When your neighbor hands you lemons, what do you do?

No really … on Tuesday, Ryan was in the backyard, and our neighbors popped over the fence and asked, “Lemons?”  Luckily, Ryan had a contraband Whole Foods plastic bag in his pocket.  They proceeded to hand him about 20 lemons from their lemon tree.  I gave some lemons to Blair and Andria, then some lemons to Stephanie (she’s pregnant and is craving lemonade, so I gladly provided!).  Still had enough lemons to make a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade and a lemon meringue pie while watching the Iowa caucus results.

Disclaimer: I did not make the pie by myself.  I received personal counsel from Saltimbocca on the subject of egg tempering and Ryan beat the egg whites.  Thank you.

On to the Iowa caucus!  In elementary school at Will Rogers (can there be a more Oklahoman elementary school name?)  We had a gathering every morning for the whole school to hear announcements, say the pledge, and sing patriotic songs.  Fifty Nifty was everyone’s favorite.  I remember the words appearing on that state-of-the-art overhead projector and everyone being soooo excited to sing and “give a name to every state in the USA.” 

When we got to Iowa, the younger ones just learning to read would sing “I-o-way” instead of “I-o-wah.”  To a young kid, sounding out I-O-WA is tough.  It was either the young ones or we were a stupid elementary school.  Wonder how we did on the Iowa tests?

Back to the Iowa caucus! Hil Street readers cover the spectrum of political ideology.  We have conservatives, liberals, socialists, Ron Paul supporters and independents.  I want to tell you that Hil Street has not made a decision on a candidate and when she does she may not share it on her blog due to her family’s ban on discussing politics (to be discussed in a blog post at a later date). 

Why can’t I endorse a candidate?  Because I have something in common with all of the Iowa front runners. What a quandary …

Huckabee: I too have a theology degree.  I’d like my president to have the same college major as I did!

Clinton: Although she spells it wrong, we do have the same first name.  I’d like my president to have the same name as I do!

Romney: I have a Book of Mormon (and Qur’an).  All part of that previously mentioned theology degree.  I’d like my president to have a book that I have too!

Thompson: During the course of my life, I (along with the typical American) have been sucked into watching more Law and Order reruns than I have spent time researching candidates running for office.  I’d like my president to be on a show that take up lots of people’s time due to its endless syndication!

Edwards: I considered legally moving to South Carolina to endorse Stephen Colbert.  I’d like my president to be from a state that I pretended to pretend to live in whilst I endorsed a pretend candidate for president.

Obama: I was lucky enough to be with my friends when they won an oil painting of Barack in a silent auction.  I’d like my president to be captured in oil at my friend’s house!

  1. #1 by Husbanks on January 4, 2008 - 10:20 am

    If Hillary wins, will I refer to her as Hill? Only time will tell.

  2. #2 by slogerot on January 4, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    There’s a city in Louisiana called Iowa, and it’s pronounced I-oh-way. So the little kids would have that one right.

  3. #3 by Deirdre on January 4, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    the same book? that’s a stretch, hil! 😉

  4. #4 by Suz on January 9, 2008 - 5:28 pm

    I am unable to comment on my preferences due to the Hatch Act – however I’ve always found CSPAN.com a good source for voting records, Washington Post has a good analysis of the various debates and claims as they occur and also provide a lot of informational links.

  5. #5 by hilstreet on January 9, 2008 - 7:57 pm

    Thank you, Suz.

    It always annoys me when people start the “Just Vote!” campaigns. No … we should be saying, “Research THEN Vote.” Don’t just vote. You don’t know what you are doing! You may vote for Virginia “Blue Jeans” Jenner just because her middle name is Blue Jeans!

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