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What an exciting day!

We have a new President.

I was lucky enough to take a break from working and watch the Inauguration ceremony with my co-workers in a conference room.

And for those of you curious as to what everyone ate at the Inaugural Lunch, both the NYT and Epicurious were kind enough to post details on the menu (which included mac and cheese for the kids! That’s what I had!!)

The Menu

Seafood stew in puff pastry including scallops, shrimp and lobster
(Abe loved seafood)

Main course
“Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)” served with sour-cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes
(Abe ate root vegetables and wild game as a child in Indiana)

Apple cinnamon sponge cake and sweet cream glacé
(Abe liked apples)

Recipes are available.

Photo credit to this ragazzo via a Google search.

You best be voting.

What an exciting time. As I write this, it’s late in my work day; I’ve had a few productive moments, but most of today has been spent trying to find any sort of actual update about the election. It’s far too early to tell, but maybe by the time you read this, we’ll know what happened. And whether we’re happy or sad.

I voted at 7:15 this morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church a few blocks away. I stood in line with a lot of other young professionals, some couples, a few dogs and babies. I passed the time (nearly an hour) reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and eavesdropping on others’ conversations. I felt very relaxed and patient because I knew I was doing something important. And I knew being late to work wasn’t a big deal.

So, if you haven’t voted and are reading this in time, please go vote! I don’t care who for! Be proud to be an American, which is difficult to remember sometimes when considering our reputation in some parts of the universe, or the state of the current economy, or whatever else makes you feel disappointed. Your vote can help change that!

I’m posting this widget with no telling of what color it will be tomorrow. Here’s to hope.

I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling

I’ve got a pretty nasty cold right now, but TGIF. Here’s one thing to feel good about when your voice is cracking like a thirteen year old boy.

Thanks, Kate!

“You can literally register to vote while you’re pooping.”


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