A few days ago, while speaking before a mostly friendly group of colleagues, I uttered the sentence, “Texas was readmitted to the Union in 1870, and we haven’t caused any trouble since.”
I expected that sentence to elicit a chuckle, which it did . . . but what surprised me were the boos and hisses.
Wounded, I put a hand to my chest and asked, “Whatever can you be thinking of?”
But of course I knew. They were thinking of you.