Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You know who I miss? This lady.

ann richards.

I know we don't really talk about politics at all - if ever - on Austin Eavesdropper, but lately I've been thinking about my poor municipal voting record, and wanted a little inspiration, since elections are coming up in November.

So I'm calling on the spirit of Ann, one of my favorite Texas governors. In a few weeks (September 1), it will be her birthday.

If you are a Republican and didn't care for Ann's politics, well, I'm sorry. In truth, when she was in office, I was too young to really understand what she was all about.

But I DID know that my whole family loved her, and I did think it was awesome that someone who looked almost exactly like my grandmother had such an important job. So when I got older, I learned more about ol' Ann.

Did you know that:

* Out of 40+ governors from Texas, Ann is one of two women to ever have held the post.

* Before she was governor, she was a social studies and history teacher.

* She was a movie lover, and helped created the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

* She made a "no talking" film trailer for the Alamo Drafthouse with my friends!

(The annoyed guy in the red cap is my roomate, Caleb, and the other, annoyING guy in a red cap is our buddy Rob).

 But one of the best things about Ann Richards? Surely her sass.

"I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don't have any."

I think it's safe to call that an "oh snap," don't you?

Miss your fiery spirit, Ann. Happy almost birthday!


Austin Eavesdropper said...

Because I am neurotic, I fear the title of this post SHOULD (in terms of correct grammar) have been:

"You know whom I miss?"

But that sounds so awkward and wrong.

Help a girl out? Dad? Are you there to answer this one?

Marie said...

I don't know the answer to that question Tolly, but I also miss Ann, not to mention Molly Ivins.

We've got some cool broads here in Texas, don't we?

Le Tigre said...

That video is priceless.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Marie - Good call with Molly Ivins, Marie.

@Le Tigre - RIGHT. I love how she picks up the phone and says, "Oh. This *is* important."

Le Tigre said...

I'm kind of guilty of being *that* person. I'm always in the back whispering, "OMG did you see that!?" or "Wasn't that funny!? That Seth Rogen gets me every time!" *facepalm*

Hipstercrite said...

Ha! That video is great! What a pretty lady.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Le Tigre - Haha me too. :) Am especially that way with my husband, who just patiently smiles...but he's probably thinking, "SHUT THE F UP"

@Hipstercrite - I know? That's what I was thinking, while I was posting this. That Ann Richards was a looker.

Frank J. Rivera said...

Ann Richards is the only politician I love more than Hillary Clinton, and I have an unhealthy obsession with HillBot. Something about strong women and pantsuits.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Frank - Frank, I am so happy to hear you say that. Because I love Hillary too, and so many people - even Democrats and/or liberal people - JUST HATE HER. And I hear they're arguments. But after reading A Living History, I just sort of fell in love with her...and nobody can take that away!

PS - Word on strong women and pantsuits, and in Ann's case, a MOTORCYCLE!


Anastasia said...

My favorite Drafthouse "kick your ass out" video.