07
Nov
08

mission accomplished

I’ll admit that I have thought about continuing my Obama wearing through the inauguration, but as much as I will miss wearing Obama and communicating with all of you via this blog each day, I’ve decided that my mission is accomplished.

When I think about any successes this blog may have had, I certainly do not think I played even a remotely significant role in the election, but I do somehow feel like I was doing something, and I’m happy to have done my part. Also, my parents voted for the first time in their lives, and while I think Barack Obama’s words had far more to do with that than my words, I might have had a tiny bit to do with keeping them motivated. I’m so proud of them. I’m also excited to share all of this with G some day. That brings me to a question I get a lot, “what are you going to do with all of those shirts?” I think I will pack them up along with a printed copy of the blog, buttons from the Gobama support pack, our yard sign, and other various Obama support items, and maybe someday G or his children or their children can take them to the Antiques Roadshow. *smile* Really, this is what I plan to do. At the very least, it might make a fun show-and-tell item someday. Admittedly, there are some shirts I’d like to continue wearing, and I may do that for a while, but ultimately, they’ll be packed away.

So, you may have noticed that day 60 came on Nov. 2nd, rather than the 3rd. Math has never been my strength. At any rate, it worked out well b/c on day 61, G was terribly sick, requiring a visit to the doctor, and the last thing I wanted to do was take a photo and blog. So maybe there was some foresight in my math error.

I was so fortunate to receive shirts from so many generous individuals and companies. CafePress was amazing to me as were many other shirt designers/printers. I also cannot believe that people actually read my blog. I don’t know who all of you are, but I really do appreciate you checking in each day. Seeing the number of people reading definitely kept me motivated.

I’m excited for the next four years. I’m hopeful that things in this country will improve for G’s generation, and this his will be a generation far less apathetic than my own. I’m hopeful that my dad and other people in a similar situation will find the employment and security they deserve. I’m hopeful that this country remains motivated and involved and continues to “question authority” as we move forward with President Obama. Obama cannot be the change alone, WE are the change.

Finally, I’ll leave you with one final freebie. MoveOn is offering a free “Yes we did!” sticker.

Yes we did!

05
Nov
08

Feeling a bright, cheery shade of blue

I voted today!

I voted today!

Yes we can! I’m so proud to be an Ohioan today – and an American. Today’s photo features the Obama sign in our front yard. Fitting that Obama is the 44th – number 4 always seems to bring good things to me. L and I made our way to the polls at 7am to cast our votes for Barack Obama. We waited in line for an hour and fifteen minutes. It was a relatively cheerful crowd. Later in the morning, another Obama supporter came knocking to be sure we’d cast our votes. His ground team didn’t miss a beat.

I probably don’t need to tell you that there were more tears as I watched President Elect Obama make his acceptance speech. His words resonate so strongly with me, and clearly with much of our country and the rest of the world. I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more hopeful. The Obama and Biden families seem to be so “real.” I loved watching them celebrate together. We’re on a good, good path, and I am so excited to watch it all unfold.

As I watched Obama’s speech I was having these thoughts hitting me one after another…

-no more drill, baby, drill

-respect for our environment and policies to protect it

-respect for those humans most in need and programs to help them rise up

-desperately needed jobs for our country

-no more huge tax cuts for the top 3 percent

-an adopted dog entering the white house – his/her name should so be Hope

-no more wars based on lies and arrogance

-an end to our growing national debt

Obama is exceptional in his values and his own dreams for America. He’s not a typical politician – he is our politician. I could not be more excited for these and all of the other positive changes he will bring.

On another note, I am elated that Proposition 2 in California has passed too. Animals deserve at least this sliver of respect, and I hope this right to the most basic standard of care will extend to additional states in the future. Thanks to all in CA who rallied and supported this important initiative.

03
Nov
08

day 60 – the word on the street

Day 60

Day 60

“The Word on the Street”

Sunday, 11/2/08

Shirt: Barack the Vote – can be purchased at Barackawear. This is the blueberry ice style.

Where:
1. Starting the holidays –
I’m part of this local vegan book club, but admittedly, our gatherings are more about the food and friendship than the books. We had our November meeting today and shared an early Thanksgiving dinner. Yum! Nice to be surrounded by a large group of Obama supporters too. We talked a lot about our anxiety about the election – we’re all terrified of Palin. Fortunately the numbers are looking very good for Obama.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the potential long lines Tuesday. I have always been in a position with a lot of flexibility in the past, so I’ve not given a lot of thought to others who are affected by long lines. I’ve always had a job that offered a lot of freedom, and it was no problem for me to come in late or take a long lunch. This year though, I have a commitment to working two full days/week – one of those Tuesdays. On top of that, I have a toddler who is sick and miserable. I hope we’ll see the doctor tomorrow, but what if he’s still not feeling well Tuesday? I can’t expect him to wait in line for hours. I also can’t take hours away from work. I should have voted early and am regretting not doing so, but getting downtown was never really convenient either. No worries, I’ll cast my vote one way or another, but I’m nervous that other Obama supporters might not be able to work through their challenges.

03
Nov
08

day 59 – the word on the street

Day 59

Day 59

“The Word on the Street”
Saturday, 11/1/08

Shirt: Enough from CafePress

Where:
1. More illness –
our kiddo who had never really been sick has had a rough month. Fever today and lots of sleep today. Needless to say, we spent the day at home. I can’t believe the election is in two days. I’m fairly anxious about it, but feeling positive. Electoral-Vote.com shows Ohio as light blue, an improvement from having just the blue outline. That’s exciting. My parents had their Obama sign stolen yesterday, but it turns out it was some kids in the neighborhood, and they’d taken both McCain and Obama signs. My parents drove around looking for their sign, and eventually found it.

Make sure you listen to Palin’s prank call in the post below. And please pass it on, not because you’re mean, but b/c it says a whole lot about why we should be terrified of her in any kind of leadership position, and equally terrified of McCain’s judgment for choosing her.

02
Nov
08

Sarah Palin is a security risk

Have you all heard this prank call to Gov. Palin? I’m not sure why this isn’t bigger news. Not b/c she fell for the prank so much, but b/c of how incredibly unprofessional she is. Can you even imagine her doing any work related to national security? I have to think that if this had been Obama, the McCain camp would’ve immediately run an ad with the audio, and made it one of their talking points. Good for Obama for being bigger than that, but I think this is something people do need to hear.

Prank call

01
Nov
08

day 58 – the word on the street

Day 58

Day 58

“The Word on the Street”
Friday, 10/31/08 (Happy Halloween!)

Shirt: Gasp! I’m not wearing an Obama shirt! I’m posing with the sign in my parents front yard. The scary guy in the photo was on his way to a Halloween party.

Where:
1. Mexican, groceries, dog pound, trick-or-treat –
We had every intention of voting this afternoon, so I couldn’t wear a shirt. I thought about wearing one and just putting a long sleeved shirt over it, but the fact is, I get hot, and I get a little anxious when voting, and I didn’t want to be wearing layers of shirts. The bad news is that we didn’t even vote! L came home a little early and we headed into the city and had some errands to run on our way. Somehow those errands took forever, and it just got to be too late.

There’s an open house event at our local dog pound (yes, it really is called a pound) tomorrow, and I’d made some things for the bake sale, so we had to drop those off. When we pulled in, this little mama pit-mix dog was running in the street. She was clearly a nursing mama and she was almost hit by cars a number of times. Anyway, we worked to get the deputies to help her, and it took some time. Finally one of them got in his truck and went after her. It really upset me and the more I think about it the more upset I am, b/c even if they did catch her (and I’ll bet they did), they’ll euthanize her. Nathan Winograd says to use the word “kill,” not “euthanize,” but I can’t do it.  They don’t allow pits or pit mixes to live in our local pound. So, I can’t get the fact that b/c of not thinking through the situation, now she’s probably in the pound for 3 days until she’ll be euthanized, and her babies are probably out there somewhere hungry and crying. I’m not sure what we could have done differently – caught her ourselves and brought her home? That’s really not an option. Because there are so many of them, it’s nearly impossible to get a pit bull into a rescue, and shelters almost always euthanize them b/c of “liability.” At least in Ohio, that’s most often the case. And let’s face it, friends aren’t knocking down my door to adopt any dog…and if they ever were, I’ve already sent one their way. We could have not told anyone and hoped she didn’t get hit…not sure that’s a good option though. I’ll check in with friends there and see if I can get an update on her. Poor girl…and her poor babies.

So this whole situation really does relate back to politics, b/c it reminds me how irresponsible it was for Sarah Palin to call herself a pit bull. It just adds to the propaganda that they are vicious, heartless animals, and that is so not true. I’ve met many wonderful pitties, and the fact that people perpetuate the myth that all of them are dangerous, well, it’s frustrating, b/c it results in almost all of them being put down, at least here in the OH. And that’s just really sad and unfair. 😦

01
Nov
08

day 57 – the word on the street

Day 57

Day 57

“The Word on the Street”
Thursday, 10/30/08

Shirt: Nothing false about hope – available at CafePress. This is not my exact shirt, but CafePress has a fancy new site, and I can’t find mine on there now. I have to say CafePress has been so generous to me with this project…without their help, I would have had a far smaller rotation of shirts. I hope I’ve sent some business their way. They have shirts, stickers, signs, buttons, etc for just about every subject. I love that they offer American Apparel and organic options. They’re also offering $5 off purchases of $50 or more now with the code LOOK50.

Where:
1. Indian –
I wore this shirt in honor of the infomercial, which I think was really successful. At the restaurant, the two men at the table next to us were talking about the election and saying that they had some friends who were still undecided, so they were trying to educate them with the reasons they should vote Obama.

Best story of today is that my parents voted – for Obama, of course!