So, I got a call this morning, saying that Temple Hill in Oakland is closed all day due to disgruntled Prop. 8 opponents. Supposedly, they picked a day on purpose that the temple isn't open, but there is a church building on the temple grounds where a lot of people have Sunday services. I wonder to where were all of those wards diverted?
I was notified because I'm singing in Handel's Messiah this year! Fun, fun. It is my Christmas gift to myself. It really makes the season and it's so nice to just get lost in the polyphonic parts of the music. It is so beautiful and challenging. Our conductor is really great, too. He's really the best conductor I've ever sung with (Sorry Mom, but you probably agree).
He says this is his last year (though his wife said tonight, "Who knows what will happen in two years?")
Anyway, our rehearsal was diverted to San Leandro, which was fine with me, closer to home. I came into the chapel behind a group of 5 or so women. The conductor and his wife were seated on the back row of the chapel and said as we came in, "Where are the men?"
One lady responded, "Well, my husband was hit by a car last week." We all gasped and asked what happened. She said he had just planted a "Yes on Prop. 8" sign in a median divider and was walking across the street, when a car coming off the freeway, saw him plant the sign and gunned it to hit him. It was a hit and run. They think the car was probably going around 25 miles an hour. Fortunately, he didn't have a concussion or any broken bones, just soreness and bruises. No one was with him to get the license plate number, and of course he was too in shock to do it himself. This was in Sunol, CA.