Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bristol Palin, Ford Escort's and coming out of the political closet

I read a headline a moment ago that said Bristol Palin, Sarah's daughter, has broken up with her fiance.

In the end it's a good thing she didn't commit ten years of her life to what would have been a failed marriage, but good for her for making the effort. I'd hope for a moratorium on 'ha ha' articles and posts on the web, since I don't see much humor in the situation, but I'm not holding my breath.

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So after weeks of tinkering I gave up and had my Escort towed to a shop. A day later it was back. It ran fine - for another day - and then failed to start. This SUCKS.

This next part will sound like sour grapes, but it's not. When Lisa's step-mom moved in here she generously offered us use of their car for the duration, seeing as Lisa's father was in the hospital anyway. I didn't want to borrow the car, largely because I don't need the inevitable hassles that would come with the 'favor.'

That's good, because it never materialized. To this day, nine days into her stay, I'm told their car is in for repairs. Hmm. Odd co-incidence that. Want to bet it magically/deliciously reappears the day her Dad gets out of the hospital? :)

Ah, no biggie. All in all, to this point she's been no problem at all. The kids love that dog and take turns sleeping with her. As I've told them all: enjoy it while it lasts, because this is the last time you'll have a dog before you turn eighteen.

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I've been outed as a Republican at work.

Now I enjoy working with this group a lot, and find the people interesting and the conversation first rate. But as you've guessed there is a left-wing edge to them all, as evidenced not only by one person's self-proclaimed 'Obama Shrine' at home, but such predictable comments as: 'I'd never watch American Idol. That's everything that's wrong with the music business. It should be about soul man, soul and tears, not about selling records.' :)

I'm proud that I have a long standing ability to get along with people of different political views, so this isn't a problem for me. I kind of enjoy it actually.

However, I've always felt a weakness of the left was their mistaken notion that if they played by rules X and Y that the other guy would return the favor. I know this isn't true, and so I shut my mouth on politics just in case.

But yesterday a guy who's turning into a good friend started going off about how Republicans burn barns, rob nursing homes and kick dogs. He finished by saying "Ya know?"

Sigh. "I'm a Republican."

He laughs. "No you're not."

Wistful smile. Head nod. "Yup. 'Fraid so."


"Dude, I went to DC to see Bush inaugurated. I had an autographed picture of him on my nightstand. I'm a Republican."

A moment of stunned silence, I imagine akin to the reaction of Bristol's boyfriend when he heard of the pregnancy.

"Oh, uh. Well, uh, maybe not every Republican, but uh, most of them, ya know?"

Damn. There goes my prefered seating in the employee lounge.


Jeanne said...

I agree with you regarding Bristol Palin, I was hoping that it would work, but it is better to call it off now than to wait 10 years to break up...The parents can help with the baby, and maybe the children can complete college.

Interesting about the ford, any idea what the problem is?

Will you be able to face your co-workers now that you are a Republican

Have a great day

Bridgett said...

I'm liberal-leaning, but only just recently. I switched parties last May because I just couldn't relate to the Republican ideals any longer.

But like you, I don't have a problem with people of any political segment. We're all entitled to our opinions and I'm okay with that. :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your car. Wish I could loan you one of our clunkers to help you out.

As for Bristol...I agree with you there as well. That relationship was doomed from the start. Better to quickly and cleanly break it then be incredibly unhappy for the next 10 years.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

So the whole marriage thing was false? I think the whole situation is shameful, on several levels.

I wish both parties could moderate and focus on improving our country for all.

Donna said...

From one Republican to another: I feel your pain.

Sybil said...

what a shame about the car Dan. I am so sorry, just what you don't need at the moment. I seemed to have missed the but about the MIL arriving...glad though that all has gone ok so far.
Bet your coworkers are going to have something to talk about now LOL
Love Sybil xx