Saturday was the Elvis impersonators and movie benefit for the Crisis Clinic at the Capital Theatre. Lucia, Jim, Elizabeth, and I went, and E brought her new digital camera. The whole Elvis thing is something to be pondered -- I saw Lucia making notes, so I wouldn't be surprised if this winds up in a book. She wondered if the Lourdes people and Elvis people overlapped -- I think this phenomenon is actually a pretty groovy way people have formulated to fill their needs. "Elvis" offers unconditional love and acceptance. The problem with Jesus has always been that he's not flesh and blood here and now. Elvis is flesh and blood, is EVERYWHERE simultaneously, is non-judgemental, and offers unconditional love that seems to flow from the humble base the impersonator has built on: he (or she) is not trying to be Elvis, but is trying to behave as Elvis would've behaved -- so the impersonator is not ego-driven, but driven by a love of Elvis. It helps if you're not too smart and cynical. In this case, too smart for your own good! I watched E basking in the whole thing -- and what could be better? These two guys are super-nice.
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