Posted: Nov 15, 2016 6:09 am
Hey all, glad to see you here. I need you more than ever. I'm going to try to explain what's going on as simply as I can.
A lot of you have been to my home in PA, or you know about my domestic situation. Xtine and I are the sole residents in a building owned by her dad. Her dad has a seafood business on the bottom floor. Xtine works there over the summer (it's a seasonal operation).
We have neighbors that we've been very friendly with over the years. We have dinner together often and we do neighborly favors for each other. The wife over there also works at my dad-in-law's business with Xtine. The family are fervent Trump supporters. We tolerate their beliefs, and we have an agreement - with them - to never discuss politics.
Every year when the business closes, we take a trip to the Chesapeake Bay to stay at a marina inn that's owned by the seafood supplier. The few employees and their spouses and a few friends go. It's a very important weekend for Xtine's dad. He was really upset last year when we couldn't make it because Xtine got sick a couple days before. This year, we're considering not going, mostly because I had an intense emotional breakdown last night. I don't want to be forced to spend a significant amount of time with our neighbors. I can't do it in good conscience, and I certainly can't fake being OK with them and their decision for two days. There is a lot of drinking that takes place on this trip, so there's a good chance that I'd lose my shit all over them. I believe they voted for white supremacy, especially considering the appointment of Steve Bannon as the chief White House strategist.
If we don't go, not only will it crush xtine's dad's heart, but our neighbors, as dumb as they are, will likely figure out why we aren't going. The decision will change the status of our relationship from friends to enemies, and it will likely effect the employment situation at the shop. Last night we even considered moving from our palatial apartment so we won't have to be face to face with our new enemies. But this is our home. We've spent 8 years getting it dialed to near perfection, and if you've been here, you understand why we'd never want to leave. Even if the place sucked, it's still our home.
If we decide to keep the peace and just go on this stupid fucking trip that we don't really enjoy anyway (seriously, it's cold and there's nothing to do but get drunk and spend money on the touristy strip), are we condoning our neighbor's poor choices and all the sick baggage that comes with a Trump presidency?Which is the more righteous decision? Is there one?