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The long march back (Part 2)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Do it again - just not today."

Those were the wise words of the nice old man with the handlebar mustache and the suit who showed me just how to press the buttons and vote for my candidates of choice.

I voted at Maple Point Middle School, where I spent the formative and hellish years of my life. There were about 80 people milling around complete with several nicely dressed politicians ready to pounce on the unsuspecting public as they entered the cafeteria.

There were eight polling stations with blue curtains wrapped around each one. Most people looked restless waiting for their turn to vote. The middle-aged woman in front of me, dressed in a Phillies jacket, turned around and said to no one in particular, "I didn't come all the over here not to vote."

Justification for the journey across the street. Everyone who voted at Maple Point lives in the neighborhoods directly across or adjacent to the school. I nodded in agreement.

The drive back to Amherst was again uneventful. But here are the highlights nonetheless:

-five dead deer on the side of the road in New Jersey (including the one killed last night marked with an orange X)

A special thanks to my poor car. Its been kicking for 10 years now and just recently celebrated its 100,000 mile. It struggled through the 600 miles to and from PA but it survived. The gas stations in New Jersey where despite the fact they pump for you, it's always cheaper. My mom for the $10 she contributed to my journey. And Dave Sedaris for putting his book "Naked" on CD.


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