BY BOB ANDERSON
The afternoon dream is a pleasant one especially after working for hours on my roof.
Friends and I are skipping along the tops of waves at full sail.
Clouds block the heat, but don’t threaten to carry winds that would make us reef our canvas.
Breeze in our faces, we move briskly toward an adventure and can’t wait to get there.
Conversation flows and music from somewhere adds to the feeling of euphoria.
Suddenly the music takes on a disturbing tone. At first it’s part of the dream, but then sucks it away, with the adventure never met.
Drawn from deep sleep it takes me a moment to realize the new noise is the phone.
Groggily I walk across the room to answer it. I’m greeted by a recorded voice that wants me to vote for ….
I slam the phone back onto the receiver feeling violated.
I glance back at the bed wishing that climbing back aboard would put me back under sail with my friends.
I’d accept just going back to sleep for a little while to catch up for several short nights. There’s no hope.
Since it is still too hot to finish the work on the roof, I decide to make the best of my time by critiquing the latest stories from my LSU mass communication students.
Papers and grade book balanced on my lap, I hear the telephone. The nearest phone is in the kitchen. I suspect another of the political calls that recently have disturbed our dinner and other activities. I answer because my wife is at school doing lesson plans and might be ready to be picked up.
I reach the phone on the fourth ring, but it’s not Mary. It’s a pompous-sounding politician asking me to vote for another politician.
I hope I didn’t crack the receiver when I returned it to the cradle.
Perhaps someone has been convinced by a recorded phone call to vote for a candidate. I’ve not met that person. I do, however, know people — including my wife and children — who are as aggravated by such intrusions as I am.
After the second call in an hour, I made a resolution.
I pay attention to state, local and national politics.
I vote for Democrats, Republicans and fellow independents. I do my homework and don’t base my decisions on rhetoric or partisan information.
When I go to the school where I’ve voted in just about every election for the last 30 years, I have sound reasons for the selections I make.
Still, I usually close the curtain undecided on one or two races.
My resolution is that on those races I’m going to vote not for candidates, but against others.
I’m going to vote against candidates whose campaigns intrude on my home life and against those who have invaded my private time with recorded calls asking me to vote for other politicians.
Contact Bob Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.