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Scientology recruits a new ally — a real life ‘Forrest Gump’

 
Our man Rod Keller is back, keeping an eye on Scientology’s sneaky moves to rope in unsuspecting new recruits…

The Church of Scientology issued a press release for an Interfaith Coalition event held at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater Florida on January 21. The opening prayer was given by Father Bob Swick, who we spoke to in August 2016 when he participated in a Purple Heart event held at the same location. Scientologists Pat Harney of Scientology’s secret police, the Office of Special Affairs, Alex Melgarejo of the Scientology tutoring school Community Learning Center, Christian Vargas of the Scientology front group United for Human Rights, and Anna Harbour all attended.

The headline speaker was Terry Hitchcock, author of A Father’s Odyssey, an account of his journey by foot from Minnesota to the Olympic Games in Atlanta Georgia in 1996. Hitchcock ran the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days, and has been called a real life Forrest Gump because of the similarity to the cross-country running of the Tom Hanks character in that 1994 film. Hitchcock’s book was made into an award-winning documentary, My Run by director Billy Bob Thornton.

 

 
I spoke with Terry Hitchcock and asked him how he became involved in the event. “I just moved from Minnesota to Clearwater, and I was introduced to some people, and heard of a group called Criminon.” Criminon is a Scientology study program that includes bringing the L. Ron Hubbard pamphlet The Way to Happiness to prisoners. “I have been involved in visiting prisons before, and so I was very interested in that.”

 

[Terry Hitchcock]

 
Hitchcock is a motivational speaker, and believes that “anything is possible.” After losing his wife to breast cancer he started a number of successful companies that allowed him the time to train and prepare for his run. “I was not an experienced runner, I was 57 years old, I was recovering from a heart attack, but I’m a dreamer, I thought I could tell the story of what I’m doing and help raise awareness for single parents and their children.”

 

 
I asked him if he had any reservations about speaking at an event sponsored by the Church of Scientology. “None. The people there were all so friendly and I had no idea what I was going to talk about but I spoke about doing the impossible, and what I believe in.” He says he has heard some negative things about the church. “Some things in the ’70s, or ’80s, or maybe the ’90s. I don’t really remember what.”

I asked if he had seen any episodes of the A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath or heard of the process of disconnection, where members of Scientology are not allowed to speak to their family members who leave the church, and he said he has not. “I haven’t seen the program. I went there [the event], and there were no red flags at all.”

Hitchcock’s story is in the early stages of being made into a feature film. “They were getting Philip Seymour Hoffman to play me before his death.” Ironically, Hoffman played Lancaster Dodd in the 2012 film The Master, which appears to be closely modeled on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Hoffman died in 2014. I asked if the studio has cast a replacement actor. “Yes, they told me they are trying to get John Travolta.”

Host Pat Harney spoke at the event on the topic of New Year’s resolutions.

 

 
Reverend Bob Swick gave the opening prayer.

 

 
The Flag Land Base choir provided musical entertainment for guests.

 

 
Guests enjoyed brunch in the Crystal Ballroom, prepared by Fort Harrison staff.

 

 
— Rod Keller

 
Thanks, Rod. And we have to say, Travolta in that role? The mind reels…

 

 
[Thanks, Observer!]

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

The Way to Happiness Foundation is taking your car as a donation!

 

 
Hey, it’s that EMT we saw last year, back for more tea at the Fort Harrison Hotel. He must really like Scientology tea!

 

 
Your proprietor had some fun with another curious podcaster, recording a show back on Election Day. It’s just been released, and so keep in mind this was before Hurricane Leah…

 

 
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HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 29, 2017 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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  • Jenny Griffith

    Juliette Lewis following anonymous on twitter. Can this be audited out? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01d5b59d444e65032195bb3323f3f1f3d809273f8a7fcbc9bcdca38a2e95787e.png

    • Kristen

      I wonder how long she’s been following them? If it’s a long time, I would say she’s just keeping an eye on them. If it’s recent, my ears would perk up.

      • MostSpecialAgent Joe McClaine

        I think Tony’s sources said recently, she’s most likely to leave.
        To me it looks like she’s UTR and hasn’t officially left.
        Anonymous puts out tons of anti sci stuff that Scientologists wouldn’t be allowed to read, but celebrities do get to break the rules.

      • Jenny Griffith

        I’m not on twitter. Do the people you follow stay in a certain order? The anonymous is at the top of her list. It looks like it could be a recent add on.

        • Kristen

          Good point. When I look at my Twitter, it is in order of when I followed, with newest on top. Not sure if that’s the case when you’re looking at someone else’s follows.

  • Kristen

    Watching Leah rerun now. It is clear that she is positively ITCHING to sit down and do an on-camera interview with Little Miss Cabbage or any of his lackeys. She wants at them soooo bad (as we all do!). THat would be a helluva thing if she could get one of the executives on camera.

    • TrishRan

      I was just watching the rerun of AMA Part 2, and the end was so touching. When Leah said she was surprised at how many good people are out there who were never a part of scientology, it really touched me.

      • TrishRan

        Also, I have to add, I was raised Catholic and remember discussions in religion classes about good people who were not baptized, and what would eventually happen to them. The Catholic position was that if they’d never heard of Jesus, they’d be judged on how good a person they’d been, but if they’d been made aware of Jesus and rejected Christianity (and in the RC church, Christianity meant Catholicism), they’d go to hell. It troubled me greatly – I thought it only fair people be judged by their behavior. When I realized, from history classes, how many centuries of people had lived before Jesus supposedly came along, I began to become aware of my own atheism.

        But for COS (and other religions, for example FLDS) to teach that everyone outside that religion is evil by definition just blows my mind. I could see in that moment that Leah was talking about good people outside COS, how both she and Mike Rinder were still struggling with this.

  • FredEX2

    Just as Scientology Leader Miscavige had said…It was clear that Scientology was the number #1 religion and was expanding exponentially…everywhere. In fact, there were…by DMs latest revelation…at least 3 Billion Scientologists around the World…and a million new people were walking right into the front doors of Ideal Orgs every single day. The Freewinds could barely come into port without great crowds of eager and uptone Scientologists waiting in impossibly long lines for their turn to board and become OTVIIIs…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be3f5625cf5ae79328d78f110a0083de720c780c168e010d6e994d85d98f0c82.jpg

    • Great sarcasm, FredEX2.

      If OT VIII were really so great, they would have the largest ship in the world by now and whole lot more orgs (most Ideal Orgs are not new orgs, just new buildings for the same empty orgs).

      Royal Carribean’s Harmony of the Seas
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d74adabcebd42247a38524d9b177d88a4631e834f9cfcdec06299694911dabe0.jpg

      • FredEX2

        That cruise ship is amazing! It’s a wonder how these virtual cities on the water even stay afloat. They are gynormous!

        I agree with what you said above. What DM says about Scientology expanding…and the reality…isn’t even close.

      • What’sup

        That was in port here a week or two back. It has a kick ass water slide on board, I loves me a water slide.

  • Chris Shelton is back…
    https://youtu.be/MjSi40IGmhc

    • beauty for ashes

      Was he ever really gone?

      • just a little sick 🙂 we follow everything in his life

        • beauty for ashes

          Oh okay, I meant like he ever went out of style. 🙂

          • Yeah – that too

          • He’s got a new T-Shirt 🙂

            • beauty for ashes

              Doesn’t he always? He makes and sells them!

            • not this one

    • madame duran

      Will there be a special celebration to coincide with Q&A #100?

      • No idea, and he also just rounded 10K subscribers!

  • FredEX2

    After several recaltrant Freewinds Staff were thrown overboard as punishment…a couple of Volunteer Ministers leaped in afterwards to help them…unfortunately…the Volunteer Ministers couldn’t swim…and were no help at all…as usual..but fortunately it proved to be a great photo opportunity…yet again…showing that the Volunteer Ministers selflessly risked their lives to save people everywhere…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57cb1dcced8ecc3c87341ee0243305dfc3ebb0727c8cb8b5f2cd1f36237e4442.jpg

  • Shivani33

    What will become of freedom of speech, just to mention one of our rights among so many which Trump appears to find inconvenient? Here we have a demagogue who doubtlessly has his own purposes in mind as a President, and those who have been cajoled into backing him can look to be in for a shock. He has a pretentious view of democracy, as if it is to be a busboy for his fine dining experience. Maybe he thinks that the United States is a meritocracy and that he’s the only one with any merit whatsoever, so sing his praises or be damned. As ever, the vainglorious ego will crack. But it’s hard not to wonder who will be left to breathe freely again in its aftermath. It sounds all too familiar, especially if you’ve already come out from under the sway of anyone like him and outlived the damage.

    • TrishRan

      Here’s what I have been telling my IRL friends and loved ones who are in despair about what Trump might do – the whole of Congress, both houses, is full of Republicans. Not only do the Republicans pretty much hate Trump, but they’ve spent the past 8 years honing their skills of obstruction.

      My prediction is that the Trump years will be 4 more years of gridlock.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Especially a dangerous, money-hungry cult like $cientology, right?

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPysgs1DMI5/

    • April

      So if my kids get on my last nerves, that means I should dump them?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        That’s what the Duggan Shuttle to South Africa is for.

      • What’sup

        Yes. You can make some more that look just like them.

    • Ben Franklin

      How selfish. How about serving others, making others happy, or helping them grow.

    • Observer
    • JJ

      When applied to bad jobs and abusive relationships it is a goer, but this guy just means, ME: in the Royal sense…Life is all about ME.

    • madame duran

      If I were his wife, Elena (jeezus, the very thought skeeves), I’d take that quote as an invitation to dump his arrogant, douche-filled ass.

      (re: posting Grant Cardone pics: give proper warnings, people. WARNINGS!!!!!!!)

  • allioops

    i just l o v e the expressions on the saps sitting @ the brunch table! the faces say it all! Oh joy!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    “SWEET XENU, COME AND SAVE ME!”
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPB3IQ5Au50/

    • sizzle8

      Poor baby. About to become a snack!

    • beauty for ashes

      the baby is thinking,
      “Blech, yuck, what if that smell coming from his face hole? Gross,none of my actual skin is touching his actual skin so it is okay, so I’m just gonna breath and put on my I’m about to poop real bad face so mom takes me back QUICK!”

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Yeah, by the look on its face I think the “CO$ cross hanging on a hairy chest” engram is kicking in 🙁

        • beauty for ashes

          OMX MAKE IT STAHP!!!! it’s sooooo gross Wally, just like everything else about him. creepy weirdo, I’m so sorry.

    • Add some ginger coloring and he could totally be related to Hubbs.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Only if it has cloven hooves and a bifurcated tail.

  • JJ

    The WAR is over! The WAR is over!” That’s it, we can no longer make fun of, or declare that Scientology is not a true religion. They are accepting automobile donations, that’s it, game over. Maybe they can rehab there members no longer needed eyeglasses to the poor as well.

  • Prediction: when Miscavige will open Ideal LRH Office/Hall, he will go for Ideal Freewinds.
    Another prediction: neither is going to happen, unless IAS funds will be used.

  • EmmaDaoust

    OT: 5 reported dead at mosque shooting in Quebec City
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-gun-shots-1.3957686

    • MostSpecialAgent Joe McClaine

      So sad. People are getting whipped up by bullshit propaganda. I’m sure the people killed never hurt anyone. This is affecting these weak minds and being dog whistled at the highest levels.

    • JJ

      How they gonna alternative fact these events?

    • PickAnotherID

      I’m surprised it happened in Canada first. This is playing right into ISIS, and other extremist groups, hands.

      • stanrogers

        Unfortunately, Québec is one of the most likely places. For not altogether unfounded reasons, there is an idea in the air that the Québecois and their culture are endangered to the point of extinction; that’s what the separatist movement and provincial control over immigration policy have always been about. That doesn’t excuse it or explain it. It’s just context.

        • PickAnotherID

          Wasn’t aware of the situation there. From the tone of the remarks in many of the news stories lately, I’ve been expecting the same kind of thing from some of our more radical right “militias” sooner or later.

          • Robert Eckert

            There was an attack on a mosque in Texas recently.

        • OOkpik

          Bunk!
          Canada does not have a monopoly on hate crimes and the Québecois is not a hate group.
          Grrr!

          • stanrogers

            Who said monopoly? And if you haven’t seen xenophobia among the Québecois, you’ve been wilfully blind. Note that I am not saying that it’s an inherent trait, just that it’s prevalent to a greater extent than it might be elsewhere. L’argent, puis les votes éthniques, and all that. I grew up with it.

            • OOkpik

              Stan, I know you said nothing about a monopoly and I know that xenophobia exists among some Quebecois. I meant to suggest that crazies can be found the world over and that a whole group should not be tarred with the same brush as one or a few nutjobs who went on a racist killing spree, not that you were doing that. I didn’t see anywhere in the article that explained who was responsible or what their motives were.

              At the time, your comment struck me as unnecessarily speculative and inflammatory, even though I’m sure it wasn’t meant that way. Unfortunately, I reacted because of the pain that these acts of senseless violence heap upon the victims and their loved ones. I trust you did not take my reaction as a personal attack. Anyhow, I have since regained some of my composure.
              Peace.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Serious question, had LRH had a stroke by the time this photo was put on the cover of The Apollo Stars album? If not, why would he use a photo where he looked so out-of-it? Anyone know?
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPibY8bgNDl/?tagged=lronhubbard

    • MostSpecialAgent Joe McClaine

      I don’t know but I recently listened to it and if Hubbard hadn’t had a stroke, he must have been out of his skull on pinks and grays, to record that stinking pile of dog shit.

      • JJ

        Dude, bad taste can not simply be defined as drug usage and brain damage! A lot of good music was written, and produced by people out of their gourdes on drugs. This kind of bad taste and crap is part of the soul or thetan if you will, it came from bad places many many ages ago and will resurface in many lifetimes to come.

        • MostSpecialAgent Joe McClaine

          Yes you are right.
          I should have just said the music sucked, because that’s really what I was thinking.

    • JJ

      Right side facial dropping? Very.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Bernie in “Weekend at Bernie’s” looks more engaged than LRON does here. This photo always gives me a double dose of the creeps. It seems that a serious neurological problem is at play.

        • As someone who lived with a Borderline for years, it could be a fugue state. My ex would often get that look after, or on his way into a major outburst. I think that may also be a feature of Narcissistic Personality Disorder as well. Or he was just really high AF when the picture was taken.

    • Exquisitely awful: photography, graphic design, music. This one checks all the boxes.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
  • Taffy Sinclair

    I’m watching “We Stand Tall” for the gazillionth time… I swear, is Marc Headly in the vid??? I know some aren’t labelled, like Heber J., but I swear I see Marc….
    Am I rite? Am I wrong? El Wrong?

    • JJ

      I love Salem! Cats that talk smack rule!

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Me too!!! Awesome!!

  • JJ

    Life is like a box of muffins… You never know what yer gonna get till you bite into one and find out it is a drugged tech cake that drops you into a parallel world of sci fi scamology, fear, money grubbing, alternative facts and there ain’t no toilet paper around any whar… And some weird guy had me hold a pair a soda cans and asked me about my nether parts… I just don ged it…

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Cuz yr CLEARly not flubless, flawless, fuckless, factless, fatfree…. etc….

      Lower conditions… pick one w/ an “F” as a 1st letter….

      • JJ

        fractured…

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Fuckakta
          Lil Yiddish misspelled for ya

        • Taffy Sinclair

          I like you JJ

          • JJ

            Well thank you. I like you too. I am looking at the Tall vid with labels… see who is here. or was…

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Tall vid sounds a lot like Talmud!!! (Jew joke for ya, I’m totes Jew)

            • JJ

              It does. But ain’t nothing Kosher about this video.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              You got that right!! May I quote T.C.? “You can be a jew & a $cilon, a Catholic & a $cilon, etc….” And you and Katie? No, we’re ONLY $cilons. Next!

            • JJ

              “That’s Kate, she’s a grown ass child bearing woman now…” Who says that!?
              And where am I looking for Headly? In the song drag or a different scene?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              In the “choire” scene. Sorry, I can’t spell. Wordcheckin’? FLUNK!!

            • JJ

              I flunked spelling and English but I think it is no E. I am not sure but he has got to be in a big crowd scene. Suppose we could ask him if he did the video.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Let’s ask him!! Marc is here a lot! As is Bernie (his pep-pep.) Fabulous man, not long for this earth, I hope I’m wrong….. 🙁

            • JJ

              Not sure who Bernie is?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Marc Headly’s dad. Such a great dad, never in the cult, ALWAYS there for his son (& daughter)

            • JJ

              Oh yeah that’s right. yeah. I am looking at younger faces of Marc here for compare. I’m usually good with facial recognition. My eyes maybe can’t take the strain from the infamous goat shirt DM is sportin.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              we call it the “Hermes” Anus shirt.

            • JJ

              How much trouble would we git into if we pledged as sea org members, infiltrated the base and rummaged around in DM personal stuff and confiscated it?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Well….. if you have some ideas jj……… I’ma all ears….

            • JJ

              Only a dream, I couldn’t go that long without toilet paper.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Funny story? I actually went into an org (I think) in a large city, asked to use the lavatory, and tp was plentifull!!!! LOLZ!!!!

            • Taffy Sinclair

              But so much more happened

            • JJ

              Ew in the bathroom?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              LMFAO!!!! NO!!! Luv u so much!!! I just fucked w/ them, for the most part……..

            • JJ

              You didn’t buy anything did you? Or offer a kidney?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Fuck to the NO!! they tried.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              I am liking yr “PR” , JJ.

            • JJ

              Alright whats PR? public relations?

            • JJ

              And were you the most popular girl in school?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Sorta……

            • JJ

              In a PUBLIC restroom…

            • beauty for ashes

              One of the things I got wrong in the beginning of my Bunker experience. I thought FER SHER that was Versace. Oh I argued and argued thinking, Y’all don’t know the history of FASHION! I’m pretty sure someone had doxed the words “Hermes” coming right out of Rinder’s mouth. So I was proven wrong I guess. But leave it to Miscavige to buy the wrong expensive top with a rip off trend on it. 🙂

  • Mymy88

    -Off Topic-

    Oh right Greta, as you are a scientologist, I’m sure you do (or is she sending a message)??? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f0e173bdf5650c623576842b87a95b7d0e05b269b828fc62653538f1b0091652.jpg

  • Anyone remembers this song?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPzU1Uz8ujw

    • What’sup

      I do. I like Silversun Pickups, I have both albums.

  • daisy

    I am proud of the fact that I live in a country that welcomes refugees .

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Refugees, been there, done that. I want to know if you’d be willing to take Grant Cardone?
      Please, I would be ever so grateful!

      • JJ

        Sooner or later he’ll probably immigrate to a country that has no income tax etc.

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          Or extradition laws.

      • daisy

        No we like our mom*s and could never learn how to use chopsticks.

    • edge

      Me too. I was never more proud of the fact I was Canadian than watching the US elections, and then again this past week. Xenophobia hiding behind patriotism. It is a very old con.

    • beauty for ashes

      daisy, you can take off your holiday hat now. the holidays are over. ETA 🙂

      • Rasha

        wait …. holidays can be OVAR?????

    • madame duran

      Let’s not get too high though…there’s Kellie Leitch.

  • Had a great dinner at my place with good friends and the snow is pretty.

    • Stinky Wizzleteets

      I wasn’t invited. ;(

    • Rasha

      You have snow? Rasha is at once very jealous and extremely happy. (goes without saying that the great dinner and good friends is at bestest evar.)

  • JJ

    Listening to the vid and reading the article. Internet, yellow couches, international law. Scientology will be the cause of Scientologies demise in the end.

    • Dave Reams

      I think you meant to say that ‘Scientology will be AT cause OVER Scientology’s demise in the end’

      • JJ

        Yes. They pulled it in.

  • Lol – 2 mill views in 13 hours
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkPTgsAa63M

    • JJ

      This is so many kinds of school wrong, law suit, teacher firing pissolla I swear. Been there peed on that.

    • Scream Nevermore

      The older I get, the more of an expert on this topic i become!

  • mandymarie20

    Going down a Scientology rabbit hole today, I found all of these Open Letters from Gerry Armstrong to Mike Rinder. He seems to insinuate Mike is fake and two-faced. I know about the 1980’s stuff between them, so is he just looking for apologies? I’m not so naive that I don’t think he did some not so good stuff to people. Is Armstrong wanting him to publicly profess every horrible thing he did? So is Mike Rinder the Mike Rinder of “Scientology and the Aftermath” or the Mike Rinder of Gerry Armstrong’s site? http://gerryarmstrong.ca/archives/1958

    • 9001

      Mike and Gerry should sit down for a chat in the next series of Aftermath.

    • Ella Raitch

      Same Mike. When Mike was in Scientology he was involved in dirty campaigns, including against Gerry Armstrong, who was instrumental in bringing out to the public the bogus claims in LRHs biographical details presented by Scientology. Gerry has had to withstand terrible fair gaming.

      ETA – this is a very long and deep rabbit hole.

  • mrssandoval

    They are predators! Does anyone else notice this?!
    It’s always someone who has been traumatized, disenfranchised, anything; they’ll smell the blood and attack! Just like this poor shmuck/Forrest Gump.
    Remember when Scientology would send out what was basically a short form of the MMPI (the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Something, ironically, psychiatrists and psychologists use!) I’m a sucker for a questionnaire and loved filling them out; however, I was never allowed to send them back because my daddy said it came from a “cult called Scientology” that would prey upon me due to the fact that I do suffer from mental illness (depression/panic disorder.)
    And YYYEEESSSS!!!! Hurricane Leah with Superstorn Mike really blew the lid off!! Maybe call them megaquakes? You know? The ones formed from subduction zones? Oh Jesus, I’m such a scientist that I went nerd on y’all 😀

  • Mooser42001

    Gee, I got curious and went to check on “Movin’ on up a little higher”. The poor guy, it really looks like he’s going a little well, squishy in the old thought processes. But full of sage advice.

    • Dave Reams

      I remember that show!* “Movin’ on, up to the OT side …” and its coded references to David Miscavige … “Wheeezey!”

      * Millenials and or foreigners ain’t gonna have no idea whats goin’ here, sorry.

      • What’sup

        I’m a foreigner and i get the reference.

  • Fink Jonas

    Scientology is not based in FAITH , but in the notion that you are smarter than other religions because you hold the “secrets” of the Universe and as a matter of fact other religions are false religions, Scientology is playing alone so where is the interfaith? gosh they are so FAKE and two faces PS.

  • pro_scribe

    [Never in] but I’m totally grossed out by Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom BROWN VINYL “tablecloths” How in the world does one know it it’s clean? Goes to show you how clueless MissCavage’s management can be. Here’s why: The choice of brown for any celebratory occasion symbolically “reads” [take your choice] like dirt, manure, or simply BS.

    If I had attended a public event there replete with brown vinyl tablecloths, I wouldn’t ever come back!

    • mandymarie20

      The flip side of course is you can’t tell it’s dirty either. It’s a matter of what bothers a person more. Or maybe they were trying to imitate wood by having the brown cloths.