Saturday, October 29, 2011

Larry Elder and me..........

SO, most of you know I have a Larry Elder article posted below.
Today, I attended an amazing "Tea" of 900 Black Christian woman and me and about 10 White friends.
My girlfriend Carolyn and I got to the Century Plaza Hotel a little early and I decided I'd like a Diet Coke so we sat at the bar in the ground floor area.   I look to my left and there's Larry Elder sitting having a Coke with a friend.   
Yes, I just posted a Larry Elder article and he's sitting at the same bar that only sits 10 people on the same day and at the same time as I am!  I toyed with the idea of saying hello because I had the pleasure of meeting him through Orson and Alley Bean about 3 months ago and decided not to, but then...well,  you know me!   I approached him and he jumped off his bar stool and I introduced myself again and told him I'd just posted his article on Yellow Cake and he told me it's 2 years old or so! I told him "Well, somebody's got it because I saw it and used it and am getting a good conversation on it..."  He introduced me to his friend, asked me to say Hello to the Beans, he asked if I was going to the event they were going to and I told him I was...........and that was that!  
 Talk about coincidences.
OH, by the way.......The group today was THE most beautiful, amazingly dressed (and hatted) group of women I have EVER been with.   I have never had so many friendly smiles from strangers in my life.  What a great day....Fabulous gospel music, awards for young Black women with great futures, a fashion show, Emcee Sheryl Lee Ralph (an original Dream Girl) on stage,  and the author of my latest post sitting nearby :-)  How many times does THAT happen!?



Anonymous said...

Better that you "bumped" into a Gentleman Like Mr. Elder than running away from a nut job like the NBPP's Makik Shabazz!

Nice story Z.

Z said...

Well, Imp, I have to admit that Larry Elder was announced at the luncheon at the beginning and the applause was VERY subdued; those ladies might be wonderful ladies but they're DEMOCRATS and many don't like that guy! :-)
I'm not sure they'd have applauded Malik Shabazz too hard, either, though! They're such good women.

Glad you enjoyed the story; I couldn't wait to come home and write the coincidence up!

Anonymous said...

Blows my mind...truly that anyone would show up and apparently have their minds already made up...before giving a conservative Black a superficial "bump".

Z said...

well, I like to think some of them are, Imp. it's hard to break loose from mental chains after having worn them for so long.

By the way, another friend I happened to sit next to today said "You won't believe this, Z, but my very liberal neighbor stopped me today on my walk and said 'Sylvia, I'm THROUGH with Obama!'..."

Apparently, she's just DONE with the idiotic Obama stuff and even flew to Las Vegas last week for that Nevada Debate because she was invited by friends who hosted a party in their home for Herman Cain, who she said spoke and answered lots of questions very satisfactorily...this liberal friend is hooked on CAIN! If SHE is, MANY are.

Ducky's here said...

Post one on Sean Penn pr Michael Moore.

Opus #6 said...

What a great day! I love Larry Elder. The Sage of L.A.

Anonymous said...

"it's hard to break loose from mental chains..."

Aretha Franklin?

sue hanes said...

Z - That's a great story.

It's amazing that you have the opportunity to do things like that.

I had to smile when you were wondering if you should say something to Larry Elder - and did.

Because that is exactly what I would have done. :-)

Z said...

Opus, he's really a very nice guy...better looking in person, too :-)

Imp....that, too!
Check out the lyrics and replace DEMOCRATS with 'you' and 'your'..pretty interesting ;)

Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools
Five long years I thought you were my man
But I found out I'm just a link in your chain
You got me where you want me
I ain't nothing but your fool
You treated me mean oh you treated me cruel
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools

(I'm leaving our Verse 2 as it's not quite interesting in the case I'm trying to make)

One of these mornings the chain is gonna break
But up until then, yeah, I'm gonna take all I can take
Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools

Anonymous said...

"Because that is exactly what I would have done. :-).."

I'm curious to know...if you were in the same position as Z...what would you have said to him that Bill Maher, Sean Penn or Garafolo... wouldn't have?

Z said...

Imp, that's true.
Elder's is a well educated, solid conservative and has a talk show...I doubt Sue would have said she'd published one of his articles on her blog because she probably wouldn't!

I didn't gush over Larry, I think Sue MIGHT over the 'men and women' you listed :-)
Right, Sue!? heh!!

Anonymous said...

Listen up Sue.....chains...chains....dem chain of fools. Wise up.

Anonymous said...

Better yet...Tracy Chapman...gimme one reason to stay here and I'll turn my back around. A theme song for disaffected black voters who are disgusted with...HOPEY - Dopey...."change". Listen up sis.

"You gotta make me change my mind....gimme just one reason why I should stay"...Is OBummer listening?

Black have a wonderful knack for expressing their politics in music.

You just have to listen. I'm qualified to judge / comment cause I'm 1/16 Black on my grandmothers side. And I can prove it with an old photo.

I do this...all for you Ramstein buddy and neighbor.

Anonymous said...

OK Sue...and Ducky..and the rest of you wanna be "revolutionaries".....

Comment....Tracy Chapman is one woman...with soul...purpose and a real talent. I love this sis.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh...and Net...give me a shout friend...I'm not sure if St. Pete is a place I wanna be. But I'll check...consider....and see if I can make it. Ya gotta promise won't put me in a wheel chair outside of a Comfort Inn for a trash pickup? I've seen what you guys can do to a cracker!!! LOL.

Bob said...

That's very cool, Lady. It is interesting how you find opportunities without looking for them. I think the secret is that you are always out there doing something, and that's where you find the doers.

Anonymous said...

Back in the early 80's...I got to meet this remarkable woman.( Flew her ) She is of the greatest... if not the best vocalist in my opinion of all time...and a significant song writer of political ideals in the last century!

Joan Baez? A puke...a joke compared to Tracy.

Same for Joni Mitchell or Judy Collins.

sue hanes said...

Imp - In my comment I meant that if I had been as close to someone in proximity as Z was to Larry Elder - I know I would not pass up the chance to say something to that person.

But I have no idea who Larry Elder is - aside from Z's post.

My comment merely was saying that I would do the same if I saw someone that I had always wanted to talk to if given the chance.

sue hanes said...

I have never met Bill Maher, Sean Penn or Jeanane Garofalo.

Anything I know about them is what I have seen on tv or read.

The only thing I know about Jeanane Garofalo is that I liked her in the movie Reality Bites.
Then I googled her and saw that she is 'different' and very independent. That appeals to me.

It amazes me that my name is linked to even Ducky - although I admire him - and with Bill Maher and Sean Penn - people I have never met - just admire and respect.

Come on, folks. Don't we all have people we admire and respect that maybe other people don't.

But you can't legitimately 'lump' people together that don't have a personal connection.

I mean - you can - but how legitimate is that?

sue hanes said...

Isn't it really the same in blogging?

I have never met any blogger - but - rather have formed my opinions about them from what they write in posts or comments.

Isn't that the same thing.

sue hanes said...

Imp - 'I do this all for you, Sue'

imp - I don't even know what you are saying.

Although I assume the Ramstein reference is about the comments on having been stationed in Germany.

I never got back to see if you comment on my comment that imp & I don't even know which post it is anymore.

sue hanes said...

Even I can't figure out that last paragraph that I just wrote.

sue hanes said...

Z - Everyone that reads your blog knows that I'm secretly in love with Bill Maher.

But really, Z, I have 7 grandchildren and Bill is 11 years younger than me - I'm old enough to be his --- older sister.


sue hanes said...

Come on.

Take your best shot at me.

There's still 45 minutes till SNL.

sue hanes said...

How come nobody is over at my blog reading my really great post on Gerald Ford?

sue hanes said...

And I'm now snacking on some incredibly delicious cold salmon and veggies that I brought home from a great restaurant - I was too tired to eat at dinner - but this exhilirating discussion has given me new life.

sue hanes said...

If the truth were known I think you people are trying to provoke me into losing it and saying some nasty Liberal naughty words.

But it ain't gonna happen.

Z said...

By the way, Larry Elder is a Los Angeles talk show host who's a Black Conservative....and pretty much disliked (and has been threatened a LOT) by the Black community for it.

Z said...

Sue, trust me, nobody gains anything from provoking you into anything.

And the leftwingers demean and insult us conservatives for admiring certain other conservatives I guess it's only fair that it works both ways for a change!

Pris said...

Z, this is so neat. To meet him after you put up this post. Wow!

I think if I were in that position, sitting next to him, if he happened to look my way, I may have said "Hi, I loved your Mom", and I did.
She was the best. Common sense was no stranger to her, or to Larry. He had terrific parents, and it showed.

Larry seems like a great guy, and smart as a whip. He had his Mom on his radio show a lot, and she was awesome. So many of his fans loved her too. She passed on a few years ago, as did his Dad more recently.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Let me guess: absolutely NOTHING like the rabble and crap populating the various OCCUPY protests leaving, literally, THEIR crap on the ground and doing nothing to help clean. Isn't it funny how there wasn't ONE of the TEA Parties acting like this because, of course, had there been -- it would have made world news for WEEKS.


Z said...

Pris, yes, his mother was on every Friday and called herself The Supreme Court Justice! the point that a friend asked me if she really had been! Cracked me UP! She was wonderful, commonsensical fun and he adored her so much he was gone a LONG time before he went back on the air. His dad was apparently a real gentleman, too.

Mr Z adored Larry and his Mom.

Bob said...

First Sue Hanes says, "But you can't legitimately 'lump' people together that don't have a personal connection.

Does Sue meant that we should never make sweeping, unsupported statements about groups of people unless we have personal experience with that group?

Then, Mrs Hanes ruins her former intelligent statement by observing, " ... Jeanane Garofalo... I googled her and saw that she is 'different' and very independent. That appeals to me.

Oh, my! Janeane Garafalo is famous for lumping all Republicans as racist for not voting for Obama, and lumps all Tea Partiers as racist, too. Is that one of those sweeping statements that Sue eschews, but accepts from her heros and heroines?

Garafalo is "different" because she speaks in sweeping generalities about subjects about which she knows nothing. It is unbelievable that some TV network would put ignorant people like Garafalo on the air.

net observer said...

Imp, I'm still thinkin' it through -- the trip AND the meeting lol -- but if it happens, it'll be in early December.

Interesting story, Z.

You described a large part of Black America that I think evades a lot of non-black conservatives. i.e., decent, moral, socially-conservative-but-loyal Democrats. And if you asked them why they're so loath to support the GOP, you would get an answer similar to the ones I've offered over the years.

Is it fair? Probably not. But, 'tis the case.

Z said...

Net, it was a fabulous event.....absolutely beyond words. I loved it.
Re politics, I don't think they're quite so 'loath' anymore, however..I really don't. These are women who love America before they love anything else (other than God), and I think they're more curious, less dismissive, than the last years. I really do.
The very idea that Larry Elder was invited was quite something, to tell you the truth. He's had many many death threats from Blacks in L.A> for his constant call for independence and self sufficiency.

net observer said...

Z, there's clearly a significant difference in attitudes among blacks regarding conservatism compared to a generation ago. But as far as an significant additional change in recent years? Personally, I doubt it.

Especially now, when we have the relatively new phenomenon of "blacks like me", if you will. i.e., blacks who USED to be comfortable with conservatism but are no longer. In the end, it's probably close to a wash, if I had to guess.

Indeed, I think blacks are becoming far more independent politically, but independent doesn't necessarily translate to "conservative".