Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Speaking of rich people, a loyal reader recently sent me this article. I'll go get a cup of coffee while you have a read.
I was very surprised. Of course, I'm in my own little world. Even the man from the Patron Saint Medal Shop surprised me. He said St. Jude and St. Rita were his most popular saints because they tackle the tough problems. I sell very few St. Jude medals and St. Rita is somewhat popular.
I can't keep Stella Maris, Mary Star of the Sea in the shop. What's the deal there? It is a very pretty medal. Is that it? Or are there way more sailors wives on the internet than we ever imagined.
I think my favorite part of the article is how they really thought outside the box, at least my box. I only think in terms of medals and car keys. Even though I often write about movies about saints and nuns, that was the last thing I would have thought to include in the Forbes Saints listings.
St. Joan of Arc! Of course! What a load of movies have been made about her!
Did they mention St. Joseph real estate kits? I have an endless parade of The Faithful who would swear by burying St. Joseph upside down in the front yard for a quick sale. They would swear by it, if they could swear.
By swear, of course, I mean "take an oath".
For a while there, I couldn't keep St. Dymphna in the shop and lately, it's been St. Genesius for some reason. I don't know if the customers are actors or attorneys or both. Is there a certain time of year that folks are taking the bar exam?
I have been continually surprised by the saints that sit around for awhile. For example, with the millions of IBS sufferers in the world, St. Charles Borromeo is rarely chosen. And for the gazillions of knitters and weavers on the world wide web, St. Blaise is a slow mover.
Perhaps I should change his listing to "H1N1", since he is also the patron saint of sore throats, and by extrapolation, colds and flu.
I also think that with the divorce rate as terrible as it is, St. Thomas More, the patron saint of blended families, would be a no brainer. Although, he wasn't divorced, he was a widower. He still was a champ at blending his old family with his new one.
But then, I'm sure my St. Helen's go out to more divorcees than archeologists.
Now that the whole Forbes Saints list has come to my attention, I believe far more research needs to be done. After all, they only checked some old box office receipts and one patron saint medal website. What about all the aspirin? They also need to gather data from these folks. (Click a picture to visit the site!)