Anyone who knows me knows that if I think something is overpriced I just won’t buy it. I might want it, or need it, but if the price is too high I just won’t pay it, even if I have the money.
Yesterday I was looking for food. With my meatless Madonna Della Cava meatless Wednesdays and a Friday during lent I headed for the sportsbar, looked at the price for a burger and figured the bagels for the media would do until I ran into Smitty.
Smitty had entered a contest to win Dinner with Col Allen West former Congressman from Florida.
West was a popular speaker the day before
and I was very hungry so I jumped at the chance for both Access to Allen West and a good meal.
The meal included a reception and we mixed with people who were to be at the Big Presidential dinner. I met a woman born in Palermo who gave me her recipe for homemade Cannoli (it will be up later) but the highlight was a shared interview with Smitty
at least until we went inside.
I dropped off my laptop on the stage to to upload files and found my way back to our table. Col West and his wife were already seated. Smitty left a space between us and the West’s and we waited for the rest of the people at the table to sit down…
…and after a long wait and the serving of food we discovered there weren’t any other people at our table.
We were shocked, suddenly finding ourselves in a position to carry the full burden of conversation with one of the most famous conservatives in the country and his wife, who is absolutely charming. It’s not often I’m lost for words but I found myself totally unprepared, Smitty meanwhile had a slight advantage as a man who like the Col had the experience of serving in Afghanistan, their shared experience made interesting conversation.
Meanwhile I engaged Mrs. West about the difference between a military wife and a congressional/candidates wife and more. By the time the evening Emceed by Dana Loesch with Lee Greenwood providing the entertainment was done) I think I found more than anything the reason why Allen West is the man he is, and why he generates so much anger from the left.
He and his wife are so damn Normal.
Person after person came over for pictures, to shake hands and what was Mrs. West doing as so many people, including some very lovely ladies came to pose with their hero. She was taking a photos of her husband with her IPad.
Bottom lines the Wests are regular people, good people and the type of people you would want living next door.
Both the Army, and Florida and the nation should be proud to have him and I am proud to have shared a table with him