27 October 2008
I stopped at 7-11 today to fill up with petrol before the drive home. As I was returning to my vehicle, this cover caught my attention. Painted bright blue, it has a white saltire spray-painted on the top. The unofficial, but emotionally powerful, flag of Scotland is a blue flag with a white saltire.
Cross of St. Andrew
The X-shaped cross is known as the Cross of St. Andrew because St. Andrew was crucified in 69 AD in this manner. St. Andrew had begged for this type of crucifixion as he was "not worthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ."
In the 800s AD, a Pictish King named Angus MacFergus, and a Scots leader named Eochaidh were battling a force of Northumbrians in the Lothian region of Scotland. Legend has it that St. Andrew appeared to King MacFergus the night before battle in a dream. Although the details of that vision don’t seem to have been recorded, it is claimed that the next morning on a bright, sunny day, there appeared a saltire in the blue sky formed by clouds. This was proof of St. Andrew’s visitation and encouraged the Picts and the Scots which in turn led to a rout of the Northumbrians. From that time, the azure field with a saltire of argent became the national symbol of Scotland. After the Act of Union in 1707, a new flag was designed to symbolize the United Kingdom; in that flag you will find the Cross of St. Andrew intertwined with the Cross of St. George.

Personally, I think that King MacFergus saw contrails left by alien ships and just got lucky in battle.:-)
And that is why a cross of St. Andrew is on a fuel tank cover in Ft. Worth, Texas in 2008.

~KR (Written on 30 October 2008 )

Listening to:
The Kiss by the Cure
from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode