Confused, polite, or disinterested

Maybe Florida needs to have its collective eyes examined, or maybe folks down here just don’t care about Barack Obama’s image on a button, but all I know is PEOPLE AREN’T TALKING TO ME! I find it a little bit shocking. Florida is extremely air conditioned, so I can wear my jacket with the button everywhere–shopping, dining, etc.–but the same thing keeps happening (or not happening) to me over and over.

The rate of friendliness in Florida is very high, higher than New York certainly, so people generally greet me with eye contact and a smile. After the smile, the eyes may drift down to the button where a look of confusion or befuddlement soon follows. Now unlike many experiences in the past, there has yet to be a verbalization of the name to face connection. No “Bingo/Obama!” What’s up with that?

I am starting to get the feeling that Floridians adhere to the old adage–“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Well that’s nice, but it makes for boring blogging. So I’m getting ready to head back home where almost everybody wants to give you their two-cents, and where a lot people have to be told to shut up.

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April 10, 2007. Barack Obama, Travel.

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