Election Night Open Thread
[I'm going to leave this post sticky so people can continue to reflect on the election. Although I'm pretty bearish most of the time, I'm more like a cub, right now. --lambert]
I would have put this post up earlier but yes, well, interesting metaphor: I've been taking the bus into "downtown" Bangor (pop. 33,011) just to feel like I'm in a big city, and doing work at a reasonably hip coffee shop, and it actually does help; I've gotten a lot of work done.
So, around 3:30PM, getting read to to back and launch the live blogs, I discovered that I had lost my precious bus pass, my ancient card with the finicky strip wouldn't work in two ATMs, I never carry cash because the pass and the card! and not only not the coffee shop give me a cash advance of one dollar and twenty five cents for the bus with purchase of fancy Italian soda, their competitor wouldn't either. Also, I am cell free and the world doesn't have payphones any more. Stranded!!!
Well, matters ended happily -- despite the onrushing cold and the dark, it being Maine in November -- because I found an ATM that took my card, perhaps because I gave the strip a good staticky rub on my nice sweater. So I had money for the bus. But the brief experience made me think a little about what it would be like to be homeless with "no place to go," about fragility, and about how easy the country makes it for people to go under. And not like Zarathustra.
Too bad the election hasn't been about any of that!
Anyhow, consider this the open election thread.
I'm both here, at the intimate cocktail party, and over at NC, at a massive and noisy tailgate party, but I will try as best I can to be an attentive host. That said, talk amongst yourselves!