Saturday Before the 2008 Elections

It’s raining, it’s pouring.  Self had to drive to the City.  Almost turned back at Burlingame, the traffic was horrible.  But she persevered.  At her destination, she got treated to her first ever taste of something called a “Princess Cake.”  It had a green layer of marzipan.  Inside was fluffy white slices, separated by layers of raspberry filling.

At the gathering, self found that everyone was stressed, possibly more stressed than she:  several people were having to find new abodes, one person was in between jobs, and another’s company was experiencing severe revenue shortfalls.

On the way home, rain was murderous.  Self’s car wiggled from side to side, but self white-knuckled it to Daly City so that she could pick up some “comfort food” from Goldilocks.  The place was eerily empty, and no one seemed interested in serving self, the lone customer.  That is, eight saleswomen were gathered behind the counter, chatting to each other.  Self didn’t feel like she could interrupt the gay proceedings by shouting, “Hoy!”  Eventually, however, someone did take notice, whereupon self bought 24 pieces of polvoron (ha ha ha ha!) and hubby’s favorite, cuchinta.

And then self went home.  Hubby had been ensconced on couch all day, watching football games.  He blithely informed self of the results of several games:  Stanford won, University of Washington got trounced again, and no. 1 Texas was on its way to being upset by no. 7 Texas Tech.

Self saw the phone message light was blinking. It was yet another group calling for self’s support of some petition or other.  Here are the messages self has received the past week:

  • From Senator Barbara Boxer:  No on Prop. 4
  • From Janice Hirohama of the League of Women Voters:  Yes on Prop. 11
  • From Diane Howard, Vice Mayor of Redwood City:  No on Measure W
  • From Bonnie Shatun of the CA Teachers Association:  No on Prop. 8
  • Yes on Prop. 7 by some group describing itself as “Green”
  • From Janice Hirohama again

The voter information pamphlet that arrived in the mail some time ago has pages and pages devoted to Measure V and Measure W, Measure Q and Measure R.  Each measure has an “Impartial Analysis,” an “Argument in Favor of”, “Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of,” an “Argument Against”, and a “Rebuttal to Argument Against.”

Self also learns that there are actually six people running for President of the United States.  Aside from McCain and Obama, there are:

  • Alan Keyes (American Independent Party)
  • Ralph Nader (Peace and Freedom Party)
  • Bob Barr (Libertarian Party)
  • Cynthia McKinney (Green Party)

Self learns that one of her neighbors, Ira Ruskin, is running for California State Assemblyman.

In addition, there are the following Propositions:

Proposition 1A:  the “safe, reliable high-speed passenger train bond act”

Proposition 2:  Initiative requiring “standards for confining farm animals”

Proposition 3:  the “Children’s Hospital bond act”

Proposition 4:  Initiative to require “waiting period and parental notification before termination of minor’s pregnancy”

and let’s not forget the vital Proposition 8, which would “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”

There are, of course, many other Propositions, but self is nodding off (although it’s not even 10 p.m.) and so must bid dear blog readers good-night.

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