Sunday, October 14, 2007
You Can't Make Stuff Like This Up
Dr. Forbes and I attended the University of Idaho Homecoming parade in Moscow yesterday as one kid was marching in the Lincoln Middle School band and another in the Pullman High School band.
Queen Nancy led off the parade in the "Sustainablemobile," a biodiesel-powered VW Bug, followed ironically and fittingly enough by a big-ass, gas-guzzling Idaho Army National Guard HMMWV painted in bright, patriotic red, white and blue, filled with young men wearing black berets and Army Combat Uniforms.
But the best was yet to come. The Moscow Civic Association was out in force, 30 or 40 strong, touting their three city council candidates. The ponytailed old hippie dudes, the long, gray-haired old hippie chicks, the dapper metrosexuals, and the "The Simpsons" Comic Book Guys were riding their bikes, waving their signs and flags, banging their drums, and playing their trombones. It was like some freakish touring company of the jongleur show at a Berekely Renaissance Fair.
But even that amusing spectacle was not the best part. The members of the MCA were all wearing RED SCARVES, just like the Young Pioneer organization in the former Soviet Union. I wonder if anyone else caught the significance.
I told Dr. Forbes that, unbelievably, these were the people in charge of Moscow, and God help me, part of me wants them to hang around in power for a few more years. How much better does Pullman look with these blatant communists running Moscow? This is the best thing that has ever happened to Whitman County and Pullman business people. Unfortunately, I think the voters in Moscow will take those red scarves and choke the MCA with them in three weeks.