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Election Night in Chicago- epilogue

Posted on: November 10, 2008 1:35 pm

Random Thoughts and Observations:

 1. The sea of humanity we could see ran approximately a 1/4 long and a 1/4 mile wide.  Now I know that was only one side of the stage.  What we were able to see was half or less than half of the attendees

2. Our vantage point was up on an embankment , on a 45 degree angle from the crowd proper shown on TV. All we could see were faces- , Imagine that sweep of just faces !! That is an image I can not  shake.

3 For early November, it was surprising that all of the trees still had not shed their leaves. Combined with the unseasonable warmth, it seemed late summer.

4. Idea of the evening: I suggested to my better half that we just " close our eyes, and let the words flow over us" . Ya know- maybe those Repubs. are onto something with their Messiah talk-- and i could care less, i even embrace it

5. Obama has a most forceful voice and has learned well the skill of voice inflection to drive home a point.

6. To me , the most powerful section of the speech involved the voter from Georgia.

7. My wife and I are still the only people we know who were there Tuesday evening. After having friends of ours brag on and on about the concerts ans sporting events they have all seen, we have the ultimate trump card for them all !!!

8. People I know who have no interest in politics and have to be beat about the head to vote; all remarked  on the speech and were all impressed to one degree or another.

9. Michigan Avenue was closed after the speech, and it is surreal to recall how we walked arm in arm down the midlle of the street.

10.  250,000 attendees, ZERO arrests.



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Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2008 10:04 pm

Election Night in Chicago- epilogue

Thanks Kth,

i would wager that what you were doing that night would have been my second choice for the same evening....

nicely done....

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2008 9:43 pm

Election Night in Chicago- epilogue

BTW Professor. Nice job on the blog. I only wish you were attending a McCain acceptance speech.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2008 9:38 pm

Election Night in Chicago- epilogue

At that moment in time, I was sitting around a campfire along the edge of a moonlit lake smoking cigars and drinking a gin and tonic. Oblivious to what was happening across the rest of the nation. No phone. No internet. No radio. Just two Obama supporters, one McCain supporter and one non-voter.

My friends and I only briefly wondered who won. We talked about days far past and laughed at one another's life mistakes. Humility turned to boisterousness. Joviality reminded us of long held friendships. At that particular moment, none of us cared. We would find out when we got home and fell back into our more mundane routines of everyday responsibilities. Only then would it matter to us. For on that night Obama and McCain supporters were one with each other -- at least in our part of the world.

On the 8th, the float plane showed up to take us home. 4 days and we hadn't even discussed the election whatsoever. No one even thought to ask the pilot what happened. I knew nothing unti l walked into the door of my home and asked my girlfriend what happened while I was gone. I was told the Pats lost. Damn. I was told that Obama won. Double damn.

Al I could think of was the Pats let me down. Damn. I took a nice long hot shower. Hugged my kids and and girlfriend because they don't like how I smell after a week in the wilderness so I had to wait until I was clean. Started a fire in the fireplace. Poured a gin and tonic, and relaxed mesmerized by the flames.

Oh well. Not much I can do. Guess I gotta live with it. I don't mind if I'm wrong. And I hope I am for our country's sake. Normally I am an optimistic man, but today I am filled with pessimism.

I think I'll go light a fire and pour myself a drink. There's a chill in the house and I want to unwind from the day.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2008 11:30 pm

Election Night in Chicago- epilogue

thank you, those are our plans, too.

you can see though you don't even have to worry about the tickets, a lot of unfulfilled good intentions by the easily swayed will make for a lot of extras around 20 Jan. 


Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 5:27 am
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