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Thursday, June 19, 2008

ruffled feathers

OK, I know I'm looking for trouble here, but I can't resist. It all started the other day, when I posted this bead, with the following description...



Patriotic (but hip!) red, white, and blue, with four sparkling CZs, and OBAMA 2008 stamped into the silver. If I get enough requests for these, I'll set up a permanent section here in the shop, and will then donate a percentage of each OBAMA bead sold to his campaign. Want a McCain bead? Sure, I'll make it for you, but I'll still give the cash to Obama!

Well, the bead sold instantly, to a friend in Canada, who says she'll cast her vote in beads. And then I got a very irate email from someone in Texas... I haven't been scolded like that in quite some time. I think she misunderstood, and I tried to soothe her. Pretty sure it didn't work. Also pretty sure she's no longer a customer. Well, that happens now and then. I can't please 'em all, now can I? But I did go back and tack on the following "translation", just in case there were others like her, as there undoubtedly are...

(Translation, for those who either don't get it or take it personally: I do not support McCain. I don't want to make McCain Beads. I'm sure there's someone out there who does. We can peacefully disagree on who we want for president, because we are Americans.)

Having sat with this little interaction for a couple of days, and chatted about it with Rick and some friends, we've decided it would be good to keep this ball rolling. They've agreed to help me with some of the silver work, and also to help make a little YouTube video, telling all about the Obama Beads. We think we can raise some substantial campaign money. We The People, being the change we want to see.

Without getting nasty and calling names, and trying really hard to avoid words like "idiot", I'll just say that I know I'm not the only one who's glad to see Prez George packing his bags and heading down the road to infamy. I wish him happy trails. And may all his little buddies just put on their boots and trot along to the ranch with him.

Tomorrow, I promise I'll wander away from politics. But you know folks... life is politics. Every little human exchange, from What should we have for dinner?, to Can we discuss my salary?, to Honey, do these shoes make my butt look big? has the potential for disaster or diplomacy. Some feathers ruffle easier than others.

And with that...



If you can't get the video to work here, try this direct link to YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQJ9Xp0xxU

13 comments:

Diosa Domestica De La Locura said...

Eh, let it roll right off yer back! Not all Texans are like that (especially ME lol!).

I'm not an Obama supporter personally (or McCain, or Billary, or any of em for that matter), but I thought your description of the bead was funny.

From one voter to another, may the best man, or woman, win, and poo on the poo-poo'ers!

Ta love,
Penny \IiiI

david said...

I will say it - "idiot". :-) Keep making the beads, great idea!

Michelle in the UK said...

I saw that bead and smiled ;o) How about Hillary, Kim !!!?

Living here in the UK I was glad to see the back of Blair, a Bush Poodle ! Now we've got another un-elected **** !!! ...
Don't care for politics much, but just LOVE YOUR BEADS, Kim !!! ;o)

KV said...

Such a cool idea! How do we order one of these beauties . . .


Kathy V in NM

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

If you want Obama Beads, drop me an email and I'll add your name to my (rapidly growing) list. I might put them on my website, as it's easier for me to keep track that way, but I'll be sure to let you know when they become available. I'll get going on these very soon! Also plan to do some that are sold colors - blue, clear, red - for those who don't usually wear all three together (like me). Stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

wonderful, you go girl!!

Nikki said...

I have to tell you, this is the first time in a long time I have been excited about the election and our future. Make all of those McCain beads, Barack will love the donations!!!

Francie said...

Hey, the video is no longer available....is there a story?

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

If you can't get the video to work here, try pasting in this link to YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQJ9Xp0xxU

Anonymous said...

I will post your Obama beads on Daily Kos! Set up a but me now button!
Kate

Michelle said...

Great idea on the beads Kim! Phooey on those trying to rain on your parade. That video - absolutely hysterical! Got a good laugh out of that one, thanks! :)

Pam said...

Love your idea and enthusiasm, what a great way to raise money for your candidate! (He's my guy too, fwiw, but even if he wasn't, it's a great idea.) I hope it raises lots - for both you and him!

Linda said...

The youtube video was funny, but sadly too true. I'm don't have a party affiliation, I have voted both Dem and Republican over the years. I have issues with both candidates, but have never, ever been a supporter of Bush. He is living, breathing proof of why brains matter in politics.