Normally I like to tell the Grammar Lady that we are all human, everyone makes mistakes once in a while, and isn't that why God put erasers on pencils? Besides, I am hardly perfect in this regard myself, so why would I want to throw those kinds of rocks around my glass house?
However, she countered my misgivings with a rather emphatic argument. Andy has made his membership in MENSA an important part of his election presentation, and therefore he should NEVER make spelling errors. Especially in his official campaign material. "There are certain standards involved," she let me know. I said I would look into it.
In case you are not aware, MENSA is an organization you might be permitted to join, but only if you can pass their test. One proving that you have an IQ high enough to number amongst so chosen and hallowed an elite. Here is how they describe this on MENSA's website (link):
In a world that often rewards achievement more than it does those who do well on tests, I am not certain there is any real value in this. But if you would like to be able to tell people how smart you are, and need the backing of an official organization to make that claim believable, you can go to the MENSA website and take a test. This won't immediately qualify you for any "I am really smart" lapel pins, but it will let you know if you stand a chance of ever becoming quite that annoying. Good luck, and please, no cribbing.
Andy has made his resume' available on-line (link), and here is the part where he discusses his MENSA membership. You might want to click on this to enlarge, especially if you are as blind as I am.
I just hope living in Monrovia isn't a qualification for MENSA membership. Should that be the case very few people reading this blog are going to qualify.
Andy also points out that MENSA credential on his campaign website.
Anyway, back to the Grammar Lady's points of informed concern. If you go to the Andy 4 Sierra Madre webpage (link), you will be able to read about the many things Andy really likes about Andy. Here is a passage that gives you some spice on his hopes and dreams. It is called "Why Andy."
I am sure Andy can say all of that, and more. I mean, who ever ran for City Council in Sierra Madre and didn't claim they could bring people together, make tough choices, and manage those tight budgets? And who doesn't love volunteers? People who are willing to work for no compensation other than the satisfaction of having done good deeds are always in high demand. What's not to like?
However, the Grammar Lady was not especially happy about that "I know how to be creative or and make the tough choices when needed" passage. "That makes no sense," she grumbled.
But where the ever vigilant Grammar Lady really got her straw and flowered hat into an unattractive shamble was over this ruby slipper. It is called "Issues."
"That is not how you spell 'priveleged' you know," pointed out the Grammar Lady in a heated huff. "You'd think Mr. Smartypants would want to go to Staples and buy himself a MENSA spellcheck."
I am not sure what I am supposed to do about this. I suppose I could turn Andy in to the MENSA Police and see if they'll revoke his membership. That is, if I remember their phone number. Or I could just post something here on The Tattler, and forget about it.
Wouldn't be the first time I've done that.