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oh, these last few days
face of the future, futuristic sepia, every reflex
These last few days have been all crazy-making, though things certainly got started off right. Monday night, I had a very vivid dream that I was in an intense makeout session with Captain Mal. I usually don't have sex dreams, but such is the power of Malcolm Reynolds that I remember waking up with a big ol' grin on my face and feeling very satisfied. Then, because I'm me, I couldn't decide if that was a sign that things were going to go well that day (Tuesday) or if it was a pre-emptive consolation prize for the election going to the Party of Rape and Hatred.

For all the rhetoric about how the right-wingers were just fooling themselves and spouting crazy numbers, I still was feeling very jittery about our numbers, not to mention all of the voter intimidation and suppression that was already underway. But I wanted to do my part, so I went to the polling place (one block away, so convenient) at around 8:30 (I'd heard that the lines were going to be very long before that, as people were trying to vote and go off to work or drop kids off at school/daycare). The space was far too small, and redistricting hadn't helped. I stood in one line to get into the gym, then once in the gym, there were several lines for differing districts, and of course mine was the longest, looping two and a half times the length of the gym. But I'd brought a book (an old favorite, Gaudy Night) and I settled in to wait. Three hours later, I was still in that line and texting the admin at work to let her know I was going to be far later than I'd hoped. I got my paper ballot, went off to a privacy booth that was missing a pen, and finally got my ballot filled out. Wow, the ballot is about as counter-intuitively organized as a tax return - I honestly don't know how people who are not native English speakers could have any confidence that they were casting the votes they wanted. Then I had to stand in another line because there were four scanners for the polling station and THREE WERE BROKEN. I will say that the volunteers were fantastic - though they hadn't been trained as well as they could have been, which seemed to be due to Hurricane Sandy, they were trying their hardest and stayed calm and friendly. The gym we were in was unheated, but was very stuffy due to the number of bodies in there, so once I was free I went and bought a case of bottled water and hauled it back there for the volunteers.

Then I got to work and obsessively refreshed Daily Kos. And then I went to my BFF's place where we flipped channels and ate cheese puffs and fretted (and cheered for the kickass new Senators across the nation). I managed to stay up late enough to see that Romney was going to concede, but not to see the speech itself.

And today I went into work, wreathed in smiles, and watched the speeches Romney and Obama gave, and felt so happy that we picked the right man, that the systematic oppression of the majority of the country wasn't going to happen in the next four years, and all was well, and then . . .

first snow of the season, and there are already a few inches on the ground here in Brooklyn. Yikes.

The good news, though, is that [profile] kate_lear is flying in this Saturday, so speak up if you'd like to hang out Saturday late afternoon!

By the way, I'm over at Dreamwidth now, and cross-posting everything, so feel free to add me on DW and drop me from LJ, or just sit tight or whatever you like.

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CRAZY SNOW!! I am not ready for this! Prettier than rain, though...

I think I can hang out Saturday afternoon. I hope! I should be able to get away. Would love to meet Kate, and to see you again, of course.

Stay warm!

It would be lovely to see you again - Kate already told me she's very excited to meet you!

oh my goodness, look at that snow! stay warm!

glad your voting experience was smooth, if slow--I was soooo jittery until late last night. I think when you've lived through the nutty things that have gone wrong in the past decade or so, it's hard to accept any predictions.

Yes, exactly! I kept thinking that nothing was certain, but there was an irrepressible little voice saying, "How could anybody vote for Mitt Romney? You wouldn't even know which Mitt you were getting!" And all the while, every channel we landed on had Romney in the lead with respect to electoral votes. THANK GOD it turned out the way it did!

I am so completely amazed that you have to queue for hours to vote. I know we see pictures of African countries where people queue, but I had assumed (until this election) that you would have a quick system.

Your snow looks very pretty, and no, I don't want it.

Well, I had to queue, but that seemed to be the anomaly when my co-workers and I (and then, later, my friends and I) were recounting our experiences. It's really just knowing what the traffic will be like and planning accordingly. Last time (2008) I had to stand outside for four hours, but it was like a party, because everyone was so excited about voting for Obama. This time, the attitude seemed to be more grim determination that Romney should not win.

The snow was very pretty but very inconvenient, and I am glad it is almost gone!

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