Thursday, November 4, 2004

Ponder While I Work

This silly job is getting in the way of my blogging activities.

Seriously, while I wouldn't describe myself as being snowed under with work today, I definitely have a lot to do before Friday. Most of that work consists of comparing my own documentation to an updated version of software, and making whatever changes need to be made. Most of the changes are cosmetic rather than functional (such as what was a "button" before is now a "tab"), so it's time-consuming rather than brain-challenging. I guess I can't complain. When work is too brain-challenging during the day, then I don't have the energy for my favorite brain-challenging activities (piano, composition, creative writing) when I get home at night.

Here's an interesting blog post that a nice man named Jim quoted on my all-too-political-these-days hiking list. It was written on election day by a Libertarian ... and even though election day has come and gone, it's still food for thought.


ELECTION DAY REMINDERS: Let’s get a couple of things out of the way before today’s votes are counted.

You have the right to vote. You do not have the right to see the man of your choice in the White House.

If George W. Bush wins the election, the world will still spin on its axis. Canada will not grant you asylum.

If John Kerry wins the election, America will still be America. Australia will not grant you asylum.

People who vote for the other guy aren’t stupid, brainwashed, or evil. They are your friends and family. Someone you love will almost certainly cancel your vote. (My wife cancels out mine.)

If, by some chance, everyone you know votes for the loser it won’t mean the election was stolen. It will only show that you live in a bubble.

If this thing is close (the victor could easily win by 0.1 percent) try not to read too much into it. We’ll still be closely divided.

If the election doesn’t go your way, don’t pop off as though America were Guatemala under the generals. You’ll get lots of attention, but it won’t be the kind you want. People will laugh, not near you but at you.

posted at 11:09 AM on 11/2/04 by Michael Totten


Have a good morning, y'all.

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