On a whim, I went out to lunch today at a little family restaurant near my apartment in Fremont. I had breakfast for lunch, as sausage and eggs with hash browns is something I can safely masticate. The place was busy and rather than wait for a table, I took a seat at the end of the counter. Sitting next to me were two older gentlemen who mostly paid me no mind as I settled in to read a book and drink my coffee. I couldn't help but overhear their conversation, though. As near as I can tell, one of the two men is a former Fremont city councilor. He also seemed pretty conservative, as the two men were seriously discussing the remaining Republican presidential contenders and who they thought should be the nominee. But then the conversation drifted and it became clear that they both also favored medicinal marijuana use ("It's legal in California; why should the Feds be bothering us about it?") and gay marriage ("Who cares? It doesn't hurt my marriage for other people to be happy.")
Hearing people who identify as "conservative" and "Republican" taking what I consider the right side of social issues makes me happy.