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The practice of democracy

Since my "secret" was out, and the weekend lines at the Registrar of Voters for "in person absentee" voting were huge, I decided to camp out in front of the window yesterday morning. I arrived at 7:15, no line, went back at 7:45 and was third. I put my Helpful Civil Servant hat on and made sure everyone had their forms, and kept an eye out for people dropping ballots off ("just stand over by that door and wait for someone to come out"). Today I expect to direct a fair amount of traffic of confused people wandering through the lobby looking for the office. Reminds me, I should get going so I can park!

I listened to Morning Edition, and of course the polls were open in the East when I woke up (they are open here now). But I am not planning to listen to coverage tonight, as I do not expect it to be Over any time soon. I will cook, and I will pray as I do so.

I will also call my parents (who I know have voted absentee). I needed to talk with them about Thanksgiving, and I especially need to talk to them now, as my uncle seems to have cancer. Very upsetting as I am quite fond of him. I had a good old cry at the All Souls requiem at church last night. (Choral bits were Faure's; I was seated by a pillar and the introit had me sobbing against it.) But I wore my "I voted" sticker proudly on my jacket.

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idasusan
Nov. 4th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
at the All Souls requiem
I was there too. In the choir. I found you by reading a comment on my friends list today. How totally neat it is to find another person from St. Mark's on LJ.. I see from an earlier entry that you come to 8 o'clock. Are you totally committed to the early service? And why? I'm just curious. I look forward to meeting you some day. And all my best as you approach confirmation....
berkeleyfarm
Nov. 5th, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
Re: at the All Souls requiem
Having worked out who you are, I think you are being quite modest about "in the choir" and the "friends list" comment. Which last connection I just figured out. *head slap* I'm new.

I am an early riser, and I like the contemplative nature of the chapel, and am a total sucker for Brigid. (It's like a sacred space version of my living room, complete with feline lap fungus.) But I love the music, too, so I will probably mix it up. I was at 10 am two Sundays back (remember your solo quite well) and am planning to come to 10 am on the 14th as we 'inquirers' are to be officially recognized.
idasusan
Nov. 5th, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
So on the 14th
I know what you mean about Brigid. She sometimes sits on my lap during second Sunday Organ recitals. Have you been to one of those?

Please, speak to me after the service on the 14th so I will know who you are, okay?
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