In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees, key action happens at the Jesus is Lord Used Tire Shop in Tucson, Arizona. I was always amused by that detail, thinking that Kingsolver had isolated a certain type of business name and then exaggerated it for effect.
But now I know better. Walking past some roadwork near campus today, I saw a white cement mixer truck. As the barrel turned, I read the word “Joe’s”, and then “One God, One Answer” followed by God’s 800 number.* And then — and then — the largest letters, bigger in the center than at either end to mimic shape of the mixer barrel, this:
Yeah. Because Jesus was all about nationalism and when he said, “love thy neighbor,” he obviously meant, at the very most, Canada.**
* God does not take collect calls
**You know, the ones who speak English and not French.