September 22, 2020

A little personal virtue-signalling

Dana Mathewson

I'm old enough to remember when neighbors acted like neighbors no matter what their political persuasion was. Heck, I'm so old that I can remember when you could buy pasteurized, by which they meant non-homogenized, milk in grocery stores.

Anyhow, in my neighborhood there have been few signs touting candidates decorating lawns this season, nor were there last season. As a Republican, I'm rather saddened to report that there are two groups of Democrat signs on my side of the street, and they are both in front of homes where live ladies who are good friends to my wife and myself. We don't discuss politics with them, and everyone is happy enough. If they want to spend money buying Joe Biden For President signs, it's their privilege to do so.

So when, a few days ago, while returning from my afternoon walk with my dog, I saw four boys, whom I judged to be probably just into their teens, walking south toward me, I initially paid no attention, until one of them, the only white among three blacks, suddenly veered over to my neighbor's lawn, grabbed her Biden sign, dashed across the street to bushes at the end of the apartment complex, soon to re-emerge without the sign, met with his cronies and they disappeared. They had ignored me all this time.

Well! I took Bijou home, then went to the bushes, found the sign, took it back to the lady's lawn and put it back in place; then I phoned her and told her what had happened. "What? Again?" she said, amazed. It was the second time that day some kid had messed with her Biden sign! Her signs were in front of her garage where she couldn't see them from the house, and she decided to put the Biden sign right in front of her living room window. Problem solved, and she thanked me. I then called the other Democrat sign-displaying neighbor and suggested she check her Biden sign; it was OK.

I couldn't help wondering what would happen to our place if we had a Trump sign our? Broken windows? Keyed cars, if they were out? The adults in this neighborhood are all OK as far as I know, but these days, who knows, really?

Never thought I'd have to be a hall monitor! And for a brain-dead candidate on the other side. Sheesh!

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1 My house would probably be fire bombed if I put a Trump sign in the yard, but I would not live long enough to see it happen. My wife would do me in first. We DO NOT discuss politics in this house.

Something is wrong with the site. You cannot read comments. Clicking on the "Comments" link under the post does not expose the comments. "Add Comment" works, but "Comments" does not.

Posted by: Bill H at September 22, 2020 06:44 PM (vMiSr)

2 Whoops, now it's working again. Disregard previous.

Posted by: Bill H at September 22, 2020 06:46 PM (vMiSr)

3 Yeah, that comment problem was happening to me too, Bill. No idea what caused it. Same thing a few months ago. If it happens again, just act as if you want to add a comment when you want to read them, then if you don't want to add one, just reload the site.


So you have a wife who walks the other side of the tracks, eh? Bummer. My wife's oldest brother is in the same boat, and she's ugly too.   I can safely post this because there's no danger she'll wander over here, or him, for that matter. The next brother down has contributed stuff, and if he sees this he'll choke laughing.

My wife is like me: as a kid, she and I were both wearing "I Like Ike" buttons to school. And all her siblings are solid conservatives: I married right (brag, brag, brag), the second time around.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at September 22, 2020 09:35 PM (Xrkl6)

4 Oh, I married right too. I am a very happy man. As long as I don't talk politics. She thinks my love affair with football and Formula 1 races is utterly idiotic, but she arranges her schedule to make sure I never miss a game or a race. We sort of have a contest to see who can do the most nice things for each other. We just never, ever talk politics.

Posted by: Bill H at September 22, 2020 11:33 PM (vMiSr)

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