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  • Outside of Baku, Azerbaijan, near the airport, is a massive acres large marketplace, where all manner of goods can be found, most from China. One my first trip there, in a most unlikely third-word bazaar, I found a guy with a shop selling snow globes. OK, not really snow globes, but more desk-top paperweights, pen-holders. Normally I pass these by, I don’t do pen-holders, they destroy the smooth symmetry of the globe. But some of them were so awesome that I couldn’t pass them up.

    One of them has Jesus on the cross. The water was cloudy, but I immediately thought of my Kaaba snow globe, and realized that with this I would have two of the three monotheist religions represented in snow globe form. I bought this one and a few others, not being able to contain my excitement, babbling my companions ears off as they rolled their eyes. Now I had to find a Jewish snow globe.

    Over the years, whatever liquid is in this snow globe has become more and more filthy brown. The flakes don’t float, they just sink. But it is still Jesus fricken’ Christ!
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