bible belt

Living in the Bible Belt

I legit, live in the infamous never officially mapped Bible Belt of the South (until now).

The official bible belt map!

The official bible belt map!

In the mile leading up to my crashpad there has to be at least 6 HUGE churches. It seems to be a question that comes up a lot here. So what church do you go to? HMMMMM?!?

I’ve committed myself to visiting every church leading up to my place in an effort to answer that.

My first church I’ve decided to visit is a MEGA new age Christian church called the Stirring. Church service is promptly at 5:30pm on Sundays. I’ve had a few experience at these “type” of church’s.

Spirtual Mime

Spirtual Mime

Case and point here is a picture of a spirtiual Mime.  Yeah I can’t make this stuff up, the Bible belt has some crazy churches.

No, thanks!

I’ll pass on this church. No, thanks!

Apparently Tennessee also has lots of Pentecostal snake churches too.

Well, you know the church where people start dancing in the aisles and put their arms up in the air talking with God ? Frankly these churches scare the crap out of me and make me feel terribly uncomfortable.

I guess this isn't a normal church

I guess this isn’t a normal church

Walking inside the church has me confused. I feel like I’m at Bike Week in Daytona Beach again.  Inside is two huge coffee bars set up.  Coffee, hot chocolate, sweet iced tea (southerners will perish without this).

The place is huge!

The place is huge!

Hundreds gather outside until 5 minutes prior when the doors are open.

The church seats 5000

The church seats 5000

I initially sat near the exit hoping for an easy quick get away if things got to freaky for me. However, I made myself get up and move to the front and center so I couldn’t leave.  Church after all is about being part of  a community and I’m pretty committed to visiting every church here with out escaping.

As the lights dim they have a spirtual painter on stage (yeah I’m not sure about the painter thing) and a band.  I think some of the most talented artist in Memphis sing here.  I’m in awe and shocked. This isn’t church but a rockabilly country concert!

church or concert?

church or concert?

This has to be the coolest church I’ve ever been to.  I’m more than presently surprised. The pastor has long hair and wears cowboy boots and his sermons are more how to live our life with moral standards then anything.   How to be a better friend, wife, and mother type things.

More concert with a great message!

More concert with a great message!

I’ve got to admit I’ve gone back several times to this church!  One of the girls that sings here occasionally, was on the Voice last week (She’s on team Blake Shelton).  In fact  I think all the singers here should be signed music artist.  If this is what church is then I’m in!

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How to trust a town that doesn’t have Jeopardy

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I was there, but now I’m here. Deep, very deep!

As some of you may not know, I have resigned from crafting in Philadelphia and moved on to crafting in Memphis.  As with my move to Philadelphia (I was not excited) Memphis doesn’t have the best rep.  However within  a week of being here I saw the nice parts of Memphis  and I’ve been warming up to it.

Here are some shocking fact about Memphis:

#1 No Jeopardy,  what the F%^$!  

I judge a city on when they play Jeopardy.  If they play the Wheel of Fortune before Jeopardy I usually think less of the town.  Well, I don’t have that problem in Memphis.   Memphis plays Jeopardy at 3:30pm!  The same time Maury is telling some raging whore that her sixth paternity test is negative.  WTF  Memphis, are you guys not educated enough to watch an Emmy award-winning quiz show?  Get your shit together, I’m sure Mississippi has it on at 6:30 pm before Wheel of Fortune.  Okay that got a little violent, sorry I had to vent.

#2 Memphis doesn’t have a full-time NPR station!   

National Public Radio is the best news and entertainment station in the world!   Oh how I miss hearing Michele Norris tell me the world news.  I cry for not hearing Wait Wait Don’t tell Me (this is better than John Stewart show) missing Rosetto Casper on Splendid Table, talk her way through food subjects.  I have to tune into a Mississippi radio station to hear 1 hour extra of programming when I drive.  That’s right Mississippi has more NPR than Memphis.

#3 Expect to get robbed at gun point

Everyone I work with keeps telling  me stories of fellow co-workers and family members getting robbed at gun point.  I just moved here from Philadelphia and I found this comical.

For the record:

Memphis has 17.9 murders per 100,000 people

Philadelphia has 21.2 murders per 100,000 people

With this being said, I never was told by any of my co-workers in Philadelphia that their loved ones had been mugged.  I gather that the Memphis folks just have guns and want your money but are polite enough not to kill you.  Will just call it Southern hospitality.

So, aside from the mugging, no  jeopardy, and NPR I’m learning to embrace Memphis.  This means going to Church (we are in the bible belt) and eating BBQ.

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