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Name: La Nina
  New Jersey

I'm a Jersey girl without the big hair or the accent (well, most of the time anyway), but with all of the bad driving and the penchant for weekly manicures.
Oh, and I'm an interior design student. That's how all of the weird terminology comes into play.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Screen (my phone calls)
SCREEN - A dividing wall having no function of support, e.g. in medieval churches surrounding the choir (from Nuttgens, The Story of Architecture 2e, Phaidon Press, 1997)

I was planning on spending this entire week on an Orlando travelogue, but for the moment I've been waylaid. (Much to everyone's relief lest this blog starts showing shades of Patty and Selma's Yucatan slide show.) I am, however, going to discuss the election which I realize every other blogger in the kingdom is talking about, but there's a part of it that's been affecting me quite personally.

I voted this morning before going to work. My polling place was packed, but since I've been a regular voter there for five years (and voting via absentee ballot since 1992), I breezed through the process rather quickly in comparison to a lot of the confused people I saw milling around. Once hitting the lever I figured all I had to do was sit back and wait for the lawyers to fight out the results.

Not so fast, according to the Democratic National Committee. I came home today to find that I had 5 messages on my answering machine. Since I have a cell phone, I had no idea where this outpouring of landline love could have come from and whose voices lay beyond the flashing light.

Well lo and behold, I am the political flavor du jour and all of the celebrities want me. To vote Democrat. I won't tell you whether I did or not (hint: I so did) but Alfre Woodard, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, and two war vets specially pre-recorded a message to me in order to make sure that I didn't forget after arriving home from Orlando. How sweet of them! Plus, my phone has been ringing off the hook all evening by people whose numbers don't show up on my caller ID. Dang it, I VOTED ALREADY, just leave me alone!

These kind folks really wanted me to have a nice day

I thoroughly realize and appreciate the effort that's been put out there in order to get people to vote for many, many reasons on many, many levels, but my dears, you're preaching to the choir here. (Heh, I tied this into my definition. I'm clever today.)

Apparently my dad got a message from Bill Clinton though. Dad voted for Reagan twice. That to me shows a little more strategery in the DNC's thinking. Hee. I just wanted to say strategery.

As of right now, I don't know who's going to win. I do know that there are a lot of people out there trying to make sure your voice is heard. Hope everyone made sure to say something today.

    posted by La Nina @ 9:28 PM  


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