Sunday, 19 February 2017
We had a rainy day off. While I continued to read Bad Feminist and got caught up on the Tootlepedal blog, Allan went to Time Enough Books to get some photos of Karla and the signs she had made for a Town Hall (Tuesday) with Representative Jaime Beutler, who is a Republican politician well known for opposing the Affordable Health Care Act and for not showing up to vote. In fact, she has one of the worst voting absentee records of all.
The Tuesday event is an hour and a half away, so we won’t be going.
However, Allan and I did go to a demonstration in Astoria on President’s Day…
Monday, 20 February 2017
“Not My President Day”
It was a good turn out despite a chilly rain, with a group on each of three corners of the intersection. At its lunch hour peak, 60-70 folks were in attendance.
Many vehicles honked in approval. We got a few one finger salutes, which surely meant “You folks are number one for turning out in such bad weather!”
We all followed instruction number two, being friendly to the passersby no matter what their attitude.
1. BE SAFE: Do not block cross-walks, intersections, and leave sidewalks accessible to pedestrians.
2. BE POSITIVE: Be nice to each other, drivers, and pedestrians. Ignore hecklers. Do not engage!
3. MAKE FRIENDS: Please–talk to as many people as you can. Network, exchange ideas, and feel free to engage with Indivisible co-organizers about any ideas you have.
I have to admit that by the last half hour of the two hour long demo, we were checking our watches for how much longer.
For the last fifteen minutes, when many folks had had to go back to work after their lunch break, those of us remaining consolidated ourselves on one corner.
We had parked by the lovely Flavel House Museum.
Afterwards, glad to be out of the dreary weather, Allan and I had lunch at the Blue Scorcher Bakery.
We shopped for Dr Bronner’s Soap at the charming little Astoria Co-op.
A shopping for big items at Costco resulted in a bulb purchase. Then back across the Columbia River to home.