… then you can do it!! Get up, get out, and VOTE!!!
So here’s my 2008 election story in detail.
After getting up extra early on Sunday (hurray for Fall Back time changes) my mom, Jaxon, and I went out for a morning of Denny’s eggs and shopping. Preggo pants for me, “real” shoes for Jaxon — because I guess his “peace slippers” aren’t cool enough — and work shoes for Mema.
Matt and I had planned on voting early because with Matt’s crazy work schedule, we didn’t want to miss out due to long lines or something. My mom decided to come along so she wouldn’t have to rush to/from work also. I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal. If I did… I would have come a bit more prepared… and given my son a nap first.
We arrived at the San Diego County Registar of Voters at 2:21pm. I know this because Elizabeth called to plan for walking later on that night. We were very excited at all the people and the big voting tent. Whoo hoo — early voting!!
My first video was VERY deceiving. I thought the line just turned right under the tents where we voted. 30 minutes max. So unlike when we voted in the primaries and it was me, Matt, and two old ladies. I figured we could get Subway afterward… Oh boy I was wrong.
The horrific line revealed…. about a 5 minute walk (at a brisk pace) to the end…
Or a 3 hour wait.
So while we waited we raided the small cafe for bad coffee. I forgot to bring a bottle or sippy cup for my son, so he had to drink milk out of a carton and a straw (a bit hard for a cranky 1 year old). I didn’t realized that in the time we had waited, I could have driven him home, put him down for a 2 hour nap, fed him, and brought him back (with food and good coffee for everyone else) and still waited another 1.5 hours. Geeze!! And I didn’t want to walk across the street to get Subway.
Matt and Jaxon… still optimistic.
But it wasn’t all misery. While I was trying to get Jaxon to sleep, I ran in to my old friend/Jamba Juice co-worker Brian Flores, who is now a newsman for Fox 5 News in San Diego, and I got to be interviewed for TV! And I still remember how to make a Strawberries Wild! LOL!
Jaxon did manage to sleep for about 30 minutes and then ate the heck out of a piece of toast (of course he wasn’t hungry enough to eat any Ritz crackers — LOL). Matt drank all of his milk. but they had water available that Jaxon sipped on before blowing bubbles in and spilling all over himself.
Mema grimacing at the long lines.
About 3.5 hours later, we found ourselves under the tent — which was MORE LINES!! This is when I realized how great my baby was. He’s a true believer in democracy:
But the line went fast and before we knew it, me (and baby Milo), Jaxon, Mema, and Matt were all in the “privacy” booths, voting. I was like… you know, these booths weren’t very private. Couldn’t they have just given me my ballot so I could vote while waiting in line? I don’t care if everyone knows I’m voting for Obama!! It should have at least been an option.
Also, there were a lot of empty voting booths. I don’t think they were very prepared for the extreme turn out of early voters. But we did it and I’m glad.
Because today it’s raining… Mmmm. Democracy feels good. And that sticker looks damn good on my chest!