"Jersey is famous for far more than landfills, the Sopranos, overcrowding, and medical waste washing up on our shore." It's also famous for Taylor's Pork Roll! I was reading this post from Ralph about his growing-up days and found that I wasn't hallucinating after all about eating this stuff as a kid in New York. I do remember trying to eat it raw when I was little and my Nana telling me that I could get hookworms from it. I think that's when I began looking more closely at what I was eating and how it was prepared... Or did Nana want all the Taylor's Pork Roll for herself? :]
I don't think I've ever been to New Jersey (though my parents apparently are assuring me I've been to all sorts of exotic places I have forgotten about... maybe New Jersey is one of them). I do know that we had a travelling evangelist come by from there. Right in the middle of her sermon, Emperor made sure to shout that she sounds like she's from New Joisey or sometin'. Shh... that's because she *is,* ok?
Come to think of it, have you noticed that it seems illeducated people in the movies seem to have this accent? Well, at least in our Christian radio dramas, all the nice Christian people have a proper twang to them and talk a little slower... but the bad guyz, they talk like they are from the East Coast. I remember how surprised Emperor was that someone worships God AND comes from New Jersey. Now that I'm thinking about it, I could name several very wonderful Christian broadcasts, and the bad guy usually has an East Coast accent...!
But this woman was incredible. Elf and Emperor had had horrible nightmares for several weeks. Awful, awful things. This evangelist had NO clue about it as I had not discussed this with anyone at church. And I'm thinking even if I had, we're the last people the pastor would "prep" the evangelist about. But the boys decided *on their own* to go up for prayer, one of those general "if you have something you need God's help with" sort of things. I think they were the only kids there. She prayed for them first and was very specific about God removing their nightmares and giving them a vision for what He would have them to do. The first part... the nightmares being gone, happened that very night. I think the boys have only had one or two truly bad dreams since that night about a year ago. The second part... the vision for what God wants them to do, either hasn't happened or is a work in progress.
God lives in New Jersey, too. :]