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“He’s not a Republican is he?” My father asked in response to my news that I was dating a plumber named Justin. Seriously, that was the first thing he said.

“I don’t know,” I said. “We don’t talk about politics.”

That was October 2015. Before Donald Trump became a politician.

Get your pitchforks ready, because you’re not going to like what you hear.

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There are some things you aren’t supposed to talk about. Traditionally it’s been politics, sex, money, and race. Merely mentioning such subjects, we ran the risk of offending others and embarrassing ourselves.

However, at the insistence of social media and cable news, these traditionally taboo topics are now the talk…

“Would you like some?” said Life

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“Would you like some?” said Life the waiter.

Yes. I thought. That’s why I’m here!

But instead, I said, “No thank you.”

“Are you sure?” said Life. “It’s a little tough. But full of flavor.”

“Yes, I’m sure,” I said. “I’m too full.”

“Too full?” said Life.

“Yes. I am…

cha cha beat

thirty-something exercises in candor and wit.

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