The Jeep's owner, Sally, was too shy to discuss her bumper stickers. Her grandmother, Mary Broussard, however, is not shy at all and laughs as she discusses her granddaughter's car decor. "I never put bumper stickers on any of my cars. There was never a one. Her mother had a bumper sticker that read, 'Dragons Like You Because You're Crunchy and Taste Good with Catsup.' Everybody loved that one and thought it was cute. The 'Blessed Be' sticker is not a religious thing, it's a dragon thing. I go around in the car with her all the time, but we really don't get much attention unless the car is parked. To be perfectly honest, that's her first car. She's 20, and I think she's just making her statement that she loves dragons, and 'This is mine and I'll do what I please now.' She works with the public, but she's very shy. She's also very artistic. She won a scholarship to the art school in San Francisco but wasn't able to take advantage of it."
It would be difficult to find a vehicle with more messages than Reverend Neil Voight's mailman's Jeep. Parked in front of his Golden Hill house, Voight's Jeep has too many messages to process at one glance. It's a hand-painted, colorful blend of his own messages, pasted-on pictures, and bumper stickers. The front of the Jeep reads "United States of Awareness" over the windshield and "Cosmic Ambassador" under it.
Other painted messages say, "Jesus says I am the LIGHTen up of the world!" "Help Us St. Isaac Stern to Appreciate Beauty; Each Person, Animal, Tree, Rock, Develop Cosmic Christ Consciousness," "Honor St. Bob Lini," "If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You Most Assuredly Will Get There," "The Self-Made Man Adores his Creator," "Honor Queen Deganda," "One People, One Planet," "Transformer Bus," "What On Earth Are You Doing For Heaven's Sake?" "Thank You For Being You, Be More Of You," "Honor All The Angels And The Divas," "Nature Angels," and "Along the Road of Life There Is a Sign: He Says I Am the Way." Among his bumper stickers are "The Green Help the Earth Live," "Sacred Sites Are More Precious than Gold," "It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child," "Support Your Local Planet: Recycle," "Yes on 12. Safe Parks for Kids," "Save Anza-Borrego Desert," "Help Protect the Special Nature of San Diego," "If You Want Peace, Work for Justice," "Protect America's Environment," "Prevent Truth Decay," "Be True to Yourself," and "Time Is Art."
"I bought it from the postal service seven years ago. They couldn't decide if it was a truck or a car. I've put over 220,000 miles on it. It's a miracle. My mechanic said that he didn't believe in prayer till he met me. I had him test drive it, and he said, 'That thing's in perfect shape. It'll last you the rest of your life.' Nothin' goes wrong with it anymore, but it was always a sign of a spiritual problem in my life when it did. When I heal the problem the thing wrong with the car heals, whether it's a leaky radiator or somethin' else. I was puttin' too much pressure on myself. I wasn't being enough, and I was doing too much."
The car seems to fulfill Voight's desire to rouse people's passions. "People either love me or hate me when they see this car. Real rich people, those stuck in the third dimension, can't stand it. They won't put even a little fingernail polish on their car, because that's sacred to them -- money and all that stuff. This just throws a curve to them. They call me a hippie. Well, to me, hippie means that you're not dead yet. Y'know, show some life! It's like the Kent State students puttin' flowers in the guns and all. They were right. We gotta integrate the feminine into the world. People like that love this car, because they see that I'm not attached to the third dimension. It's just a soundboard. It don't mean nothin'!"
Voight, a man every bit as colorful as his car, is a chaplain for Native-Americans and teaches world religions at the community colleges. He dresses in white and wears multiple beads and medallions around his neck. "I'm actually a Catholic priest, but I'm suspended. They don't believe you're allowed to think. The Catholic Church is in a mess 'cause they don't have women priests -- that's the only thing that's gonna save it. I was ordained a Benedictine in Indianapolis in 1957. Father Claude Ehringer, up there in Oceanside [at Prince of Peace Abbey], he's my uncle. They kicked me out of the abbey of St. Meinrad in Indiana because I would say things like Carl Jung, 'Monks wear dresses because they haven't integrated the feminine.' They don't know what to do with stuff like that, so they put me out here and thought my uncle could drill some sense into me, but then he kicked me out."
Voight says that I was lucky to catch him, as he will be moving soon. When I ask him where he will be moving, he replies, "I'm on the fast track to ascension. I'll be ascending any day now. Anyone can go home on the third wave, if you just say to Christ, 'Take me home on the third wave.' You can't wait and see if you're gonna go, because you won't go. This only happens on this planet every 26,000 years. I lost a lot of friends over this. They thought I was crazy."