So I've been emailing back and forth for the last two days with one of the pastors at the Episcopalian church. Once again, trying to find a church/faith gathering that fits our worldview and beliefs.
It's not easy.
We heard about this emergent gathering that will start up again in June, which is cool. The pastor let us know that he and a bunch of other people in the community that do sort of an interfaith thing were going to the Center for the Arts for an improv show. So we went too!
It was a pretty good time, pretty funny. The most awkward part was when the guy asked "so what do you guys do for fun?"
Uhhhhh... hang out together. Go to eat at a lot of the same restaurants. Go visit family in Idaho. Do stuff outside. I dunno.
"Do you guys go dancing, or do karaoke, or hang out with friends?
No. Not really. No.
Whatever. At least we tried tonight. The funny thing was, a few people we saw tonight we'd already met at some churches that we didn't really feel comfortable in; they're the same people, they just go to different churches. So we know people that these people know. And some of them are the ones who are super fundamentalist about stuff (as in, one of them said that "bonnet lit" or whatever those Christian Amish books are.... is porn for women. Seriously. Emotional porn. You have GOT to be kidding me). BUT, some of them are pretty cool. As one of the guys said, with a town that's this transitional with seasonal work, you almost have to prove yourself to people so they'll get to know you. I hate feeling like I have to prove that I'm worth liking; like me or don't, but let's just be real, you know? Whatever. So. We'll see.
All I know is that we're pretty much going to be in Jackson for another year, which is fine, but I'm already getting itchy to try a new place, see new things, all of that. And we've got one more year, so we better eventually find friends. Because we hung out with people this summer, but it's been about 8 months of just the two of us hanging out. I occasionally hang out with Kate from work, and Bryan occasionally hangs out with Kyle, but that's about it.
I have to have an answer for "so what do you guys do for fun?" eventually. Right??