November 07, 2006

Random Election Day Thoughts

I've got some brilliant ideas for posts up here (*taps head*) but they take time to put together. And I don't have time. See, I showed up at the office around 6:30 yesterday morning and I got home a little after 7:00 in the evening. Nothin' like getting to work while it's still dark and getting home when it's dark. Without the necessary prep time, well, I'm a little bit tapped. So much so that, by yesterday night, I was convinced it was Thursday. Man, was the truth disappointing.

Although I was stuck in meetings all day, I did come up with some rather thought-provoking subjects for discussion. Snippets of my internal dialog follow:

  • Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola. Yep. Now that's a damn funny word.
  • Cheryl Ladd was definitely a better Angel than Farrah Fawcet. Yep. Definitely better.
  • I wonder if anyone would notice if I closed my eyes and just drifted off to sleep. Whoa. Wait. Crap. So, I wonder if anyone noticed that I just fell asleep.
  • There should really just be a Law & Order channel. It's on 24 hours a day anyway.
  • Okay, my ass itches. How do you scratch your ass without everyone noticing?

I do have one thing I'd like to share - vote! Vote early and vote often. Sure, most of us have to resign ourselves to picking the candidate we hate the least and, sure, that's no way to run a democracy but it's what we got. So make the best of it. Vote. And for our North American neighbors to the north and south, please feel free to sprint across the borders and vote too. I mean, only 40% of us are expected to vote so I'm sure we have some extra ballots. Just don't vote for the asshats, okay?

By the way...a special shout-out to Vaguely Urban. First, she just had a birthday so go give her presents. Second, her homage to Rude Cactus made my day yesterday.

Posted by Chris at November 7, 2006 07:16 AM

Gorgonzola! It's like a battle cry. A battle cry for ...chefs and maybe people who like cheese?

Posted by: Contrary at November 7, 2006 07:38 AM

My personal funny word choice: philately. It just rolls off the tongue.

I got my vote on first thing this morning. I even heard the old man go outside and yell "Six o'clock and the polls are open!"

Posted by: Nicole at November 7, 2006 07:41 AM

Argh, voting. That will be awesome with a cold and a 3 month old.

In honor of Nicole's love of the world philately, I think you might get a kick out of the song playing on this site Not that I know the guys involved or anything. Of course not. But it is legitimately funny. (By "legitimately," I mean, "worth going to myspace for.")

Posted by: Leah at November 7, 2006 07:51 AM

Is gorgonzola running for office?

Posted by: William at November 7, 2006 07:51 AM

I voted at 6:05. Here in our county they're predicting a 43% voter turnout.

People rarely notice if you're asleep. Unless you're drooling or snoring.

Posted by: Alissa at November 7, 2006 07:57 AM

Got the voting done 5 minutes after the doors opened this morning. And I was already voter #40 - not too bad for the tiny town I live in! I get seriously giddy on election days. I fairly hop up and down in anticipation before I vote and then spin with glee afterwards. This is one of my favorite days of all! (Except later that night, when all of the people I voted for have conceded. *frown*)

Posted by: Empress at November 7, 2006 08:02 AM

I already voted this morning, and the polls were packed. It was great. The 40% expected to vote thing brings a question to mind though - do they make enough ballots for 100% of us? Because that would be wasteful. But what if they only make enough for 40% and 40.01% show up? Then someone gets screwed and you know there'd be a lawsuit or something over that. I wonder how they figure out how many ballots to make.

Also, serendipitous is a fun word too.

Posted by: Jessie at November 7, 2006 08:42 AM

Will vote for my lesser evils after work tonight. Heard on the radio that some of the places that have electronic voting have no accommodations for the blind - such a great system we have. Sigh.
Loved the homage!

Posted by: Traci at November 7, 2006 09:09 AM

I totally voted last week absentee (shh, don't tell anyone, but I couldn't go out of town, which is why I voted absentee). And you know what? The thing that bothered me most was that there was not paper printout of my vote... no receipt... no paper trail. So what happens if that computer crashes? Will they have my vote??

Forrest and I were talking last night, and I asked if it was bad that I wanted to deface every Republican sign around here... then I realized that would only make us Dems look bad... so we decided it'd be best to deface our own signs and blame the republicans... then of course... I realized that that was incredibly immature and childish, but still... it doesn't stop me from wanting to. :)

Posted by: Corinne at November 7, 2006 09:13 AM

Running with Contrary's idea..."They may take our lives. But they'll never take...our FREEDOM! GORGONZOLA!!!"

You know what words I think are funny? "Hoist" and "buoy".

Oh, and I don't vote. I can't. Your government won't let me unless I become one of you...which that this point when everyone seems to hate Americans, I'm not so sure about. ;-D

Posted by: oakley at November 7, 2006 09:28 AM

Gorgonzola makes me think of the Wallace & Grommit movie. LOL

Shall be exercising my right to vote on my lunch break today. I hope we shock the nation today with record turnout. I'm with the Empress - election day makes me giddy ;)

Posted by: Jules at November 7, 2006 09:36 AM

Kate Jackson was better than either of them.

Holding my nose as I fill out my absentee ballot (procrastination trying to wade through our 13 Propositions, one local initiative, one Congressperson, one Senator (Feinstein), 1 state assembly and one state senator, and 8 other state office candidates including the Governator.

Being a yaller dawg Dem helps but some of our candidates are truly the evil of two lessers.

Posted by: ann adams at November 7, 2006 09:43 AM

Gorgonzola! It sounds like some sort of monster. Oh no, Gorgonzola just took out a bridge and is eating people!

I voted. And I have the sticker to prove it.

Posted by: bad penguin at November 7, 2006 09:48 AM

I'm going to vote ten times today.

Eleven if I can find that copy of my death certificate.

Posted by: Allan at November 7, 2006 09:50 AM

Gorgonzola totally sounds like a superhero.

Can I vote for a Law & Order channel?

Posted by: Fraulein N at November 7, 2006 09:51 AM

I just saw a Sesame Street spoof on Law & was hilarious. They used that "bom-bom" sound that they use inbetween the scenes like every 5 seconds, it was so funny.

Yes, VOTE!!! Let's take back the House!!!

Posted by: Pinky at November 7, 2006 09:56 AM

I found the link to the Sesame Street spoof!

Posted by: Pinky at November 7, 2006 09:59 AM

There's a place out here that makes Oregonzola. That's pretty fun to say, too.

I'm going to drop our ballots off this morning. No to the asshats (and their little ballot measures, too)!

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at November 7, 2006 10:09 AM

Voting? Check!

Have a great day, Sugar.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at November 7, 2006 10:11 AM

I have my "I Voted" sticker on now! :) I will wear it proudly.

They are all asshats, I just voted for the ones that were the lesser of the asshats.

Posted by: molly at November 7, 2006 10:28 AM

Agree. Vote!

And gorgonzola is a strange word...

Do you have a word that you hate? That sends chills up and down your spine?

I hate the word 'moist.' I also hate it when people say 'pieces and parts.'

Don't ask me why.

Posted by: Snidget at November 7, 2006 11:07 AM

Someone is 'homaging' you?


And now I want some good cheese. thanks.

Posted by: s@bd at November 7, 2006 11:17 AM

I will do my best not to use my pointy thingy to punch a hole for an asshat. BUT...remember, I live in California, so I can't promise anything. Lesser of two evils, Lesser of two evils..........

Posted by: Kate at November 7, 2006 11:31 AM

I had true gorgonzola for breakfast today - not kidding. Awesome cheese-thing. Kinda easier to get in Europe than in US, I guess.

If you've never tried it, go for it.

Posted by: Alex at November 7, 2006 11:53 AM

I don't think I've ever eaten gorgonzola. But it sounds like some sort of Latin American gorilla. Not cheese.

I WANT TO VOTE. You have no idea how badly I want to vote. The state of California HATES ME AND IS GOING TO ELECT THAT STUPID MAN AS GOVERNOR AGAIN AND I CAN'T VOTE. Am writing letters to people in my district. Am going to yell. Am going to cry. I can't vote *weep*

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at November 7, 2006 12:30 PM

omg pinky! sesame and L&O!? I can't wait to get home and see it (youtube = blocked from work).

I voted! yay me! I hope the asshats don't win!

Posted by: amy at November 7, 2006 12:43 PM

My funny word is "grout" - I always giggle when I hear it.

As for voting? I went at 7 this morning. We're expecting higher than 50% in Wisconsin because of the stupid marriage amendment, a tight governor's race, and a REALLY tight congressional race in a very conservative district "up north". There's actually hope that the Repub will lose!!

Posted by: Jen at November 7, 2006 12:47 PM

i voted. that should mean i get to go home and go back to bed, right?

Posted by: jodi at November 7, 2006 12:58 PM

succulent! Thanks, Chris.

p.s. I voted.

Posted by: Vaguely Urban at November 7, 2006 02:05 PM

Ah, my first Arizona election. Feels weird not to be in California today with 5 billion campaign flyers stuffed in my mailbox and not seeing my former congresswoman become (potentially, crossing fingershere) the Speaker of the House.

But I voted regardless. And man I hope the smoking ban here in Phoenix passes (how this, the hottest city in the country, has an overabundance of smokers is beyond my comprehension).

You have two bullet points that directly relate to my former Italian roommate. She always cooks with Gorgonzola (she bit my head off when I told her that it smelled like regular bleu cheese) AND she's obsessed with Law & Order. People who keep flipping channels to watch it all day? That's her. Man, she needs that channel.

Speaking of words, Jerry Seinfeld totally schooled Jon Stewart on mispronouncing "sanguine" last night. Great little moment in Daily Show history. But I don't think I've even used sanguine in normal conversation. Has anyone else?

Posted by: O at November 7, 2006 02:28 PM

Thanks. :)

Posted by: kara marie at November 7, 2006 03:07 PM

Gorgonzola is delicious.

Just don't fall asleep at the polls and accidentally vote for Allen.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at November 7, 2006 03:13 PM

I have always been a perplexed by Farah Fawcett's popularity. I realize that women in the 70's had a totally different style of acting than today...but she's almost painful to watch in the old Angels shows.
Spell check just tried to replace "Fawcett's" with "Concettina's" ...apparently her fame hasn't stretched THAT far.

Posted by: Amy at November 7, 2006 04:08 PM

I proudly cast my lesser-of-two-evils vote this morning, and now I feel dirty. Can we trade in our democracy for one with candidates we like?

Gorgonzola ... mmmmmmm.

Posted by: Kelly at November 7, 2006 04:14 PM

How to scratch your ass in public without anyone noticing...

Drop or fling something by accident. Once everyone is distracted (or helping you relocate said lost items) you are free to scratch.

Of course I find it's easier just to excuse myself and go to the bathroom *eye roll*.

Posted by: Tink at November 7, 2006 04:37 PM

Ann Adams totally stole my comment. Kate Jackson all the way.

Posted by: Keri at November 7, 2006 05:02 PM

1. Funny word and very yummy cheese (remember the Kraft singles commercial..."And Gorgonzola the monster locked the children in the basement!").
2. & 3. No comment.
4. It really is, and I'd watch it.
5. Either what Tink said or just sort of rub your ass on your chair.

And the voting: I wrote a post yesterday about suffrage and why I vote. I voted late-ish today, but I voted often!

Posted by: candace at November 7, 2006 06:29 PM

Pinky - I watched it. Hilarious! Chris, of all the people here, you should DEFINITELY watch it.

Posted by: oakley at November 7, 2006 06:54 PM

I voted! They were all out of stickers by the time I got there....does that mean that I can get a raincheck and vote again?

Posted by: Nanette at November 7, 2006 07:11 PM

Had a dream last night that I forgot to vote. So I was sure to get up this morning and face the octagenarians that were running my polling place. So sad these choices - Go Green! (yeah, shutup about throwing away my vote)

Posted by: Hannah at November 7, 2006 07:15 PM

I was number 79 voting at my precinct this morning. I'm not too sure how confident I am in the process though. First, the lady taking my info asked me for a photo ID, which the MO Supreme Court just ruled was unconstitutional (I pointed out to her that we weren't required to have it - yet anyway). Second, one of the touch screen stations was out of order. I did, however, feel better that there was a paper backup printing up as I touched my ballot choices. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the good guys win!

Posted by: Beth in StL at November 7, 2006 07:16 PM

Gorgonzola... Asiago... lots of cheeses seem to have funny names.

I am so greatful that the Ford v Corker and the Webb v Allen fights help take the spotlight off the attrocity of a race that took place here in NJ. It was down right embarrassing, which could have only turned uglier if the bratty asshat here won. I can only hope the late polls were right.

The only thing I regret was not seeing Bill Frist running again, so I could watch him get his "diagnosis by videotape" ass whooped.

Posted by: Latte Man at November 7, 2006 07:26 PM

I think there is a Law and Order Channel, it's called TNT. ;)

I have one to add to your randomness, KFed and Brit are getting divorced. Aren't we all shocked?

I voted, although I mailed mine in. Anything to get rid of Arnie.

Posted by: Melissa at November 7, 2006 07:27 PM

Me and Uncle Boudreaux voted three times apiece in three different parishes. Hey! It's the law here in Louisiana and everyone knows what a law abiding citizen I am!

Posted by: Tommy at November 7, 2006 08:16 PM

Good lord, your meeting thoughts were cracking me up. Especially the one about falling asleep - but mainly because it made me feel less guilty about the time last week when I literally nodded off. *cringing*

Posted by: Kristen at November 7, 2006 11:13 PM

Gorgonzola is icky. But I did vote yesterday! :)

Posted by: Michelle at November 8, 2006 09:11 AM

I love saying gorgonzola. Sometimes I order it in restaurants just so I can use it with purpose.

Posted by: Liz at November 8, 2006 10:37 AM

Hehehehe...that's GREAT!!! Of course she can do that, what with living in southern California and all. :)

Posted by: Zandria at November 8, 2006 10:52 AM