Hello and Happy Election Day to you all! I'm trying to decide whether to get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch returns, or assume Obama wins and sleep to a normal hour (but not a very normal hour, cuz I have to work at 7). It's a lot more fun to watch returns with someone. In Reinach tonight, some english-speaking girls, about 14 years old, boarded the tram near the international school and were talking about who was staying up all night. It was two Brits and an American, but I think the American has lived here a while. She rolled her eyes and said that so-and-so's parents "who are super american" are having a big party tonight "so they can all cheer to death."
In November 2004, I was a super senior at Fox and was taking a course on Presidential Elections. The class met at 8 in the morning, and I was always flying out the door of Kershner House at 7.55, just at the same time my friend Paul was running down the hill from the Lewis Apartments for the same class. Neither of us ever managed to eat breakfast before we got to class, but I usually had an orange on me, and he often had a candy bar, so we'd tiptoe into class late (though not inconspicuously, because the doors were at the front) and split our fruit and chocolate evenly.
We kept "political journals" in that class. I was sorting through old files this summer and found it.
November 2, 2004
Election night, starting at 5pm…(dun da dun dun…that’s a drumroll, if you couldn’t tell) [I really wrote that and turned it in just like that! My other "journal entries" contain similar nonsense...My teacher probably thought I was nuts!] Exit polls show Kerry in the lead, but I predict Bush will win with Florida and Ohio and all the usual states…and the ones he carried in 2000. I think I estimated his electoral count at 296 or something like that, but I can’t remember for sure. Kerry will take Penn., I think…and probably Michigan and Minnesota too.
We shall see… I’m watching returns with Joe, Paul, and Sam, and the rest of my house. Sam’s the only democrat…he’s being very quiet right now…but when he does talk he says 'it’s not looking good, friends.' Indeed it’s not. The station just called Florida for Bush, and Paul and Joe are leaping around the room hugging each other).