Wednesday, November 08, 2006


So the election thing made me really happy. Rumsfeld resigning made me really happy. Now, if we can only get rid of Bush…. Who is excited for the Comedy Central news shows tonight? It’s me!!!! Man those shows are going to be hilarious. Rather than continuing in this excited election train of thought, I am going to talk about some things that I just don’t understand.

Yesterday when voting the lady gave me a hard time because the signature I signed didn’t look enough like the one on the paper she had. Now, maybe it is just me, but sometimes signatures come out a little differently (particularly when you have a momentary brain fart like I did) and I told her as much (politely of course). She told me I should really be careful of that because it could get me into trouble. Did I mention that she had already checked my ID? They just don’t want to let a sister vote. Then when I left she accused me of stealing the pen. Bitch, just cause you didn’t see me put the pen down doesn’t mean I didn’t. I don’t want your funky voting pen anyway. I want people to use the stupid thing to vote. Who do you think I am? I didn’t understand.

This morning on the train was a disgusting and somehow not at all malodorous mess under one of the seats. It appeared to be vomit. Since I get on the train very close to the northernmost stop, I had a long time to sit and watch people get really excited about an open seat and then shrink in horror when they looked and saw the mess. As the mess was on the floor below the inside seat, a few people were brave enough to sit in the outside seat but then moved if another seat became available. Finally, about a stop before I was going to get off a bubbly group of apparently High School girls teemed onto the train and one promptly sat down in that seat despite all the cries of “SOMEONE VOMITED THERE!!!!!” from other passengers. She simply looked down and shrugged. There had to be vomit on her shoes and she just shrugged and continued to sit. There was no jump up in horror, no loud shriek of disgust, not even a hang of the head in shame. I didn’t understand.

Then I got to work. The new person in my department is starting Monday and that means I have to get out of my desk and go to my big grownup office. So I talked to the person who wants the big empty office and said she needed to move into it or I would. We asked the boss about it. He said we had to wait until Monday when the programming director comes back. I don’t know why it is hard for us to move offices but it appears to be. I don’t understand.

What I do understand is how much fun it is to hang out with Dave E Wo, make pizza, play cribbage and rummy, and watch TV. That’s how you have a good time.

You also have a good time listening to music. I’m not picking songs anymore because it is far too easy. Back to shuffle we go.

1. Sleepwalking through the all night drugstore, baptized in fluorescent light. Superhero, Ani Difranco. Identified by Brooke.

2. Hey boy take a look at me, let me dirty up your mind. Queer, Garbage. Identified by Brooke.

3. Get out of the car, put down the phone, take off that stupid looking hat you wear.

4. People say I’m the life of the party cause I tell a joke or two. Tracks Of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Identidied by Dad.


Anonymous said...

#4 Tracks of My tears..
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles


Brooke said...

Wow, major flashback to freshman year of college with that shuffle, Friend.

#1 Superhero - Ani. Oh how that song spoke to me in the Jason Shaw days.

#2 Queer - Garbage. I have nothing to say about that song except it is the only Garbage song I ever liked.

Happy happy day! Beth, did that run-off voting measure pass in MN?

Mom said...

Natalie -- I'm glad you were able to vote, despite that awful poll-worker.

Brooke -- Yes, Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV) did pass in Minneapolis. So from now on city elections in Minneapolis will use this very cool system. I wish we had been able to use it statewide on the Governor's election this year; I'm pretty sure it would have changed the outcome.

At a backyard wiener-roast fundraiser for IRV this summer, we met Keith Ellison, who is our new Representative to Congress. I'm very excited about him and his potential. We did not have a lawn sign in favor of his candidacy, however; every time I've put up a lawn sign, the candidate has lost. So no more lawn signs for me. One time, the candidate even died. RIP Paul Wellstone.

Always on the Move said...

WOW....That sounds like a crazy day that you had. I can't imagine sitting near the puke, that would make me puke and did it stink? I can't believe that that girl sat there and didn't care! She should be a nurse or something even better.
We heard about your election on the news today, I was actually kind of surprised that we did, being that we live in Canada!
AND I laughed at the luck that you also had last night, while you were trying to vote! I had one of those days ALL day today, but it only involved work!
Have a better day tomorrow!

ShadowFalcon said...

Oh well someone already beat me to the garbage song.

The whole planet breathed a sign of relife when Rumsfeld quit, we are counting down the days until Bush is finally out of office

Lizza said...

Now that was just weird. That girl must be pretty used to vomit.

Your dad beat me to Tracks of My Tears. :-)

Mood Indigo said...

That's funny - we didn't even check i.d.'s for every voter at our precinct - just asked for address and signature...

CSG said...

I'm happy to see some clever americans here! Watching elections from Europe is great, but thanks to the blogsphere we have the chance to really know what people think.

BUT, I'm sorry to hear voting was not as good experience as it should've been.

Jaclyn said...

Tuesday was like Christmas come early! Rumsfeld's resignation on Wednesday morning was almost as good as getting a cute little puppy with a bow around it's neck delivered the day after Christmas!

I live in a blue state again! HOORAY!!!

Paula said...

Great election result! We cheered here in the 52nd state! Great news about Rumsfeld!

Pity about your system tho' that leaves Bush in office even tho' his party lost. In Australia, the whole government is up for grabs at the election.

Now WE just have to get rid of that suckhole Howard who is so far up Bush's arse it's tragic.

El Qaeda has the capacity to kill 3, 000 people in one (or two) blows which is ghastly but it's our leaders who have the capacity to destroy our democracy and our values (and doing their darndest to do so). Who is the bigger terrorist?

I must say that many features of America, like voting, social welfare and treatment of transsexual people is way behind Australia. Possibly because your society is built on the 3 pillars of Puritanism, slavery and Frontier Individualism (?). Worryingly, Howard seems to be trying to make us more like you. Paula