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I guess I’m more emotionally wrapped up in the election than I thought. I could hardly sleep last night. I’ve been watching CNN and MSNBC most of the day (and I almost never want to watch TV).

I ran a final four miles to complete my hundred miles against Bush, and wound up my run at my polling station, all sweaty, at about 11:30 a.m. In the end, I voted for Kerry-Edwards, though until the last moment I had been considering voting for David Cobb, the Green candidate. It was my third presidential vote, and my first not for Nader and the Green Party. Ultimately, I decided that it was important for Kerry to win the popular vote to give greater legitimacy to the movement to abolish the electoral college system. But I voted straight Green Party ticket otherwise.

In a little over an hour, they’ll start to announce the results. I’m trying to shake off the grogginess and grumpiness that comes from not sleeping last night, and get up the energy to go election party-hopping.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?

My roommate Barbara has been really worked up about the election, even more so than me. Maybe it’s because she still has some faith in the Democratic Party. I just think they’re less bad than the Republicans, but Bush has been so very very bad that I’m willing to support less bad this time. Anyway, Barbara, who works from home, couldn’t sit still today, and busted out of the house mid-morning to go down to Kerry headquarters to volunteer. As she was leaving, I said, “It’s like Christmas Eve!” She said, “Well, sort of, though you don’t know whether you’re going to get a big lump of coal or the best present of your life.” I don’t know if a President Kerry would be the best present of our lives, but it does beat a lump of coal. Or an oil slick, as it were.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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