Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Favorite Time of the Year

This time of year is so beautiful.  I love driving down the road and seeing all of the bright, unusual colors, the sides of the street lined in red, and yellow, and blue.

Wait--did you think I was talking about leaves changing color?  Oh, no.  I live in San Diego.  We don't really do that.

No, I'm talking about all of the people running for office who put their signs everywhere!  I can't think of a more effective way to communicate your position on critical matters than a sign that says merely your name and the office you are running for.  "Oh, Shirley McFoose is running for Treasurer??  She has MY vote!  But only because she has stars on her sign, and her opponent doesn't."

I know some people will say that the signs are pointless, and nobody votes for someone just because of an information-free sign on the side of the road, but those people are WRONG.  In fact, you know how I pick who to vote for?

I count.

Yup.  Every single sign as we drive through our city and county.  I keep a running tab and whoever has the most signs by voting day WINS!  Frankly, it's kind of exhausting and I can't wait until voting season is over and I can go back to just enjoying the scenery instead of making furious tick marks in columns in the name of doing my civic duty.

Ah, politics.  Few things make more sense in our country.

17 comments:

Kristan said...

Lol! Personally I cast my vote for whoever runs the most negative campaign ads! And by "most," I mean both meanest AND greatest number! I mean, if they're spending all that money on commercials -- instead of on services that could actually help constituents -- they obviously really want to win, and thus deserve to! Plus, arguing and placing blame are valuable political skills, so the negative ads let me know how good they are at it.

Holly Dodson said...

My family has a great divide on political signs. I despise people standing on the side of the road, smiling and waving signs at me while I'm stuck in traffic...and my sister is one of them. *facepalm* I can't wait until Nov 3.

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

I can't stand this time of year; we are inundated everywhere with political commercials and candidates throwing poo at each other.

I understand the purpose, but sometimes I wonder if they have lost sight of the reason for this process....

GRRRRRR....

R.S.J. said...

Hallelujah! Amen!

Abby Minard said...

Ha, my method is counting the tv ads, and the ones that are just the most mean and horrible. Because that's who I want to represent me.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. So much more scientific than my pin-the-tail-on-the-politician approach.

Stacy said...

I am such a happier people at my house since we started DVR-ing everything due to Toddler Bedtime. Fast-forwarding Election commercial is WONDERFUL. We read the pamphlet the state publishes and then vote on facts, not slander.

Leigh said...

Give me the leaves anyday!
I'm Leigh Fallon and I approved this message! LOL.

Ishta Mercurio said...

The ads that crack me up are the ones where the candidate is talking and they finish by saying, "I'm so-and-so, and I approve this message." Well, I certainly hope so, since you're the one sitting there saying it. It's like the writing on the box of honey-nut clusters of whatever that says, "this product may contain nuts". Yeah, I got that, thanks.

lora96 said...

Yesterday we had a wind storm of apocalyptic proportions. My favorite moment came when I left for work at 6:45 in the dim and stormy world. I stopped at the (only) stoplight and watched as the fearsome winds uprooted numerous political signs and sent them skittering across the road into the distance.

Audreya said...

I go with the candidate who stops talking after "I'm so-and-so and I approve this message". If they go on and on with "I approve this message because it's the right thing for our country" or whatever, I just can't vote for them. They had their whole ad to say what they wanted to say. If they can't wrap it up before they approve the message, can I really trust them? :-)

Dominique said...

Oh, voting season. It's lovely. I'm getting spammed by my party to remember to vote. I can't wait until it's over so they'll leave me alone. I love that I have the right to vote. I don't love getting spammed about it.

Anita Saxena said...

If my boyfriend read this post. He'd flip. He'd fly to San Diego right now, track you down, and lecture you on the importance of politics. I, on the other hand, like your numerical approach. And stars on the signs are definitely a plus. I hate talking about politics because then things get heated and people start arguing, and isn't there already enough stress in the world? My place is not in the world of politics and I don't feel like I know enough about any political issue to voice an educated opinion about it.

Michelle Wolfson said...

Well Matt Damon called me personally--on my home AND work line--yesterday to tell me who to vote for. Since we don't have signs here in NYC, I'll go with the stars. Wait, is that not the kind of star you meant???

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Eleven Eleven said...

I've created a political bubble for myself. I know the name of the president, and because of all the hubbub lately, I've learned the name of our governor, but beyond that, it's all a blue and red blur. It might be naive and ignorant, but boy, is it blissful. Tivo helps. I use those local picket signs as inspiration for character names and alphabet-finding car games.

Lyla said...

This strategy could save a TON of time on ballot research... maybe I'll do the tallies for my parents while they drive, so they don't replace the research-time with auto-repair-shop-time.