just called Ed and asked him about this. said he borrowed the office and has "no idea" what QAnon is.— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) July 17, 2020
wouldn't tell me what/whose office it is. then he called me "ridiculous" and hung up https://t.co/9LcEEBLm8h
But it did lead to this funny reminiscence:
A work friend of mine was also a secretarial type, and her boss would make occasional TV appearances. Usually he would shoot these in the think tank's library, because his office was an absolute & total disaster.— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020
One morning he was going on TV.
The library was already booked.
In a panic, the think tanker expert ran to my friend's office. Could he film from there? Of course, she said.— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020
This is the thing:
Both of them were both so accustomed to her office that neither thought for an instant about the obvious problem.
It is the late 1990s. My work friend is a massive nerd. She is also an extremely uncloseted lesbian.— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020
If you're a lesbian nerd in the late 1990s, what are you into?
You are into XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.
WELL, SIR pic.twitter.com/4yj8Vttc1Q
My work friend's office is absolutely LADEN with XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS stuff.— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020
XENA action figures.
XENA fan art.
An official XENA chakram on her bookshelf.
Her filing cabinets were full of think tank papers and XENA scripts.
Back in the day, syndicated TV shows had fan clubs that basically ran catalogs. The level of merchandising was insane.— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020
If there was something XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS-related, my work friend bought it.
And used it to decorate her office at the DC think tank.
Anyway, that's how a very credentialed policy expert at a well-known DC think tank made his appearance on the TODAY show or whatever absolutely freaking ENGULFED in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS paraphrenalia— David Hines (@hradzka) July 17, 2020