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AlbertJayNock

voting and other stuff

Yesterday I had two experiences with the electoral process. One was in a faculty meeting. They were electing officers, and I got nominated to be secretary. In other words, to keep the minutes. I've done this for a couple of years, and honestly I thought I did a crappy enough job for nobody to want me to do it again, but I guess I hadn't. One of the senior faculty was nominated, and then another. I wish I'd had only one opponent. I think the second one had a Perot/Nader like effect and split the votes against me. So I am going to be department secretary again.

After the meeting, I went to vote for Chipp Bailey in the Democratic primary. It was at a school, and I noticed a "tobacco-free zone" sign outside. It said tobacco, not smoking or cigarettes, and they made it explicit that snuff was covered under the ban. I saw a similar sign in a building at Wilkes Community College this weekend. I hope this isn't the start of a trend.

On my way out, a lady called out to me so she could give me my "I Voted" sticker.  I hate those damn things, but I took it to be polite.

There's two reasons I don't like wearing the "I Voted" sticker. The first reason is that when I vote, it's because there is something on the ballot that is important to me. It's not so I can wear a sticker and have everybody pat me on the head and tell me how proud of me they are for voting. The other reason is that it is none of anybody's damn business whether I voted or not.

So I just stuffed the sticker in my pocket.

I got home, and since it was still daytime, I walked down to the coffee shop. I made a trip to the men's room. While I was in there, I took my money out of my pocket to count it. A men's room seems like a good place to do that. Then I felt something drop. I didn't know what it was at first, and I was hoping I wasn't going to have to fish money out of the toilet. I looked and my fears were relieved. It was my "I Voted " sticker that fell in the toilet. How fortuitous. Some psychologists might say that I subconsciously chose to let it fall in. I'll cop to that, but it was more likely because my money is always mingled with the other stuff in my pockets.

I flushed the toilet and it didn't go down, so I flushed again. I hope it doesn't clog their toilets. Maybe I should have discarded it into a trash can instead of stuffing it into my pocket. Either is better than wearing it.
 


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"...when I vote, it's because there is something on the ballot that is important to me. It's not so I can wear a sticker and have everybody pat me on the head and tell me how proud of me they are for voting."

Amen to that.

What attracted you to Chipp Bailey in particular? I know nothing about him.

Edited at 2010-05-06 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the amen.

Chipp Bailey is the incumbent sherriff in our county, and he's done a pretty good job.