Dear Mr. Buckley, Ms. Noonan, and Secretary Powell:
Wow, you three certainly have made waves lately, haven't you? It began with Mr. Buckley and Secretary Powell endorsing Senator Obama, Ms. Noonan commenting that maybe Govenor Palin isn't qualified to be president yet, well let's just say this: You three aren't going to be invited to a potluck held by Phyllis Schafly anytime soon.
Now believe it or not, I know what you all are going through. Five years ago during California's recall election, I decided to vote for Arianna Huffington. Yup, someone out of the Democratic party. Surprised me too. This didn't go well with some liberals, let me tell you. "You're wasting your vote!" I was told. Well, it's my vote to waste. We weren't doing well (still aren't) as a state, and although I wasn't crazy about the recall itself, I thought maybe we should try an independent. Yes, crazy huh?
Anyway, I'm a bit worried about you three. The McCain rallies have had their share of wingnuts lately, chanting "Kill him" (about Obama) and saying that Obama is an Ay-Rab. I have made an important decision: This is an invitation to come to my house until the election is over!
Now you might be wondering: Why go to a stranger's house? Especially a stranger who wore a Mondale/Ferraro button at age 12, wore a Dukkakis/Bentsen button when George Bush 41 came to her high school, worked for Clinton the first time he won, and has used George W. Bush's name in vain for the past eight years? Well, I think we are all Americans. We need to learn from each other, have to learn from each other. Plus I live in a great house.
You can stay in the little apartment attached to my house. It has one bedroom, but heck, Mr. Buckley and Secretary Powell can sleep in the living room. It has Internet access, a Dish, and a washer and dryer. We have a tomato garden, lemon and apple trees.
I live in Lafayette California, a suburb just outside San Francisco. I think Sarah Palin would like our town, until she saw all the Obama/Biden buttons and then decide we're just Anti-American folks. However, we have good schools, good people, and two Starbuck's and a Peets! How anti American can you be? My house is a ten minute walk to downtown, where you can get groceries, go to the local bookstore, and there's the local bar where you can watch sports!
It's pretty quiet where I live. I have two cats but they aren't any trouble at all. Gussie is getting to be a good mouser and Ida B. is just a pistol. There's also some wildlife-wild birds come to visit the yard daily, along with the occasional racoon and opossum. You must drive carefully because the deer wander the roads this time of year.
However, I can provide you with entertainment. These are some of the things you can look forward to if you come to visit:
*We can all watch Ryan's Hope together, and bemoan the fact that Kate Mulgrew left the show and the replacement Marys never had Mulgrew's spirit.
*I've got three seasons of Gilmore Girls to watch, a show about family values without being hypocritical!
*We can watch Harold and Maude, a movie everyone loves, regardless of political party.
As I mentioned, I have a Dish. I get channels I never watch, but you can! There's the RFD channel that has cattle calls and Imus, the Pentgon channel, and I think I have Lifetime, I'll have to check. There's also a Bose radio in the apartment as well so you can listen to Rush or listen to the local public radio station that some say is borderline socialist, this will get your blood pressure going.
My mother and my cousin are great cooks, so they can make meals. My mother can provide wine from Trader Joe's, and I can make the Mills Heirloom cookies-the best darn chocolate chip cookies in the world. For additional entertainment, my cousin's father in law can play the accordion. In fact, they have a family band, and they take requests. We can even have a sing-along if one of you knows how to play the piano, there's a piano in the bedroom. We can all stand around and sing songs like "This Land is Your land" "If I Had a Hammer" "America the Beautiful" "Pink Houses" and "We Shall Overcome."
So Lady and Gentlemen, if it gets too hard for you out there, come to Lafayette California! We'll leave the light on for you, just like Tom Bodett. E-mail me through RedRoom if you are interested.
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Proud American Girl
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries