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19 October 2004 @ 10:29 pm
My voting adventure. :)  
Today was the first day for walk-in absentee voting at the Satellite City Hall in the mall across from my office. I decided to take full advantage of the fact that it was so close to me instead of trying to scramble into my home polling place on election day and waiting in mile long lines (like I did in 2000). :P The polling place was crowded but I made it through and got to vote all within half an hour. :)

As I left, a man came up to me and asked me if he could ask me few questions. At first, I thought he was conducting an exit poll and I was running late to get back to work, so I said, "I'm sorry - I'm running late for work." But he was persistent and kept walking with me and said, "Then can I walk with you? I'm from the Star-Bulletin and I'm writing an article on the first day at the polls." So I stopped for a moment and answered a few of his questions.

His questions were pretty standard (though he did ask me "Are you a happy or upset voter?") :P and I answered them all until he got to, "Do you usually vote Democrat or Republican?" I asked him, "Do I really have to answer that?" He said I didn't have to, but his next question was, "In the National race, what issues do you feel were the most important?" After I answered, "Social Security and health care" I realized that he might as well just stamp a HUGE "D" on my forehead - since it was pretty clear which party I belonged to. :P He asked me for my name and then thanked me for my time. I'm interested in seeing the article tomorrow to see if anything I said actually made the paper. :P

In non-voting news, work has been a constant struggle to stay above water ever since I came back from vacation. The pile of things on my desk (and in the corner of my office) was so high, that I had to re-stack them in several piles on my floor just so I could see out of my office door. :P Our OSJ audit is in two weeks and it somehow feels like I'll never be able to catch up. :( It also doesn't help that it feels like my problem solving skills have been hampered lately because of lack of brain power (I've been SO exhausted lately). :P But despite all of my petty complaints, it is genuinely nice to be back. :)
 
 
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Was I in it?alligatorandme on October 20th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC)
Yay for stopping for reporters! ;-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
Heehee! :) I most definitely would've stopped if it was you out there covering the story. :)
kenna_clairkenna_clair on October 20th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC)
God that's so awful you have so much work to come back too - it's like you don't really have any time off since you pay for it by working doubley hard right before or after your trip! Grrr!!!

It was smart of you to vote early...I'll be looking forward to those long lines...
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2004 12:46 am (UTC)
Work is really dragging me down recently. :P It's a good thing that I like what I do. :) I hope I'll be able to pull myself out of the hole I seem to have dug for myself by taking the time off. :P

Hopefully your lines won't be too bad on election day. I went after work in 2000 and that was a BAD idea. :P
ajayne on October 20th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
I don't generally tell people my voting status either, but sometimes it is pretty obvious! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
Heehee! Just like with me. :) I think I must go around with a huge "D" imprinted on my forehead at times, but still I refuse to tell people my party affiliation. ;)
ajayne on October 21st, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
I feel that way too. :) I usually dodge political posts here and converstaions elsewhere because it is no one's business and without a doubt, those conversations get heated. (I hate heated conversations!)
morsefan: Me 2morsefan on October 20th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
That story definitely makes you wonder about the quality of these polls -- and might explain a lot about why they seem all over the place (I mean, no matter which candidate it seems to benefit, how can public opinion change 14 points in two weeks or so? It's absurd): the methods just aren't gathering the kind of information from which many useful conclusions can be drawn.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)
True, I hate exit polls and if the guy had really been taking an exit survey, I think I would've stuck to my "I'm running late for work" story. :P
Sabinesabine10 on October 20th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
Up to now, I never have been asked from a reporter for my political opinion. Luckily, perhaps. :) Would you like to tell if they really write something what you said?

I'm sorry that you have so much to work. Hope that will not "eat up" your vacation.

*Hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 21st, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
Actually, they did print the story in the paper and they did quote me - I'll have to see if I can find it online. :P This was the first time anyone's ever asked me publically for my political opinion - I was rather shocked. :O

Thanks for your nice thoughts for my work. I tried to dig myself out of my desk today a little and I think I might be able to see my floor by next week sometime. ;)

Big *HUGS* to you, Sabine! :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on October 21st, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
I haaaaaaaaaate huge piles of work. I hate stuff scattered all over my desk -- it stresses me out. If I have a lot of things to do, I prefer them in neat piles or if possible in a cabinet where I can get them out.

It sounds like you're jet-lagged too tho' what with the tiredness and such. I had such a problem with it both coming and going on my HI trip. Do you usually have it or does it not bother you?