Election Day Amusement

First of all, I just want to say that I feel her pain!

Thanks to my co-worker for passing this along and giving me a great laugh the other day!

I’m so glad this election is almost over! I could almost handle the campaigning, commercials, etc., but what’s really been driving me absolutely NUTS is Facebook! The political posts are just out of control!

I. Am. So. Over. It.
I was originally planning to leave work a little early this afternoon to vote, but for several reasons, I decided last night to go this morning. So I sent an email to my team to let them know. No one replied last night, but there were several replies this morning, and I just couldn’t help but find the thread of replies amusing. Please keep in mind that the weather was absolutely disgusting this morning.

Me: I’ve decided to go vote tomorrow morning instead of in the afternoon. Obviously, there’s no telling how long it will take. I will be accessible via email.

Reply #1: I’m standing in line to vote and based on the line, I should be in a little after 8.

Reply #2: I’m also in line to vote. Be in ASAP.

Reply #3: And I’ve got carpool. Shoot me.
     (Carpool duty entails standing outside, opening doors for students as they arrive.)

There were other replies (which I almost posted, since they definitely captured the craziness of the morning), but these just reminded me of the “I got a rock” scenes in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in which everyone tells what they got during trick-or-treating:

“I got five pieces of candy!”
“I got a chocolate bar!”
“I got a quarter!”
Charlie Brown: “I got a rock.”

Anyway, after arguing with my mom last week about my decision to wait ’til the last minute to vote, I was hoping – PRAYING (well, not really, but perhaps I should have) – that the voting process would be seamless for me today, and it was! 45 minutes from start to finish! However, THIS was a little pathetic (amusing element #3):

When we walked in, we were given a ticket with a number and instructed to wait in the gym, where they would call numbers in groups of 10. Here’s how it went:
Announcer: “Numbers 40 through 50”

(some people moved – definitely not 10 people)

Announcer: “Numbers 40 through 50”

(long pause)

Announcer: “40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46…”

I might have to agree with my co-worker: People who needed such clarification should have completely lost their privilege to vote.

Moving on in my “Ha! I told you so” mood and feeling quite productive after working at home for a little while prior to voting, I was ready to face the day…only to sit in traffic for an hour and a half because of a terrible accident that shut down all lanes. Thank God for smart phones! I was able to get quite a bit done in the parking lot that was I-285. Amusing element #4:

People of Atlanta, this is I-285 North at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012.
Drink it in. Enjoy it. You will never see it again (This is how it looked after passing the accident).

Since I arrived at work only a few minutes before lunch is served, I figured, “Well, why not go ahead and eat now?” So during lunch, I told my (awesome) co-workers about a cool video I saw last night on ABC World News. Not too long after returning to my desk, one of them sent the link to the video (told you they were awesome). These are the students of Democracy Prep in New York. It’s so cute!
Of course, that reminded me of this one from four years ago!
And last, but certainly not least, in the true spirit of Facebook, how could I not post this?
 (I apologize for the worn look. It was on the back of my phone all day.)

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