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When I last posted, I was off to an Obama rally happening downtown, in front of Orchestra Hall. Some say there were up to 3.500 people in attendance, but it didn’t feel that big. After this event, as with most politically-oriented events I’ve come across this election year, I walked away with mixed feelings. Sure, I feel confident in my choice to vote for Obama and happy that he is, by far, the chosen candidate among my friends and family. That part of me is very certain that he will be our next president. At the same time, I realize that I live a rather sheltered life; in order to see a McCain sign in someone’s yard, I would have to venture out to the northern suburbs. I read headlines reminding me that the polls are neck and neck between the two candidates and I start to have my doubts. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

Keith Ellison pumps up the crowd

Keith Ellison pumps up the crowd

But as Mayor Rybak and Rep. Keith Ellison urged the entire audience at the rally, I have to tell 5 people to vote for Obama and they have to tell five people. So, please vote for Obama. And tell others.*

*I especially urge you to take this opportunity to call any of your out-of-touch relatives, because they might not be sure who to vote for and that means free votes for Obama. Even Sarah Silverman agrees with me!

In other news, a group of us headed to Patrick’s cabin on Friday night in lovely Emily, MN. The leaves were starting to change; we got a (feeble) fire going and made s’mores, sang 90s alternative rock songs around the fire, and shamed our hearty Midwestern ancestors by declaring the lake too cold to swim. Weak, I know. But you can’t imagine how cold it was.

Sunset shot by Roxie

Sunset shot by Roxie

In closing, a health tip from your author. For those who haven’t witnessed this, I sometimes suffer from terrible carsickness. On the way back from the cabin on Saturday, I unfortunately had one of my “spells.” What’s the perfect remedy, you ask? A rock show. Better yet, an awesome rock show. Our friends We Became Actors have ended their hiatus and are now getting ready to release an EP. They performed at the Nomad and shared the bill with Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, who must have collaborated with my subconscious because their lyrics totally spoke to me. So I guess live music is the new Dramamine.

(one half of) We Became Actors

(one half of) We Became Actors

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5 Responses to “Reflections”

  1. September 22nd, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    JAG Ultra says:

    Please tell me Mr. Big was included as a campfire song…

  2. September 23rd, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Jake says:

    If you are look carefully on you way to work tomorrow, I believe I saw a McCain Sign in an apartment window above Re-Cycle on Hennepin.

  3. September 23rd, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Jess says:

    I don’t think Mr. Big was sung at the campfire (you know Rox doesn’t know the words that well) but it was definitely sung in the car on the way home.

    And Jake, please point that out to me next time we drive down Hennepin. How strange that a McCain fan would live above a used bike shop and a place called Golooney’s.

  4. September 24th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Margee says:

    Do you have any suggestions for stove-top only SPFs? My life in Mexico is sans oven.:( And tell Rox to get on the MB ball.

  5. September 24th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Jess says:

    Marg, I would fry them in some vegetable oil, then season them. Or you could grill them.