I realized when I went to vote today that I get a huge kick out of doing so- I not only consider voting a civic duty, but the idea that I'm participating in such a huge decision is always something that gives me an adrenaline surge. Yeah, I'm a voting geek and this is such an important election - do we really want to choose change as a nation or will we stay mired in the crap that has ruined us?
My mom is voting for the first time as she recently became a citizen (and retained dual-citizenship status) thanks to Mark Stephanou at Senator Dodd's office.
She's super-excited about the process.
(The idiots at DHS couldn't manage to get her a new green card and they even told her she 'failed her biometrics'! How a person can 'fail' their own fingerprints is beyond me....just an excuse to pocket the fees.)
On my way home last night, I did a little grocery shopping as I was so pumped up from watching the incoming results of the election online and there was no way I was going to be tired for a long time. I hopped back into my car, switched on NPR, and heard....McCain's concession speech! WTF?! I thought we were going to have to wait until morning at least to find out who won! So, after getting on the road, wiping tears of joy from my eyes, all I could think was 'Wow, what a gracious (yeah it's been already overused) speech- why didn't he run his campaign that way?' quickly followed by 'Crap- it's so late! Who can I call & whoop for joy with at this hour?!?' (Answer: Marko & J10X)
Fortunately, I got home in plenty of time to see Obama's wonderful victory speech- J10X & I were sitting there, crying, Oprah was crying, Jesse Jackson was crying....what a happy day!
This one of the few times in my life I can say that I'm proud to be an American and just marvel at the willingness of so many more people to get out there and vote and see that there can be a better future.