Anyway. I stuck to my word. Here's the proof.
And I thought I was just being brave and hoping that maybe others would see that they are not alone here in the land of 'only leftist politics allowed'. Silly me.
So far... one of my neighbors has accosted me with a screechy speech about the Koch brothers. Another neighbor has informed me that she feels guns should be reserved only for those who live 'out in the country'. And last night when I picked up a friend to take her to a basketball game, she actually asked me if I had put my dogs on the roof of my car during my last trip to California.
I kid you not. These are completely real comments. Including the one from someone who is supposed to be my friend. Oh and then there's the guy who flipped me off on the freeway while gesturing fervently toward my bumper...
To neighbor #1 I answered by telling him that if he wanted to have any kind of real open conversation, he would have to pick a better opening line.
To neighbor #2 I told her that we would have to just agree to disagree. I really didn't know what else to say. Believe it or not, I've never actually thought to question the second amendment.
As to my friend's rude dog comment, I simply told her that I take plenty of abuse from all the wonderfully tolerant souls here in our fair city of Seattle and I felt that was enough. I didn't need to take any extra abuse from my friends.
She got real quiet. Real fast.
I'm not gonna' lie. This is not easy. It's just as bad as I thought it might be.
But I'd rather be honest than popular. And I'm still smiling. And glad I decided to do this.
Even through the tears...