ohio bound - entering nebraska
then carolyn tells me she doesn't like theresa because of what she said the other day about those poor people in florida: "those people can all go naked!" and that this just proved she is totally unacceptable.
rae has come in and points out that the media is often biased and twists the truth, besides giving much more positive coverage to george & laura than anyone else.
i tell carolyn i think the real reason she doesn't like theresa heinz-kerry is because theresa is a strong, independent womon who speaks her mind & doesn't allow men to run her over. carolyn says our country is not ready for a such an outspoken womon as first lady. as i tell her our country most certainly is ready, another womon who has entered the center without my notice, pipes up strongly "absolutely, we are not only ready but it is absolutely necessary that we have a strong first lady in the whitehouse - in fact, she should be the president!" then she leaves out the door, with rae on her heels!
carolyn weakly says that maybe laura bush is a strong enuff first lady. i point out that, well, yes you have to be a strong womon to be married to an alcoholic and a drug addict and to take his abuse & finally stand up to him. carolyn nods but before she can get too comfortable w/laura's strong lady image, i mention how i can't admire laura the way i do theresa because of laura's behavior when her husband was trying to rally the country to war. i talked about the poet lauriate and the reading that laura cancelled merely because he was writing peace & anti-war poems which didn't support her husband's agenda. carolyn nodded again.
she reiterated that she really didn't want to vote for bush, listing his war, the young american soldiers that are dying, and his horrid economic policies as reasons for her dislike. i'm pleased she has mentioned these things & offer her kerry's platform as an alternative. carolyn seems happy to hear those things but once again has to reiterate the foreigner in the white house stance. i tell her again, she is a foreigner herself, we are all foreigners unless we are native american. she claims that was such a long time ago, her great-grandmother was the foreigner & i ask her how her great-grandmother would feel meeting a womon like carolyn w/her prejudices.
carolyn appologizes for her comments - she says she really shouldn't have spoken, especially so harshly. she thanks me over and over again for helping her to think about things differently & promises she is really going to try to vote to get rid of bush.
i go outside to see rae has been videoing brenda, the strong womon who says we are ready for a strong womon in the white house. we are all standing in front of the truck when the old white male janitor comes over to us & tells us we have to stop videoing & leave now - poor fellow must be blind as well as stooooped! he tells us it is illegal to video at the rest stop! we laugh & continue talking among ourselves. brenda leaves & rae & i decide to go try to video the janitor. we walk up to the building, asking him to explain on tape what he has told us. he hotly tells us it is illegal for us to video & no, he won't say it on tape. he reaches to grab the camera but i place myself in front of him. he threatens several times to call the state police, which i welcome. after his last threat, he instructs us in his strictest daddy tone to 'do as you're told' before he disappears into the men's bathroom!!! ufb! i'm tempted to follow him in there but i might have to pick him up off the floor. i ask carolyn, who has been standing by watching with a great light dancing in her eyes, if he's always like this. she says she's friends w/his wife, and yep, he's always like this! peace, sam