Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Big Day

I woke up when Ken was getting ready for work, and my mind started racing, so I've been up since about 6:30! I'm so wigged out, and hope I can calm down. We've got a long ways to go before we start getting results. I think Indiana's polls are one of the first to close (6 AM-6 PM), along with maybe Kentucky. Milwaukee Dan #1 thinks that if they declare Indiana for Obama early, it will be a landslide for Obama. We both think that's unlikely, but it's possible. If they declare Indiana for McCain early, it will be close. If they don't declare Indiana for McCain by 10 PM, he's in big trouble. Just my opinions on Indiana. I told Ken last night, "We can be a litmus test!" I believe he called me a nerd at that point.

So if you haven't voted already, I hope you have plans to do so! I heard from my pal LJ in Ohio, and she said she had to wait about 20 minutes--not too bad. We've got perfect weather here in the Midwest, with record high temperatures forecast, so bad weather is not an excuse! Heck, this year, a freakin' monsoon wouldn't be an excuse!

There's a little email group I've been a part of for the past couple of months (it includes Sheria and Marc), and a couple of weeks ago, we had a chance to submit our predictions. I gave my electoral college vote as Obama 318, McCain 220. I saw later than Arianna Huffington gave the same numbers, as well as Alex Castellanos, one of the Republican consultants on CNN. We'll see if Arianna, Alex, and I called it! Or how close we are.

My Mom called yesterday to find out if the piano got here okay. She asked if I'd played it yet, and I said, "Oh yeah!" She must have sensed something in my voice, and said, "Did it all come back to you?" I said, "It did! Except I need to practice a lot." I'm not kidding, she seemed so happy to hear that...it made ME happy! She went on to tell me that while she really doesn't have any regrets in her life, the one thing that she's always wished she was able to learn was to play the piano. She said it's just something that you'll always have, and she thinks it would be so wonderful to be able to sit down and play. Aww. So I'm really glad that I got the piano back, and I'm playing, and that Mom and Dad know that they've given me a wonderful gift!

We went on to talk about the election, of course. I think she's as relieved as anyone that it's almost over. However, she's mad at Arnold Schwarzenegger for his comments at a McCain rally about how Obama needs to beef up his skinny legs and arms, and she thinks it's wrong to be attacking someone's appearance like that. She said, "I want to write him a letter and tell him so! I wonder how I could do that?" So later, I found the California state website, which contained a link to the Governor's website. There at the bottom was a place to email the Governor. I sent that on to Dad and asked him to help Mom send an email (she wants nothing to do with the computer). I'd sure love to see what Mom has to say to the Governator!


  1. Voting here went smoothly enough, but it was a TWO HOUR wait, and I was in line at 6:30!!

  2. I hope your mother emails the Governor!

    Hugs, Rose

  3. I really don't understand why you guys have to wait so long to vote. Seems daft to me, I think there must be an easier way. Well there is - ours. :)
    I would like to see that letter to Arnie.
    Will be watching tonight - well tomorrow as first results are expected around midnight.
    Please let it be Obama.

  4. I just got home from voting and I didn't have to wait at all. I was amazed! It was all divided up by precinct and I think we live in the smallest precinct, it looked liked everyone else had a wait but not a long one. I liked not having to wait at all. Linda

  5. You are such a nerd. But we love that about you! I'm laughing at the thought of what your mother might say to Schwarzenegger. Now I would pay to see that letter. Keep your lid on kiddo, it's early in the day yet. You'll flip if keep up with the steam this early. (Hugs)Indigo

  6. I always vote by mail, so took care of that last Saturday after I dug my ballot out of the huge box of mail that was waiting for me. I don't think that any results or predictions should be made until ALL the polls have closed. That incudes the west coast, Alaska & Hawaii. It's really a deterrent to voters, say in Hawaii, if the TV people are blabbing out suspected results when it's only 5pm and their polls are still open. Talk about election reform...it should start with the media. Linda in Washington state

  7. Oh I'd love to hear what your mom has to say to Arnie too.
    I realize that when it's all over tonight some will be happy and some will be sad, but IF you didn't take the time to go voice your opinion then I say keep quiet forever more.
    Take care, Chrissie

  8. Voting here in Lynbrook went well; the lines weren't long but people were walking in steadily. Shame on Arnold for his silly remarks. Makes him sound childish.
    Try not to drink too much coffee, you may implode from the excitement (and I'm one to talk I wish I was off tomorrow just so that I can sit in front of the tv!) ;)

  9. I'm happy for you that you have the Piano, and that it pleases your parents. I have a message for the Govenor, in regards to the Email "Get Down"


  10. I was up at 6:00, too. I haven't been this excited about an election in years! I'm in California so we will be one of the last states to close our polls. My husband and I are going to vote around noon - when he takes his lunch break.


  11. It is a big day and I can hear your excitment in your words. Thank you Beth for the encouragement on my therapy. It really helps and many have been so supportive..

  12. can i as a brit make an observation? THANK GOD YOU LOT ONLY VOTE EVRY 4 YEARS.lol omg beth i got tv on at the moment,nearly 11pm here around 6 your time i shall sit and watch for a while. i think obama will win. i also think,and i dont mean to accuse any american of racism, that he will have to be the most protected president,body guard wise,ever. whoever wins i fear in the end, we all lost too much all ready,far too many brave troops both ours and yours have died, too many ordinary (and now british) home owners are homeless,too many investors have lost their life savings. this is going to be part of an entry on my blog if i can do it. whatever,keep warm,keep safe this winter beth. god bless america, we do care over here ya know? we still think we own ya lolol love mort xx

  13. I'm watching as I write I'm so excited and I'm not even voting, I think History will be made tonight, and I don't want to miss a moment.

    Have to agree with Morts comments about Obama being protected, but sincerely hope that he can turn the US around.


  14. Our polls here in PA close at 7:00 pm unless there are folks waiting then they stay open until everyone has voted.

    Awwww, Ken called you a nerd...that is so cute!!

  15. will your mom come over and learn how to play the piano? You remind me of my coworker/mom substitute, Sharon. She got NO sleep before work this week because she is addicted to C-Span and sits and tells the entire lunch table every night about all things political. She voted Obama. XOXO


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