Thursday, July 31, 2008
The bumper sticker of wrath
A chilling tale of anger and political hatred in Lacey, Washington:
My sister and I were stuck in traffic there on our way up to a concert in Seattle.
We were in a left-turn lane, and noticed an elderly man -- at least 75 years old -- in the lane to our right. He seemed to be muttering and trying to communicate with us somehow.
We thought he might want to get into our lane, or perhaps needed directions. So we pulled up and from the passenger side, I opened my window and was about to say "Sir, do you need any directions or anything?"
I didn't even have time to let a word slip out: he yelled right at me "OBAMA SUCKS AND SO DO YOU!"
Usually quick-tongued, I was tongue-tied. This was not at all what I had expected for our good intentions.
My sister yelped out a not-so-brilliant "Well, you suck too!" - -which we later agreed could have been a better-turned phrase. But who was I to say, having remained mute through the entire incident?
To close the little exchange, the geezer yelled "FUCK OFF!" at us and drove away.