Signs of the Times

This blog is not about politics. I make a big effort to keep it politically neutral. It is about interesting observations from my keen and perceptive eye.

Recall I take a job in September and October ‘counting walnuts’. There are spreadsheets and databases involved, but that is the gist of what I do. There have been more and more walnuts to count each season since I started back in 2007. This year there were so many my spreadsheet tables had to be reformatted to make room.

So during the pre-election months of September and October my cycling is entirely from Casa Brumby. There is no time for club rides or road trips in search of some hills. Instead I ride nearly every paved road within a 10 mile radius of my house. And I keep my eyes open.

Back in 2016, there were no signs or flags for either of the two candidates for President of the United States anywhere to be found in my neighborhood. None. It was as if there was some kind of CCR (conditions, covenants and restrictions, a homeowners’ association staple) regarding the matter. I have to laugh at the idea of CCR’s existing on Brumby Road, where dogs run loose (save Luke of course who is always fenced or on a lead) and the 2nd Amendment is taken seriously.

This year on my neighborhood jaunts, I have noticed something startling. There are lots of signs and flags for candidates for President. Well, at least for one of them. The ratio is something like 100 to 1. At least. One candidate has but a single sign in the upmarket part of a Morada subdivision. All of the rest of the signs and flags are for the other guy.

Yes I have, but I don’t brag about it on Facebook. And if you have done so, why?

There is no sign or flag at Casa Brumby. I don’t discuss politics with anyone who might not share my opinions, and I certainly do not argue for my point of view. Despite my absolutely sensible and fair and correct ideas of what makes good public policy and protects constitutional rights, and despite my unquestioned writing and verbal skills expressing same, I know that I will NEVER change anyone’s mind about anything. So the political signs stay down and I don’t have to worry about the CCR’s.

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