I ride my bicycle home from campus through downtown, past several blocks of businesses — restaurants, hair salons, an Asian grocery, banks — where you see people on the sidewalk and people park their cars on the side of the street, just like in a vision of a vibrant small-town America you thought didn’t exist anymore. I like to play a little game on my ride home — counting the Obama/Biden bumperstickers on the parked cars. It’s usually one per every four or five cars. The most I’ve ever seen on this particular three-block stretch was seven. Today was a disappointing four, though I did see one “Think: it’s patriotic” sticker which I think can safely be assumed to be liberal. I have never seen a McCain sticker or sign in this town.
Thank you, small college town, for safely insulating me from the outside world.
What’s it like where you are?