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A Saturday Surprise

September 22nd, 2018 at 04:20 pm

Today's very big accomplishment was getting the first coat done on my family room floor. Looks great; I picked out a nice dark brown which I would describe as a cocoa color, and let me tell you, using the whole paint roller-on-a-pole routine really makes the job go fast and saved my back.

It will have plenty of time to dry before the next coat; if the weather cooperates, that will take place in a week, but I see rain is forecast, so it may have to wait.

I still have to find 2 strong men to move the large cabinet at left in photo.

So, getting to my "surprise...."

After all the laborious prep time on the floor, the actual painting went pretty darn fast. I realized when I was done that i had plenty of time to go to my town's health fair, which I like to do each fall.

I left, possibly looking a little disheveled, with some dried brown paint on my arm, but no matter, I thought, I probably won't see anyone I know.

When I got there, I wandered among the different booths and filled out a few raffle tickets. About 15 minutes later, I hear someone on a microphone calling my name, mispronouncing it multiple times. The thing was, I couldn't find where the guy was who was on the microphone. Apparently, I'd won something.

Then I found him; he was one of my town's state senators (a Republican). I know him well because he's always in the paper. He was emceeing our little health fair!

I won $30 gift certificates to a local burrito place. But the real surprise was when the senator said he'd been wanting to meet me for the last 15 years! He even showed me my name and contact info on his phone!! Boy was I surprised. He said someone had told him I was a very good writer, and that he wanted help writing some political stuff as English is a second language for him.

He talked a while about how he wants to bring people together to diminish the polarization which seems to have taken over so much discourse today.

He kept telling me he was so happy to meet me, and after I told him where I was now working (in the town where he lives), he insisted we get together for a coffee since I work nearby. I gave him my updated phone number.

He was so personable, with what I would describe as a magnetic personality, I forgot to tell him I'm a Democrat.

5 Responses to “A Saturday Surprise”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow...I can tell the floor looks beautiful.

    Cool surprise! I hope it works out for both of you to work together. Why do you care if knows if you are a Democrat? Labeling ourselves is part of the divisiveness in my opinion.

  2. Dido Says:

    The floor is looking good! Congrats on the progress!

    And super-cool about the new connection! I agree with CCF--if his concern is lowering divisiveness, who cares what the label? It's only by working together that we will overcome the problem!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    The floor looks very nice.

    I agree with the others. Maybe by people from the different parties working together, we can all accomplish what needs to be done instead of arguing about "us" and "them."

    Just my $.02.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Your floor looks great!

    How fortuitous that you made it to the health fair and that the emcee wanted to meet you and hire you! Yowza! It would be nice of our politicians started looking at the bigger picture and tried to get along to get alone.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    What a neat surprise! I agree with the others - this could be a great opportunity.

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