DEGREES OF SEPARATION
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Degrees of Separation
I met my dad at a diner for lunch yesterday. (I feel lucky that we can still do that here in PA.) He had just come from a local gun show.
I don't think the attendees were practicing much social distancing there; lots of hand-shaking and back-slapping. I could picture them passing around rifle sights and boxes of hollow-point bullets. Not a big hand-sanitizer crowd. Dad seems kind of dismissive of the COVID-19 scare.
Before we ordered our sandwiches, he showed off his purchase—a new Trump 2020 hat (which features a rather mean-spirited slogan, instead of strong-minded and upbeat support of his candidate of choice). All in all, that's probably the best thing he could have brought home from the gun show.
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