I didn't expect to be this nervous. I worked for the Clinton campaign in '92, volunteering in late '91 when he was Bill Who?, working my ass off in his Texas campaign headquarters (which, sadly, was the last time I think a Democratic presidential nominee even bothered HAVING a Texas campaign headquarters), and serving as the delegate to our state Democratic convention. But I wasn't nearly this nervous on Election Day back then. I don't know what I'll do if the people of this country vote W. back in KNOWING what the man is willing to do to advance his personal agenda. I joke that I'll move to Australia and live with Dan and Stewart, but something inside me is truly relieved to have that option.
My polling place is literally right across the street at Zilker Elementary.** And get this--at the mock election held for the students of the elementary school, Kerry beat Bush 329 to 74. There was also a sizable write-in vote for Badnarik at 15. Hee. I'm seriously considering heading over there with a book and waiting for the doors to open. Maybe at 6. Maybe the lines won't be too long today since nearly 40% of the voters in Travis county voted early. Christamighty. Yeah. Think we're anxious a little?
Oh, by the way, GODDAMMIT.
Edit: Speak of the devil, I just got email from Stewart. What time is it in Melbourne? He sent in his absentee ballot several weeks ago, so it's being processed in the Travis County clerk's office, perhaps EVEN AS I TYPE!
**Lunch at Zilker today is spaghetti with meatballs (vegetarian option is toasted cheese sandwich, which would so be me at that age), vegetable soup, crunchy vegetable dippers, tossed salad, apple crisp, fresh fruit, and garlic toast. Apparently Tuesday is Italian food day.