Scenes from a blue oasis in a red state
Saw this in my neighborhood and had to take a picture of it. The context of this is that my neighborhood is stuffed with the sort of people right wing radio instructs you to hate: Earnest college students, college professors, liberal yuppies with jobs in marketing and law, bohemians who own successful antique shops. You know the like. It means that the overall tenor of the neighborhood, signage-wise, is “OBAMA! FUCK YEAH!” It’s not subtle in any way. I suspected, the second I saw this display, that the people responsible are trying to aggravate their neighbors. Considering that this house is in an area with heavy foot, car, and bicycle traffic and is right around the corner from the neighborhood hippie grocery store, I suspect mine is a good bet.
There’s an equally big American flag that I didn’t capture in the picture, so I apologize if this doesn’t seem as fair and balanced as they perhaps intended the display to be. When I first saw it, people were sitting on the porch, but I figured they’d get tired of sitting out there hoping to catch people walking by holding their noses, but apparently not, because when I got there later, they were still sitting out there eating meringue. Unable to just snap and run, I decided to engage, and be friendly so as not to frighten them and lose access to the photo op. On went the redneck switch. “Hi, y’all! Lovely day! Mind if I take a picture of this display you got here?”
Permission was granted and I was asked who I was voting for. I demurred, as people did in my childhood but don’t much anymore. I asked the old man who was doing all of the talking who he was voting for.
“Palin!” he said. I thought I misheard him.
“Did you say McCain?”
“No! Palin! She’s got more sense than the lot of them!”
I thanked him and hopped on my bike and rode off.
Hope this makes up for a lack of a post this morning. We had to film some video for RH Reality Check, and I didn’t have time.