Ran into an old friend at the polling place today -- we went to college together and he married another very good friend of mine (I hosted the dinner party that served as their first "date".) We chatted a bit, catching up with family details and so on, and as would be expected, talk turned to election nonsense. He, like most of the people I know 'round these parts, is a conservative Republican -- our conversation was polite and very surface-level, which was nice. However, he said something that made me laugh -- he called me "everyone's favorite token liberal."
Yep. That's me. Glad to know that I'm being of service.
Was privy to a conversation -- actually, I was on the outskirts of it -- between two new acquaintances talking about the election. They made the standard assumption that because I am a church-going Christian, that I was automatically a conservative Republican. (We're very brand new acquaintances. Obviously.) They were expressing concerns about rioting in the predominantly African-American areas of the community, should Senator Obama lose the election. "You just never know what they might do," one said. The other was so concerned, she was thinking about not sending her kids to school on Wednesday, "just in case."
I was conspicuously quiet, mostly because I was trying to formulate a tactful yet pointed comment -- plus I was trying to keep my jaw from hitting the floor. One woman then turned to me and asked me what I thought. I simply pointed to the Obama/Biden bumper sticker on my car (we were standing in a parking lot.)
Subject changed -- although I'm sure I was the topic of conversation once they were alone.
I know it shouldn't surprise me, but I'm still shocked at the narrow-mindedness and presumptuousness of people regarding racial stereotypes and religious/political compartmentalizing in the 21st Century. People I know.
We've come a long way, but damn, do we still have far, far to go.
Went to the grocery store after picking Will up from school -- still wearing my VOTE OBAMA t-shirt. The store we went to is in the downtown area and tends to be very multi-cultural with its shoppers. I lost count of the number of Obama stickers/buttons/shirts I saw while we were there. As we were leaving, the guy bagging our groceries, with whom I always exchanged a GO RAYS! comment during the playoffs, looked at me and said GO OBAMA!
You betcha, buddy.
Best moment of my day. So far...
Last but SO not least, I leave you with a quote that is my mantra for the day (thanks to my pal bronsont for bringing this to my attention)
Sport teaches you to be a modest winner and a good loser.