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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!