About This Blog
A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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-- My comment policy is listed below.
I like comments, and I'll keep them activated. HOWEVER, if you want to start a flamewar, go somewhere else. If you want to get me to start arguing with you about Ohio State vs. Michigan, whether Mormons are Christian, how stupid being spoiler free is, or pretty much anything else inflamatory (inflamatory is in the eye of me in this case -- if you don't trust my judgement, too bad), go somewhere else. All links to pornography, all instances of vulgar language, and anything else I don't think is appropriate for my sisters, brother, neice, and nephew to see (ages 1-18), or quite frankly appropriate for ME to see, will be edited as I see fit (probably with links to something else, or alternate words, or what have you). All spam comments, including blatant off-topic self-promotion, will be deleted. If you've been banned, feel free to email me; if you're uncivil, please know that I'm interested in finding out exactly how many people I can add to my killfile without bringing my processer speed to zero, and don't mind using your address in my experiments. I reserve the right to delete and/or ban anyone I want. If you need to say it that badly, go get your own blog. They're free, you know.
A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
OUT FROM THE SILENT DEPTHS...
Okay, so I haven't blogged in more than two weeks. That's just sad. Really, I admit it. But come on! I've moved, I've been applying for jobs left right and center, and there's this little political thingamajig going on in my state which just... well, heck, I've been distracted, and let's just leave it at that.
Today I volunteered at the South Bay (Redondo Beach) Republican Party Get Out The Vote (GOTV) HQ, because I got an email saying they really needed help. After I got my donuts and voted myself, that is. For what it's worth, I had a punchcard ballot, I punched my four responses ("should Davis be recalled," "who should replace him," "3% on infrastructure," and "stop collecting info about race on some government forms"), I pulled my card out, I referenced the numbers (next to each punched hole) to make sure that I had in fact voted the way I believed I had (for what it's worth, I think my answers were something like "4", "36", "157" and "158"), based on the numbers by the responses that I wanted in the little voting book thing. No hanging chads, no extra holes that couldn't be explained, no dimples, not even a little bit of baby fat. My ballot was, in my view, perfect, and so I turned it in and got my "I Voted" sticker and my ballot stub and THEN I went and found Redondo Beach. It turns out that it's a lot farther from the far edge of Long Beach than I thought it was, and apparently they're reconstructing a significant bit of Pacific Coast Highway. Next time I'll take the freeway. ANYWAY.
I showed up at 12:19pm and was put to work calling people to remind them to vote. My script was something like:
"Hello, my name is Sarah and I'm calling from the South Bay Republican Party Headquarters. We just want to make sure that you remember to go to the polls before 8pm tonight and vote yes on the recall, which is question ONE on page ONE of your ballot. If you need help getting to the polls, please call our headquarters at (phone number here) and we'll have someone drive you to your polling location. Your polling place is located at Our Lady Guadalupe Church, at 320 Massey Ave. in Hermosa Beach. The polls close at 8pm tonight and you must arrive by then in order to vote. Thanks for voting yes on the recall, good bye!"
I only really got to do that for the voicemail. 99% of the time I got people who had already voted, or I got bad numbers. Then, we did poll-watching. I was working the Torrance precincts (poll-watching = crossing off names as registered voters, you know, voted -- and then walking the precinct until I was abandoned) and if nothing else, the turnout alone dictated this was going to be a blow-out. In mixed party households, the Republicans had all voted by 3pm and none of the Democrats had, or the Republicans had all voted absentee and the Democrats were going to head to their polling place "sometime tonight." By 5pm I had whole pages where every registered Republican had voted and only 5% of the Democrats had voted (annoyingly, not that many A/I and N/P [third parties, independent voters, and no party affiliation] folks had voted, either), and in Torrance it's about a 50-50 split. After I was abandoned I went back to the HQ and called people in the Torrance precincts until I had to leave. It was fun. Of the calls wherein I made actual contact with the actual registered Republican I was trying to contact, only one person had not yet voted either absentee or earlier in the day, and she was just worried about where she was Officially Supposed To Vote. When I told her it was Our Lady Guadalupe Church, she got all relieved and went off to vote.
I signed out at 5:40pm. I'm going to definitely do more stuff for the presidential campaign, as well as any Schwarzenegger reelection campaign that might occur. This political stuff is fun. posted by Sarah at 5:53 AM. |