, dad and I went to another Jesus Seminar on the Road this weekend. The hyperbolic paraboloid UU church that we've been to before was hosting another JSOR. Hal Taussig and Kathleen Corley were the guest speakers. Kathleen is the first female Fellow of the Jesus Seminar that I've met. They spent a lot of time on the session focusing on 1st century eating & burial habits. That sounds rather uninteresting, but it turned out to be quite fascinating. The biggest thing to get your mind around is that everyone at the "supper clubs" were reclining. Oddly enough, you never see depictions of the Last Supper with everyone reclining.

After the Friday evening session, the folks and I went out for "second supper" with Richard, the pastor at the UU church my folks and I sometimes attend. Dad ordered Nachos Nuevos thinking "huevos" and wondering what nachoes with eggs on would be like. (Actually, he knew it wasn't eggs, he just couldn't remember what nuevo meant.) We'd had supper at Applebees before the session and second supper at Applebees was a nice idea. I was able to order the dessert shooter I'd been eying at supper time. Plus we got 10% off thanks to our hotel room cards.

We attended most of the Saturday workshops, and dad did a "Come to Jesus (Seminar)" speech after lunch. But then we had to leave early in order to reach Englewood by 5pm. My uncle Bob (mom's second older brother) is turning 70 on Halloween, so his wife decided we should have a surprise birthday party for him at Tumbleweed's (a steak restaurant). Both of Bob's kids were able to come - Rob (and his wife Mele) from Virginia, and Shelly (and her girls, Mallory & Brooke) from Indiana. Bob & mom's other brother, Doug, and his wife & kids were also able to attend.

Despite the long drive, we managed to arrive at the restaurant first. Rob & Mele arrived next, followed shortly by Doug, Charlene & Patty. We got ourselves seated & drinks ordered and waited for the birthday boy to arrive. We had also informed the waiter & waitress taking our orders that we had a birthday celebration taking place. Eventually Madeline & Bob arrived and we all shouted "Surprise!" much to the amusement of other eaters.

I sat at the end of the table with Shelly and her girls and Patty. I remembered the days when we cousins, along with my sister, would stay at Grandma & Grandpa's for weekends. We didn't get to spend as much time with Shelly since she was a bit older (Patty's only 6 months my senior) and lived further away. But we did have some times together.

The food was good and Madeline brought a cream puff cake for the dessert. She even had enough slices for our waiter & waitress. Mele took loads of photos (she's the only one who remembered to bring a camera in to the restaurant) and there were many cell phones snapping shots as well. It was a fun family gathering and I'm sure Bob won't be forgetting his 70th birthday celebration. :-)

(Of course, after all the family hugging & sharing, I realized on the ride home that my throat was starting to get sore. I hope I didn't infect anyone! Today I've mostly been sleeping and/or medicated. And it's time for me to take more Nyquil & head for bed. Here's hoping today's recovery day has helped to kick the cold to the curb.)

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antikythera From: antikythera Date: October 29th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The biggest thing to get your mind around is that everyone at the "supper clubs" were reclining. Oddly enough, you never see depictions of the Last Supper with everyone reclining.

Heh. When I was in Italy looking at cathedral paintings commissioned by the de Medicis, it struck me just how much the artists were asked to alter their subject matter to fit the audience -- the characters in the paintings wore modern clothing, and upper-class finery to boot.
bossythecow From: bossythecow Date: October 29th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
the last supper was a seder (celebratory meal during passover) and it is tradition to recline while eating at a seder: as reclining was a luxury and the privilige of free men, and as we are celebrating freedom from slavery we recline while eating to luxuriate in our freedom. so if you go to a seder you'll still see a bunch of people reclining to eat: although how much depends on the individuals and how much of their extended family they are squashing round the table that year as well!
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: October 31st, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
*passes you a box of tissues* Here's hoping the lurgey evaporates swiftly!
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