World of Hurt
Three days later, and I still struggled to get out of bed. My quads just don't want to get with the program.
Maybe it's because I have one kidney, or maybe it's because I am not 25 anymore, but gosh, it sure is taking me considerably longer to recover from these little events.
Go Bother Someone Else
Wedding? Fuck you, no one’s home.
And so goes the planning….
So I rocked the vote today – P. Diddy would be proud.
But I have to admit that I was oddly emotional.
Maybe it was because today was one of the most (weather-wise) beautiful days, and those always make me a little more sappy.
Or because my polling place is next door (literally) to the house I grew up in, called home for 30 years, and haven’t seen since we sold it last year. And it looks so different…
Or because I forgot how truly breathtakingly beautiful my old neighborhood is, more so with all the colorful leaves.
Or because when the officials pulled my name, it was right next to my dad’s name, and I had to tell the polling people he was dead (and yes, I stood there and made sure they wrote "deceased" and his death date on it - I may be emotional but I am no fool).
Or because as I cast my vote, I knew that, in the state of Illinois, it didn’t really matter.
Or because all of this is really happening, and on the day I should feel so powerful a US citizen, I feel so powerless.
Whatever it was, I certainly had a reaction today.
And as I drove away (only after I peeked in the backyard of my old home), I took comfort in the fact that at least I cared this year, at least I paid attention, at least I didn’t just sit on my ass and let everyone else make the decision for me, and then complain afterwards.
My right as a US citizen is to vote, and I used it today.
And THAT, my friends, is Patriotic.
(UPDATE: I am really quite disturbed that the Chicago media - and a lot of national media- have already declared Obama a victor - and it's only 430pm here in Chicago, with several hours left to go before polls close. Moreover, they refer to his Grant Park rally as his victory celebration. But yeah, I mean, the media hasn't really been in the tank at all so I am sure this is a just a slip of the tongue).