Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Good 'n' Terrible

Is anyone else suffering from "Election Tension?" I am! To be honest the tension has been crawling to the front of my brain ever since McCain made his VP announcement. And it's not that Sarah Palin was picked, it's that some folks actually think she is "amazing." Worse are the women interested in her based on the fact she has a womb & knows how to use it. And my PMSing only add fuel to that proverbial fire.

Case in point:
Today as I'm heading into work, after getting my yummy coffee & yogurt from Half & Half, I approach a crosswalk where a large silver SUV had taken up so much of the crosswalk that my only option was walk into very busy traffic on Burnside (a very busy street). So I engaged in what some would call "crazy behavior."

Me: "Hey could you back up please I can't get through?"
Her: Shurgs shoulders & looks sheepish
me: "You have room, move back please!"
her: shakes head no "I can't."
me: "fine then why don't you just vote for McCain!"
her: rolls down window and asks "what does McCain have to do with it?"
me: "you want to take over all the land just like him."
her: "that's crazy!"

And folks it really was! You know how things just pop out of your mouth from nowhere sometimes? Things you say that are random, stupid or just plain mean? Well that was what I did this morning. Wearing a heart button of my chest no less. I sounded like one of those yucky Obama supporters who act like a-holes and I can't really stand those folks either. *sigh*

It's too late to apologize to that woman but it's not too late to make a change. The first thing to do is forgive myself & just breathe. Nothing will change if I beat myself up, because I'm not perfect & never will be. The next actions include the following: making amends doing something to address the election tension, because I know I'm not the only one whose got it, relax & try to keep my mouth shut about anything McCain related for at least the next week.

Anyway here's a little Jimmy Cliff that will get this healing process started.

Jimmy's words

Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky
Waiting for me when I die
But between the day you're born and when you die
They never seem to hear even your cry

So as sure as the sun will shine
I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine
And then the harder they come the harder they'll fall, one and all
Ooh the harder they come the harder they'll fall, one and all

Well the officers are trying to keep me down
Trying to drive me underground
And they think that they have got the battle won
I say forgive them Lord, they know not what they've done

And I keep on fighting for the things I want
Though I know that when you're dead you can't
But I'd rather be a free man in my grave
Than living as a puppet or a slave

Yeah, the harder they come, the harder they'll fall one and all
What I say now, what I say now, awww
What I say now, what I say one time
The harder they come the harder they'll fall one and all
Ooh the harder they come the harder they'll fall one and all


Zee said...

OMG, SERIOUS election tension over here. eek. Serious nerves too. And also, fear. :(

Thanks for sharing the Jimmy Cliff video - I do love me some Jimmy Cliff, but I don't think I've ever seen him "live."


Anonymous said...

First, of course, I must comment on your wonderful use of one of our beautiful lines from Coming to America. You've trained well, padwan. And so have I.

You described your exchange with the SUV woman in a similar way to my exchange with a co-worker yesterday. I knew before I said it, I was going to have no control over what came out of my mouth.

It wasn't premeditated, it wasn't evil, but it was the TRUTH... in my mind, anyway, which turns out not to be the true truth most of the time.

This was the simple, and regretable exchange:

Me: "I want to do direction boards for our vendors in Hong Kong to give them while we're there."

Boss: "I'd rather you not, because they might take them too literally."

Me: "Ahhh, gotcha."

Co-worker who happens to be a decade ounger than me:"That's why we're there!"

Me: "Reeeallly?" in a very condescending tone.

Felt bad about it immediately, but didn't go back and apologize.

Sometimes I say crazy things. It's who we are... Damnit.

Love your blog F. Keep it coming - You have at least one east coast reader... heh heh

- Heather

Sara said...

I'm still in shock that this bint on a stick (one of my fav british expressions) has been made McCain's running mate. At first I thought oh that's good, pick a moron & help yourself lose, but then I started to realise how many (stupid) Americans there are out there who think she's a good choice for VP - WTF are these people smoking, cause we sure as hell need to ban that drug, it's obviously making people delusional!! I'm sorta glad to be over here in London, but no worries, I've signed up for an absentee voting :)

I wrote a post about it the other day as well, feel free to check it out & let me know what you think!

btw, this Palin git is making me almost dislike my first name since it's the same :( (luckily mine doesn't have an h at the end!!)

okay gotta get back to work, rock on girlfriend, xx

Sara said...

sorry didn't mean to rant & rave in my previous comment when you're trying to stay calm, so I hope I didn't get you all upset again over the stupidness of americans

Elizabeth aka Lisakins said...

Franola...I love you and miss you so much!! Reading your blog everyday gives me a bit o'fran and your honesty and truthfulness always amaze me.
I am truely happy to know that you are happy.