I may get a lot of backlash for this post. And I’m prepared. (I think.)
Today is the first day of the 2012 Maryland legislative session. For Annapolis (especially downtown) this means more people out and about. Restaurants will see an increase in traffic. There will be more cars on the road.
But for me, it provides an entry appropriate for a gossip blog.
The 2006 session was the first session I experienced as an Annapolis resident. A girlfriend and I were at a local bar on a random school night not knowing anything about the legislative schedule. Some gentlemen struck up a conversation with us. At the time, I was flirting with finding a new employer, so when one of the men (HIM) told me he owned a large marketing firm, I engaged in conversation. He then proceeded to tell me about his family history. We talked politics, the discussion got heated and he pushed a button that got me going. He then tried to get me back to his hotel. (If you know me, you can imagine my response. Among other things, I kindly informed him that he was probably old enough to be my dad and that was just gross.)
Fast forward some time.
A piece of political literature campaigning for HIM lands in my hands. Shocked and disturbed, I called the girlfriend and told her about it. Thankfully, he lost pretty badly to Sarbanes in the election. I remember going to the poll that year to make sure I voted against HIM.
Fast forward some more time.
At the plea of a friend, I give my not-so-favorite new restaurant in town another shot. (This place will get its own post… don’t worry!) As we’re leaving, some little stocky dude comes in demanding to speak with the owner/manager and flashes a badge. Naturally, I stop to focus and listen in. This Napolean complex dude is there to pick up the credit card of HIM! The conversation goes outside and I see this black SUV with tinted windows parked half in the middle of Main Street and half in a parking spot. (Because parking like a normal human being would be too much to ask.) The owner goes to retrieve the card and I start asking questions. Turns out, he’s an off duty state trooper hired by HIM. Not sure why, but I don’t generally understand the why behind most egos. I expressed my dislike for HIM to Napoloean and the response was pretty bad. When I shared the story, Napolean laughed and said he wasn’t surprised. At all.
We walked home. Knowing that both these gentlemen were not people I’d want to associate with, I got online to see the latest with HIM. Man, age has not been nice to him. I chalk it up to karma.
And so, this is what comes to mind when people talk about legislation being in session. Pretty sad, right?
Do you have any similar stories to share?