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30
Oct
08

day 56 – the word on the street

Day 56

Day 56

“The Word on the Street”
Wednesday, 10/29/08

Shirt: Obama Mama – available at Cafe Press.

Where:
1. Work day and errands –
So, you all watched Barack’s infomercial, right? Did you cry? I don’t know what it is, but every time I watch him make a major speech, these tears just start. Maybe it’s because every time I feel like he’s talking about my family directly. The company my dad worked with for more than 20 years that just closed and has left him unemployed (anyone hiring?), and my mom’s injury that has left her unable to work, and resulted in a large number of surgeries and invasive procedures – all failed. As a result of these things, not only have their incomes and security diminished (no worries, they’ll get them back), but their expenses have increased, b/c now they have to pay for their own health insurance. It’s a flawed system, and thankfully Barack Obama recognizes that. My family is still very fortunate and we’re all holding strong, but I have to say, it’s really hard to watch your parents facing these challenges when they should be on a nice, peaceful path toward the retirement they’ve worked so hard, for so many decades, to reach.

So maybe that’s the reason for the tears, or maybe it’s the hope. “Hope” and “change” are more than just buzz words for Obama’s campaign – I think he’s telling the truth. Trust is a really appealing characteristic in a leader, and I trust him. I believe him. And I’m inspired by him. Idealistic…maybe…but I’ve been called an idealist before, and I don’t mind that at all. How can we improve ourselves, our planet, our world, if we don’t have hope? I think in this country we’ve been hiding behind excuses lies and complacency, and I think we’re better than that.

29
Oct
08

day 55 – the word on the street

Day 55

Day 55

“The Word on the Street”
Tuesday, 10/28/08

Shirt: MoveOn for Obama. No longer available.

Where:
1. Work day –
I’m struggling a bit to keep up with work…so many deadlines approaching. I dream of being a real, full-time SAHM, without outside work obligations, which is funny b/c my life was so about my work before G was born. I still absolutely love what I do, it’s just that I need more time to do it, and I constantly feel like I’m not keeping up with everything. I suppose that’s the American way, right? I am not sure when we’re going to find time for early voting, but I really hope we do. I also am embarrassed to say that I have not made a single call or knocked on a single door for Obama. It’s not that I don’t want to, and I still hope to do some work for the campaign this week, but it’s frustrating that I haven’t been able to do those things yet. I think I actually had more free time when I was working full-time. I had hour-long lunches, and I could run errands on my way to work (like voting), and occasionally even balance the checkbook while working. Now every minute of my work time has to be spent working or I will fall behind. Fortunately, I really do love the work I do, and I know how lucky I am for that.

29
Oct
08

day 54 – the word on the street

Day 54

Day 54

“The Word on the Street”
Monday, 10/27/08

Shirt: Berkeley for Obama – available at CafePress.

Where:
1. Soup and sniffles –
it seems that everyone around me is sick, and somehow that affects me as much (if not more) than if I was sick myself.  We all stayed in today, made some soup, caught up on SNL (I so love Coldplay), and tried to get some rest.

28
Oct
08

Obama volunteers canvasing our neighbhood

Obama Volunteers

L answered the door when the Obama volunteers came knocking.  Then he promptly came upstairs to encourage me to come down for a photo with them.  I was getting ready for our halloween party – hence the pigtails.

27
Oct
08

day 53 – the word on the street

Day 53

Day 53

“The Word on the Street”
Sunday, 10/26/08

Shirt: Hope – can be purchased in black through CafePress.

Where:
1. Chinese and Trick-Or-Treat –
We tried a new Chinese restaurant today, but I don’t think we’ll eat there again. Also was our neighborhood’s trick-or-treat day. G dressed as an elephant (we figure he can wear the costume for circus protests too:)). I was going to pin his Babies for Obama button on the costume, but after hearing from the people canvasing for Obama that there were such angry McCain supporters in our neighborhood, I figured best for him to go sans button. I wore a t-shirt, of course. Half of the candy he received is vegan…I was surprised. Still all horrible junk, but encouraging for when he’ll actually eat the candy he collects. Meanwhile, L and I will enjoy plenty of taffy this week. L passed out candy at our house and said he had some good comments about our Obama sign. Some people said “we need more of those in our neighborhood.”

27
Oct
08

day 52 – the word on the street

Day 52

Day 52

The Word on the Street”
Saturday 10/25/08

Shirt: Simply Obama – can be purchased through CafePress.

Where:
1. Party –
L made this little short film and we showed it at a halloween party at a downtown gallery tonight. It was a costume party and I had to incorporate an Obama shirt. Cheerleader for team Obama works, right? Lots of positive comments about my costume, but nothing negative. I met a guy who’s been out canvasing for Obama, and he said support seems good. The Obama door knockers visited our neighborhood this afternoon. I got a photo with them too. They said some of our neighbors told them “you’re not welcome here. get off my property.” I suppose every neighborhood has some people like that. We also finally got our Obama sign today. I feel a strange sense of relief in having it…been one of those things on my mental list that I just could not get done.

27
Oct
08

Day 51 – the word on the street

Day 51

Day 51

“The Word on the Street”
Friday, 10/24/08

Shirt: Polar bears for Obama Biden.  Can be purchased from CafePress.  I was inspired to wear this shirt after seeing Gov. Palin wearing her polar bear lapel pin again.  It’s just so wrong for her to try to present herself as anything other than chief enemy to polar bears – and all animals.

Where:
1. Indian –
G’s still not feeling well. We had dinner at the Indian restaurant and came home early to get some rest.