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November 4th, 2008
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I Voted!
Brooklyn, NY. Our local middle school. Just under two hours.

City workers get Election Day off (a vestige of a corrupt time in NYC politics, when the city staff were sent out to get out the vote for Tammany Hall). So I figured I'd go at 9:00 and miss the rush hour crowd. The line was all the way around the block and I enjoyed pretty much every minute of it.

I live in what I consider a very politically aware and politically active neighborhood, but I've never seen anything like this. There was such a festive air and so many comments about Democracy in Action. I'd brought the newspaper and Sunday's magazine (because I hadn't done the puzzle). The puzzle turned out to have a Spider-man theme, which somehow seems like a good omen.

My sister told me she had said a Shehechiyanu after voting and I thought that was a great idea, so I did, too.

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From:aurienne
Date:November 4th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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My sister told me she had said a Shehechiyanu after voting and I thought that was a great idea, so I did, too. "

Can you translate that for us not-terribly-jewish folk?
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From:mofic
Date:November 4th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, it's a prayer for when you're doing something for the first time, or the first time in a long time, something happy or wonderful. Loosely translated it is "Blessed are you, Adonay, Our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and allowed us to reach this time."

Edited at 2008-11-04 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From:aurienne
Date:November 4th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I got the sense it was a "hooray" with at least one of our choices (I loved the thing you posted about how Obama's being treated like a Jew by those opposed to him) but more than that, I was lost.

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From:mofic
Date:November 4th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm finding myself so moved by this election. I truly never thought I would see anyone but a white man become POTUS in my life time.

I also thought I'd never see same sex marriage legalized in this country. I now feel confident that I'll see a black man as POTUS in January and national legal recognition of same sex marriage in <10 years.
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From:libgirl
Date:November 5th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
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There was no waiting for me, but I can prepared to park it all day if necessary. :D

Lovely story about your voting :D
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