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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pasadena Votes

At election time, people often put a sign in their yard or window declaring who they're voting for (and who they want you to vote for). The people who live in this house just want you to vote.

A polling place can be a school, a church or even someone's garage. Late this morning we walked Boz to James Madison Elementary School to cast our votes on a few state measures, and in the presidential primary.

Today was the first time I remember having to stand in line and wait to vote. The poll workers said there had been a steady stream of voters all morning. As I waited, a young man came out smiling. I smiled back.

"My first time voting," he said.

"It feels good, doesn't it?" I said.

"Yeah. Feels good."

"It'll still feel this good twenty years from now," I promised him.

7 comments:

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Great post!

kunal bhatia said...

great post! i love what people in the house have done... and your message to the man too...
- Mindless Mumbai

Nico said...

Patriotism can be heartwarming, and you can rest assured us young'uns have it. Love this post!

Jim said...

I am glad you voted, and excited that the Texas primary will help determine who the candidates will be. Its normally decided by the time we vote.

Petrea said...

Thanks everyone, for your comments. It's exciting to have good candidates to choose from this time, instead of feeling like we're voting for "the lesser of evils"!

Andrée said...

I love the small anecdotal stories such as yours. It's difficult to grasp that California has such a personal type of primary. Beautiful home.

Petrea said...

Thanks for your comment, Andree. One thing I love about Pasadena is that, despite our proximity to Los Angeles, it feels small-towny to me.