Good Morning, God!
Ah, we are down out of the mountains and into the CITY! LA is a megalopolis of a city — although it has always seemed to me more a collection of neighborhoods or suburbs — not a real city like San Francisco. But last night, standing downtown in front of the Disney Center and looking at the tall buildings, it felt like a city. I loved the Disney Hall. Gosh, God, I even took photos as we left the parking area to enter the building — it was so RED and so 21st Century.
The only small problem with our outing was that I had forgotten that I hate horror movies! I don’t like being scared, God. And, it is more than that. I don’t like the feeling of revulsion I get at seeing evil. The movie was the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore. Mind You, it was fun to see Barrymore and he did a marvelous job of silent film acting. Just over the top enough that I could disassociate a bit.
But, as I watched him turn into the awful looking Hyde I thought that the movie had it totally wrong. It seems to me that AT FIRST evil manages to look ATTRACTIVE. Victims at the end of crack cocaine use look DREADFUL . . . but at the beginning they are possessed of super human energy — an attractive quality. Ah, God! If only we could see ahead! Make that if only we WOULD look ahead.
And, now I am smiling, God, as I think of myself and overeating! The problem of obesity is surely a matter of failing to look ahead — to look past the attractive dessert — and into the three way mirror they used to have in store dressing rooms. Ah, God! That is one of the problems with temptation — short term pleasure — with the problems pushed just out of our willingness to see. Help us, God. Help ME to be willing to look ahead.