The day after the 2004 election, I was extremely hungover. After work, the FG and I parted ways in the downtown shopping area. I acquired a Nordstrom card and bought these shoes, along with many other depression-induced purchases. I don't know why I kept this pair of Ponies all these years, even after holes in the soles made them impossible to wear in the Northwest rain. Now, finally, I'm tossing them in the trash.
Today, I can't wipe the grin off my face as I'm looking at election coverage from around the world. And it just occurred to me that people I've spent Election Nights with in the past decade are all people with whom I'm still in touch.
Stuff that's moved me to tears in the past 18 hours:
- Trivial Kate's Facebook post, saying she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" with 4000 other people in the streets of her old neighborhood last night.
- President-elect Obama's victory speech. Twice, three hours apart.
- The nonstop car horns, cheers, and impromptu street partying in my hometown last night (as well as across the country).
- This BBC video.
- Torgo's wife's Facebook post saying maybe their little boys can be President one day.
- This photo from The Stranger.
- Another friend's Facebook status, saying he voted for change, hope, and his son's future.
- And lastly... the fact that, for the first time ever, everyone in my immediate family voted for the same presidential candidate. La Madre and La Otra Hermana, to my delight and shock, voted the same way as me and Mi Hermana.