I’ve thought of doing this several times in the past, but just didnt. I apologize to all mentioned above for my behavior on these boards and for a good deal of what I posted.
When I started posting here it was a bit more wild west, though from what I understand not nearly as bad as the time before I joined. I attempted to be funny and instead I ended up making an ass of myself on many occasions. On at least two occasions I can remember I am thankful for the mods stepping in and keeping me from making an even bigger fool of myself.
Many have hit back at me over the years about my idiotic posts, and I deserved it. Keep reminding me, because I want to do better.
I’d like to share two stories that I haven’t talked about here, the second I’ve never shared with anyone.
A few years back, during Obama’s presidency, I was talking politics with my brother, something we rarely discussed, and at one point he said, “I know you hate him”. I was shocked!! Hate is a word I don’t use. I said back to him, “Hate him?? He’s my president. I’d protect him with my life if I had to.” (easy to say when you know you’ll never be in that situation, but something I still believe to my very core) I should point out that I didn’t talk politics with my brother in the same jackass way I do here a lot of the time. We were having a real conversation.
I’ve never said I hate Obama. I wouldn’t say that. But it took me until years after to realize that to others it probably appeared that way and that I was spreading hate. I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better. Keep reminding me.
The second story is the one I’ve never shared with anyone before. I kept it for myself all these years.
The morning after the election of 2008, I went to Walmart. I’d been up all night watching the election returns and speeches and celebrations. I got out of my car and started toward the store. As I walked up, a black woman was walking out and passed me. I can’t remember her face, or any details about her after all these years, but I do remember that she was whistling the happiest tune. I’m so glad that I heard her. I actually love that memory.
Once again, I’m sorry President Obama. I was an idiot and I’ll try to be better.