As we were leaving the media center the other day, I had the opportunity to finally meet the legendary Brenda Priddy in person. For those unfamiliar with her work, many of the photographs that appear in automotive magazines and newspapers of cars where bizzaro tape jobs or big clumps of black camouflage are the work of Brenda and her colleagues at KGP photography. They have an uncanny knack for being in places where engineers are testing future cars. These days in the business of automotive journalism Brenda is held in the same high regard as Jim Dunne and Hans Lehman.
At any rate Brenda made a remark in jest that after all her years in the business, she had come to the conclusion that all automotive journalists were either Jewish, gay or both. Unfortunately my mental energy level at that point was at low ebb at that moment and I found myself unable to respond with the same degree of eloquence and wit that I am told I exhibited during a verbal joust with our colleague Ray the preceding day. For the record Ray (even though I doubt you will ever read this) Nothing personal, I’ve been stuck at the corner table many times myself over the years. It just wasn’t your turn.
Anyway, back to my belated response to Brenda. Keep in mind that printed word lacks much of the nuance of the spoken word, especially in person and none of the following is meant to offend, insult or denigrate anyone (except perhaps hypocrites like Larry Craig). I have friends and colleagues are fall into either or both categories and many others and I appreciate and respect all of them. Disclaimers aside, henceforth is what I might said to Brenda (who herself is Jewish, although I cannot attest to her other preferences) had I been more quick witted during our encounter.
Being at least partially of Middle Eastern descent, I’m certain that following my lineage back far enough would yield ancestors who were members of the tribes of Israel. However, in recent decades, to my knowledge none of the members of my family have partaken in Yom Kippur, Passover or hanukkah as an active member of the faith. I myself having been raised Catholic and becoming persuaded early on as to the futility of all religion am an unrepentant athiest. As to the other half of the generalization, I am not nor have I ever been gay, although I’m sure when it comes time choose what color to paint the walls my wife would likely appreciate me a little more if I did have some tendencies in that general direction.
Alas these words did not emerge from my sometimes scattered mind until some hours after the fact. Fortunately I have this little corner in which to record them anyway and perhaps she will someday see them. Pleasure to finally meet you Brenda!