Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Deplorable Anecdote

 

Worked from home today; some new work requirements require I up my game when it comes to Spanish, so I’m using an online language training service. At/about 1300, I took a break to get some lunch and to restock my supply of Heineken tall boys. (Who knew language training was such thirsty work?)

I went to the Key Largo Publix for my Class VI Personal demand items (such as health and hygiene products, soaps and toothpaste, writing material, snack food, beverages, cigarettes, batteries, alcohol, and cameras—nonmilitary sales items) resupply. The parking lot was unusually full for that time frame. Oh, the Snowbirds are beginning to descend upon us. Got it.

I didn’t understand the first coupla thumbs ups I received in the store. Just smiled and waved as I listened to the Rush Limbaugh podcast playing in my ears. Then I got it when one of my geriatric shopping brethren gave me a thumbs-up, a big grin and said, “Oh, you darn Deplorables.” Then I got it. (I can be a little obtuse when it comes to interpersonal comms with my fellow citizens.) I was wearing my Gruntworks The Deplorables tee shirt (not to be confused with Rush’s I’m a Hillary Deplorable tee shirt, which I also own).

All in all, I got five thumbs up, four salutes (either sloppy military or sloppy Boy Scouts), and two fist pumps.

Nothing negative. Coupla people looked like they might be giving me the hairy eyeball, dunno. Part of that might’ve been because, wrapped into current Mongosity, I’m ripped and stripped. Over the course of the six hours of language training I put in, my gym boss beeped every 20 minutes, telling me it was time to walk outside and do 3x pull-ups, 30x push-ups, and 90 (3 x 30, I’m weirdly OCD like that, couldn’t just do 100) air squats. Eighteen iterations does tend to make one look a little bigger than usual walking-around size, and … vein-y.

Just an anecdote. Just a data point. Just an observation.

But. All them Snowbirds? They come from places that get cold in the winter. A lot of those get-cold-in-the-winter places are in states known as Battleground States.

Just saying.

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There are 29 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    Boss Mongo: They come from places that get cold in the winter. A lot of those get-cold-in-the-winter places are in states known as Battle Ground States.

    Yep.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 1:25 PM PST
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  2. Hugh Member

    (sloppy military salute)

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    • December 10, 2019, at 1:29 PM PST
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  3. Front Seat Cat Member

    I went to Publix too and enjoyed some supermarket humor from my older checkout guy. As he was scanning my stuff, he says, “Oh I see the cat will be happy. She called and said to tell you to hurry up and get home, she’s hungry.” I said well, some of that goes in her stocking. He then says “my dog thinks because it’s Hanukkah, he’s going to get eight gifts…he’s got another thing comin’. ” As I was leaving, he says “if your cat calls back, we’ll just take a message…..”

    No deplorable shirt, but good to know there’s still some humor around….

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    • December 10, 2019, at 1:37 PM PST
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  4. Richard Easton Member

    Hugh (View Comment):

    (sloppy military salute)

    I’d be like Lawrence in this scene if I was in the military.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 1:46 PM PST
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  5. The Reticulator Member

    Boss Mongo: my gym boss

    Is this an app or a separate device? I got a separate device to time my stretching exercises and count the reps for physical therapy that my back needs. I can listen to a book while making sure the stretches really stretch, but I can’t time myself or count reps and still concentrate on the book. Having the device makes it easier to just take the time to do them, too. But I hadn’t thought of a timer to remind me to do them at intervals during the day. 

    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss. 

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    • December 10, 2019, at 1:53 PM PST
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  6. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss. 

    Ret, you nailed it. Same gizmo. Really helps with doing splits–even if those splits are staggered through the day, instead of a one-hour workout.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:09 PM PST
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  7. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Boss Mongo: some new work requirements require I…

    Eesh. How bad is that writing? Looks like Spanish isn’t the only language with which I need to up my game.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:12 PM PST
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  8. Hugh Member

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: my gym boss

    Is this an app or a separate device? I got a separate device to time my stretching exercises and count the reps for physical therapy that my back needs. I can listen to a book while making sure the stretches really stretch, but I can’t time myself or count reps and still concentrate on the book. Having the device makes it easier to just take the time to do them, too. But I hadn’t thought of a timer to remind me to do them at intervals during the day.

    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss.

    I got one of those exercise apps on my smart phone. I took a picture of myself and the app deleted itself off my phone. Hint taken.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:12 PM PST
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  9. GrannyDude Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: some new work requirements require I…

    Eesh. How bad is that writing? Looks like Spanish isn’t the only language with which I need to up my game.

    I thought you did it on purpose—for poetry purposes…

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:38 PM PST
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  10. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: some new work requirements require I…

    Eesh. How bad is that writing? Looks like Spanish isn’t the only language with which I need to up my game.

    I thought you did it on purpose—for poetry purposes…

    Neaux. Just poor writing.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:53 PM PST
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  11. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    You rock, Boss!

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:54 PM PST
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  12. Arahant Member

    Hugh (View Comment):
    I got one of those exercise apps on my smart phone. I took a picture of myself and the app deleted itself off my phone. Hint taken.

    SmartApp.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 2:58 PM PST
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  13. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    Boss Mongo: A lot of those get-cold-in-the-winter places are in states known as Battleground States.

    And some of those places are hip deep in sheep dip. Even you would take your life in your hands wearing that shirt outside your home up here. I have a MAGA shirt and a “Stand Up for Betsy Ross” shirt, plus a 2016 victory gloating shirt. All neatly folded in the drawer, begging to be let out.

    Carry on. Lots of us live vicariously through you.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:21 PM PST
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  14. Slow on the uptake Thatcher

    Boss Mongo: Oh, the Snowbirds are beginning to descend upon us. Got it.

    Yes. The time of year you need a reservation to sit down even at McDonalds.

    Truth: I knew more native-born Floridians in Houston than I did in Florida after residing in West Palm for a good year. Or two.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:21 PM PST
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  15. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Sadly it does not matter who votes, only who counts. And that is the government, almost always a Democrat affiliated organization.

    • #15
    • December 10, 2019, at 3:30 PM PST
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  16. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Sadly it does not matter who votes, only who counts. And that is the government, almost always a Democrat affiliated organization.

    C’mon, Fake J/J; you’re ; harshing my mellow.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:39 PM PST
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  17. Slow on the uptake Thatcher

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Sadly it does not matter who votes, only who counts. And that is the government, almost always a Democrat affiliated organization.

    C’mon, Fake J/J; you’re ; harshing my mellow.

    Maybe he’s trying to help you keep your vein-y look.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:41 PM PST
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  18. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Slow on the uptake (View Comment):
    Maybe he’s trying to help you keep your vein-y look.

    When the veins on my arms are highlighted in stark silhouette, that’s kind of cool.

    When it’s the vein in my forehead that’s standing out, throbbing, less cool.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:57 PM PST
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  19. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Mongo, you’ve published pictures. Of course nobody got onto your grill. You’ve got no neck.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 6:26 PM PST
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  20. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Percival (View Comment):

    Mongo, you’ve published pictures. Of course nobody got onto your grill. You’ve got no neck.

    Point.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 6:31 PM PST
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  21. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Sadly it does not matter who votes, only who counts. And that is the government, almost always a Democrat affiliated organization.

    C’mon, Fake J/J; you’re ; harshing my mellow.

    Evergreen: Hugh Hewitt’s 2014 If It Isn’t Close, They Can’t Cheat. 

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    • December 10, 2019, at 8:41 PM PST
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  22. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Thatcher
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boss Mongo: But. All them Snowbirds? They come from places that get cold in the winter. A lot of those get-cold-in-the-winter places are in states known as Battleground States.

    As I segue in to retirement I hope to join that flock, so don’t badmouth those additional Florida state revenues for services not rendered.

    Signed: Just South of the Mason Dixon line. Suh

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    • December 11, 2019, at 7:03 AM PST
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  23. Front Seat Cat Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Sadly it does not matter who votes, only who counts. And that is the government, almost always a Democrat affiliated organization.

    C’mon, Fake J/J; you’re ; harshing my mellow.

    I thought only @kentforrester used the word marsh my mellow……

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    • December 11, 2019, at 4:26 PM PST
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  24. Quietpi Member

    “Class VI,” eh? If y’all aren’t military or former, you’re missing about a quarter of Boss’ humor. But there’s plenty anyway. Just a little lagniappe for some.

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    • December 11, 2019, at 9:01 PM PST
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  25. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Mongo, you’ve published pictures. Of course nobody got onto your grill. You’ve got no neck.

    Point.

    Yep. If I didn’t know Mongo (and I only know him here), and accidentally made eye contact with said Mongo at the local Food King, I’d just nod and say “Howdy”. And try to emit as non-threatening a pheromone that I could conjure.

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    • December 12, 2019, at 5:39 PM PST
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  26. Scott Wilmot Member

    Boss Mongo: telling me it was time to walk outside and do 3x pull-ups, 30x push-ups, and 90 (3 x 30, I’m weirdly OCD like that, couldn’t just do 100) air squats.

    Where is the @bossmongo prison gym app? I recall those posts from years ago. I’m getting soft in my old age – I think I need to dig those up.

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    • December 13, 2019, at 6:11 AM PST
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  27. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: my gym boss

    Is this an app or a separate device? I got a separate device to time my stretching exercises and count the reps for physical therapy that my back needs. I can listen to a book while making sure the stretches really stretch, but I can’t time myself or count reps and still concentrate on the book. Having the device makes it easier to just take the time to do them, too. But I hadn’t thought of a timer to remind me to do them at intervals during the day.

    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss.

    What do you use to listen to a book? I realize that eventually I will want to do that. So far I content myself with music or old movies on the movie channel if exercising or doing tedious accounting or order fulfillment. But hearing a book would be good too.

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    • December 19, 2019, at 6:19 PM PST
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  28. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: my gym boss

    Is this an app or a separate device? I got a separate device to time my stretching exercises and count the reps for physical therapy that my back needs. I can listen to a book while making sure the stretches really stretch, but I can’t time myself or count reps and still concentrate on the book. Having the device makes it easier to just take the time to do them, too. But I hadn’t thought of a timer to remind me to do them at intervals during the day.

    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss.

    What do you use to listen to a book? I realize that eventually I will want to do that. So far I content myself with music or old movies on the movie channel if exercising or doing tedious accounting or order fulfillment. But hearing a book would be good too.

    Miz CarolJoy, I just use my iPhone for audiobooks. There’s a bunch of different providers/apps, but I’m an audible.com guy. Gold membership (at/about $15 per month) gets you one credit per month. No matter what price the book is (some are upward of 50 bucks) you can buy anything they’ve got for one credit. Works for me. What with the number of podcasts I listen to, even at one a month I have a hard time keeping up. I think you can bank up to 8 (?) credits, so it’s not like you have to use it or lose it in the short term.

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    • December 19, 2019, at 6:25 PM PST
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  29. The Reticulator Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: my gym boss

    Is this an app or a separate device? I got a separate device to time my stretching exercises and count the reps for physical therapy that my back needs. I can listen to a book while making sure the stretches really stretch, but I can’t time myself or count reps and still concentrate on the book. Having the device makes it easier to just take the time to do them, too. But I hadn’t thought of a timer to remind me to do them at intervals during the day.

    Oh, wait. The device I got is called GymBoss.

    What do you use to listen to a book? I realize that eventually I will want to do that. So far I content myself with music or old movies on the movie channel if exercising or doing tedious accounting or order fulfillment. But hearing a book would be good too.

    Miz CarolJoy, I just use my iPhone for audiobooks. There’s a bunch of different providers/apps, but I’m an audible.com guy. Gold membership (at/about $15 per month) gets you one credit per month. No matter what price the book is (some are upward of 50 bucks) you can buy anything they’ve got for one credit. Works for me. What with the number of podcasts I listen to, even at one a month I have a hard time keeping up. I think you can bank up to 8 (?) credits, so it’s not like you have to use it or lose it in the short term.

    I use my Android phone and also have a subscription to audible.com. Sometimes I use up all my credits for the year and then they come up with a reasonable offer for a few more to tide me over until April, when my subscription renews. I also gladly accept the offer of freebees for books that @douglaspratt has narrated.

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    • December 19, 2019, at 6:48 PM PST
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