I have voted in 6 states now, as I moved through the last 30 years. (I even voted for my mother one year when she was no longer competent. I just had to promise that I would do my best to vote as she would have done. That was easy, mom was never shy about her political opinions, and it was a rare area where we totally agreed.) The ballots have never been the same twice it seems, every four years they say they have redesigned them, tweaked them to make them better. They are always a little puzzling. They always seem to include people I have not had time to research.
And in every state there are poll workers doing earnest best to help. Here in Brooklyn there are a lot of elderly people, and there are kids, voting for the first time. And there are people who speak English as a second, or third, language. I feel humbled by them. They have come here from somewhere else, and they are eager to vote, they really care. So the polls here, like the hospitals, are staffed with Spanish speakers, Arabic speakers, Russian speakers, French... (And that is just Coney Island.)
I am so ready to vote, you guys. I know I have spent a lot of time and space, especially on Twitter, on politics. Tip O'Neil famously said that all politics is local. He meant, I think, that the down-ballot choices we make matter a great deal. He did not really live to see the days of Twitter feeds where one has to worry about boring or alarming overseas friends.
I am ready for this thing to be decided. I am ready to think about Marlowe and sailing ships, and the actual events of the world, and our ordinary sized place in them.
In other news, my stove and hot water problems continue. The gas company came out and said I must have a new stove. I am fine with that, but they went away again without fixing my gas. This is presumably because the stove,(which I have been using for three years,) is unsafe. It is true that sometimes if you turn the burners up all the way there are some unexpected flames here and there. It is true that it has no knobs.
I suppose it will be nice to get a new stove. But while I wait we continue to have no hot water. Mike does not mind at all. He took cold showers for years on shipboard. A Navy shower is supposed to take something like 3 minutes. You step into the cold and get skin wet, you step back and apply soap. You step in and rinse soap. He has hardly any hair so he does that with soap too. There is no lingering. I myself prefer a sit in the tub, up to my chin in super hot water. Sometimes I bring a book. I have not been able to do that for a while now.
Landlord has put the heat on. This would normally be fine. He is complying with the law which says that it is cold enough in mid October to need the heat. Unfortunately it is in the mid 80's now. We have no real temperature control here, the heaters just go even when the thermostat is at zero. And we are on the top floor. We get all the heat from below too. So we have the windows open and a fan going, which is pretty silly.
Hope you are all well.