Here we are on the morning after my contretemps last night and we’ve just had brunch with my interior decorator (of whom I am quite fond) and her husband who is a professor at FSU. I’ve never met him before but I’ve heard enough from my academic pal MLR to know I should avoid political discussions at all costs.
But no … He had to bring up January 6 and start in on Trump for all the chaos going on at the border. (Go figure.) We remained silent and that seemed to aggravate him because he persisted in getting a response. My husband will always ignore this type of bull**** so I was left to respond:
“Mark, the last 276 days have been traumatic for us; they have taken a toll and we prefer to discuss other topics. For instance, you two have been lifelong residents of Amelia Island so I’d love to pick your brains a little about our new neighborhood.”
Words to the wise: Nothing aggravates an aggressive Marxist more than refusing to take the bait so another potential friendship bites the dust.
I repeat this rather mundane story only to remind Simon how important it is that he has established a forum for civilized debate. Some of us depend upon it and all of us appreciate it.