Insubstantial words

I like the closing paragraph.

Monday Evening

“Sometimes the nicest people you meet are covered in tattoos & sometimes the most judgmental people you meet go to church on Sundays.” I haven’t been able to find the original source of this quote, and anyway some version probably goes back to around the invention of language.

It is certainly true sometimes. Other times the nicest people you meet go to church on Sundays and the most judgmental people you meet sit in the coffee shop in tattoo sleeves writing about the wicked intolerance of those judgmental psalm-singing hypocrites.

Still other times, the nicest people you meet are both covered in tattoos and go to church on Sundays. A few weeks ago there was a heavily tattooed guy in church. He came over to say hello, he being the regular there and I the visitor. He was amiable enough, if not absolutely the nicest guy in the building –…

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