Monday, November 03, 2008

Fired Up!

And ready to go.

I'm taking tomorrow off to work the polls. I wouldn't be any use at my desk anyway, since I'd be checking websites every two minutes for the latest update.

Instead, I'm getting up at 5 AM to head to one polling place and put up signs and then heading to another polling place on the other side of town to hand out flyers from 6:30 - 11:00. At 3:30 I head back to the first polling place and hand out flyers till the polls close at 7:30. Then it's downtown for the big Victory Party:

I spent yesterday afternoon canvassing 52 houses, trailers and apartments. Didn't get to talk to a lot of people (it was an absolutely gorgeous day and people were out enjoying it. Or they saw us coming and didn't open the door.) One person, when we identified ourselves as working for Obama, just said "Scoot." (That's North Carolina polite for "Get the hell off my lawn.") Many people had already voted, and all of the ones who said they had already voted had voted for Obama.

My favorite moment came when I was knocking on an apartment door and the Hispanic man sitting on the porch next door said "Nobody lives there anymore." And then he asked what we were doing. When we told him, he smiled and told us he was a new American citizen, voting in his first election, and he was "100% for Obama." That got me through the last hour of canvassing. about 24 hours the results will start coming in. If Virginia goes for Obama, it's all over but the shouting. If North Carolina does, I'm going to be parked at the cash bar at the Millennium Center. And if Kay Hagen defeats Liddy Dole, I may not show up for work on Wednesday.

I leave you with Sam Cooke:

Long time comin' indeed.


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