Monday, April 27, 2009

The Bishop of Champagne

Mistah Schleckah had a few friends over the other afternoon.

The Mayor (of the Book Barn, but still) . . .

. . . Cookbook Ken (left), and on the right, The Bishop. Bishop is an ordained Bishop in the Order of St. Mary the Virgin, he speaks 5 or 6 languages, and he manages a collection of international devotional art that crosses religious boundaries, with a goal of fostering understanding and acceptance of other world views through art, but in my book, he's the Bishop of Champagne.

Bill and I went for lunch -- and Champagne -- at The Bishop's home at the Ministry in St. Augustine, Florida a few years ago, and we've been quoting him ever since:
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"In my house, sin is defined as an empty glass."

We had lovely snacks . . .

Mistah Schleckah was a lovely host . . .

. . . and kept us all entertained with his sometimes-silly, sometimes-erudite stories.

Really, he was nothing but gracious . . .

. . . except he kept having to be reminded to share the Champagne.

I was there, too. I had to make an occasional foray to the front porch to get away from the crazy people enjoy the lovely afternoon.

The Mayor left, but Cookbook, The Bishop, The Schleckah and I carried right on without him.

And things got even more fun when Bill went off on his bike to get us a couple more bottles.

13 comments:

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I'm a lover of champagne too, but at least I keep my front yard free of the damages... LOL

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Me, You, or Ellie said...

That's the back yard, Di. We have appearances to keep up around here..... ;)

Ellie

Lola said...

Very important people doing very important things!

Champagne gives me a headache, but I still like it a lot ;)

martyjoco said...

Doing a bit of quick math here, that looks like 6 bottles of champers divided by 5 attendees... nice way to while away a sunny afternoon!! As everyone knows, you do know how to party!!

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Well, Mister Mayor only had one glass, so it's more like 6 bottles divided by four people... Sigh.

Ellie

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I was about to say the same thing, Marty!

Looks like a great afternoon, El - I'm cracking up at Schlekah's bizarre body position during those clinky shots =)

Thanks for taking up the slack today - I just talked to Beth, she's in an internet wasteland but gathering great blog fodder.

Jacquie

scarletvirago said...

I'm having Bishop envy. Sounds like my kind o' people!

xup said...

That Bishop looks like a rockin' cool dude. I was a little disappointed when he took the shades off..kind of detracted from the whole beatnik look, but still...

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I know! I was shocked! That's the first time I ever saw his face, behind that hat and beard and shades.

Ellie

Springer Kneeblood said...

I have decided to join the church. Please, tell the Bishop.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I want snacks, I want champagne! And I want to be one of the four that remains. I may even have to get my own reminders from Mistah to share....

Beth

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Oh, and Ellie, what a great last minute post, I should ask you to fill in more often.

Thank you!!

Beth

Me, You, or Ellie said...

You're commenting!! You're home??!!

Ellie