Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ELECTION DAY

It's election day. I got up an hour early to vote and beat the crowds. My polling place was so empty I almost thought they moved it and didn't let anyone know. Needless to say I arrived at work an hour early, so I get to go home an hour early. That's nice. I have contemplated going to the big Downtown Chicago secondary rally. Tickets to the main one in Grant Park were gone within 5 minutes and I just missed it. A friend is having a party but I'm not sure I want to be there. I think I either want to be at the huge thing or home mostly or completely alone. I predict many tears and I would rather cry in a huge crowd or at home.

My stomach is in knots and will be for the rest of the day. Luckily I have a relatively busy day at the office so I am hoping that I won't be thinking of the election too much. I am hoping wrong. I know that I should be more confident than I am in the outcome but I'm just not. The first presidential election I voted in was 2000 and I was pretty confident of the outcome then. Look how that one turned out.

Hope everyone is out there voting!

6 comments:

Woozie said...

Vote McCain, No Hussein!

Mrs. Loquacious said...

You know, I don't get to vote in the US election, but I feel a tremendous sense of ownership and stakeholding in this election. I am as euphoric and anxious and emotional as any other Obama supporter, and it gives me hope to know that my neighbors to the south will be choosing integrity and intelligence over zealotry and anti-intellectual fear-mongering. That this comes in the form of a person of colour makes me even more proud and hopeful for the future. Yes we can! Know hope.

citizen of the world said...

Mine was in knots, too, but I'm breathing now. Every once in a while, we do somethng right!

Natalie said...

Woozie- I actually called my sister after leaving the polls and told her I voted for McCain to set off all the Chicago nutjobs voting for Obama.

Mrs L- It is wonderful to see that Obama was able to engage people outside of our country as well. Congratulations to you too.

Citizen- I think I have finally started to breathe.

RastaManErn said...

Damn. I guess this means that I have to move back now...

Mom said...

Somehow I missed seeing this post on Election Day. Just catching up now, almost a week later. My feet have not yet recovered from all the door-to-door Get-Out-The-Vote canvassing I did on Election Day. It kept me busy and kept me from spending the day worrying. And everyone I talked to was so supportive and hopeful. I was able to tell a few people how they could register at the polls (one of the nice things about Minnesota).

Natalie, I had forgotten that -- of course -- your first few experiences with Presidential elections had been such tragic ones. How good this one must feel.