Wednesday, July 05, 2006Flogging This Horse
Hey, you all want to see what it looks like, right? Well here she is, unveiled but still partially burqa'd.
And in place of a torch, she held aloft a large gold cross, as if to ward off the pawnshops, the car dealerships and the discount furniture outlets at the busy corner of Kirby Parkway and Winchester that is her home. A single tear graced her cheek.
I once heard a well-known refugee from the ex-gay movement tell a story about getting an illicit blowjob from a low-level church official in the men's room of this church during services some years ago. To be fair, it was under different management at the time.
Update Sat. 7/8: I drove by the jolly Xian giant on my circuituous way to the Co-op this afternoon -- I couldn't help myself. It's not as big as I expected, but it's strangely executed -- it looks for all the world like it's made of plastic. And while it retains a sorta-kinda replica of the base that the actual SoL stands on, it's also positioned awkwardly on top of some kind of black box sandwiched between the statue and the base, which you can see in the picture above but which looks much stranger in person. The box isn't quite big enough, so her feet and dress hang over its edges. I fail to understand the logic behing that arrangement.
I also couldn't help but notice that there was a security guard parked about twenty feet away from it on the church's lawn. Sitting at a traffic light right next to the statue, I was amused to see that the drivers of all the cars around me were also gawking at the thing, with a collective expression that wasn't so much "wow!" as "what the fuck is that?" |