That's the message we left for the robbers (taped to the backdoor) that broke into the convent & tried to steal our boombox. The boombox was too big to fit through the window, so they left it. This was before cd's, so you can imagine the heft.
I posted a bit ago that I'd once lived in a convent in Kansas City. A couple people said "what"? So, here is the story...
Way back in the land time forgot - before email, mortgages, eyebrow waxing and way before Starbucks. Around the time that Molly Ringwald was on the A-List, Morrissey went solo, Tom Cruise was still married to Mimi and hair was as big as ever. Pretty much right after college graduation, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. We frequently referred to it as a sortof domestic Peace Corps - with a Catholic edge. It was an organization that peace and justice type kids joined in order to change the world - and to get "ruined for life".
I was placed with five other women and one guy in, yes, a convent in Kansas City. The Holy Trinity Convent to be specific. It was perfect because not only were there 7 tiny bedrooms upstairs, there was a very cozy chapel downstairs. Complete with altar and relics. It would have been perfect had it not been crawling distance from two local bars as well as the Shady Lady Lounge. Let's just say, the cops were around a lot.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) places kids in inner city communities to work as volunteers. Each one of us had a full time job at either a women's shelter, homeless outreach center or one of several community organizing groups. It was expected that we uphold the primary tenets of the JVC while living in the convent: Simplicity, Social Justice, Community and Spirituality. What that meant for us was that we lived semi-communally, engaged in minor acts of civil disobediance, lived off of $75/month and went on a lot of retreats. Despite the challenging work, not to mention all the protesting, we sure had a whole LOT of fun!
One of our mottos was "Just because you live in a convent, doesn't mean you have to act like a nun". This picture is of the seven of us on Halloween. I know that the pic is reeeally fuzzy - but, hey, this was before digital cameras.
Anyway, we are (from left): Sister Golden Hair, Flying Nun, Tranny Nun, Sister Rhythm and Blues, Sister Skeletor, Materialistic Nun & Mother Teresa.
Wanna guess which one is me?