But I was mistaken. I was actually sitting next to a Roman deity.
When I noticed the county employee name tag, I dropped my pen and bent over to take a closer look. Emblazoned on the tag is "Janus."
He's the divine being I just snarked for getting hired here after being fired at Beaver Falls. I decided to introduce myself. Maybe I could get an autograph.
"Hey, Mr. Janus, how are you? Perhaps you've heard of me. I'm the second most popular blogger in Nazareth, A.J. Cordi."
- "I know who you are, Bernie."
"I see, perhaps you read my blog about you today."
- "Oh, I read it alright."
"How do you like that bit about Janus being the god of beginnings? Pretty good, huh?"
- "I'll tell you what. Janus is the god of endings, too, blogger boy."
Janus is actually a very nice god, and told me Beaver Falls dumped him when the composition of city council changed. Politics. Even the gods have trouble with that. I sat with this immortal all through the meeting. He cringed when council member Ron Angle called colleague Charles Dertinger a "blithering idiot" and winced when Dertinger threw his usual twenty minute hissy fit. Those two just think they're gods.
Welcome to Northampton County, Janus! Do you think Jupiter could spare a few thunderbolts?