Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 4, 2008: Today In History

A fall colorful maple tree in the 1500 block of V St., NW, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2008.


Just a few quick notes...

Yes, today is FINALLY election day (after what seems like a ten million year long race) and a historic one it certainly seems to be, though I suppose every election day is important. This was is uniquely so because of the catastrophe of the Bush years (which is still not over yet) and the highly divergent paths the two candidates embody.

At once so powerfully and yet almost as an afterthought, today America will in all likelihood elect its first black president, or rather, mixed race, but in the U.S. we are pretty binary about race, so we say Barack Obama is black.

I tried to vote this morning at my place -- Garnet - Patterson Jr. High School in the Cardozo neighborhood, which is actually about 3/4 mile east of where I live -- but the line was around the block at 845AM and I didn't have time.

The polls in DC are open until 8PM, so I should have time to do it after work. Later tonight, I'm meeting up with my usual posse to go to Cobalt to watch the election returns.


Another fall scene, the 1800 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2008. I used to live in the Harrowgate on this block, but now I'm in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, in another building.

By the way, it was with much chagrin I saw that FOUR stately, graceful elm trees this week in their yellow fall splendor that shade New Hampshire Ave. (1600 - 1700 blocks) are being cut down, because 9as I understand) they are sick and dying anyway. But it still looks awful. Soon New Hampshire Ave., NW, will look like that treeless, attitudinal area around Logan Circle, P Street and 13th St., NW, where it's just ugly condo buildings.


As for my job, I took yesterday off and spent a far more pleasant day on campus in College Park ahead of my Monday evening class. I now have ZERO hours PTO remaining.

This morning, I sent an email to my boss explaining that I need to go back to the four days a week / hourly position I had before early June. I will explain more about this in an entry later this week, but the 40 hours a week here -- which translates into 45 hours a week MINIMUM and more like 47 hours a week -- is simply too much.

There are other issues, too, but I'll write more about this later. As it is, I need to finish three complicated things today (I'm way behind) and it won't be good if I don't.

Her initial reaction to my email was positive. She works from home on Tuesdays so I won't be able to talk to her until tomorrow. Not sure how much I will reveal about why I want to go back to status quo ante.

Turning to the weather, there is a coastal storm -- the second in two weeks -- that should give the D.C. area at least a little rain today. Good.

Finally, today my beloved late paternal grandmother would have been 100 years old. She is the lady who raised me as a child in New Jersey in the 1970s when my mother was away in Belgium and with whom I spent so many summers during my teenage years in the 1980s at the Jersey shore. She was born Nov. 4, 1908.

Here is a picture of her and my grandfather (whose 100th birthday would have been next week on Nov. 11) taken, I believe, in early 1985 (though it may have been 1986) in New Jersey. She died in Jan. 1988 and my grandfather died in July 1993.

Happy birthday, grandma. I miss you and love you very much.



krzysztof said...

I saw people lining up to vote in Virginia this morning. HUGE lines. I take it as a good sign. But no, I won't be shocked if it turns out to be closer than opinion polls indicate. I will however be shocked (and mortified) if Obama loses.

Anonymous said...

The gutters are awash with the clutter of summer. Summer is streaming down the storm drains.

My two twin granddaughters first birthday is today. Daisy Mae & Lily June.

So I have a conflict of interest & two parties to attend A birthday party & a election party.

This is a huge day for me. I am not going to work today, because I cannot concentrate on anything but the election.

Tonight i think I'm going to get wasted, no matter whether I win or lose.

Regulus said...

Some of our friends, I fear, my run riot, or just go crazy outright if Obama doesn't win.

Regardless, as I indicated in my text message, Flower Drum Song, I may not be able to make Bua's, or if so, it will be late. I may have to just meet you guys at Cobalt.

Handmaiden!: Happy birthday to your twin granddaughters and BEST OF LUCK to you in the election.

All: Handmaiden is running for her town's council and it has been a tough campaign because though her state (Oregon) is in many ways progressively minded, esp. in the bigger cities, the smaller towns have bastions of fairly hard right conservatism where it is easy to caricature her positions since they entail actual thought and not sloganeering.

I would suggest you just listen to some Mozart or Beethoven or even Vivaldi. Then get drunk.

At least you have a good excuse to get imbibed. My friends and I pretty much get drunk 'cuz that's the gayborhood form of socializing. It's why bartenders are so high up in the gayborhood pecking order. It should be fun, though, to watch the election returns pour in: "...and we now project John Sidney McCain III as our 44th President of the United State..." Just kidding.

krzysztof said...


Mozart or Vivaldi.
Beethoven may be a bit too heavy and ominous for this election day.
Definitely get wasted.

Regulus said...

Kristof -- Did you see this Olbermann parody on Saturday Night Live? URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs0jf0UWclk

It's really funny and spot on.

Gary is having another FAN-TABULOUS day, this time volunteering at the ballot box stuffing facility. Just kidding. He's working at a polling station, meeting D.C.'s vast population of 55-to-70 year old retired African American ladies in colorful church hats.

Bryan said...

early results too close to tell!! It's going to be a close race!!! Idiot news people. It's only 10 pm. We won't know for hours... possibly days.

fingers said...

I hope the next 8 years treat you a little kinder, Regulus.
And I hope you treat yourself a little kinder too...

Regulus said...

Thank you, Fingers. I do appreciate your kind words, not to mention your very powerful intellect (and I'm being totally serious here).