We are not surprised.
I have no idea what prompted me to make that declaration in my sleep. If it was a dream, I do not remember it.
These days it's sometimes hard to discern what is dream and what is not. The distinction between bullshit and non-bullshit is not so hard to determine. We all have our own definitions of bullshit, I suppose, meaning that what I might call bullshit, you might call plain old common sense. Or vice versa. I say bullshit, you say truth. I say bullshit, you say horseshit.
Some bullshit happened here today in my opinion. I was in the kitchen heating up some stew for lunch when someone knocked on my kitchen door. Loudly, and with purpose.
I was startled, to say the least. No one's knocked on my kitchen door a very long time. People just don't drop in on people these days. And in the country, that's even more true. Just walking or driving onto someone's property can be seen as threatening. Generally if someone does walk uninvited up to your door and knocks it is probably either someone proselytizing for their own particular brand of religion or a political candidate. Now there was that Sunday morning when three middled-aged, nicely dressed, already-tipsy women knocked on my door thinking that the person who lived across the street lived here and although that was a fun fifteen minutes (they didn't want to leave), it was a unique and one-time situation.
So today's visitor was a political candidate.
First thing she did to piss me off was to not be wearing a mask and to stand right up next to the screen door endangering both of us but she didn't seem to care about that. She announced her name and that she is running for the school board in Jefferson County because the last administration made things terrible (her words) and it's time for a change.
I got a bad vibe off her right away. Now, the public schools, (all both of them) in Jefferson County are horrible and that's just the truth. Jefferson County has a few very, very rich people (Ted Turner) and a whole lot of very, very, VERY poor people. Taxes are low because this is mostly an agricultural area. The schools have been historically underfunded and inadequate and they aren't getting any better. The Catch-22 of this is that there are plenty of people who would love to live in Jefferson County who work in Tallahassee but they simply can't because the schools are so bad. Anyone who lives here who has enough money sends their kids to the private school which is a Christian school.
I am not kidding you.
And guess who most of those kids are?
Ding, ding, ding! You guessed it!
So, not to put too fine a point on it but guess who attends the public schools?
And believe it or not, somehow there has been no way to improve the schools because...
Sure. Not enough money for one thing and for another thing, they sure aren't going to raise taxes to create better educational opportunities for black kids.
Basically, I think that's the deal. Of course I could just be extremely cynical.
But every election, someone new steps up and claims that they can do something about this and in fact, the schools got so bad that the state forced them to let some charter school network take over and I'm really confused about this. Is it a private company, this academy? See, I should know this stuff because I do live here.
So anyway, it's that time again and this woman is running for office.
So there was Ms. Purser, first name KAREN, standing too close for comfort in my kitchen door asking not only for my vote but asking if she could put one of her big honking signs in my yard that one of her minions was toting.
I said "No" immediately to that and before I'd even looked at the flyer she'd insisted on handing me I asked her, "Are you a conservative?" which is funny because look at her description there under her picture.
"VERY!" she said.
"Yeah, no," I said and shut the door.
But hey! God wants her to run for the school board in Jefferson County.
If not her, then who?
After living here for sixteen years I can almost confidently say that it obviously doesn't matter but I won't be voting for Ms. Purser.
In fact, I do believe I shall send her an email (address is on her flyer along with information on how you can donate to her campaign) telling her about the concerns I have regarding opening my door to anyone not wearing a mask.
And that was the highlight of my day. It's rained on and off. I pulled up the squash plants at the request of my husband who is still laying flooring and I mulched the area where they'd been and planted a basil plant and some marigolds which had been in pots. Other than that I've not done much, just lived a very small life doing very small things and it occurs to me that I should not be so prissy and bitchy about someone running for a seat on the school board because at least she is trying to accomplish something although I'm not sure what that is.
I have a feeling it will not include having sex education in the curriculum.
Which of course is...BULLSHIT.
I tell you what, though- I sure hope that a god never tells me to run for political office.
I'm pretty sure that won't happen. Thank god.
THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!ReplyDelete
I would have slammed the door in her face at least twice.
Mary how invasive and awful. Karen indeed. Ugh.
She was SUCH a Karen. I love how her name is Purser, which is so appropriate given her picture. Did you notice the big honkin' crosses hanging from her ears?Delete
I'm still pissed about the exterminator that came to my house a month ago without a mask on. And he did not stay 6 feet away. Pisses me off just typing that. They won't get my business next year.ReplyDelete
I hope you called the boss. That is not acceptable.Delete
Local politics really is interesting, says the person who spent three terms trying to make things better. But school board? N.e.v.e.r. Far better to be in the thick of it with the road guys and graders and back hoes, and, wait Levon, now I remember: front end loaders!ReplyDelete
You definitely are the coolest. FRONT END LOADERS!Delete
Levon would swoon.
She probably thinks coronavirus is a hoax...ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure she does.Delete
your schools are so much like the ones here it hurts.ReplyDelete
In Leon County, which is just up the road, the schools aren't bad. And it does hurt. Underfunded educations hurt everyone.Delete
KAREN wow THE Karen came right to your door! I can not stop laughing. Did she ask for the manager? What an irritating visitor- I would not have been polite, at all, especially after the "conservative" admission. I was on a school board for a few years, but it was cool school, alternative in every way. Not a Karen amongst us. Anyway, this day of yours has given me a really good laugh.ReplyDelete
She did not ask to speak to the manager. I obviously AM the manager. Can you imagine this woman making her decisions for the schools based on her godly beliefs? Oh yeah- Betsy Devoe.Delete
Glad I could make you laugh. It was pretty funny.
Of course she's named Karen! She even has the "I need to speak to your manager" haircut. Ugh. And I would definitely send that email.ReplyDelete
Oh Ms Moon, how you've made me laugh! Such a serene photo for your header and then straight in with the bullshit story. So glad you sent her packing.ReplyDelete
That's me- the celestial and the profane.Delete
I can only imagine how my across-the-street neighbors felt about her knocking on their door. They're as liberal as I am and even more conscious about mask wearing.
With Karen being a nurse and all, you could have had a good old gossip together over a few beers. I wonder what thoughts ran through her head as she walked away from Moon Mansion? "God tells me I just met a devil woman!" Perhaps God also told her not to wear a mask. How come she is raising two small children when she looks old enough to be a grandmother?ReplyDelete
Ha! She did just meet a devil woman. And I'm sure her god did tell her not to wear a mask. He told her to vote for Trump too, I'm betting. I don't know why she has white hair. I think it must have gone that color prematurely. She doesn't look that old in real life.Delete
Who would have thought I'd be hankering after good ol' lockdown when NOBODY came knocking on my door!ReplyDelete
She's a nurse and she wasn't wearing a mask. WTF! I'm not a fan of people who say God told them to do something. I have a coworker, the lazy, incompetent one, who stays in our department because god told her to. Never mind she couldn't get a job anywhere else.ReplyDelete
If I'm honest, I'm not sure how schools are funded here. Part of our property taxes but I think some comes from the provincial government too. Schools are well funded and teachers are well paid.
I did sweet fa yesterday. Arthritis in my foot made it too painful to sleep so I puttered which meant the kitchen didn't get cleaned up until almost 2pm. I find the older I get, the more I hate housework:) Perhaps the need for a clean house is tied to estrogen levels somehow:) There should be a study done on this.
Stay safe my friend.
She's a religious-nut nurse. They're just the worst kind, aren't they?Delete
I bet anything that Canada funds their schools far better than we do.
You might be right about the estrogen/housecleaning thing although I hated to houseclean even when my estrogen was at peak level. I did it more often though.
Heheheh, God is good! :DReplyDelete
Which god are we discussing here?Delete
it's not everyday you can say no and shut the door on a Karen. if she does get elected I doubt any changes she would make would be to help poor black schools.ReplyDelete
No kidding on that. Can you imagine?Delete
Yeah, she definitely seems like someone you (and I) would not agree with politically. Why on earth is she going door to door and not distancing, at least?! Perhaps she figures God will protect her in her sacred mission.ReplyDelete
Ted Turner lives in Jefferson County?!
Traditionally, Jefferson County politicians do indeed go door to door. They sure can't put ads on TV. And not that many people read the local weekly newspaper. Maybe it's bi-weekly.Delete
Anyway, yes, I'm sure that she believes that she is fully protected in the arms of her savior.
Yep. Ted Turner owns a big old spread in Jefferson County. I've never seen him at the Winn Dixie though.
Boy did she knock on the wrong door! Guess Jesus didn't warn her. Would be a lot funnier if she wore a mask. I'm appalled at the number of people that dont. We ain't done with this shit yet.ReplyDelete
You're right. We aren't done with a LOT of shit yet.Delete
It's kind of depressing to think Karen Purser is the person who may well be controlling the fates of little black schoolchildren with her VERY! conservative beliefs. Unfortunately we know very well what VERY! conservative means. Those poor kids.ReplyDelete
It's really depressing. VERY depressing, in fact.Delete