Tuesday, November 4, 2008

it's 8:15 a.m. do you know where your toddler has gone?

To the voting booth, of course!

Miss O was very excited, and for the first time in the history of the world, we were downstairs, eating breakfast at 7:25. Usually? People are still milling about, in their sleep-stinky pajamas, rubbing their eyes and whining.

But not today. They couldn't wait to go vote. They entertained the other people waiting in line... I was very surprised there was a line. My town is very small, about 2000 in the whole thing, including the village, and there were ten people waiting to sign the register and get busy in the booth. And naturally, everyone there was very pleasant, because people in my town are generally pleasant.

This does not include the bastards who vandalized my home last Friday. They are NOT NICE and I DO NOT LIKE THEM. Just to clarify.

Here's Wee Man, showing off *his* I VOTED TODAY! sticker.

And finally, I would like to talk about brand recognition for just a minute. We had returned home from voting (big trip that it was, as our polling place is two doors up the street from our house), and were outside playing in the leaves. Where playing = shorties jumping in the pile as Mama raked.

The Mister's Mom walked up the street, and HB ran to give her a hug.

Show Grandma your sticker, I said.

HB pointed. MY TICKER!!! MY TICKER!!!

Oh, you can't take him to vote with that sticker on. Yours either.

I was confused for a minute, and then I realized that the stickers look just like the pin I wear on my jacket. From a distance of six or eight feet, it was not obvious AT ALL that we were wearing the I VOTED TODAY! stickers. It looked like we were stumping.

I think this suggests a conspiracy. The I VOTED TODAY! sticker makers are clearly Democrats, and they made the stickers to trip the Barack Obama wire in people's subconscious...ON PURPOSE.
The sticker? Is a circle. Just like Obama's logo.

The top of the sticker? Red. Just like Obama's logo.

The bottom of the sticker? Blue. Just like Obama's logo.

The center of the sticker? White. Shocking, I know.

The font? A strikingly similar serif. (How do you like my alliteration?)

I don't know what to tell you other than to politely decline the sticker if you are a Republican. Also? Be sure to go to Starbucks after you vote, because they are giving away free coffee to all voters. (No voter registration cards or government-issue identification necessary.)

Have *YOU* voted?


  1. Hey Pamela!
    Good job voting. I just stopped by to say that Thursday or Friday would be fine with me. On Friday we go to story time from 10:15-11:15. Other than that, we are wide open.
    Well, let me know!

  2. hmmm, batavians are lame-o - there was only 1 person ahead of me this morning at 8:30 am.

    and are you serious about starbucks? I just may have to go to Target to check it out...

    Have a good day!

  3. conspiracy!

    I got the same looking I voted sticker I got when I was 18, many moons ago. Maybe the state got a good deal and we have eleventy billion.

  4. I am sporting my "I voted" sticker except mine looks nothing like that one. It is white with an American flag.

  5. I think the white one with the flag is the one they give out on the South side of the Mason-Dixon. I just read a NC blogger who has the same sticker.

  6. Actually, Starbucks has to give free coffee to anyone that asks for it today. Turns out them advertising the fact that free coffee will be given to voter violates election law. Starbucks got around it all by saying they'd just offer coffee to anyone that asked today. Seriously!!

  7. Three cheers for Election Law!
    Hip, hip...HOORAY!!!!
    Hip, hip...HOORAY!!!!
    Hip, hip...HOORAY!!!

    (If it were three cheers for McCain, it would be hip, hip, REPLACEMENT!!! Just saying.)

  8. Yay for the democratic process! I love that your little one got involved. Also, to see my favorite picture of Obama ever, visit Jen Maselli at Blissfully Caffeinated. She's in my blogroll if you haven't visited her yet. That picture of him, honestly gives me chills. It's the promise of great things to come. It looks like the moment of contemplation just before a big, big change.

  9. lol.. starbucks, my heroes.

    nope. didn't vote. :P

    what??? i couldn't. i was too busy writing.. and blogging.. and writing..

  10. Well, we got ripped. I voted with a 6-year-old and 4-year-old and nobody got a sticker. I vote at a rural fire station up the road from our farm. I pulled up and was the only car. I got out. I looked around - really wanting to remember the moment. Nice day. The only sound was the crowing of a rooster somewhere in the distance. We have the old-fashioned ballots you fill in with a pencil. And there was the name : Barack Obama. What the hell kind of name is that? Groovy. I stared at it. I filled in the little circle next to it. I stuffed it in the box. Then I went to the grocery store. Nobody but me would have ever known it was a *big* moment - but it truly was.

  11. Sigh...I forgot to keep my sticker from when I voted early so I didn't get any goodies.


talk to me, people. because you know i get all giddy when you do.