What happened today made me smile, despite the angry Trump people. You might not understand what happened, unless you played "Dictionary" with us in years gone by. I had a 'kibitka.' In actuality a kibitka is an old horse-drawn Russian wagon, but our definition - my game-winning definition was that a kibitka is a 'miraculous recovery.' So today I had one. It can also mean a revelation, and that’s the kind I had.
There I was, working at the polls in Jupiter, Florida, an upscale conservative community where house special Brussel Sprouts are the norm. Some of the people lined up to vote were fine. But some were incredibly abusive. They were screaming at me about how I was a baby killer. Others were so angry they screamed that I was a fucking Commie. That’s what people called Communists in the 50’s, and if you can believe it, it was down hill from there. Oh, they also called me a Socialist. One guy was yelling about how the Biden people were hitting Jews in New York with clubs. The urge to respond was too great so I said, “They probably deserved it.” What else was there to say? Maybe, “What kind of bats did they use?” When I thought about it, I was saddened by their anger. It was not all about Biden. They are angry and hostile all the time: imagine having to live with yourself being that horrible 24/7, or spend your life with someone else who is.
Moving on, since I have been meditating, when I was ready to leave I got into my car and took three deep breaths, felt calm and came home. One of the best things to happen was that while I was pursuing the candidate's website, just to learn about her background, I learned that her dad was Kenton Keith. He was an old pal of mine when I worked at USIA and Meridian House International. This is an organization that worked with the international exchange angels, students and organizations. I think both Pam (the Cong. candidate) and certainly Kenton, would get a kick out of that. Like most campaigns, you can not have a conversation with the Candidate, no one wants to help get anyone to do anything. All these tools. All these phones, routers, keyboards, peel-apart stickers, electric nail guns. And so little use of them. So I guess I will have to figure that out.
Tomorrow will be better because I will be absent from the polls. That means more phone work and writing. The break will be welcome. It has been raining here for days. Everyone says we need the rain. Not me, I like the sun. People are asking me if I think we are going to win in Florida. Who knows? I am in Jupiter, which is very Republican. There must be areas where there are Democrats because the word is that it is possible for us to win here, which I hope is true because it’s the only way to make America Kind again.
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