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.Published in