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November 04, 2006

a long and occasionally strange day

watching a bird die before breakfast seems like a bad omen. i'd propped open the glass storm door trying to get moses out to the car when there was a sudden SMACK and rush in the leaves below the stoop. i looked down. yeah. dead bird.

after breakfast i looked at my handy weekend to-do list and-- oop! early voting! i rushed down to the BoE with fifteen minutes to spare. there was a line stretching down the sidewalk and i worried they'd shut me out, but it was all handled in a very above-board manner. they allowed no one new into the line after the official poll closing time of 1pm and monitored it to be sure no one cut in, but everyone who arrived by 1pm was able to vote.

moments after joining the line a man came up to me, hand outstretched, and said, "Hi, I'm Mike Nifong". I was startled. I guess the last early voting day at the BoE is the place to be for anyone in an even remotely contested race.

i waited in line for forty-five minutes. there were a lot of candidates around, mostly for the judge races. there were a lot of campaign staff around. some activists. some guys playing acoustic guitars and singing lyrics even more hackneyed than the chords.

when i got home i got the back yard all cleaned up, and harvested the herbs that survived last night's frost. i was quite surprised to find a healthy looking parsley plant buried in the weeds!

it's amazing how much easier it is to work in the yard when it's not hot. i don't get tired at all, really.

tonight, i took down halloween. it was a bit sad. it is rather nice to feel as if i'm on top of things, though. bills paid, lots of loose ends tied up this last week, voting taken care of, back yard in decent condition, and the kitchen, of course, is rockin' clean.

tomorrow i might actually plant bulbs. i've been saying i want to plant bulbs for years now, and i've never actually done it.

Posted by lisa at November 04, 2006 09:19 PM


i intended to do early voting today, too. i drove by the board of elections around noon and was stunned to see a line wrapping around the building. i kept driving, and vowed to myself that i will get up early tuesday to vote. i will... i swear i will...

Posted by: xta on November 5, 2006 12:06 AM

how close were you to the entrance to the poll when nifong approached you? I hope he was outside the "no campaigning beyond this point" zone.

Posted by: Sarah on November 5, 2006 09:25 AM

i was nowhere near it. the line went down to the sidewalk and then up corporation street a little ways. i was on the sidewalk.

all of the candidates respected that boundary.

Posted by: lisa on November 5, 2006 12:01 PM

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