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...