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Tuesday night looks

November 6, 2008 pm30 3:43 pm

My face does not hide my reactions; most people can instantly tell when I’m happy, angry, confused…

Tuesday around 6 I needed a ride to meet some friends. A woman I met recently offered to give me a lift.

We’re chatting on the way to her car. She’s about 50 – I’d thought a bit younger. She’s thinking of moving somewhere warm. Then she asks about the election (and is anxious to get home, seems concerned that she make it in time, though there’s plenty of time left.)

I tell her I think Obama will win, and fairly easily. It’s not that I’m particularly smart, but I’ve been reading the numbers sites (starting with fivethirtyeight.com) and the analysis seems good.

It’s already dark – she can’t see my reactions, the looks on my face. But you can imagine.

“I’ve always been a Republican” (imagine)

five silent paces

“But eight years is enough” (imagine now)

a few more silent paces

“He cost me my son”

I understood why she was in such a hurry to make sure her vote counted.

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  1. November 6, 2008 pm30 3:59 pm 3:59 pm

    Wow! I was talking to one of my students about the election. She told me she wanted Obama because her brother is in the military. She wants him home. While I didn’t have the same chills as your story gave me, it made the whole election so much more real to me.

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