A Historic Day

History will be made today. We will either elect the country’s first African-American president, or we will elect the country’s oldest president and first female vice president.

It’s an exciting day to be an American. Despite the barrage of advertisements and the dirty politicking that always occurs, I’m always excited on election day. I sure don’t enjoy being at work until after midnight, but I do love covering the elections. I love being the first with the numbers here locally. I love doing live reports and interviews.

But, what I love most about this election is the excitment. There is no trace of the apathy that typically plagues elections in this country. In our county, we usually have a 40 percent turnout for elections. We had that many voters cast ballots just for early voting. Our election officials are predicting an 85-90 percent total turnout. CNN is reporting that about one-third of the country’s registered voters went to the polls before election day. That just blows my mind.

Many Georgians were out early today. Lines started forming in Atlanta at 5 a.m., two hours before the polls opened, and lines now are about two hours long. And that’s expected to be the case throughout the day.

I’ve never thought about participating in advanced voting before as I enjoy going to the polls on Election Day, but I’m sure glad I did this year. My 5-minute wait was nothing compared to what voters will be facing today. But it’s worth it. And if I hadn’t been able to vote early, you would find me standing in line today to make my voice heard.

It’s going to be a great day, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out and who our next president is. Did you vote early or are you goingto the polls today?

Mandatory Phone Upgrade

My cell phone died today. When I say died, I mean it pretty much broke in half. I have a Motorola Razr, and now the top half is dangling from the bottom half by a wire.

broken cell phone

I’m still trying to figure out how in the world that happened. When Joe called me this morning, I noticed a metal piece had come off the left side, but it still worked. Then, he tried calling me and the screen filled with blue lines and went black. After that, the top piece fell apart. It’s just crazy. I’ve never had any problems with this phone before, and I’ve *never* had a phone fall apart on me like this before. It’s a good thing Joe’s due for an upgrade. And now I have a pretty good excuse to use his upgrade! I was thinking about getting a Pantech Matrix. I think the sliding keyboards are neat, and it has a qwerty keyboard like the Blackberry and Blackjack but doesn’t seem as bulky. Plus, it has XM Radio and I can transfer music from ITunes onto it. I just wish it came in pink! I love how my Razr was bright pink.

pantech matrix

However, I decided to get the LG Vu, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a touch screen, and it’s awesome. I absolutely love it. I got a pink case for it on ebay yesterday. I can’t wait for that to arrive.

lg-vu

I was going to get the Iphone, but since Joe’s line was the one able to be upgraded, we would have been charged twice as much as we are now for the Iphone plan. It was definitely more cost effective to wait until my line is due for an upgrade in April.

What kind of cell phone do you have?

Weekly Winners — 10/26/08-11/01/08

First fire of 2008.
fire

fire

fire

Cat in a box.
cat in a box

cat in a box

Working out.
working out

Callie thought she’d help by opening up their food.
a new way to open cat food

Check out more winners over at Lotus’ blog.

NaBloPoMo Begins

It’s November 1, and that’s means it’s the beginning of NaBloPoMo. NaBloPoMo now occurs every month, each with a different theme, but since November is the original month I decided that’s when I would do it each year. Let’s hope I can find something to talk about every day! November is always tricky because of Thanksgiving. We go to both of our parents’ houses each year, so finding a way to blog at my in-laws’ cabin could be difficult. Do any of you plan to participate in NaBloPoMo?