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Mindy Meyer, a nice Jewish girl, is running for New York State Senate. Upon seeing her picture, I joked that she reminded me of “Legally Blonde“, but it turns out she actually was inspired by that story. Meyer is 22-years-old and has been interested in politics since she was eleven and a half. Her hot-pink website blares LMFAO “Sexy and I know it”, and says in leopard-print letters “Diva of the District”. Her sparkling slogan is “I’m senator and I know it”. Everything about her screams “I’m young and inexperienced!” Meyer wears her inexperience as a badge of pride. “I can tell you one thing,” she said. “I have no experience in corruption.” (I’m not sure if she is trying to imply that experienced senators are all corrupt, or just innocently stating that she is not.) She knows her audience is the youth vote, which is why she doesn’t mind having a website that looks juvenile and unprofessional. Mindy Meyer seems to have clear goals, and a desire to get things done. She wants to “crack down on crime”, specifically domestic violence, create youth employment programs, and ensure the right to choose where to send one’s children to school, but prevent women’s right to choose to birth an unwanted child. (It’s possible that I do not share her views on this last issue, but I’m trying to keep politics out of this…)

While I applaud Meyer’s initiative, creativity, and activism, I do not quite understand why she is running for senate at such a young age. Why does she not finish her law degree first? Why not get some experience in politics before going ahead and running for office? In the several interviews that I watched her give, she was able to clearly express her points, but was not as well spoken as she could be with a bit of experience under her belt. Perhaps running now is a way to get some publicity as well as experience, even in the event of a loss. Once she has more years behind her and has worked towards accomplishing some of her goals outside of the Senate, people will remember her as the spunky kid who tried to run for State Senate and, inspired by her passion to improve her district, will happily vote for her.

What do you think?

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Yesterday morning when I woke up, my husband asked that I please not hate him. This begged the question of what he might have possibly done in the hour since I had last been up feeding the baby that might lead me to such harsh feelings against him. “Ichiro was traded to the Yankees. It’s not my fault. Please don’t hate me.” I told him he had nothing to worry about, my commitment to love him forever is stronger than my hate for the Yankees, and Ichiro is entitled to do whatever he wants. I don’t think anyone even remembers the last time the Mariners were good, and it’s his right to look elsewhere, even if he did choose the soul-sucking Yankees who represent everything wrong with Baseball and nothing good about America. Yes, I despise the Yankees, but I’m certainly not alone.

Of course my husband was surprised by my lack of upset regarding one of the Mariners’ greats leaving, and to the Yankees of all teams. After I considered it for a moment, I was also a bit surprised by my reaction. Alex Rodriguez still gets booed when he plays in Seattle, twelve years after he moved. He’s also on the Yankees. Ichiro played at Safeco Field the very day he was traded, and not only was he applauded for his years of service in a city that loves him, he got a standing ovation. Why was everyone so worked up and angry when A-Rod ditched the M’s, but so quickly forgave Ichiro for switching to our nemesis team?

The answer seems pretty simple: it’s how they did it. Ichiro simply walked across the field and donned a new uniform; still a good person, still loves his Seattle home. When A-Rod left, he claimed he still loved Seattle, even if we booed him. But we lost respect for him. Yes, baseball is how these gentlemen make their livings and money is a factor in where they play, but with A-Rod, it was such a fuss and all about the money. Ichiro left for the love of the game. He’s been on a loosing team for too long, and it’s time for a change. He did it tactfully and with grace. Who knows, maybe he’ll bring a bit of integrity to the Yankees.

My husband desperately wants to buy our daughter Yankees paraphernalia, which I adamantly forbid, as I am at least a third generation Yankee-hater and want my grandparents to continue to send presents. Plus something about the Yankees representing everything against the integrity of the sport. But now if I somehow loose that battle (not likely), and somehow a Yankees onesie makes it into our home (hopefully never), at least I know it will have Ichiro’s name on the back.

Ten Years After A-Rod Left Seattle:

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