Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Yes We Did

There's a lot I could say about yesterday (including recounting the technological hiccups that have kept me mostly offline--what are the odds that the only two functioning PCs in the house would *both* suffer catastrophic hardware failures at the same time?!), but mostly I'm just basking in an extremely unfamiliar sensation. For the first time in over fifteen years, I feel optimistic about the state of US politics (ever since Clinton betrayed his campaign promises with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," if anyone's curious when my personal disillusionment set in). It's a feeling that may well dissipate, and quicker than I'd like, but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

For those up to speed on our family travels, Allison is bleary and exhausted after last night in Chicago, and is heading home to Austin tonight. (For those not up to speed, while Georgia and I headed home yesterday, Allison flew off to Chicago to watch the election results come in with the Obama-Biden folks. Are any of you as jealous of that as I was?)

(Oh, and WFC was ridiculous amounts of fun, as always. Calgary appears to be filled with little more than restaurants that close early and homeless people, but we had a good time nonetheless.)

There's a lot of people feeling that strange feeling today -- if I can believe all the people on the call-in radio show today, even a lot of people that voted against Obama feel it.

I think it's called "Hope."
I agree, I didn't vote for him, but I'll support him. That's the great thing about democracy, I'm not forced to live in a world where mine is the only opinion that gets heard.
Oh, and welcome home Chris, glad your trip was swell. Looking forward to hearing more from you soon.
WFC was great, election results- excellent. I hope things will start to get better now for the US and for the rest of us out there in the world.

And seeing the results in New York, and all the hysteria in Times Sq was a treat by itself.

This was a very good North American visit.
Thanks, guys. I'm slowly getting back up to speed, loading a Frankensteined laptop so I can get some work done.

And Rani, it was definitely great seeing you, as well. Have a safe trip home!
We're still on the post-election high here. Whoohoo!
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