Saturday, November 7, 2020

Serendipity

 





It may not be Lourdes or Fatima, but I'll take it.

25 comments:

  1. Happy to wake to radio news that US media has called a result.

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    1. Andrew, I had just come home from getting a bite to eat (Jimmy John's drive-thru, if that's of any importance) and decided to check the news on my cell phone, and there it was!

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  2. Hi, Kirk!

    It's a great day for America, good buddy. Time to salivate, then get to work building bridges instead of border walls. I hope you saw the live footage from Times Square this morning as the jubilant crowd sang and chanted along to Twisted Sister's rock anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It." It was a great moment.

    Congratulations to Team Blue: Joe Biden & Kamala Harris! Salivate... salivate... dance to the music!

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    1. I am salivating, Shady. In fact, the keyboard's all wet.

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    2. Kamala and Joe both nailed their speeches last night. They inspired hope. For the first time in four years I saw a sea of American flags waving in a crowd and didn't have to cringe, feel ashamed and disgusted knowing what they symbolized to the people displaying them. For the first time in four years I feel genuinely proud to be an American.

      As Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tweeted:

      "Welcome Back America!"

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    3. Other than you, Shady, I'm not sure anyone got why I put a clip from Casablanca in my post titled "Quips and Quotations (Current Affairs Edition)"--or maybe they did get it and just didn't find it all that amusing--but I do feel like I'm in just-liberated Paris this morning, so Anne Hidalgo's tweet is much appreciated.

      Vive la USA!

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  3. Happy for my friends in the Keystone State and for so many people around the world!

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    1. Mitchell, I live in Cleveland, and I'm so happy right now, I'm even feeling kindly toward the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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    1. Thank you, Debra. Among other things Trump damaged was relations with your country [if you don't already know, folks, Debra's in Canada] with he put in place those idiotic trade restrictions. Hopefully Biden will reverse all that.

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    1. Thank you, John. Sorry I couldn't be there for your Zoom meeting (whatever a Zoom meeting is--something to do with telecasting yourself on a computer, right?) but I was at work at 8:30PM (unless you meant 8:30PM WALES time--that just this second occurred to me.)xxx

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    2. Just checked the time difference. Still would have been working.

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  6. And now Nevada is called for Biden. On our way to 302.

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    1. Funny you say that, Mike. If you squint carefully at my previous post, the one titled "Post-It Note, you'll see those two mail-in ballots are addressed Reno, Nevada. THAT'S the state I thought (and some were predicting at the time) would put Biden over the top, not Pennsylvania, where Trump was supposedly still leading.

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  7. Meeeeee to!!!!!! Philadelphia is not to be trifled with!!!!

    Congratulations to President elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. That's right, Maddie, you're right there at what turned out to be the finish line, aren't you? You made history!

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  8. Hello Kirk, I am so happy that Pennsylvania (and now Nevada) did this for us, but I am pretty ashamed of Ohio, whose biggest booster I usually am.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, I applied for a mail-in ballot in August. By mid-September it still hadn't arrived. I call up the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and find out they're not sending them out until October 6! I've been mailing my vote in for 12 years now and don't recall ever having to wait that close to the election to get the ballot (but then the stakes didn't seem as high as they were this time around so I may not have committed it to memory.) My ballot did arrive on time (I called to make sure), but I wouldn't be surprised if others didn't.

      I looked at an post-election map of Ohio. The three C's--Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, went for Biden, as did Toledo and the college town of Athens. The votes aren't all in for Dayton or Akron, but they're leaning toward Biden. The votes aren't all in from Cuyahoga's neighbor to the west, Lorain County, but it's leaning toward Trump. That's surprising, since it went to Hillary four years ago (though just barely.) Cuyahoga's neighbor to the southwest, Medina County? Are you kidding me? That's just one big upper-middle class WASP suburb punctuated with farmland, the farmland itself punctuated with country clubs. Drive through its more rural sections and you risk having your windshield damaged by a wayward golf ball. It went for Trump. Youngstown went for Trump, so you know who the Mafia was rooting for.

      You have to remember, Jim, that most of Ohio resembles the American South. Cleveland, really kind of a miniature Chicago, is the anomaly.

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  9. You said it! I never watch elections, specially other peoples' but I held out for 2 days and then I had to watch. I was glued to it. The Four Seasons Landscapers were just the place in which to hear the result, wasn't it?

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    1. Jenny, it could have been worse. Rudy Giuliani might have walked on stage during a Frankie Valli concert.

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    1. They get better as you scroll down, don't they, JM?

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