This neighborhood seems to be becoming a town square for some reason. For a while, it was just abortion protesters. They bothered me, but not too much. When you work at a hospital, you can sometimes expect that.
But lately there has been an increase in the number of soapboxes.
As I was crossing the street just now, I saw a group of young men and women hanging out near a sign. It said something disparaging about Bush. Always up for a little Bush disparagement, I read on. The last line of the sign was “Vote LaRouche.” Hoo boy, I thought, this ought to be interesting. Or not. I decided to do an endrun around these people. I had work to do (which is why I’m posting here ;).)
No such luck. On LaRouchite intercepted me. I braced myself for a political screed.
LR: Hey, do you know DaVinci?
Me: Uh, not personally.
LR: What do you think he was trying to convey?
Me: Uh… Art?
LR: Exactly! Now don’t you think that’s a lot better than modern art?
I’ll save you the chore of reading the entire dialog, but let’s just say that we got into a major debate about what art is. No doubt you’ve seen similar debates on this board. And let’s just say that after a 10 minute discussion about deer pissing on canvas (don’t ask), we agreed to disagree.
LR: OK, man, talk to you later.
And no, he never once mentioned LaRouche.