Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prattle and Prognistications

There is an emergency room doctor who comes across the street to the fitness center sometimes at o'dark-thirty when things are slow.  There are only about 2,000 people in the whole town, so early mornings at the emergency room are slow more often than not. 

This morning was the first time he'd come since my unfortunate 'booting', and he asked what was wrong with my foot.  I told him I have a stress fracture.  He shook his head, motioned towards the treadmills and excercise bikes and said "I'm not surprised." 

Which made me feel like a total bad-ass. 

However, given his slightly misogynistic leanings and somewhat caustic personality, he probably didn't mean it as a compliment.  He's one of those vaguely grouchy people that you can't help but like, whether they want you to or not. 

One morning he was attacking the exercise bike and riding like he was trying to outrun the devi.  We asked what he wanted us to do if he passed out or had a heart attack.  We volunteered to go get a gurney and wheel him across the street, cause we're helpful like that.  He just glared and said "Don't do anything.  Just call 911!"

We told him we'd call, but we're still threatening him with CPR. 

And speaking of misogyney...

I've often observed that the snidly racist remarks and dirty little racist jokes that used to be relegated to talk out behind the barn have made there way to the forefront even in so-called polite company since President Obama's election.  It's disheartening.  Especially when I'd always thought better than that of a lot of these people who are snickering and waggling their eyebrows, pretending it's all in good fun. 

Now the sexist attitudes and speech that I thought we had all agreed to at least not speak aloud are resurfacing as well.  You can hear it can hear it and it's getting louder. 

My prediction?  If our next election goes red, the handicapped are next on the chopping block.  Mark my words - unless the current War on The Majority of The Constituency doesn't result in a pretty hard slap in the face, you'll start to hear rumblings about the Americans With Disabilities Act and how it is not really helping the less fortunate among us, but is just another series of unfunded mandates engineered to increase the size and scope of our federal government. 

I'd bet money on it. 

Remember that Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote? 

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

First they came for the "abortionists" and the homosexuals...


Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

You are the only person that I know that uses the word misogyney and you use it so well.

I agree with you about the whole being silent thing.

Cyn Huddleston said...

Yesterday was the anniversary of Bonhoeffer's hanging.

spookyrach said...

Someday I'll tell ya the story of how I learned the meaning of that word. Good story.

(Didn't know that Cyn. Wow - timing?)

annie said...


Lori said...

dang that was good. I remember that quote too and have always liked it.
I am always amazed at some of the things people "say" without or maybe with thought.... stupidity, ignorance or a blend of both. Either way it is not a good thing.

Jan Roberts Culpepper said...

I have been thinking along those very same lines and have even been thinking about that quote. We cannot be silent, or there truly will be no one left to speak. (And if y'all do CPR, take and post pictures!)

spookyrach said...

Stupidity, ignorance, or a teeny-tiny worldview I guess, Lori. Or, they're just buttheads.

Thanks for the comment, Jan. I think there are a lot of people thinking along these lines, as evidence by the recent smack down of the Million Mom's boycotts and such. Here's hoping that continues.