Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Political Sign Fairy

(Originally posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by Tim)

I've been working on painting the back porch door to our house for the last three days. Cat had asked me to paint is as Little Dog liked to scratch it while you were opening it so he could go out. When he isn't scratching the door on his way out, he?s biting Sam. All this has relegated him to sitting 6 feet from the door (and everyone else) when it is being opened.

As you are likely aware, we have an old house. One of the bonuses of having an old house is that you get lead paint and asbestos for free. Hence, when Little Dog would frantically scratch at the door while you were struggling to let him out, the lead containing chips would fly everywhere.

The door had been living on the garage floor for last three months. I had taken the door off its hinges and moved it there so that I could paint it without having to worry about dogs pinstriping themselves when they get let out. I then shut the garage door (out of sight, out of mind) and the rest was history.

The temperatures have started dropping here and without the porch door, the cold seeps directly through the cracks in the kitchen door. Needless to say, Cat has been hinting that maybe I could actually paint the door and put it back up. The forecast called for 65-75oF on Sunday through Wednesday and I figured I might not get another chance to paint that door. I?ve been trying to get it finished before I hit my long work days (Tuesday and Wednesday).

So I was out on the driveway last night frantically painting the door while the sun set. The light was getting so dim that I turned on the headlights for my car to help me see what I was doing. As I was working on it, a black truck pulls up into my driveway and a guy in a suit and a guy in a flannel shirt get out. It turns out that the guy in the suit was the Democratic candidate for Commonwealth Attorney. I guess there is going to be a rally in town soon and they wanted to put three small signs in my yard.

It?s probably a good idea to bring you up to speed on who is running for what in our area.

Senate: Allen (R) vs. Webb (D) ? a close race
House: Boucher (D) vs. someguyidon?tknowcausehesgoingtogethisbuttkicked (R) ? a massacre
Commonwealth Attorney: Finch (R) vs. Nagel (D) ? no polls on the race that I?m aware of

Now I have been meaning to get a big sign put in the yard for Webb for a while. It is a really close race and we live on a busy street. I figured the sign might assuage some of the guilt I feel for have strong political views, but never doing anything about them.

So these guys ask me if they can put three small signs in my yard. My response is, ?Well, I?ve been meaning to get a big Webb sign for a while.? I then feel bad because I have the candidate for Commonwealth Attorney standing next to me and I say, ?and you can put a big Nagel sign up to.? I follow this with, ?Is there really any point to putting up a Boucher sign??

Boucher has been in congress multiple terms and is so far ahead of his opponent that I don?t know who it is.

They looked at each other and one of them said, ?He likes to see them.?

I gave in. ?Ok, you can put up three big signs. Put them where ever you like.?

The sun had pretty much set by the end of our conversation so I went in for the night. When we woke up this morning, we had three new large signs in our yard, just in time for Halloween.

Those of you hoping to see Dalton in his Halloween costume will likely have to wait until Thursday. He was in full Dalzilla mode this evening and there was no way we were going to try to get it on him. He finally got to sleep about a half hour ago. I?m told screaming at the top of you lungs is hard work.

Today's photo is from October 7th. It's another example of Dad being not too good with that focus thing, but I like his expression.

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