Posts Tagged ‘Election’

Alexandria City Hall, Courtesy Creative CommonsWe had a tiny blow up yesterday. It was uncouth and ill-timed, but heartfully meant. Some background:

Sometimes our existence in Baltimore (academia + overwhelming Democratic majority + progressive art scene + poor people everywhere) leads us to believe the world is full of socially concerned citizens who are nail-bitingly conscious of inequity, la la la. We fancy ourselves a speck in an excitedly-enfranchised populous who are, mentally at least, forging a future with our brave new leader to achieve a more leveled, rational society. Maybe we’re not as politically and community active as we should be but there is a feeling that, post January, we are soldiering along together to undo the Bush years, through a minefield of economic near-catastrophe. Popular support for the marred but promising young administration is strong, we hear on NPR, and we are hopeful that they’ll get us to the promised land, or at least the state of lower health care costs, in the next eight years. Holding hands and striding–

Not so, my friends! Some of us journeyed to red state-turned-purplishblue Virginia for a crash review course in political sensitivity.

Virginia went blue, features a democratic governor, and is in terms of ethnic diversity up north basically a mini UN. Beginning this December, tobacco’s homeland is outlawing smoking in many bars. It’s full of well educated professionals working in Washington. That don’t mean that the good ol’ boys have packed up their confederate flags–or their statues.

We are on King Street, Alexandria, a neighborhood with gentile colonial style brick shops and upscale restaurants that looks a lot like Federal Hill. The buildings are remarkably adherent to the 18th century style and all display white lights delicately arching across the street.

We observe folks smoking in a bar and say, isn’t it amazing people can still light up inside. A guy plops down at our table to have his say. He’s a bit scruffy, and wouldn’t look out of place at the Brewer’s Art on Charles street. Then he opened his mouth.

I’ll call him Chester cause he looks like he stepped out of Dude, Where’s My Car.

Chester: Ya’ll didn’t support him [Obama] did you

Us: Yes, isn’t it great…

Chester: He wants to turn this country into socialism.

Friends: Isn’t this basketball game fantastic? Did you see that play?



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Tiny Fey as Palin

Everyone already saw this SNL skit, but it’s too great to let it pass without a mention.

Here you have it–Tiny Fey as Sarah Palin in Tina Fey glasses, posing at a podium next to Amy Poehler, holding court as Hillary in a pants suit. In her swan-song season, no less.

The comedic dream team somehow sucked the bitterness out of a heretofore conceptual Hillary-Sarah throwdown. Here in Baltimore, this is refreshing. As undoubtedly in other blue-state-country, one doesn’t hear of the dreaded Sarah from Alaska without an ironic quote and a groan.

“I told them THANKS BUT NO THANKS!” 

“The pipeline is GOD’S WILL!”. The war in Iraq is a “task from God!”

As so forth, with much eye rolling.

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Just when my superintendent agreed to replace my dog-wrecked door, forecasters tell us to take cover cause Hanna’s coming through. According to the Baltimore Sun,

“The Tropical Storm Watch posted for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay yesterday has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning, meaning tropical-storm force winds of 39 mph and higher can be expected within 24 hours. Forecasters say Hanna could produce rainfall totaling 4 to 8 inches before the storm ends late Saturday, and even heavier amounts in some locations. Storm surge flooding of 4 to 6 feet is possible near and to the east of the storm’s center.”

Here comes Hanna (from Baltimore Sun)

Here comes Hanna (from Baltimore Sun)

Storm=thunder; Foxy wigs, chews her way through a new door

Gales=nasty beach weather; beach camping canceled (sorry, Sean)

Sheets of rain=dog walking dream

Luckily, we’ll all have lots of time to stay inside and watch our favorite newscasters parse out the deep hidden meaning of Sarah Palin’s collegiate soul-searching.

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Vote for A Baltimore Block

The City Paper’s annual reader poll offers you the chance to decide what is Best of Baltimore in 2008. Like we said, Rock the Vote (don’t forget to choose A Baltimore Block for best local blog!).

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I am an undecided voter

I never thought I’d be one of those clueless people who decide when they enter their neighborhood polling place, maybe looking for a sign from god or if a pigeon looks at me funny. But seeing Obama speak to 13,000 in the Mariners Arena in downtown Baltimore made me rethink my go-Hillary-go mantra. (I had a nightmare recently about and woke up feeling scared and yearning for 1990s Clinton-era comfort).

Check out this video–what Obama says about Americans’ image overseas rings true.

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