In Which I Discuss Palin with a Republican

The Face of Delta
The Face of Delta
Sept 2008

Marty’s back from New York. He brought a couple trinkets for H.o.p., who was delighted.

There are two Skyteam symbols on the Delta toy, each ahead of the forward doors, but they end up looking like X eyes, like in a cartoon where a character is passed out cold.

I think the toy has been given a grin as well.

Marty returned just after the landlord had left.

“What’s that board doing there?” I asked as I escorted the landlord out the back door, pointing out a long old board, something like 8 feet by six inches, that was half clinging to the top of a high fence that separates the area behind our apartment building from the area behind the next apartment building, partly supported by the slender limbs of a tree just beyond that fence, looking like it had dropped out of the sky.

Sometimes I find things weird that others don’t find weird and vice versa. So I was a little reassured that my landlord was astonished as well and marveled over the board. He eventually guessed that a tenant in the next building had perhaps opted to pitch it over their apartment’s balcony rather than lugging it down to the trash.

Earlier, the landlord and I had discussed Palin. He’s Republican yet we are able to talk politics and joke about politics and be serious about politics sometimes. My landlord has had his criticisms of Republican policies and their outcomes and so I was surprised he likes Palin. He thinks she’s a smart one. I said she was an idiot. He said she spoke well. I said she did not speak well at all, that she and McCain were McFester jello brains, that her talk was all irrelevant mumbo jumbo essence of snake oil.

I suppose I could have been more constructive in my criticism?

I told him about the incident where I surprised myself by yelling out the car window in the direction of a truck with a McCain-Palin bumper sticker. I noted how I wasn’t seeing many McCain-Palin bumper stickers, then thought to amend that.

“Of course, you may have one on your truck, I don’t know,” I said.

“No,” the landlord said.

“She’s pretty,” he said of Palin. I said, yes. He said she had sold a lot of eyeglasses, he knew that.

I said that I’d read a couple weeks ago that hair salons across the country were booked with people getting the Palin hairdo.

“I didn’t notice, what hairdo is that?” he asked.

I told him it was a 60’s bouffant french twist in the style of Claudia Cardinale. “Oh, yes,” the landlord said, reflecting dreamily on Claudia Cardinale.

Marty doesn’t know I’m writing about the Palin discussion and comes up behind me and mentions that he heard all over the airports talk about McCain suspending his campaign and nothing positive about either McCain or Palin.

Marty now mentions to me that when he got home the landlord was out joking with one of the AT&T guys about this board in the back hanging in the trees and that it must belong to them and the AT&T guy had walked back and was marveling over the strange board.

I check my email now and find the Library of Congress congratulating me on having successfully created subscriber preferences so that I may now take advantage of e-mail updates offered by them. Strange thing is I didn’t visit and create any subscriber preferences for the Library of Congress. I mean, not that it’s a bad idea, they have some cool stuff on their website. But I didn’t visit the website any time recently and I didn’t subscribe to it today.


Anyway, there you go, I talked about Palin with a Republican and then we wandered outside and marveled over a strange board sitting in the trees like one of those “what’s wrong with this picture” puzzles.

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

10 thoughts on “In Which I Discuss Palin with a Republican”

  1. Uh-oh. Gack. I am suddenly locked out of my blog. It recognizes my password, apparently, and I’m logged in, but it won’t let me past the log-in page. But the blog is still here and seems to be functioning fine, no errors coming up. I was going to continue working on reorganizing photos for a little while, but seems I won’t be tonight. Have written my webhosting company Hope this is something they can help me with. I’d made no alterations at all when this began happening.

  2. I guess my blog doesn’t like me, not letting me in like this, and I don’t much blame it.

    My webhost contacted me a few hours ago asking for more info. I’m waiting to hear back from them.

  3. woah. i hope you get back into your blog. That’s pretty weird.
    I think I’m afraid to talk to anyone who thinks Sarah Palin
    would be a good idea as VP for this country. Or at least i’m afraid to talk
    to them about Sarah Palin. I don’t see how anyone can fail to see that
    she is a facade. But I thought the same thing about Reagan, too. And god knows there are still plenty of people around who think of him as having been great.

  4. Nina, got my blog back. Dreamhost informed me some plug-in had gone wacky. I’ve been slowly reuploading plug-ins and hopefully have weeded out the one that was causing the problem.

  5. Hi Juli – I think Sarah Palin is a very “real” person who has made some very “real” decisions and is a role model of what “real” feminism looks like. She chose to keep a child with downs syndrome when more than 80% of these children are aborted every year. (and I am being generous with this percentage.) She is supporting her teenage daughter in a decision to keep her child – when many parents would suggest or force their children into having abortions. The communication is open in their family to such an extent that the daughter is able to “tell” her mother of her pregnancy even. How often does that happen? Perhaps the girl should’ve made better decisions, but giving a teenage girl birth control is not the answer. The people who really like Sarah Palin like her for who she is as a woman and a feminine leader largely because of the issue of life – which is probably the largest issue of our time though many do not believe this is true. Many believe the issue is the war – and that is a huge issue. But, unless we have peace with our children in the protection of the womb, how can we have peace in our country, or with our families, or ourselves? If true peace is what we are after then we must first make peace within the womb. That is my personal opinion. 🙂 (You can scream now and call me an idiot, but that is what I believe and that is what a lot of women and men out there are thinking when they express how much they like Sarah Palin.)

  6. Well, we really don’t know if Palin is to be credited with exemplary mothering abilities or the Palin children’s nanny. And the decision to continue a pregnancy does not preclude that mothers, who give in to pressure from their physicians (whose advise is based on fear of lawsuit), care less about life when they are told by those physicians that abortion is the best thing they could do for their child. Lots of assumptions are made about people we don’t personally know. To declare who made a “real’ decision or who is a “real” anything implies only the unreality that some of us are real and others aren’t. Basic here is that there are still many parents who are raising both handicapped children and those born out of wedlock but they are not even themselves deciding that doing so makes them capable of running the country. Basic also is the disconnect that this woman who is lauded for being pro-life is so willing to lead the county in war. Instead of handing the whole nation over to a woman who speaks of international issues in terms of “good guys bad guys” like a game of cops and robbers might more appropriately compete for mother of the year award. If only it doesn’t send the message that to be a “real” mother requires devoting most of a mom’s time to the state.

  7. Carol, I hope you’ll overlook the sometimes comedic terseness of my blog in approaching issues of great import. I’m well aware that abortion is an issue that is very important to you and respect that it is a faith-based concern. The all-embracing benevolences of Marian love speak to many, and if appealed to and found manifest in different veils, desire for and confidence in her pity is universal to those who respond to that call. You’re not a callous or cynical individual who would abuse her personal beliefs by selling them out and using them as a tool to power, for the benefit of powers who care very little about ideals of sanctity of life or quality of life for the vast majority in this nation, much less this ravaged planet.

    Peace–at least as my frail human form defines it, comprehending there is a Greater Peace and a Lesser–is the fragile tissue of the fleeting moment in this chaotic universe. So too does my modest parcel of wisdom fail in broaching great matters as it is the petty details that crowd my path, and balanced appraisals snub me if I am unable to reflect upon even my own face without a mirror. For these reasons, and suspecting a miraculous dispensation aspect to peace, I hope instead for pity, which is at least within grasp of most of us if its exercising is a matter of decision.

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