In which a Somerville resident attempts to chronicle every last Mary on the Half Shell in Somerville.
City of White Trash, concrete lawns, a city government run by the mafia, and the only intelligent people are Livejournal whiners too caught up in drama to care.
They would like their stereotypes back.
... but on the other, it's probably just as well that you stay away.
"So many Virgins in bathtubs, so little time"
@adamg, apparently nothing is sacred. How is this suggestive title for your post not offensive? This is a weak attempt at humor at the expense of Christians.
Did the referenced website's moniker ("Bathtub Marys...") somehow encourage you to take things further ("...virgins in bathtubs..." together with "...so little time")?
Somerville is full of them. Here's this person going around trying to take a picture of every last one of them, apparently as fast as she can. That's what I meant. My apologies if I left a different impression.
The answer you will invariably get from that person who owns such a shrine:
"Mary in a bathtub" or "Virgin on the Half Shell"
Yes, even the people who install and reverently tend to their shrines call them that.
Deal with it.
@adamg, apparently nothing is sacred.
This is America - we have freedom of speech. If someone finds Roman Catholic theology and iconography amusing, they have every right to share their amusement with like-minded people.
devout banon, seriously? deal with it? maybe you should reread my post. it's the 2 terms together in adam's headline i object to, nothing else. And NotWhitey, I get free speech. Do you get being offended at anything?
Hint hint... stop and think.
And that includes your religion and other aspects of your life.
Really, it's much healthier to just take a step back - and laugh. People will like you more, too.
FYI, this Catholic finds nothing offensive with anything said.
They're also often called "bathtub Virgins." Because she's the Virgin Mary, in an upended bathtub. (Though a number of the ones on that site are neither the Virgin Mary nor in a bathtub, for whatever that's worth.) Please calm yourself.
How'd that version turn out?
Success in Somerville:
I can understand why some people might wish to display religious iconography on their property, but I never quite understood the widespread inclusion of the half bathtub, and I have been seeing these items since the 1960s. Is it supposed to create a domed effect of some sort? No matter what, painted blue or otherwise, they simply look like bathtubs.
didn't someone already do this a few years ago??
Yes, someone did get about 230, but the goal for this project is to walk down every street in the city and photograph every one discovered. Over 260 have been found in just three months, and only about half of the city has been covered.
The empty tubs/shells/caves/whatevers seemed rather sad. Were the statues stolen? Or just in the shop for a bit of touching up?
i love this lost in blue collar time aspect of somerville, and cambridge. cool project. thanks for sharing