a wandering woman writes

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Happiness is....

hearing 2 50-something Southern Californians passionately talk about politics -- and what can be done about Bush, and what appalls them about the Iraq war and this administration's policies. One of the two is clearly an immigrant, perhaps Israeli, if I guess the accent. They are preparing something - an article or a presentation - about their views.

This is a Barnes & Noble cybercafe in Westlake Village, California, just around the corner from the Sotheby´s International Realty office. I parked my borrowed Mercedes alongside Jaguars and Lexus 4x4s and more Mercedes than I can count. These folks would make natural Republicans, by the preBush definition of Republican. They likely are registered Republicans.

Yet here they are, talking about what they can do, now, to make the world look more like they'd like it to.

Who knows if they've even noticed the wandering expat sitting across the aisle, typing furiously while grinning ear to ear.

They're awake! My paisanos are talking about this stuff, whatever their opinion on it. And they're looking for what they can do to change things--even if change starts with a simple article or an OpEd.

I've got a dayful of work ahead of me here. I spent the week living with 2 Weimaraner pups and the shell shocked cat they recently moved in with. That menagerie explains my absence here...and all the work I'll be catching up on today. If you want to be sure you'll never do a bit a work at home, buy 2 young Weims! They are a wonderful, rewarding, exhausting full time job.

But now their owners have returned and I've escaped to the local cyber, where nobody threatens to consume the couch or the cat or my foot or the wall or the rug or.... whatever catches the puppy eye while I'm typing at the laptop.

I'll hope to be back here at the end of the day, once the rent paying stuff's done.

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6 Comments:

  • Welcome back ... been too long.

    Good to read of the action at the next table.

    By Blogger woman wandering, at 9:06 PM  

  • I see you are enjoying yourself! Best regards! It´s cold here!

    By Blogger Nomadita, at 5:02 PM  

  • It is nice to hear from you again.

    By Blogger Tiquis Miquis, at 5:35 PM  

  • So glad to hear of this development - although more and more people seem to have awakened in the last few months and are now taking concrete action. Sounds like you're having a lovely time.

    By Anonymous Paris Parfait, at 11:40 PM  

  • Welcome back..to your blog and to the US. Like what you saw in the cafe, I have observed that people are getting more vocal about public issues like Iraq and foreign policy. Fear shut us up for a while, especially where I live, a few miles from the Pentagon building. I think people are starting to feel guilty for not participating more in the country’s affairs, and are starting to feel the effects. While we are told we are engaged in a global war with huge stakes and potentially dire outcomes, very few of us have sacrificed even the smallest things. It just can’t continue.

    About the Mercedes/Registered Republican connection, I am often surprised at how useless--or plain wrong—some of my own assumptions and stereotypes can be. I believe that the brands associated with automobiles, nations, and even religions serve as “pre-packaged decisions” that we choose because it is easier than deciding any other way. It doesn’t mean that we buy in to the whole package. Brands convey meaning that isn’t there, or is wrong.

    BTW, I drive a red Miata.

    By Blogger Richard Rowan, at 4:30 PM  

  • Hi Dick,

    Thanks for the comment. Fun to run into you over here.

    You set me to thinking if I make assumptions much - I'd have told you I don't. I didn't mean to guess those particular men's political leanings but to express how the neighborhood I was in was traditionally (and still) a Republican stronghold. The cars are culture shock for me, big time, as they were the first time I moved here, in 1998...but they weren't the reason I suggested Republican -- Most of the folks in this area are incredibly wealthy, and politically Republican for fiscal policy beliefs ---often as a result of their experience as sr execs of large local corporations, Amgen, eg, or as business owners.
    When I moved from here in 2002, I left a neighborhood of passionate Bush fans and lifelong Republicans. In fact I am typing this on the PC of just such a person--and he drives a Ford truck.
    Makes hearing what I am hearing and seeing what I am seeing all the more powerful for me, cars and hopefully assumptions far aside.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 5:19 PM  

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