Saint-Augustine is God preferred

Jacksonville holds the record for being the biggest geographical city in the United States. In the land of sprawl, Jacksonville is the sprawliest. The city seems to be made up of satellite suburbs connected by highways, strip malls and tacky man-made ponds. So its no surprise that Max and I escaped last Saturday to see what else Florida had to offer. We ended up in Saint-Augustine, the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the USA (that’s a fancy way of saying the white folks were there before they got around to colonising the rest of America). Saint-Augustine boasts many historical attractions, including a Spanish fort and some museum called “the oldest house,” though what it’s the oldest of isn’t clear.

Driving right past all that stuff we made our way to Saint-Augustine’s Alligator Farm, which, despite its name, is really just a conservation area. There we saw a pit with over 25 adult alligators, and a trainer go in and fearlessly feed them dead mice. At the same time, the trainer told us all kinds of fun facts about Northeast Florida. For example, did you know that only four of Florida’s six venomous snakes live in the Jacksonville area?


The zoo was packed on a sunny Saturday, including a large group of Evangelical Christians with matching shirts. These women, about 10 of them, all had shirts that read: “Saved women of intergrity [sic]. Socially active, Christ centered, God preferred.” Despite not knowing what “intergrity” is, I’m also confused as to what it means to be God preferred. Luckily, I had a lot of experience with evangelical Christians in Guatemala (where they are rapidly taking over the country’s Mayan souls). There too people seemed to enjoy wearing matching shirts. On the flight from Atlanta to Guatemala City there were at least 3 distinct groups of matchy-shirt Christians. Is there an important wardrobe commandment that I had missed? Or is that there way of telling the rest of us that God does not prefer us?


3 Responses

  1. Tes photos sont superbes. Mais est-ce Saint-Augustine est plus ancien que Santa Fe?

    • Pas sûr? Saint-Augustine a été fondé en 1565. Et merci, je me suis acheté une nouvelle camera pour mes nombreux voyages.

  2. Hey, your blog looks great.

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