Up high, down low, too slow…

June 13, 2011

Blog Guy, have you ever thought of running for national office? I mean, you live in DC anyway, so it’s not like you’d have to move very far.

Thanks for asking, but I just couldn’t handle that much compromise.

Ah, I hear you. You mean the hypocrisy, the back-room deals, the corruption?

Nah, I mean all the high-fives. I can stand that other stuff, but I will not high five, even if it means my political career.

Look at this top photo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton high-fiving Turkey’s foreign minister. What is she thinking?

As you can see, both Democrats and Republicans do it here, all the time.

I see what you mean. Do we know what Clinton and that Turkish guy are high-fiving about?

I believe she just sang him that old 1953 novelty song, “Istanbul (not Constantinople).” I guess he’d never heard it.

That’s hard to believe. He seems to be taking special joy in the high five. Could it mean something else in his culture?

You guessed it. He thinks Hillary just gave him Arkansas.

Clinton photo courtesy of Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop

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Top: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a high five at the start of their bilateral meeting at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi June 9, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

Left: President Barack Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron high-five as they play table tennis at Globe Academy in London May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Right: President George W. Bush and Dr. Andrew Viterbi high five at the 2007 National Medals of Science and Technology Innovation presentation ceremony at the White House, September 29, 2008.Β  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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I know a pants wearin’ chic named Hilly
She’s married to that philanderer Billy
They’re pretty tight with the presidential dude
They all do that crazy hand jive too.
Hand jive, hand jive, hand jive. Doin’ that crazy hand jive

BG, how do you feel about The Wave πŸ˜‰

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

The Wave? Sorry, I won’t do it. I have a policy against doing anything that makes me look really stupid in public.

Apart from writing this blog, of course.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

wry wit? check
likes MST3K? check
likes The Wire? check
thinks the wave is stupid? check
likes Monty Python? check
dogs & cats are family? check

BG, you are my kinda guy πŸ˜€

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

You’re the greatest, Georgia. Now could you please run out and bring another million folks like us to this blog? At gunpoint, if necessary.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I guess if you play ping-pong, you can do it in shorts and a t-shirt. If you play table tennis, you have to wear a shirt and tie. How stuffy….

@Georgia – don’t forget:

Ridicules stupidity and animal cruelty
Provides expert career and travel advice

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

This piece made me think of Dr. Seuss.
Today is a holiday
I will not high five
Or wave like a ham
Sam I am

I find that I am easily amused!!! :-)

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Thanks, Jib. My core demographic is folks who are very, very easily amused.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

BG, I dont believe that you dont do silly stuff in public.. sure you do! you just realise it way too late!

@Georgia, GF&DMS proprietor…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Mr. B. I am surprised you didn’t fire up MS Paint and had them all exlaiming “huzzah!” as they high fived.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Look, the high-five is bad enough, but do they all have to do the goofy face at the same time?

What do you mean they always look like that?
Oh, sorry, you’re right!

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Us OE Bloggers
are so easily amused.
Oh, simple pleasures!

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

The same pictures can enter the goofy face competition. πŸ˜›

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I would high five you BG but, I have doughnut glaze all over my hands. πŸ˜‰

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

The “high five” is passe. I understand there is a new gesture on the rise in Washington, but not a celebratory one. It’s more of a prickly nature.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Cameron looks so uncomfortable! That must be the first high five he’s ever done!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Oh, now it starts… First I use the word putz in the potato chip item over the weekend, and now here we are with the schmutz…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I think that may actually be a picture of W’s first successful patty cake attempt:
Pat a cake, Pat a cake…my dad is THE MAN
Remind me why I sent those troops to Afghanistan?

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

@BG and Doc: Up high, down low, too slow and the prickly hand gesture in DC must mean you’ve tried driving in the area recently.

Though there are folks who just love to go fast. Why, one of those folks came sideways down the road I was walking on at lunch today! He must have been in a hurry to get caught in traffic on the highway. I refrained from providing either a high five or a single digit wave…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Are you out of your mind, Spin? Are you aware you just taught Georgia something?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Now now, BG, I dont want the poor lassies to be all that tensed up when they get zapped…
Ready or not, here it comes…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

hey! I didn’t learn ANYTHING! Nothing learned, nothing taught…right???

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Well see, you meantioned facts, Spin.. cant do that here, coz that would mean we are learning…
Its one of those fine print things you see :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Look, the high-five is bad enough, but do they all have to do the goofy face at the same time?

What do you mean they always look like that?
Oh, sorry, you’re right!


Posted by stewardwhite | Report as abusive

following Spin’s example, I offer a Friday night haiku:

And I learn nothing.
Should I appeal my first zap
To the Supreme Court?

“Discipline from love”
That is what mom & dad said.
My reply: Yes, Ma’am.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive