Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Voting ... A-Z

I voted today. They had some new-fangled electronic voting machines. I was suspicious, to say the least. I didn't see a Diebold logo, so maybe they're reliable...

It was weird. They were electronic and new, yet somehow they seemed old. There was a weird dial that you used to navigate through the ballot. Very strange. You'd think they'd use a familar interface. But a dial? Welcome to 1987.

Anyway. I don't have quite the same romantic feelings about voting that Colleen does. Don't get me wrong, I do think it's important. I agree that you have no right to complain about the way things are if you're not active in the democratic process. And I agree that we are supremely lucky to be able to freely cast our votes without harassment. And, as a woman, I definitely feel obligated to vote. Women in the past fought hard for me to be able to vote, so I don't take it lightly.

I think what I'm cynical about is that the process seems dirty. Low voter turnout, the media, the political parties, the corruption, money money money...

OK, what I'm really cynical about is that I live in Texas. Red state. I feel like my vote doesn't count. I can't change anything. Resistance is futile. Yet I try...

Speaking of Colleen, she tagged me in the alphabet game.

So here are 10 things that I like, starting with S:
1. Sam's silliness and sweetness and smartness
2. snowflakes (especially those big fat ones)
3. Sweet Basil's stir-fry veggies and tofu
4. spinach and artichoke dip from the Green House
5. sleeping late
6. Sense and Sensibility - book and movie
7. Sleepytime tea
8. Sarah Harmer songs
9. Spinal Tap (technically, it's This Is Spinal Tap - sue me)
10. Seattle

And 5 things I don't like:
1. surly people
2. sunburns
3. sardines
4. smelly socks
5. stubbed toes

So now I think I'll tag:
Trish with T
Jenna with J
John with Q

5 comments:

The Scarlet L said...

OK, I played along, even though you stuck me with J. At least you didn't give me Q.

Colleen said...

Romantic feelings :)

"Colleen and the midterms, sitting in a tree..."

Deanna said...

Well, I didn't mean romantic in a lovey-dovey kind of way but in a but more like this definition: imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.

John said...

Q?! Okay, since I don't blog, I'll post it here:

Likes:
Q (Star Trek)
Queen
Quesadillas as long as they don't have mushrooms or bell peppers
Q (James Bond)
Q2 by Mark Anundson
Quick-witted people
Qatar -- I hear it's lovely this time of year
Quantum physics
Quiz shows
Questionably appropriate jokes

Dislikes:
Queen Latifah
Q-Bert
Quarterflash
Quincy Carter
Queues

Deanna said...

Impressive! I should have given you X or Z... You didn't even have to use Quizno's, quince, quinacridone yellow, Quark X-Press, quinine...