Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The 2008 Vote

So, my big plan was: get up early and be in line to vote by 6 AM. I mean, how many people will be there that early?

As soon as JK and I pulled out of our neighborhood and saw the cars lined up on Lafayette Road by the fire station, I knew I was wrong. It wasn't even 6 AM and there was a line out the door and into the parking lot.

"Thank goodness we don't vote there." I said. Ha! I wish. We drove up to our polling station and our jaws dropped. The line was out the door, down the side walk and AROUND the building. JK and I guessed (conservatively) that there were 200 people in line. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I have never seen anything like it.

It took us an hour to vote. While we were in line we laughed with another couple about the hilarious episodes of Saturday Night Live that they reran last night -- did anyone else watch it? I thought it was great for relieving all the tension and intensity that has build up in the last two years.

Once we voted, JK and I drove to our local Starbucks with our "I vote, I count" stickers and received free tall coffees. I noticed with amusement that the Christmas cups were out. It just seem to add to the festive air of the day!

So, lesson of the day: Vote. If you don't you'll always regret it. Bring your knitting -- you'll need it. A sock is the perfect thing to work on in line. I didn't bring mine because I didn't want to embarass my husband. And last but not least, go get your free Starbucks coffee after you vote!

Cheers! Happy Voting!


Heather L. said...

The SNL has been the best part of the election!!!!! Guess I better take reading material to vote.

Amy K said...

I had the same experience at 6:30 this morning. After five minutes, when the line hardly moved, I decided to come later in the day with my kids (I was trying to avoid taking them, by going to vote before Kevin left for work)!! Insane!! But it is good to see people participating.

And coffee is always good! :)

Christine said...

Nothing beats the Sara Palin rap song. I love it when she shoots the moose :)

Holly said...

I totally knit in line - my parents were meawhile talking to the people behind us. At 6:30am and Hinkle Fieldhouse, we only had to wait about 20 minutes. Cool!

Ruth MacC said...

Well, at least yur mittens and coffee kept you warm!