March 22, 2006
Glad I'm Free
Today I stood in a enormous, solid, stone tower built in the 13th century, where a bunch of women were kept prisoner in the 1600s because they believed the "wrong" things, some up to 23 years, and two of the women for FORTY YEARS. The tower is connected to a huge walled city, whose ramparts look out over lagoons that were attached to the Mediterranean Sea by canals. The town is called Aigues Mortes, which means Dead Waters. Lovely, eh?
More on this, with photos perhaps, tomorrow. But now it is time for bed, having been out bowling with ladies from the francophone church here until it is now 12:17am...I got six spares in the second game; pretty fun :-)
The ladies in the tower in the 1600s probably believed pretty close to the same as I do, in the same country I'm in, and they got locked in a cold, hard, stinky, boring tower for 40 years, while I get to go bowling with my faith-mates. Hmmmmm.
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Strikes are fun, but spares are the measure of a bowler's skill. Good game!
Did you know that bowling has a religious connection? In Germany back in the first millenium it was "used at the churches as a test for sin. Knocking your Kegel over with a stone meant you were sin free or had killed the Pagans." (ref: http://www.fighttimes.com/magazine/magazine.asp?article=121) Also, I read in a bowling book once that Martin Luther was a big fan of the game.
Here ends today's didactic digression.
Posted by: jeffy | Mar 22, 2006 4:11:53 AM
I had no idea, Jeffy! But now that you mention it, I've found statements that the Luthers had a "bowling lane of sorts in their garden" (http://www.pbs.org/empires/martinluther/char_wife.html) and "Many bowling historians credit [Martin Luther] with standardizing the rules of bowling and fixing the number of pins at nine" (http://www.usefultrivia.com/sports_trivia/sports_trivia_011a.html). Interesting. Never would have guessed.
Posted by: Katherine | Mar 22, 2006 8:08:31 AM
That Luther, he was big on following the rules, wasn't he? ;-)
Posted by: jeffy | Mar 23, 2006 12:18:06 AM