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Inadvertent pilgrimage

Just back from a couple of writing-and-catching-up days with a friend. She lives far enough away from the city that it always feels like a retreat when I visit.

She’s also notably non-obsessed with the Internet and pop culture, an excellent reminder for me that it’s important to remain capable of having conversations that don’t begin: “Did you see that YouTube video I tweeted earlier today? It’s pretty great, yeah, I found it on some random Tumblr…”

Anyway, we had a fine, productive time, and decided to go out to celebrate said productivity. She made reservations at one of the fancier places in her neck of the woods.

(There actually are a lot of woods. I am not just using a hackneyed expression. See?)

She said the food was very good, but warned me: “They filmed scenes from some really dumb movie there, so now there are all these signs and things.”

“What movie?”

“Oh, I can’t even remember. The scene descriptions on the signs, they make no sense!”

They seated us on the deck, and I took the photos above, and this one:

Have y’all figured it out?

Okay, here’s one of the signs she was talking about:

Type too small to read? Please, allow me:


Edward, his shirt open, standing nearby in the shade of some trees watches her cautiously. She takes a step toward him, but he holds up a hand. She waits. Finally, he takes a deep breath, and steps out of the shade —

EDWARD: This is why we don’t show ourselves in sunlight.

As the sun hits him…EDWARD’S SKIN literally sparkles as if embedded with thousands of tiny diamonds. He is magnificent, shimmering, like a statue carved from glittering crystal. He moves toward her.

Yes. My small-town-living, non-Internet-junkie friend had managed to remain utterly oblivious to the Twilight phenomenon.

(I had to explain the Team Jacob shirt we saw at Goodwill, too.)

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  • Kristine
    September 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

    what a lucky friend… I sometimes wish that I could erase from my mind what little I’ve gleaned about the phenomenon.

  • Jeff C
    September 24, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Have avoided the books and the movie. We were actually up in Forks this week and all the Twilight stuff is scary. Good for the local economy (retail sales are up 15% while the rest of the state is down 15%), but everything is renamed. Passed “Jacob’s Java” and “Twilight Firewood”.

  • Sara
    September 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Wow. Firewood? All I can think of is stakes…