1.21.2008

the spectrum

After a heavy snow last night, I got up early to look around the area, to see how things look with a blank, white slate. In doing so, I met a Thai family trudging through the snow. I walked with them for a while and when they turned to walk into their apartment complex, I assumed this was goodbye...for what reasoned person would allow a total stranger into their home.

To my surprise the guardian of the bunch looked at me confused, like why wouldn't I want to come out of the snow and into a warm place. I guess that's eastern hospitality. So, I followed them in, sat down and talked for a while despite the communication gap. They told me they were refugees from a dangerous city in Thailand and came to Utah in search of a better life. As I had to leave for another assignment, they told me to come back and visit any time. I turned around as I walked out the door, and there they were, with wide smiles, wishing me a good day.

This guy is quite different from the friendly Thais. He was in the State Capitol lobbying representatives to support "Minuteman" issues. These guys basically want citizens to patrol the borders to keep out immigrants. He had the whole getup, the hat, a Ron Paul pin, camo, and big boots. The only thing I did see but expected were shotguns.

4 comments:

Vanessa said...

Wow, what a contrasting day. I can't believe it didn't occur to me before. Makes for a great post.

Jonathan said...

Man.. I'm not sure if I like your anti-Ron Paul spin. First Fox News now Tim Hussin.

Ron Paul is great because he wants to give us the freedom to be crazy minutemen (among other things).

kim said...

These 2 are at QUITE different ends of the spectrum, on a variety of levels - hope you didn't tell the minuteman about the immigrant Thai's you'd just met - he'd probably march over and hoist them across a fence! great pix, as usual, too - i smell a foto story with your first encounter!

Melvin said...

wow, great post...
thanks for this post...
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