I just returned from an unplanned visit to Ohio for my grandmother’s funeral. Gram always loved Ohio in October, and the day of her funeral was stunning: the leaves beginning to change, the skies clear and autumn blue, the weather unseasonably warm – at 86 degrees, October 9 was the hottest October 9 in Findlay since 1961.
But there was an eye-catching new element to the scenery: Obama/Biden yard signs! I’ve told you a bit about Findlay over the years: Democratic yard signs are seen about as often as ivory-billed woodpeckers. Mind you, McSame signs predominate in most areas, but Obama/Biden signs were on almost every block. And they keep reappearing despite determined theft and vandalism. Saturday’s crime docket (always entertaining to read; jacklighting is apparently epidemic) included a report of someone’s Obama/Biden yard sign having been stolen and replaced with “a large amount of feces” (of unspecified origin). A couple weeks back (so I hear), a fellow wrote an open letter to the local newspaper-like publication, addressing “whoever” kept stealing his Obama yard signs: “they’re free! You can get your own at the local campaign office.” And speaking of campaign offices, look where Obama has opened them: Findlay?! Defiance?! This was BUSH COUNTRY, baby! I saw Obama/Biden signs on the long rural route to Springfield, where my grandmother was buried. I even saw one large homemade Obama/Biden sign by the road in the countryside outside Bellefontaine, near Indian Lake.
I take this as a sign of things to come! (Yard sign photo credit: my brother, in Kettering!)