Rumors that I am Al Franken in drag have been greatly exagarrated. The first and only time I saw him do his old PBS lady, I realized that I could easily catch what she has; or spend the rest of my life worrying that I will turn into her.
But those women were in Another Mother for Peace during Viet Nam; and were an integral part of the anti-war movement. Once I had just gotten off a bus for a demonstration and was walking, talking and smoking a joint. So I almost didn’t notice a woman who was so close to our family I can’t call her a family friend; more like a chosen aunt.
Fortunately she talked more than I do and wasn’t even looking at me. But she was very happy when I touched her which was the only way to get Claire’s attention, and introduced her to my very charming friends. She could be loud and obnoxious at times, but she never stopped being active in the larger community. Actually she’s not a great old PBS lady because she wore too much good jewelry, and always dressed well.
The older women I see around my ‘hood dress sharply, carry PBS bags, and look good. Maybe I will turn into them; maybe I’m on the road to becoming them now.