I find myself in a bit of a quandary. As some of you know, I officially resigned from the SGI-USA last year, almost a year ago, and demanded that they remove from their records all my personal information and that pertaining to my children. Since a few months after my request, I have been blissfully non-bothered.
But SGI-USA did not send me the confirmation letter I demanded, which is my right to receive, so I need to follow up on that.
Here's my question for you all: There was a local community center in this area, a shabby little office space between a carpet store and some educational concern - Head Start or some such. We were told that, since the local numbers weren't high enough to warrant a community center in our area, our leaders had managed the feat through sincere daimoku. Umm hmmm.
Well, I noticed last year that that old office space is no longer in use, and a new rented office space in another office plaza (which I happen to routinely drive past) is now bearing a sign saying "SGI-USA Buddhist Center". Here's how the sign looks:
I get great giggles over how a *religious organization* can't even claim pride of place (top billing) any more and now needs to bring up the bottom!
Oh, and my former "good friend" and fellow SGI-USA member, who took advantage of me during her years of need while her douche of a husband was in prison, who then had *nothing* more to do with me until he got his ass sent back to prison for the rest of his life, apparently only got in contact with me again because Das Org charged her with the chore - she said, at the last time I saw her - perhaps April or May of last year - that my membership card had "REMOVE" written on it. And I haven't heard from her since. So much for "friendship". Anyhow, she insisted that Das Org "owns" the new "Buddhist Center". Yeah, right. They own one of the spaces in a rental retail center. My ass! But she's a dumb Japanese young woman who makes bad choices, so I'm not surprised she got fooled (or fooled herself). There are signs all over with numbers to call about leasing a space in that complex.
Anyhow, here is my question: I want to go pop in during a kosen-rufu gongyo to sightsee AND to see how many members are attending, to compare it to the attendance I remember from back when I was still *in*. But I don't want to see or talk to any people - I just want to look around. Typical tourist. Considering that my own WD Chapter leader, whom I ran into by chance at a Mexican restaurant some months ago, didn't even remember my name, I think I'd be able to do a confident-enough walk around that no one would confront me before anyone managed to recognize me.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2014 02:55AM by StillTaitenAndProud.