I get a chuckle over mistaken identities. I've been mistaken a number of times for Martin Short -- even to the point that to get rid of these folks so I could eat, I accepted their request for an autograph and finally got to enjoy my wife and kid's company.
Another time, there was someone with the same name as mine, living in the same city, who's name appeared in the obituaries. Rather than read and find out that I wasn't a 72 year old Black man originally from Georgia, these people picked up the phone and called in condolences. My wife got calls for three days and laughed about it for even longer.
But that's the thing with mistaken identity. It can be humorous. It can also be the opposite.
I'm talking about being dead an nobody notices. Think about it. You can't have had that much of an impact on the living if they don't even know when you're gone. So it's with a bit a snide bemusement that I read this coverage of the Washington State election results:
Courtesy of The Seattle Times:
Two candidates in separate races in the state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead.
In Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.
In Aberdeen, John Erak is leading Alan Richrod with 53 percent of the vote in a City Council race. The 81-year-old Erak was a former state representative who died in June shortly after announcing he was running to retain his seat on the council. His current lead is only 12 votes, and the results aren’t final.
Both men died after the filing period closed, and their names could not be removed from ballots.
How sad that neither of these candidates got to live to see their election wins. But please allow me a few snarky comments despite the tragic loss of both individuals. It's meant as a commentary on today's politics, no disrespect for the individuals.
With these results, its evident that nothing candidates say mean anything, because these people didn't say anything and still won, while tucked away in their sod cabanas.
Candidate Rosentangle won in a landslide. That's helpful when you're going to be buried in a hole, six feet under.
Now in the interest of fair reporting, John Erak hasn't officially been declared the victor, yet. The city council will have to wait as only 12 votes separate the top two vote getters. Is this what they mean by a dead heat?
I doubt if we'll hear Mr. Erak calling for a recount. Now when he registers a vote, it's not for the other side, it's from the other side.
I bet neither candidate voted for himself.
Is casting your mortal coils the same as casting your vote?
Thankfully, both men have been spared making any sort of concession speech. We're still waiting on a victory speech.
Will their swearing in be a candlelight vigil?
I could go on and on, unlike these candidates, but I won't.
Okay, slap my hands. I just couldn't help myself. Bad, bad, David