Monday, November 03, 2008
Irony and Wonder
My polling precinct is directly across the street from my apartment building and tomorrow I hope the noise from the crowd wakes me up at dawn- it'll be worth waking early just to know that people are voting- I'll wait as long as it takes to get my vote counted. I've waited eight years for this- a few hours in a line won't kill me.
My boss sent a memo today stating that tomorrow he "wouldn't be closely scrutinizing" our time sheets and that we should make sure to vote...I like that. I fear that some GOP-ish companies may not be so generous- stupidly, there is no law requiring time be given to employees to vote...sure, some voters would abuse such a rule, but most would not, I would like to think. I'd wager that more people would vote if their jobs allowed a few hours off- perhaps workers could submit a copy of their paper ballot to the boss as proof of voting - yet another argument for paper ballots!
Here's some irony: tomorrow afternoon I also have an appointment with an agency to determine if I am eligible to have some "wealth spread around" on me. I could use some Food Stamps, rent-money help and medical care, among other things...I had to collect my financial records and paycheck stubs in order to prepare for the meeting; perusing my banking documents makes me wonder how I've been able to survive lately.
I have a 40-hour -per-week job (at just over 1/3 my year 2000 wage, not adjusted for inflation), I seldom spend money on anything except food, gas and bills/rent and yet I find myself applying for Food Stamps- on Election Day, no less!
A lot depends on who wins this election I'm thinking.
Anyway, I felt my groove coming back during my radio show Saturday; I've been sick and depressed for so long that I've forgotten how music can make me happy (Hi, Jackie Sue!) and I'm hoping that this feeling continues for weeks and years to come...
A small wonder: yesterday, my Dolphins won another football game -I'm hoping for more victories- and not just in football!
Another wonder: Today I got an email from one of the artists that I played on Saturday's show- she congratulated me on my awesome musical selections, of course -she is from Colorado, but after a couple of emails, she told me that she has family right here in my town- perhaps one day I'll have the pleasure of hosting an appearance by her on my radio show. I love having live guests!
In any case, it was gratifying to know that my efforts to promote underappreciated music are not falling on deaf ears, so to speak. I sure wish we had the internet back when I was still musically active...it's really a great way to match musicians with audiences and to share good tunes.
(A tip-o-hat to BP)
Note: Some of you have pointed out that I never have mp3s of music posted, despite being a DJ and musician. There are reasons for this:
- I know the odds are against it, but if I got in trouble it could- in theory- reflect badly on the radio station and I don't want to risk that.
- It takes effort and I'm lazy. (This is the main reason)
-I used to have a personal music site but it got almost no hits. One blogger who did listen got so depressed by my cheerful ditties that she didn't talk to me for nearly a year...curiously, I haven't written a single new song since I quit drinking. Not one song.
Hmmm...perhaps I need to examine that.