This could have been really easy to blow off – the baby, I’m running late, I need to get to work, etc – but I was really motivated to vote againstToni Berrios, who has been filling our mailbox daily with expensive fliers and papers supporting her obviously well-funded smear campaign against Will Guzzardi. Seriously. Some days we’d get up to three different oversized glossy mailers saying Guzzardi supports sexual predators and all kinds of crap. Also, Guzzardi seems like a breath of fresh air. And, it gave me a good excuse to get a great cup of coffee at Gaslight.
Interrupting my Hawaii updates for this PSA: Vote!
Last year my polling spot was the Logan Square library, but this year things have been redrawn and I had to go to a senior citizen apartment building on Sacramento. There was no line. The big holdup, for me, was because I was the first person to request touchscreen instead of paper. The people there could not figure out how to get the touchscreen working so I had to do it the old fashioned way on paper. Not a huge deal, but man, it sure seems so antiquated! At least I didn’t have to punch anything. I just had to draw in the line with a pen.
As I approached my office, I saw that a lot of roads are already blocked off. I think Biden is arriving in Chicago soon and Obama will be here sometime after that. They’re going to be at the Fairmont, across the street from my office. The campaign headquarters is two buildings away. I’m sure it’s gonna get crazy around here!
Around 4:45 p.m. someone noticed that Lake Shore Drive (on the left in these photos) was totally empty. Barack Obama would be headed up to the Fairmont to meet up with Joe Biden. We watched for a while and then someone noticed a ton of lights progressing north around the Field Museum. Sure enough, a few minutes later we watched the entire presidential motorcade. So cool!!!
In early January I shook Rahm’s hand when he was out campaigning at the California Blue Line station. Actually, I was so focused on getting the inbound train that was pulling up that I didn’t really get what happened until a few seconds later, after I dashed up the stairs to the platform. My impression was that he was short (he is 5’5″). Also, someone asked me if I could feel his missing finger when he shook my hand, but it was so fast and I had gloves on, so I don’t remember.
I did not vote for or against Rahm Emanuel. It was something that got screwed up in our wedding planning. We were in Hawaii during the vote. Some of my friends were smart enough to arrange their voting before they left, but it was something that just blew by me. He’s in now. Guess we’ll see how it goes!