Isn't this a nice looking family? I worked the Democrat booth at the Kansas State Fair this afternoon and they stopped by to get something Obama-related. Due to our Obama stuff going to places unknown, the only thing we had was this poster. They quickly took one and secured it on the stroller, proclaiming their allegiance as they wandered the aisles. I asked if I could take their photo. I'll just say the baby was very content demonstrating support of Obama.
It was interesting to work and talk to people. People were very adamant about telling you if they didn't agree with you. Although one guy was really funny and walked up and said, "Is this where I get my Sarah Palin buttons?" I just said, "Oh, yeah, do you want me to draw you one?" We both enjoyed a good laugh. Another guy asked me as I was leaving if Obama was "left or right?" I told him "both, as in he's left and that's correct." He chuckled and said, "I just knew you'd have an answer." Again, we both had a good laugh. I love being able to enjoy some laughs with people, even if we don't agree on politics. I had a couple of people I know stop in and say, "Patsy, wrong party," to which I replied while pointing to my Obama button, "No, no, this is the guy, this is the man we want." It was all good natured.
Of course, you always have some people who just shake their heads like they can't believe you're so stupid that you would support someone other than McCain-Palin. I work the demo booth every year, but this year it's interesting - people are much more rabid - either way. It's a phenomenon I don't quite understand. Generally, people just wander on by, without looking and maybe you'll get a sneer every 2-3 days. This year people are coming up and engaging us - which is fine - to basically tell us we're wrong. I'm not sure what to make of that. We're just polite and listen and offer information if people ask for it. I wonder if the Republican booth is experiencing the same thing. If so, I'm guessing it's just that emotions are running very high.
I also had the chance to visit with some people I hadn't seen in awhile. Kip and his wife stopped by, as well as the Baker family. Ken and I had a lively discussion, needless to say. Ken and I used to work in the same place and I miss talking with him. His brain works differently than anyone else I've ever met and it's great to talk to him.
All in all it was a good day. In fact, it started quite wonderfully. I was still upstairs at 7 this morning when Trish called to tell me the "light outside is really unusual." She goes running every morning and knows I often don't even peek outside until after a few hours on the computer and phone in a room with the curtains drawn. I thanked her for calling, practically hung up on her in my haste, and literally ran down the stairs. She was right. It was really interesting. I didn't capture it, but the clouds were cool and the light was a very golden haze, for lack of a better term.
I was soooooo glad Trish called. I love having friends who will call me about rainbows and unusual rain storms and interesting light. I am blessed.
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Saturday, September 06, 2008
Posted by Patsy Terrell at 1:37 AM