Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thursday Aug 30 We watch a judge being sworn in

Primo campaigned for Theresa when she was running for judge in her highly partisan, negative campaign. I understand a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do, but don't tell me you're pure and non-partisan when it's pretty clear that you are not.

She invited us to her investiture. We went. It was boring. As you might imagine. Lots of speeches that inspired standing ovations in which I did not want to participate.

At least there was food at the end.

And some good people watching.

I am not the queen of style. Far from it. But if I may be so bold as to give some fashion advice: if you are over 60 years old, long hair to your waist is probably not your best look. Especially if it's dyed pink, orange, and purple. No I am not making this up.

Also not if it is highlighted so you have a bright orange streak in the part that gets caught by barrettes.

Yes, there were not one but two older ladies with long, dyed hair.

There was a third older lady with Pippi Longstocking socks, black leggings, a skirt, and shower shoes. Which might be just fine if you're teaching at a pre-school but maybe not the most appropriate thing for court but what do I know?

While Primo and I were waiting in line, we started talking to the black man next to us. "I had a hard time supporting Theresa against Judge Smith," he said. "I really want more black people on the bench, but he was appointed by that Stripes governor."

"So?" I asked.

"The governor is evil. Everything he touches is evil," he asserted.

"So you're saying that just because Judge Smith was appointed by a Polka Dot that you don't want him?"

"Yes. That's what I'm trying to tell you!"

"But he was just appointed by him. That doesn't make him a bad person."

He sighed. "Suppose you were Satan. Wouldn't everything you touched also become of the devil? That's what happens here. This is a battle between good and evil."

I decided that now was not the time to get into a discussion of how just because someone disagrees with you politically does not mean that he is evil.

Theresa's husband came up to say hi. I disengaged with the Stripes are Evil guy.

Once Theresa's husband left, I turned back to the SAE guy.

Primo said, "He just figured out that you're a Stripes!"

The guy said, "I've never hugged a Stripe before!" He put his arm around me a pulled me to him.

I hugged back, then said, "Look! We walk among you! We are pleasant to be around!" I wanted to say, "And yet you dismiss us completely by stating that we are evil, which means there is no room for discussion, no room for compromise, no room for working together." But I didn't. Because really, how do you ever change the mind of someone who thinks like that?


  1. It's impossible to change anybody's mind, people have to do it all by themselves. But you made a good start by getting him to acknowledge that Stripes are normal people - I mean he wouldn't have hugged an evil person now would he?

    And sorry, but what are shower shoes? Crocs maybe?

    1. Agreed. That's why I never talk about abortion or the death penalty with anyone. There is nothing I can say that will change their mind and I really don't want to fight about these issues.

    2. Oh - and shower shoes are like flip flops except they have a plastic band across the front of the foot, parallel to the toes. They are no more Out in Public shoes than Crocs are.

  2. All of which just proves to me that being nuts is a prerequisite for getting involved in politics at any level. Let me in!

    1. I agree that you have to be insane. I wish I could escape!