8/18/11

Goddess of the Week: Bendis

Main floor, room 19, Athens & the Acropolis, 4...Image via WikipediaWendy needs an apartment-hunting goddess, and it needs to be a good one because she's looking in Manhattan, where postage-stamp apartments are snatched up in a heartbeat. I'm giving her the Thracian hunter goddess Bendis.

Bendis was originally from Thrace, which was in Southeast Europe, but like all goddesses worth her salt, she moved to the Big Apple to make her way in the world, and in Bendis's day, the Big Apple was Athens.

When Bendis went to Athens she couldn't find an apartment to save her life, and, being new in town, the gods on Mount Olympus wouldn't even return her calls. But Bendis didn't get discouraged. She let her unfailing fashion sense open doors for her. Wearing a fetching short skirt, a fur stole draped over one shoulder, knee-high boots and a hipster hat, Bendis was page five material in no time.

Soon, people were even having nighttime horse races to honor Bendis. Like modern relays, horse riders would pass a flaming torch (always a fun idea!) from one rider to the other until a horse and rider either passed the finish line or else everyone died tragically of third degree burns.

Secure in her celebrity among the people, she didn't have to look for an apartment anymore. Her worshippers made her a temple with a totally awesome view of the Parthenon, marble floors, a second bedroom, and even a garbage disposal (and those were really hard to find).

Bendis reminds us that when you are hunting for anything--from an apartment to the perfect macaroon (La Maison du Chocolat, Wendy), the key is to know your adversary and prepare accordingly. Do you have the right boots for the job? No? Then you need to get them. (How about these?) Don't take no for an answer. Meet obstacles with style and elan. People will be LUCKY to have you as a neighbor! You are charming, kind, witty, creative, and dependable. Don't forget it! You bring something to this equation. You bring you, and that's a big plus.

Channel this goddess: When apartment hunting, when hunting for your heart's desire, when updating your wardrobe, when looking for a good pair of boots or a hipster hat.

Need a goddess? I got goddesses! Post a comment explaining why you need or want a goddess. Then check back in a week or two and see what you got! It's fun, free, and easy! Go, go, go!
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14 comments:

Star said...

Good final advice for me, right now, too, even though it has nothing to do (Thank the Cosmos!) with hunting for an apartment. Thanks! (Yeah!!! I'm the first one to comment!!!)

Daisy said...

those are awesome boots!
Good luck with your move, Wendy.

Olga said...

I am all set in the housing department, but I'm so glad to know that Bendis is also available for shopping. I'm taking my 10 year old grand daughter back-to-school shopping. I'm promising Bendis macaroons if she'll come along and give me strength...and patience.

Wendy Claire Barrie said...

Margaret, I LOVE YOU (and Bendis too, of course!) I haven't signed the lease yet but it looks like we're moving to PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!! XOXO

Petrea Burchard said...

It worked! Congratulations, Wendy. I hear Park Slope is a great neighborhood.

YOU is the best thing you have, the one thing you've got no one else can get. Thank goodness Bendis teaches us this.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Oooh, a hunter goddess? I like it! Love the aggression in this one. Maybe I could use her when I go fishing off the T-dock today - those redfish pull really hard!

altadenahiker said...

I like a goddess with moxie AND learning that Athens was the original Big Apple.

Tony Van Helsing said...

These posts get better and better, hipster hat. Nice one.

Shell Sherree said...

Bendis worked very quickly for Wendy ~ she can come along next time I'm shopping. I'd like some of her uberconfidence to rub off on me.

Susan Campisi said...

I was looking for an apartment in Manhattan in the late 80s and became so discouraged, I packed my bags and moved to the west coast. I would've had a completely different life had I known to call on Bendis. Wonderful she was around to help Wendy land in Brooklyn.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Good two sea you still blogging about Goddesses. May there always be an unending supply for us!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

If your not feeling the godess, how about Williamsburg? just a suggestion.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

never mind

note to self: read comments before pressing publish

claire said...

Margaret, would you have a goddess to walk with me to Santiago? :-)
Thanks in advance.