November 3rd, 2008

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This icon has never been more appropriate

Almost there. I can't believe that after two years of non-stop campaign news, we're finally less than 24 hours from the first polls closing.

All kinds of reasons to be excited and nervous and worried, but I've managed to narrow my focus to two: the presidential election, and Proposition 8. And since the alternative is unthinkable, I've made plans to head down to the No on Prop 8 San Francisco headquarters after work, to see if there's anything I can do. I'm not much for making phone calls to strangers, but surely there's office work that can be done, and, well, if not, maybe I'll just suck up the phone phobia for the evening. It might not even be a drop in the bucket, but I at least have to make the attempt.

In the meantime, have two owl-related distractions (I'm always posting moose stuff; it's about time to give the other half of my handle a little love):

Hiding place for sleeping owl is not so hidden after all.
Everyone is fond of owls. (Warning: Flash animation with loud sound, auto-plays with no way to stop or pause, extremely silly.)

Got a good owl picture, link, or story? Leave it in the comments!
let go

My night

So I went to the No on 8 office tonight, as planned, and I ended up on the phones after all, calling people who had volunteered for Get Out the Vote efforts tomorrow, making sure that marriage equality supporters know how to vote and answering any last-minute questions from undecided or unsure voters. I was a little nervous about it at first, but it helped a lot to know that I wasn't cold-calling, and every person I talked to seemed glad to hear from me. Every person confirmed their shift but one, and she was double-booked doing Get Out the Vote for the Democratic party. But she promised to do her part against Proposition 8 at the same time, and it's hard to ask for more than that.

I feel pretty good about it, overall. It was nice to talk to a bunch of like-minded folks, even if I did spend more time talking to voice mail than to people. I even got one person who was standing on a street corner with a "No on 8" sign at that exact minute! And I do feel like I made a little bit of a difference. Probably not much. But a little.

Damm I hope it's enough.