Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Corner View - Impressions

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With this being an election year in the U.S., I am reminded of a story from 8 years ago.  First, I have to tell you my political beliefs.  However, please note that I am sharing this information for the sake of the story.  I am not inviting a debate or trying to convince anyone to vote like me.  (Goodness knows, there's been enough of that everywhere else - especially Facebook.)  Okay, having said that, I am a very liberal Democrat. 
Eight years ago, Senator Kerry was running against President George W.  Bush.   I obviously supported Kerry.  After the debate, I was talking with a man with whom I worked.  For the sake of the story (and because I can't remember his name), I will call him Paul.  Paul had long hair - it was almost to his waist and he wore it in a long braid.  Paul was Jewish.  Paul lived with a woman who didn't shave her armpits and made her own granola.  Thus, I judged the book by the cover and assumed that Paul was a liberal like I.  So, the morning after the debate.  We had a conversation that went something like this:

Me:    Did you see the debate?
Paul:  Can you believe that idiot?
Me:   I know!  I was horrified.  
Paul:  Me, too!  I can't believe people are buying his crap!
Me:   It's shameful.  He shovels it in and they open wide for it.
Paul:  I know!

You get the idea... it went on for quite a while like this.  Two kindred spirits commiserating... until I said...

Me:   If this little idiot gets re-elected, we should all move to Canada and start a commune.
Paul:  What do you mean by "re-elected"?

That's when I found out that Paul was a conservative Republican and his "idiot" was my candidate and vice versa.  Luckily, we were able to laugh about it - eventually.

Proof that impressions can be misleading!  And proof that you should not discuss politics at work or judge a book by its cover... the former, which I still do and frequently regret.

I don't have a photo to illustrate my story, so I will leave you with a cute kitty picture.  Regardless of your political beliefs, you have to admit that my Wills is one adorable cat!

Happy corner viewing!


  1. Ha, ha, I like your story, it's fun and a good example :)

  2. Wills is seriously gorgeous.
    And your right we shouldn't judge just by first impressions. They usually do tell a little bit, though. The ones you get totally wrong tend to be the most interesting IMO!

  3. I'm chuckling---that's a good story. :>) Some teachers have to throw out a comment here and there at lunch about one of the candidates and the rest of us let it go. No one wants indigestion!
    Wills' ears are almost bigger than his body! What a cutie!

  4. what a good story ... i would have loved to see your faces when you discovered :D

  5. No, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover (though I know one great book with a super nice cover with an image of an oil bottle :)), but I'm glad you discussed politics with your coworker: too bad he didn't change his mind!

  6. oi, heather... i really love your little tale... glad it turned out okay for you both, the akwardness at such discovery can be chilling. good pun for a series or sitcom, though... hee hee.
    you cat is adorable, no debate there! ;)))

  7. Good storytelling and reminder about impressions:))
    And I agree about your cat!!
    Happy week to you!

  8. i can imagion the pictures with your story!