Tonight was the opening of the Buddha Bar in DC, complete with velvet ropes, big bouncers and all the things that are decidedly un-Washington. I have very fond memories of the Buddha Bar in Paris as I spent quite a bit of time there in my early twenties sucking face. So when I found out Washington Life was sponsoring the party here in town, I was all for it. Now I can smooch under the eyes of a large golden Buddha in my hometown. Yeehah!
Of course, the concept of the Buddha Bar works so darn well because the Buddha is rather trendy right now and doesn’t inspire guilt as you smack your boyfriend’s arse or down buckets of Veuve Clicquot. I mean, what if it was the Scientology Bar or the Jehovah’s Witness Bar? Just don’t think they would have the same marketing power.
As I was contemplating all this, my friend Cynthia of Essence Magazine fame and I started discussing the coolness of Quakers. All the peace and understanding, not to mention the oats and the furniture. She told me that on beliefnet.com there is a quiz you can take that tells you what religion your credo lines up with and that she came out as 100% Quaker. What! How amazing. So as soon as I left the land of short skirts, flashbulbs and enormous Buddhas, I scurried home to take the quiz myself.
And what did Belief-O-Matic say about me? Well, turns out that I am 100% Unitarian Universalist. And luckily, my second match was Quakerism at a whopping 94%. Feewf. Of course out of 27 religious results, Roman Catholic (my religion since birth) was my second to last! Err, maybe it’s time for a little self-reflection. Thanks Belief-O-Matic!