Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Marriott Hotel In Edina
The parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Edina.
This photograph does not depict the Marriott Hotel in Edina . . .
Because there is no Marriott Hotel in Edina.
In fact, there are no hotels at all in Edina, because the city is too exclusive to allow hotels within city premises.
In any case, no Marriott has a parking lot so large.
That means this must be the local Presbyterian church.
A business with its own transport subsidiary.
And a grand, grand entrance, complete with curb service . . .
That certainly looks like it was designed for a Marriott.
The pillars on the portico are many times the size of the pillars at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Of course, Washington, a man of considerable wealth, never possessed the financial resources of the local Presbyterian church, said to be the wealthiest Presbyterian parish in the United States.
Which is why the pillars are so large . . .
And so frightening.
Is this a suitable entrance for a humble house of worship?
Andrew’s parents, increasingly disgusted, are on the verge of reverting to the Lutheranism of their youth.
And the rest of us, I am sure, will quickly follow.
No tears from me. (I was born and raised a Methodist.)
There is something about Christ Presbyterian Church that has always rubbed me the wrong way.