Things have been rather silent on this blog since the day I arrived in Indianapolis for General Convention. Things got a little too crazy, and a little too hectic to write anything here. So over the next few days, it is my goal to write some reflections and responses to General Convention. Since there has been a lot of serious things going around, I thought I would start with the lighter side of General Convention.
First, some diocesan humor. At each deputation table there is a post with the name of the Diocese on it. There is a custom to decorate these posts with symbols for your diocese. I enjoyed what the Diocese of Central New York did. The deputies told me that it had nothing to do with the Yankees and that’s why none of the four hats they used were the classic navy blue. But, I could still pretend.
The chair of our deputation (RI) got a little more creative. What follows are three images of our post – each depicting the level or creativity (or boredom depending how you look at it) of those of us form the Ocean State.
Here is what our pole looked like for most of the convention. Here is Mr. Potato Head riding in a boat enjoying some twizzlers. A side note about the twizzlers. Deputy Scott Gunn (RI Clergy Deputy and E.D. of Forward Movement) bought a 4lbs box of Twizzlers and shared them with those of us in RI and the surrounding deputations. I think I saw something on his Facebook this morning that makes me think he is now sponsored by the delicious candy. Back to the task at hand! Here is why RI had Mr. Potato Head in a boat: 1) A boat because we are the ocean state, and; 2) Mr. Potato Head is made Hasboro Toys which is located in Pawtucket, RI. The second photo is on Mr. Potato Head on “Dress like Gregory Straub Day.” Mr. Potato Head got into the spirit and put on his nicest bowtie. Finally on the last legislative day, Mr. Potato Head was ordained and became Fr. Potato Head. You may also notice that he is holding a sign that says, “Jesus!” That’s because he won House of Deputies Bingo!