notes from walkabout
Wandered around the upper-middle part of the state a bit yesterday. Saw lots and lots of campaign signs for various local and localish elections. Big ones along the roads and little ones in yards.
All local races. All of ‘em.
One gal has a sign with a beautiful rendition of CA poppies and her name – and some fine print at the bottom. Dunno who she is or what she’s running for — I got enough on my plate without investigating other counties’ / districts’ personnel — but the attractiveness of the sign made me predisposed to like her. Interesting reaction.
Saw exactly Zero signs about the Propositions. Also interesting.
And saw very few bumper stickers. Amazing.
Keep in mind a coupla things. In parts of CA, any sticker that might be construed as “conservative” will get one a keying — at least. IF one leaves one’s car alone, say in a parking lot. That kind of political expression is only done in
secrecy privacy. I come from one of those parts. Around here I see only the occasional O-2012 sticker. Unlike 2008 where they were everywhere. Oddly enough I see no O-08 stickers left over… Must’ve been cheap stickers and fell off. Cuz I still see the occasional Kerry sticker hanging bravely onto an old Volvo amongst the “Coexist” and “My Other Car Is A Broom” stickers.
But yesterday, I ventured out into the wide open spaces, where there are places just a coupla miles off the freeway where one can get one’s head dented for messing with a man’s pick-up… Don’t even mention a gal’s pick-up. Don’t even look at the bass boat.
The Big Valley. Yanno — that place that could grow half the world’s food IF Our Masters would release the waters they hold back in favor of a 2″, non-native trash fish whose continued existence is deemed more important than feeding humans and having a… yanno, economy. BTNIN.
Bumper stickers: I saw exactly 7 stickers. 5 R/R & 1 O-2012. I saw NO leftover O-08 stickers. And one “Obamacare must go”
What do y’all see?