Monday, November 1, 2010

My Name is Shannan And I Approve This Post.

Oh, Ohio. How I miss thine hotly disputed, swing-statish political contests.

Indiana had our moment in the spotlight two years ago and have mercy, did I ever get riled up over the whole hullabaloo. Two days prior to election day I came down with a cold sore and a UTI, and I'm sorry if UTI is TMI, but I'm making a point here - I care passionately about these things. I'm all-in.

The truth is out - I'm that girl - the one (and only?) girl who truly enjoys the drama. I'm the girl dreaming up snacks for tomorrow night's show. I'm the girl planning Asian Cuisine for dinner, because that's just the right thing to do on election day and delivery isn't an option in these parts.

I'm the girl smiling extra wide over the fact that this year, for the first time in ten years, the immediate future of my family does not dangle precariously chad-like in the polling booths of this district.

Bottom line: there's just something about the reality of people treading the same soil but believing views so polar-opposite. We are allowed to disagree in this country. We are encouraged to debate. We are invited to stand and be counted.

Flex that democracy muscle tomorrow and thank your lucky stars that you have the right. Do it on behalf of every person depending on your vote - whoever they are, whatever the reason.

Own it, whatever "it" is. Work it. Vote it.

ps- I have no idea who Kasich Taylor is, but if I lived in Ohio, I'd totally vote for him for the simple fact that his name makes me think of Taylor Kitsch. Riggins for President, baby!

47 comments:

  1. You go girl!!! I couldn't agree more.

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  2. I love the drama, too. So glad I live in a country like ours! However, I am ready for the end of political ads and phone calls for a few months. :)

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  3. My dearest farmgirl, I new there were other reasons why we two peas in a pod when we met...!!! I live two blocks from where I vote, and I will proudly be worki'n it as I walk there tomorrow.
    ~G~
    A Junkin Mamaw

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  4. I VOTED!!! Woohoooo!!! (Mwahahahaaa!)

    Thank you for your support!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  5. Even in our decidedly red state where my red votes won't really change any outcomes I'm embarrassingly proud to hear the words "Kelly Munger has voted!"

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  6. Oh my word, I would SO vote for Taylor Kitsch.
    *whistles*


    p.s. I finished Love Walked In last night just after midnight, put a hold on Belong To Me today before noon, and this afternoon the book is in. my. house!! Ah:)

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  7. I love how you could incorporate Tim Riggins into your voting post. Pure talent, girl.

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  8. only you could get me excited about politics, friend. i approve this post too.

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  9. I hear you. I love to watch it. I get angry when it does not work the way I think it should. I get irritated at my fellow man when I know they do not see thing that are right in front of them. I had no clue who Tim Riggins was so thank you for putting that out there so that I can not only be an informed voter but an informed watcher.

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  10. good girl! I did a facebook reminder reminding people to vote too:) Here's rootin' for red!

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  11. Um, ya...my husband totally wants to have a party tomorrow night.

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  12. My voter registration card is all propped up pretty against my computer screen ready to go!!

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  13. As a former Indiana girl who now lives in Ohio, I say...ENOUGH ALREADY! I mean, I am all for the democratic way of life, but I am sick to death of the commercials and mailings. For reals.

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  14. That's funny. Tim Riggins all the way! By the way, yesterday when I mentioned to my husband that I really didn't know anything about the candidates in our district, since we only hear about the ones in others, he made me go online and check everyone out. I was mad at the time, but it came in handy this morn. when I voted! :-) Have a great day!

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  15. You're right...there's just something about it...

    So glad you guys aren't emotionally invested this year. What time should I be over for Asian Cuisine?

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  16. You are so right! Even though I gave up tv years ago and am blessed to live in such a small town, I've never had a knock at the door and rarely receive lit. in the mail. I read about the candidates on-line. Tonight, I'll be making hors d'oeuvres, mulling cider, and watching on the laptop. Party Farm~Style. It should be a celebration ~ having choice in our voice!

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  17. You do NOT want to be in Ohio right now. It SUCKS.

    I get 4-5 phone calls every night. I got one Sunday...I suppose the people that had our phone number before us were Johnson's. Message goes like this: Hello, Johnson Family. Blah blah blah, Johnson Family. Please, get out and vote on Tuesday, November 2...Johnson Family. COME ON!

    Oh and Kasich/Taylor is not one full name. They are running partners. :)

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  18. I will be glad when election day is over with, personally. I live in Ohio and it's crazy here. So much backstabbing and name calling. I'm going to vote after work today... for the independents. They should just come up with a corn fed party! ;) It would be very fitting for where we live.

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  19. Election day was always like a holiday at my house--always got dressed up in our best clothes to go to the polls. Gonna go throw on something pretty and head on over to vote just as soon as I finish typing this.

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  20. Love how excited you get as anymore so many people take no interest in the election or politics. I already voted this morning! Can't wait to stop by the courthouse when polls close to spend time with the candidates waiting for results - and most importantly very happy that today I am not the one chewing my fingernails to the quick with nervousness!!!

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  21. Oh I'm so ready for this voting day to be over - so many robo calls & terrible mud slinging commercials in IL. My husband keeps cracking me up - after a really bad commercial - he'll say Do not vote for blah blah blah - he will steal your husbands. Because literally in IL our commercials are about to that level - hilarious! However, I will be voting - even though Chicago dominates our state & the lower part of the state gets over-powered I get to vote & I get a say in the local politics & they are the ones that make a big difference to our community! I'll vote for the state and if we get another Blago in office - ugh just really ugh. OK that's my rant for today - sorry :)

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  22. I am with Annie... central and southern IL are never heard... We should be chicago as North IL and the rest of us South IL. I have little trust in politicians and just trust Jesus. The rest don't do what they promise because they either can't b/c of gridlock or they just are not really what they say. Sorry to be such a downer... but I am sick of the smear campaigns. Thank you for DVR I miss a lot of the commercials and caller ID is a godsend. I am voting based on their promises we'll see how far that goes! At least Blago is out. But hey, it is a pretty day!!

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  23. I voted this morning and thought for a moment about writing Cory's name in somewhere just for fun. :)

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  24. I admit to a bit of jealousy - I've never lived in a swing state, and there you are right smack in the middle of things all the time. It's just not fair.
    Here's my question....if Coach T and Timmy boy were both on the ballot, what would it be for you Farmgirl? Sophie's Choice, I say.
    Oh, and a question that's been plaguing me for quite sometime....Before the re-districting and consequential re-opening of East Dillon High, where did all those kids go to school? Because they are making out like none of them knew each other, so does that mean there is yet another Dillon school that we don't know about, and that kids were pulled from more than one school when East Dillon re-opened? I need things like this to
    Make.
    Sense.
    Hey, you brought it up.

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  25. Wearing my sticker proudly! I just that the media could respect the fact that people can agree to disagree, that doesn't make us mortal enemies...

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  26. Haha, this makes me giggle. I live in Ohio, which is mostly why it makes me laugh. Kasich Taylor is not a person, it's a combination of two people: John Kasich and Mary Taylor, running for Governor and Lt. Governor of the great Buckeye State. But, I must admit, Kasich Taylor sounds like one snazzy politician!

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  27. I right there with you! 7 p.m. will find me in front of the TV. Maybe I should pop some popcorn;)

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  28. We just recently had a civic election in our smallish Canadian city... only 22% voter turn out. I was ashamed.
    Dana

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  29. The political scene is a bit calm up here, but Tall Guy went in and voted this morning. Tippecanoe county has some crazy races going on, but up to the north, we are kind of laid back this year. Well except for the evil tax cap thing. ;-)

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  30. headin' out now to go make my mark on history forever;) AND i get a sticker to wear for the rest of the day...yay:)

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  31. We voted by mail this year. We moved too close to the election to change our registration in time and I didn't want to make the 60 mile drive early enough to get Phil to class at 10:40.

    I was so happy voting at home. Especially for the judges. This time around they were the most relevant for us this cycle.

    There was no loosing track of candidates. I am happy knowing that I made the best choices that I could.

    And I used the last of my "H rate" makeup stamps on the envelopes!

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  32. Alls I can say is, pray for my State. YOU know.
    I think you would die if you lived here.
    Corey for President!
    or...Insurance Controller?

    This is always a sad day for us. We wont give up!

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  33. already voted, and we are pretty darned excited to sit down and watch it all happen on tv tonight!

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  34. I'm that girl too! Oh is Washington state ever in the throes of election stree. It's scary, it is. Maybe my tension headache will be gone tomorrow...?

    Have a good day!

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  35. I'm that girl too! I purposely take the day after Election Day off from work so that I can stay up late watching the returns, then spend the entire day after watching all the analysis.

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  36. I was driving by a yard full of signs today and it struck me that "oh my gosh, those people are probably FULL of nerves at this precise moment." I can't imagine that feeling! Is it nutso??

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  37. Love the ps. Riggins' Rigs, baby!

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  38. Emily beat me to the punch about it being two people, hah. It has been a hot debated election here in Ohio. I will be so glad when it is put to rest. Happy Election Day.

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  39. I believe voting is an important right that we all need to do but.....the commercials, phone calls, mailings, and today a knock on my door!

    Sometimes I feel like not voting at all because the campaigning is so Annoying!

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  40. Oh yeah, I'm so that girl too. I love election day. The drama, the projections, the senerios...it's all good!

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  41. i am so that girl. i have politics boiling in my blood. i love the debate. i love the issues. i love the passion. amen.

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  42. I'd vote for Riggins in a heartbeat. :)

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  43. haha I would so vote for Riggins! It's absolutely crazy here in WA. We have like 8 counties that are super populated and blue and then we have the rest of the counties (29) are pretty much all red but sparsely populated. And we have a ton of voter fraud. Almost more than Chicago! Sheessh!

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  44. I LOVE TIM RIGGINS!!!! and i love the adoptions series and i love you guys. yall are so cute and so sweet and so so fun!!

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  45. Kasich/Taylor...your guy won...although he's nothing like Riggins, but that's beside the point isn't it? :)
    I voted and I loved it.

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  46. Hi Shannon, Just catching up on your blog. When I went and voted I *loved* seeing the lines of people waiting their turn. That does my heart good!

    Side note... A week before election day we received a phone message from none other than a Mr. Mitt Romney. I informed my husband that WE must be some pretty important voters in our very blue state of California to receive a call from Mr. Romney to remind us to vote. Wish I could have called him back and to say thanks but no worries we proudly vote in every election.

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