Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting has never been sweeter

November 4 - I was wondering if this day would ever come. Am I the only one who wishes we could have voted a month ago and put an end to all the name-calling? Blah. But just because all this campaigning has worn us out, just because there's no way we can sit through one more newscast (like there's nothing else going on in the entire world), doesn't mean we can slack off now. Today's the day!

Dave and I both participated in early voting, so we're off the hook for voting day. Hopefully many of you were also able to vote a little early and avoid long wait times and endless lines over your lunch hour. I voted the first day of early voting (2 weeks ago) and didn't wait in line at all. Dave voted last week and waited for about 20 minutes. What about you? Did you participate in early voting? Did you or are you planning on voting today? Where are you from and how long did you wait in line?

Either way, Ben and Jerry's is hoping to sweeten the deal. My friend Jenelle brought to my attention that tonight from 5-8PM, Ben and Jerry's will be handing out free scoops at a scoop shop near you. Not that a free scoop of "Whirled Peace" or "Chunky Monkey" is the determining factor of voting vs not voting. But a little sugar never hurt!

Seriously, though, it's been a long hard couple years of campaigning that wraps up tonight (or so we hope anyway). Be sure to get out there and vote and let's get this country started in a new direction. Now, I wonder if that free scoop includes their line of sorbets...

17 comments:

ttammylynn said...

I voted on Halloween with my hubby. I sincerely hope that the congress and senate change seats to encourage activity, since barely anything has been accomplished in the past four years. I hope that the new prez and veep make positive changes and make the US better and stronger. Every time I vote, I can't help but think of the men and women who came before us and fought for our rights, often died... just so we can try to decide what is the best direction for our country. I believe that our constitution protects us better than any other country and all of the laws that lawmakers make should reflect the spirit of the constition and individual's rights, less government to consume the few dollars we make(in taxes) and more freedom to the people.
Forgive my radical views :-)

Michelle said...

I am voting today, kids in tow - I love bringing them! All the older folks working the site have fun talking to the kids and my kids get to experience how good and easy it is to vote.

AMEN to the end of political ads. I am very excited to find out what the rest of the world has been up to for the past 6 weeks...

Chile said...

I also heard Starbucks is offering free coffee and Krispy Kreme is offering free donuts to those who vote. Guess they think voting should be rewarded with junk food.

I did not participate in early voting but I will be voting in a couple of hours.

It will be a relief for the ads to end but I'm avoiding the news today. I don't need a minute-by-minute analysis of the vote!

greeen sheeep said...

We voted a couple of weeks ago absentee. I will be glad to have my phone stop ringing off the hook!

Glenda said...

Hubby and I both early voted and neither of us had a wait. The elections office was VERY busy with early voters, but we used the electronic voting machines and got in and out in less time than it took to park and walk upstairs to the elections office!! From now on, I will early vote whenever possible because waiting in line at my usual polling place is no fun, not to mention during one of the most recent "big" elections (governor, maybe?) our polling place ran out of paper ballots several times and only had three or four voting machines, which some people refuse to use so they either had to wait or you hoped they'd come back and vote later in the day. Big fat mess!!

We're in San Angelo, west-central Texas.

Heather @ SGF said...

ttammylynn - hopefully change is in the air. There are so many people who aren't going to make it through too much more of an economic crisis. Come on change!

michelle - since we don't have cable, we've missed all the ads (pshew!) but I'm sure they've been everywhere. How fun to take your kids with you. Did you have to wait long in line?

chile - Do you have Crispy Creme where you are? I don't think we have them here, but I remember them from Indiana. Mmmmm! Will you watch tonight? I'm not paying attention to much during the day, but will watch as they call states tonight. Almost over!

greeen sheeep - did you get many calls? Were they live people or recordings or both? Since Dave and I only have cell phones, we missed all of that, but I do have a funny story from the primaries. I went to visit my grandparents and my grandma was all excited about something. I asked what was up and she said she got a call from Barak Obama. I told her it was probably a recording, but she insisted it was him. I asked her what he said and she said, "I don't know as soon as I heard his voice, I didn't know what to say, so I hung up." Grandma! :)

glenda - I really liked early voting too. And that way if anything is wrong with your registration or anything really, you have time to get it fixed before election day. Glad you didn't have to wait. Dave showed me a picture from CNN of people waiting in line. I don't really remember where it was, but it looked brutal!

timeus said...

Voted today and only took about 20 minutes.

Chile said...

I think the Krispy Kreme went under here. I went there years ago to see what all the fuss was about. It's the only time in my entire life that I have thrown away donuts. They were disgusting!

I doubt we'll watch tonight. My hubby wants to practice what he learned in first aid on me and I want to practice what I learned in Krav Maga on him (gently). That's our evening plan.

Heather @ SGF said...

timeus - that's not bad at all!

chile - I only had them once in IN but I liked them. I do love a good doughnut though. My favorite are cake doughnuts, but the best I've ever had though was at Pike's Place Market in Seattle. They were still warm!

Practicing CPR tonight, huh? Sounds like fun :)

Chile said...

Oh no, it's going to be beyond CPR. More like head injuries, fractures, wounds, and the like. He took the Wilderness First Aid course. He says he hopes that my Krav Maga practice doesn't leave him needing first aid himself. Bwuahahaaaa!

Hausfrau said...

Voted today. Waited 45 minutes in line. Hope I did some good here in OK, which hasn't gone Demo since 1964. Still, maybe I made an impact in the local elections. And PLUS, my toddler was such an angel, so I can't complain about the wait.

The weird thing was that we kept getting calls from the elections in Denver, asking us to come volunteer.

Abbie said...

Early voting isn't available here in CT. I voted this morning before work, at about 7am. The line was about 10 minutes long, which in our little town is a pretty big line. Since there were no kids in school today (polls are in the schools), I didn't have to be to work until 8:30 instead of 7:00, so I had plenty of time to vote!

Heather @ SGF said...

Chile - If you have time for a break, Obama is getting ready to speak :)

hausfrau - being from TX, I know it's hard for those of us in the red states to be completely motivated, but I was shocked at how close the presidential race was here. We are doing our part, which is all we can do. Your 45 minutes is the longest wait so far on today's post. Were you expecting it to be that long? Longer?

abbie - that's great that your work was postponed so that you had extra time to vote!

Well, everyone it's over! No more ads. No more calls. No more name calling. It's time to start moving forward towards hope and peace. Bring it on!

ttammylynn said...

Fill up your little car with gas, I'm pretty sure gas prices are going up. Stock market gains in crude oil prices yesterday, combined with the president-elect who would like to see $5/gallon at the pump(his words), so brace yourselves boys and girls, we are headed for a new era.
I want to start conserving and saving more...I am concerned. I saw a commercial last night, a bicycle with huge loads being pulled, hmmm? cookies?

Dave said...

ttammylynn: Gas prices are going to go up no matter who won. As a watcher of oil and the industry, it is not something that we have much, if any control over. We can't drill our way out of it. Technology may, as it has in the past, help us out but its not here today. I certainly don't want gas to go up. I really like it at $2. But if the world trends in demand continue to go up, its going to rise. Reducing our demand with better gas mileage, people biking or just driving less, will do more to keep that price down than any policy from any politician. In other words, we have to be frugal.

patrick said...

i can't help thinking it's awesome that there has been such long lines all over... people taking a greater interest in public issues is always a good thing

Heather @ SGF said...

patrick - I agree, but I feel for those people who are poor and need to be at work or taking care of kids instead of waiting in line for 3, 4, 5 hours. It does show the power of the people though. They'll do what it takes!