on the road again – off to the dnc! july 2004 take 1my cross-country journey was delayed slightly today –I was loading my truck w/final items, as well as doinglast minute chores around my shop when the hatecriminal struck again!!! I think I might have actuallyspoken w/him – from a distance, thank goodness! I hadtaken a trip from my front door to the driveway, wheremy truck was waiting, to put my pillow in the frontseat, when I noticed there was a car still lingeringout front & a tall, tight white fellow w/long legshovering around the front seat passenger side – Imotioned to him to look at the boxes of treasures outin front & take whatever he wanted. I did not have myglasses on so I couldn’t really make out theexpressions on his face, but he grunted a grumpy‘huh?’ when I encouraged him to help himself totreasures. when he realized what I was motioning to(the boxes lining the front of my driveway brimmingw/leftovers from the previous day’s sale), he made ahalf disgusted, half hostile sound & proceeded to foldhimself into the front seat. I then noticed a black &white bumper sticker on the side window that saidsomething about ‘not my guns’, heightening my alertstatus! I finished putting things in the back of thetruck & proceeded to lower the door & lock it up afterone final look. I went back into the shop to lock up.approaching the front door, I see a black & whitestriped sticker slapped on the door that readsomething like ‘the straight flag: it’s black &white’. I gritted my teeth, realizing that it had havebeen placed there moments prior. it didn’t bother methat much until I returned to my truck & went aroundto my codepink side & saw up close the bumper stickerthat read “control your children, not my guns”. when Irealized this was the same bumper sticker I saw onthat fellow’s car, I called the police.in the past 2 weeks, someone has been leaving firstthreatening notes & later unique stickers that readhateful anti-gay things from “prevent aids:getstraight” to putting a red circle w/a line thru itover any rainbow flags I have.I’m telling this story because of how the Albanypolice responded to me, actually how this one officerresponded. he had taken an earlier call, the firstthat I placed after returning to my shop from Atlantato find someone had written ‘die cunt’ and other hatecrime slogans on my shop. this officer was a short,trim, lite-skinned man with a regulation military haircut & look about him. the first time he responded tomy call, he had been super professional & serious inhis response & interactions w/me. this time, as I’mtelling him what the sticker on my truck said, he justas seriously responded ‘you control your guns, yourdog, not your children. it is a parent’s job to guidetheir children, not control them.’ such an affirming way to begin my trip!