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You only get sworn in as President once, it'd be nice if they could not screw it up. Almost as bad as Neil Armstrong blowing his lines.

Aside from that, it was my brother's birfday. He turned 21. This is a perplexing development, as I'm fairly sure he was a small baby yesterday.

And something quite good was accomplished by a person dear to my heart! (I almost wrote that something good "happened to" her, but that would be very inaccurate.) A painful chapter was closed and a new beginning embarked upon. Sorry this is about as detailed as a newspaper horoscope, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tell people about it. :P

My sinuses didn't explode. A friend suggested I boil water and put a towel over my head and breathe the steam, which was sound advice. I can sort of breathe now, which is an improvement, though talking is touch and go.

I discovered there is a "low cost" optometry clinic somewhere, which I need because I don't have eyeball insurance and my glasses aren't glassing very well. To sign up for it you apparently have to call on a Thursday between 11:30 and 12:00. To be honest this is not very encouraging, but we'll see. I expect there's a long waiting list.
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You only get sworn in as President once, it'd be nice if they could not screw it up. Almost as bad as Neil Armstrong blowing his lines.

Aside from that, it was my brother's birfday. He turned 21. This is a perplexing development, as I'm fairly sure he was a small baby yesterday.

And something quite good was accomplished by a person dear to my heart! (I almost wrote that something good "happened to" her, but that would be very inaccurate.) A painful chapter was closed and a new beginning embarked upon. Sorry this is about as detailed as a newspaper horoscope, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tell people about it. :P

My sinuses didn't explode. A friend suggested I boil water and put a towel over my head and breathe the steam, which was sound advice. I can sort of breathe now, which is an improvement, though talking is touch and go.

I discovered there is a "low cost" optometry clinic somewhere, which I need because I don't have eyeball insurance and my glasses aren't glassing very well. To sign up for it you apparently have to call on a Thursday between 11:30 and 12:00. To be honest this is not very encouraging, but we'll see. I expect there's a long waiting list.
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Nano total: 17528. On track. It's scary how close I am to half done.

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The job application page on the Obama-Biden web site includes "gender identity" in the list of things they won't discriminate against you for. That is not the standard boilerplate; "gender" and "sexual orientation" would be expected, but usually trans folks are not specified. This appeared on Gay News Blog so now everyone knows about it, but I actually had noticed it before when I was looking at the site. Then I kinda forgot about it.
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Nano total: 17528. On track. It's scary how close I am to half done.

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The job application page on the Obama-Biden web site includes "gender identity" in the list of things they won't discriminate against you for. That is not the standard boilerplate; "gender" and "sexual orientation" would be expected, but usually trans folks are not specified. This appeared on Gay News Blog so now everyone knows about it, but I actually had noticed it before when I was looking at the site. Then I kinda forgot about it.
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When Obama won I was in Magister's Terrace. If I had known people would ask where I was, I would have taken a screenshot.

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Nano total: 9350. Today turned into a good day, I used some things I got from bouncing ideas off [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore, and managed to increase my lead. I think I even could have written more, but I am le tired.

In retrospect I should have copy/pasted what I chatted to her about the history of the world and one of the main characters and counted it as awkward exposition. Anything for words. WORDS.

This is very hard for me, because I am used to picking every word to death when I write, and there is simply no time to do that. Of course I can do it after November, and hopefully I won't be too sick of it to do so then. It is hard to let go and just write anything, but of course that's how you get actual ideas. You don't get any staring at a blank page.
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When Obama won I was in Magister's Terrace. If I had known people would ask where I was, I would have taken a screenshot.

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Nano total: 9350. Today turned into a good day, I used some things I got from bouncing ideas off [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore, and managed to increase my lead. I think I even could have written more, but I am le tired.

In retrospect I should have copy/pasted what I chatted to her about the history of the world and one of the main characters and counted it as awkward exposition. Anything for words. WORDS.

This is very hard for me, because I am used to picking every word to death when I write, and there is simply no time to do that. Of course I can do it after November, and hopefully I won't be too sick of it to do so then. It is hard to let go and just write anything, but of course that's how you get actual ideas. You don't get any staring at a blank page.
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Far more than the victory of a specific candidate, what I wanted was a relatively clean election that was not full of blatant fraud. I don't think our country could have withstood another administration whose legitimacy was questionable. The US will collapse someday -- all world powers do -- but I would really rather it not take place in my lifetime, because I have a lot of other things to do and it would have been very inconvenient.

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Nano total: 7272. I wrote more than 1667 today and am thus still ahead by a small margin.

I spent so long in HP fandom that even though my thing takes place in the US, I find myself automatically replacing pants with trousers, sweater with jumper, and sneakers with trainers.
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Far more than the victory of a specific candidate, what I wanted was a relatively clean election that was not full of blatant fraud. I don't think our country could have withstood another administration whose legitimacy was questionable. The US will collapse someday -- all world powers do -- but I would really rather it not take place in my lifetime, because I have a lot of other things to do and it would have been very inconvenient.

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Nano total: 7272. I wrote more than 1667 today and am thus still ahead by a small margin.

I spent so long in HP fandom that even though my thing takes place in the US, I find myself automatically replacing pants with trousers, sweater with jumper, and sneakers with trainers.
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Part of our window display is a shirt hanger with room for a hat on it. What shirt and what hat are displayed is very important, because people always come in and ask for whatever is there. We wanted to put an Obama shirt on it so that people will buy the last of them before the election, and we wanted to put a Halloween hat on it so that we won't be stuck with leftover Halloween hats.

When we first did this, my boss was very worried about sending an unintentional message by pairing Obama with a negative hat. She decided on the pirate hat, because in her opinion people like pirates. ("Pirates are good, right? Swashbuckling.") Upon selling the last pirate hat, she began fretting again... now there were very few choices left.

- sort of Egyptian hat with a snake on it. "NO! Not the snake charmer hat."
- medieval princess hat. I rejected this because it would not stay up.
- furry hat with cat ears? "People will think it's a monkey."
- various witch hats.

I persuaded her that a witch hat would be okay. She wanted to veto it, but I rallied: "Witches are okay. There are good witches. Like Glinda."

We went to look at the display from outside.

"I don't know," she said.

"I think it's fine," I said. "It's not saying Obama is a witch. It's saying, I'm a witch and I support Obama. Witches for Obama!"

She liked this and we came back in laffing and yelling about Witches for Obama, which made the merchandiser look at us like we were insane.
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Part of our window display is a shirt hanger with room for a hat on it. What shirt and what hat are displayed is very important, because people always come in and ask for whatever is there. We wanted to put an Obama shirt on it so that people will buy the last of them before the election, and we wanted to put a Halloween hat on it so that we won't be stuck with leftover Halloween hats.

When we first did this, my boss was very worried about sending an unintentional message by pairing Obama with a negative hat. She decided on the pirate hat, because in her opinion people like pirates. ("Pirates are good, right? Swashbuckling.") Upon selling the last pirate hat, she began fretting again... now there were very few choices left.

- sort of Egyptian hat with a snake on it. "NO! Not the snake charmer hat."
- medieval princess hat. I rejected this because it would not stay up.
- furry hat with cat ears? "People will think it's a monkey."
- various witch hats.

I persuaded her that a witch hat would be okay. She wanted to veto it, but I rallied: "Witches are okay. There are good witches. Like Glinda."

We went to look at the display from outside.

"I don't know," she said.

"I think it's fine," I said. "It's not saying Obama is a witch. It's saying, I'm a witch and I support Obama. Witches for Obama!"

She liked this and we came back in laffing and yelling about Witches for Obama, which made the merchandiser look at us like we were insane.
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There was an Obama event somewhere today, and many people who came into the store had temporary tattoos that they got there. Some had his logo and some had his face.

Did John Kerry have temporary tattoos? I think not!
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There was an Obama event somewhere today, and many people who came into the store had temporary tattoos that they got there. Some had his logo and some had his face.

Did John Kerry have temporary tattoos? I think not!
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Customer: Did you watch the debate last night?
me: No, I don't watch TV.
Customer: [distressed, as though I had said 'I don't care'] Oh!
me: Don't worry, I vote. Just not based on anything that's on TV.
Customer: Oh. Did you see that thing about undecided voters on the Colbert Report?
me: No...
Customer: Oh. You don't watch TV.
me: No.
Customer: My son doesn't watch TV either.
me: Good. It rots your brain.
Customer: Ha ha! *leaves quickly to get away from the scary man*

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Final result 2004
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Customer: Did you watch the debate last night?
me: No, I don't watch TV.
Customer: [distressed, as though I had said 'I don't care'] Oh!
me: Don't worry, I vote. Just not based on anything that's on TV.
Customer: Oh. Did you see that thing about undecided voters on the Colbert Report?
me: No...
Customer: Oh. You don't watch TV.
me: No.
Customer: My son doesn't watch TV either.
me: Good. It rots your brain.
Customer: Ha ha! *leaves quickly to get away from the scary man*

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Today's polls

Final result 2004

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