November 4th, 2008

obama1

Writer's Block: Secret Ballot

It's hard to ignore the fact that today is Election Day in the U.S. If you went to the polls today, tell us what it was like. Long line? Free stickers? Hanging chads? We want the details.

Got 9:22 bus from downtown, got to top by 9:30, done voting by 9:40, complete with "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker. A breeze. Poll-workers outnumbered voters per usual but there were indeed voters there with me. About 10? 9 more than usual. Went across street to hospital afterward, for my usual weekly allergy shot, which took considerably longer than voting, what with waiting for nurse and then waiting 30 min. afterward (safety rule). Got to work by 11!
Emory

Hi Atlanta

2008

Taken out my office window a couple minutes before the sky went dark. I think we're about 6 mi. away from Downtown, but I can basically see my neighborhood from here, if I crane my neck to the left. The tallest bldg. on the skyline / in the city is the pointy one towards the right, Bank of America Plaza.
obama1

On Auburn Avenue

Once CNN "called it," around 11:30, the boys and I took a walk up to CNN and then down Auburn Ave. towards Ebenzer Baptist Church and the King Center. The whole way there, we felt, saw and heard THE LOVE and THE JOY of the people of this city. We got hugs from total strangers, saw people dancing in the streets, saw grown men jumping and down yelling "Proud to be a black man!" It was pretty freakin' amazing.

Here's a pic from out in front of the church, where there was a whole cosmic moment going on, with chants, T-shirt sales, TV cameras, cruising and lots of cameras.

On Auburn Avenue