My Dad lived through the depression so he was careful to always turn out the lights if he wasn’t going to be in a room (Dad also saved dinner napkins to be used to check the oil level in our cars). I naturally picked up the habit from him, much to the consternation of my kids.
One night, as I returned home from work, I immediately noticed that all the lights were on in the garage including the workshop lights. I walked into the family room and all the lights were on there. The same was true in the kitchen, and the dining room. Aha! I heard the television on in the front room.
I threw open the front room door and-------ran into a chorus of “Gotcha”!
Well---- I learned my lesson. Sometimes it is better to laugh at the nuttier things we do. This got me thinking that maybe we all could use a good laugh at the nuttier side of politics, and, maybe by loosening up we could learn to get along better.
Towards the end of my scientific career I spent several (long and cold) winter months at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass studying snowflakes (I really did). I had lots of time waiting for it to snow so I thought it was a good time to write something along those lines.
So---my book “Thank God Those Idiots Are on the Other Side of the Mountains” is that try and there’s lots of opportunity to laugh at the goofy things both “sides of the aisle” do.
The book tells the first person story of a hapless, apolitical, house painter (D. W. Frank Franklin) who is caught up in the (still fictitious, but always possible) division of Washington State into a Republican eastern half and a Democratic western half.
The first half is his funny adventures in the Eastern Washington Republican side. The second half is his adventures on the Democratic side, when he and his wife Alice move to Maple Valley.
The book naturally divides into two parts so I thought for fun I’d weekly serialize the first half on Patch. The second half is “too adult” to post.
If you like a challenge along with your laughs, you can try to figure out the analogies to real political people and events I put in the book.
I’ll also continue with my “scientific” blogs, but now you can run the video and let Frank tell his own story.