Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Candidate's Wife: The morality of being On Time (Hint: It is wrong to be late)

Primo: I have a meeting tonight. The new chair has decided we will have a consensus-based agenda.

Me: What's that?

Primo: We are supposed to read the materials before the meeting so we don't spend time at the meeting reading them.

Me: That's the right way to do it.

Primo: We have also agreed that the meeting starts at 6:00.

Me: Good.

Primo: Whether people are there or not!

Me: That's the right way to do it!

Primo: But last time, only half the members were there at 6:00.

Me: So? Why should the people who are on time be punished?

Primo: But it's stressful for me!

Me: So your time is more valuable than mine?

Primo: Even the theatre starts at five minutes past four! The tickets say the show is at 4:00!

Me: It is extraordinarily rude to make other people wait because you can't be on time.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Candidate's Wife: Primo sort of asks his best friend for money for the campaign

There was a reunion event Saturday night. Primo's best friend, BF, had donated $500 to the event. Undergraduates and recent graduates - that is, people paying off school loans - were going to be attending and it was a nice way for BF to help pay for some of them.

Primo: You guys bought a table?

(Technically, there were no tables, but you get the concept.)

BF: Yes.

Primo: How much?

(You can ask this kind of question of your best friend.)

BF: Five hundred dollars.

Primo: You bought $500 worth of food and drinks?

BF: Yes. It seemed like the right thing to do. Rice did a lot for me.

Primo: Would you like to buy $1,000 worth of campaign for [our state] legislature?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Candidate's Wife: We go to a class reunion in Houston and discover other classmates running for office

The pathetically small crowd at the Rice football game. At least when the Southwest Conference existed, we could fill the stadium, even if it was with UT or A&M people. It was a lot more fun.

We love going to Houston.

Wait. We love going to our class reunions. Houston? It's gotten a little bit crazy. But still - it was warm and sunny and beautiful. I texted a photo of the quad, with green grass and sun, to my boss and he texted me a photo of the parking lot at work covered in snow.

I miss Texas. I miss it so much. It's not cold there!

But we couldn't get away from politics.

My friend Ruthie ran a campaign for a school district candidate and won against an incumbent. She had great campaigning advice.

Our friend Robin introduced us to a friend of hers who is running for Congress in north Texas. I asked Jana Lynne how she was raising money.

"I spend seven hours a day on calls," she said. "But only five on Fridays."

Let me translate that for you in case you don't speak the political lingo.

She spends seven hours a day calling people to ask them for money.

This is the part of running for office - of politics - that everyone hates.

This is why rich people run our country. They have their own money to spend and they know rich people who want influence.

If you are an ordinary person running for office, you don't know the rich people and if you are Primo, you want to be the person who represents all the people, not just the rich ones, so you don't want to be beholden to anyone.

All the People? They don't have money to give to politicians. Every dollar is precious and hard earned. That's why

1. It's so hard to ask people to give their money away

2. We are so, so grateful to everyone who makes any contribution to Primo's campaign. We know that every dollar someone gives to him is a dollar they can't spend on eating out or on something fun. (I hope nobody would give to a campaign rather than pay the electric bill!)

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Candidate's Wife Bakes - that's Primo's idea for my new blog

Gold Digger
2 hrs 

Verdict: Bottom crust nicely done, but cleanup of melted butter on frying pan too much of a hassle. I need a pizza stone.
Apples collapsed: The Serious Eats strategy of poaching them ten minutes in boiling water is not enough. I will return to Bon Appetit's 45-minute pre-pie baking.
Crust: AWESOME AS ALWAYS. BraveTart's crust strategy is excellent and easy. Can you see how amazingly flaky that crust is?

Gary You should start your own website “Serious Bakes”.
37 mins

Primo How about "The Candidate's Wife Bakes"? 
9 mins
Gary how about “I baked a pie for my husband and he complained about it”?
2 mins

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Candidate's Wife: The Other Woman and The Other Candidate

Remember The Other Woman? Who told Primo she was going to primary him? Other Woman - henceforth known as OW - was encouraged to run by the wife of a current state house representative (CSHR) whom Primo knows. The wife also knows Primo and is an elected official herself. I am not a big fan of CSHR, but he has never struck me as malicious and underhanded. Just kind of arrogant. And his wife has been lovely every time I have met her.

Primo: I talked to [our political mentor/Big Guy/friend]. He is pretty sure that Wife of CSHR did not suggest that OW run against me - that OW came up with that idea all on her own.

Me: Yeah, I just can't see it.

Primo: Plus I just made a $50 contribution to CSHR's campaign and he thanked me publicly on facebook, posted a photo of him, his wife, and me together, mentioned that I am also running for the State House, and linked to my campaign page.

Me: That is the action of a complete sociopath or of someone who is not encouraging OW to run against you.

Primo: Nope. Plus, when I spoke to [our political friend], he said that he has spoken to [the Republican incumbent holding the seat Primo will be running for] and he said that Incumbent said that the people who want to run for that seat on the Republican side are crazy and if a Dem might win, he would rather have me because he knows I am reasonable.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Candidate's Wife: Is that a dagger I see behind me?

Me: Let me summarize this for us. She basically asked, "Primo, would you sharpen this knife for me so I can stab it in your back?"

Primo: It's not that bad!

Me: It is.

The Candidate's Wife: The challenger, again

Primo: I think I might have convinced her to run for the state senate instead. Then we could run as a team.

Me: That would work.

Primo: Maybe. She doesn't know anything about running. She didn't even know you have to file and have to collect nominating signatures.*

* Which is something that makes me nuts on TV and movies - they show someone deciding to run for office at the last minute and voila! On the ballot! That's not how it works!