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The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I love voting!

So on the way to work, I go to fulfill my civic duty and, more important, insure that I have the right to bitch about whoever winds up in office for the next four years. I walk up to the table and show them my license.

"Oh!" says the one woman. "You have such a nice photo on your license!" She turns to the woman next to her. "Look at this--isn't this the best driver's license photo you've ever seen?"

"Oh, yes!" says the other. "It looks like it was professionally done!"

(HA! Ha ha ha. I swear she did, and I was totally cracking up and loving every second of it because, needless to say, IT IS SO NOT.)

I retrieve my driver's license, the driver's license that we now know is is not really a driver's license but is really a mini cover of Vogue, and head over to the voting machine, which is manned by a cute, cute boy in a striped polo shirt.

Me: Hi.
Him: Hi. (Pause.) Wow. You smell great. I mean, REALLY good. Is that apples?
Me: Thanks! Actually, it's ...
Him: Green apples? It is, isn't it. You smell AWESOME.

(It really wasn't apples. But if someone's gonna tell me I smell awesome, who am I to quibble over the details?)

And then, on top of it, the voting took about 0.7 seconds, it made me feel like a responsible member of society, everyone else who was there was super friendly ... it was just SO nice. I walked back outside into the crappy, crappy weather and I was like, can I PLEASE go back and vote again? It was by FAR the highlight of my day. I'm serious. I really think I might go over there and try.

In other Decision '08 news ... we have a crazy love winner! I laughed at every single story, oh, how I laughed, but can any of us REALLY top Beth's brush with the law? (Side note for those who don't know: She ended up marrying a cop! Ha!) Even bigger news: Our friend Eileen's book Unpredictable is now in a bookstore near you! So if you're scared of Amazon--I'm just saying IF--you can go pick it up in person instead!

And, finally, my brother reports that he is still dizzy but, on the plus side, he's allowed to listen to his iPod while he rides around in a wheelchair for money. Oh, yes, this IS a great country. Happy Super Tuesday!

31 Comments:

At 5:42 AM, Blogger Jules said...

I love this! They should really market the voting process to be much more like your experience because I swear if the process was more like one big ego boost for everyone, more people would vote.

The hot volunteer where I voted said I smelled like Freedom. We had quite a moment.

Jules
House of Jules

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Moanna said...

I thought I had a great voting experience but nobody said anything complimentary or even sniffed me.

But the line was short and the little old guy (ok maybe ten years older than me) held my driver's license in his hand and read the info (was probably thinking no way does she weigh that little), rubbed his thumb over my picture and looked up at me and smiled. Didn't say a word but we had a little moment. And the line was short. And (!!) by the time I voted, I figured out who I wanted.

Oh, and I'm so relieved you said Beth married a cop. I was worried about her after reading that story.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Damn, all I got was a lousy sticker. I'm voting in the wrong place...

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Trish said...

Oh that does sound like fun! I'd like to cross the broder and vote too...

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Monnik said...

HA. Apples? That's funny.

Great job voting. I was glued to CNN last night until I fell asleep with the TV on. :)

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Tanya said...

Can I vote where you vote?

I got a voting card, my husband did not. We both went to the polling place. I got my sticker for voting! They told him he wasn't registered (which he is pretty sure he signed up when getting his license). The lady then tells us, "You live in St. P, you probably are at the wrong polling place."

I tell her, "THIS is where I was told to vote. MY name was on the list. WE live in the same house."
So there.

She couldn't reply to that and just walked off. I want people to tell me I look like a vogue model and smell good.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger michelle said...

i agree with jules ... this could be a great marketing idea for the "get out and vote" groups ... free compliments as you participate in democracy. :)

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Bina said...

Wow. That is a great way to start your day! How could you have a bad one after that?

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger KATE said...

I'm so glad that you're so civicly minded! I'm also glad that you smell fantastic & brighten up the day for the people at the voting place!
I'm also glad that your brother is still having a great time with his wheelchair job. hee hee

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Huge congrats to Beth

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Melek said...

too bad i was on a sunny beach in a tropical paradise, or i could have braved the lines and voted too :)

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Cecily R said...

I want to vote where you do!! All I get is an oddly smelling old lady who can't say my name glaring at me for bringing my kids. Sigh.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Andie said...

you must have some really good mojo, swish. you always have people give you compliments.

I need to come hang out with you!

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Vanessa said...

Its not my state's turn to vote yet, so I have to admit I felt a little jealous and left out yesterday. Ok, not really but comme on, I want in on all the fun!

DKNY Delicious? Anyway, smells great is always a great compliment. I would have offered to take that boy home with me.

And the iPod. While working. Test driving wheelchairs. Does it get better than that? I keep waiting for you to tell us they are giving him a raise and now he'll be making $30 an hour or something. Seriously, please don't tell us that!

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger Drewpy Drew said...

If I only had a nickle for every time someone commented on how I smell.

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Patti said...

i haven't been smelled up in awhile now...

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Dizzy Ms. Lizzy said...

My polling place is always staffed by cranky old women who can never get my name right (how hard is it to understand "Jackson" anyway???? Put in your hearing aid!), and creepy guys who feel the need to 'show me' how to put my ballot in the tabulating machine ("You mean I just stick it in this little slot right here?? Oh my!")(MAJOR eye roll) . . .

Glad your voting experience was so great! (I'm jealous) :-)

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Ree said...

Wow, you get all of those compliments from voting? Damn. I wish Michigan hadn't screwed up their primary. ;-)
I didn't get anything of the sort.

 
At 9:27 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

Your voting experience sounds way more fun than mine! I don't want you to name names, but tell me this: Did you vote for a girl or a boy, and if it was a boy was it a black boy or a white boy?

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Bianca Reagan said...

Hooray for voting! I didn't, but I'm glad you did. :)

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous kristabella said...

Clearly I need to move to Swishy Land.

We vote in a senior citizen's facility. And there are no cute boys.

 
At 12:03 AM, Blogger Golightly said...

congrats, Beth! Book club?

what a happy vote :)

 
At 7:06 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I won?!!!! I WON??!!! well gooolllleee!!! that was supposed to sound like Gomer Pyle..but you're way too young to know about Gomer Pyle and Sgt. Carter!

so, as Manic said, did you vote for a girl or a boy? Black or White? ;)

I'm voting Black Boy all the way, cuz once you go Black, you never go back! HA! ya right....sarcasm....

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Bina said...

I LOVE your comment on Beth'g blog. She needs to get away more than any person I've ever known! We need to all convince her to come down here to see me!

By the way, what did she win for your contest?

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger La La said...

I wanted to vote again, too. What's up with that?

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger La La said...

Oh, and they didn't even look at my driver's license, which was weird, because my name wasn't on the registry, either.

 
At 11:10 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

You are making wish I wasn't an absentee.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Jenster said...

Wow! I wanna vote at your polling place!!

I'm jealous of your brother. Sounds like the perfect job.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Midwest Gent said...

Funny - when I go to vote, it appears all volunteers are the point of being well past the beginning of menopause and point in their life where they can't see let alone determine the attractiveness of individuals. I am sure if everyone's experience ws like yours, minors would be getting fake id's just to vote.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger JenKneeBee said...

Haha! My voting experience was definately not as great as yours. Next time I'll remember to wear something apple scented though :)

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Donna said...

If I could get one compliment when voting I would definitely go to more than the national elections. It would also help if I moved my voter's registration a little closer to where I live instead of my last address! I am glad you like to vote work on your friend Manic a little about that!

 

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