What I did on election day
I managed to avoid the election almost entirely, although, here, I'm nearly getting mowed down by Jessica “La Capitana”, on her longboard. She's good. Too good, sometimes, she catches everything she even looks at.
I have been riding a longer board myself, as a compensation for for my age and inertial problems. The board's appropriately named "Tombstone". On this day, however, Tombstone was in need of maintenance, and I was on a shorter board, that not only was less stable but had laminar flow problems. I managed to stand up once all day... so spent the rest of my time admiring Jessica's, Trev's, and Ben's moves
Speaking of moving... I moved from my air conditioned apt/office, 30 meters from the beach, to sharing a house with a couple buddies further inland. The positives are - lots more room - I can set up the music studio far better - our own internet (and a real IP address so I hopefully can get back into IPv6 land), a small backyard, a great front porch....
The downsides - too many ninos & ninas during the day, and no air conditioning. I am not sure if me or my gear can survive the lack of air conditioning. I've been moved for 2 days now and my fingers have swollen to 30% bigger than normal, and my super-computer - the water cooled one - refused to boot when I got here. I also liked having an office in the center of town, it gave me hope one day that I'd build a viable business there.
Ah, well, change is good. I like the added space a lot, and I'll be immersed in more spanish on a daily basis, and get closer to achieving my goals for this past year, by next year.
Should have some good waves next week....
So anyway, I managed to avoid the election entirely up until 7PM when I wandered into a bar that was showing the horserace with a bunch of talking heads hovering over the early returns.
I showed up just in time for the hologram. While this might be gee-whiz technology, all I could flash on was a few of the holographic characters from an old British SF show whose name I struggle to recall. SMEG!
So, I started arguing with people - a McCain supporter on the one side, who felt that somebody else should fix his road - or if he did, he should charge an exorbitant toll - and an Obama supporter on the other who spouted so much optimism about the two (now one) party system that I started calling him "Comrade" - and before I got entirely POed and left I told the McCain guy to build his own damn road and charge whatever toll he could get away with, and quoted PJ O'Roarke and H.L. Mencken at the Obama guy...
... and stomped home and finished plugging more stuff in.
For the record, the quotes were:
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."- O'Roarke
"Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want, and deserve to get it, good and hard."- Mencken
I am really glad the election is over. I have a backlog of far more interesting things to deal with....
Labels: election 2008, nicaragua, surfing