Friday, September 28, 2012

Late night, early vote

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" Isaac Asimov

PAUL PLAYED A concert in Okoboji last night. It was an all-day and almost all-night deal. He'd been asked by John Michael Coppola, who was a member of the cast of Jersey Boys in Chicago and in one of the two national touring companies, to be the bone in the horn section 


John Michael Capolla

Paul's day went like this: clean out and gas up the van, drive four hours (the trumpet and sax rode with him, not the instruments, well yes the instruments, but I meant the players), unload, rehearse for three hours, wolf some food, play the concert, turn around and drive four hours home, try to unwind enough to go to sleep at 1:00 AM, find no success until 4:00 in the morning. 

And you thought the music biz was glamorous.

Paul was really happy to see Aunt Sally, her husband Ralph, cousin Anne and Anne's husband Brian. They were nice enough to make the trip to see him perform. Anne has always been a favorite of Paul's. Her personality is as sweet as her singing voice — and Brian is a talented musician as well. Musical giftedness runs in the Fairchild (maternal) side of Paul's family. We'll talk about what runs in my family some other day when we both — you and I — have the strength for it. 

For me yesterday turned out to be a perfect storm of crises, one after the other, none of them anything I could fix without Paul. I swear that somehow these problems save themselves up until he's out of town in order to blindside me when I'm alone.

Yesterday was also the first day for early voting in Iowa. The county auditor's office is exactly one block from ours. Cross the street, walk down a sidewalk, and bam, we're there; doesn't get any easier than that. Thousands of Iowans vote by absentee ballot, but I'm just old fashioned enough and paranoid enough to want to put my ballot in the ballot box in person.

I was going to walk over yesterday while Paul was away and check that off my to-do list, but I'd been up since 5:30 in the morning in a suit and pair of very high heels, which by the end of the day, I had determined were not shoes to go for a stroll in even for that short distance. Besides Paul and I always walk over together to vote, so that's what we did this afternoon.

Wanna know who I voted for? Take a stab. Here's a hint: I voted to retain the Iowa Supreme Court justices.
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