I don't have a land line at home and am thankful to be missing the irritation of all the robotic phone calls that ring at inopportune times during election cycles. My sister has complained about them to me, but I really can't empathize. I haven't gotten a single one.
I'm house and dog sitting for my sister this week, and last night I got three political calls on her land line. Two were for Republican candidates telling me how important it was to vote for them. It felt good to say, "This is a Democratic household," and then hanging up. I felt empowered even though I'm pretty sure they were taped messages and that no one was listening.
The third call was an actual poll. I don't think anyone was listening there either because I was given various options and then had to push buttons to indicate my preferences. Nonetheless, I was excited to be able to "please press 1" to cast my poll vote for President Obama.
It was particularly satisfying since I was casting that vote from a house that has two Romney signs in the front yard. It felt like I was canceling out those signs.
Not that my sister doesn't do a pretty good job of canceling out the signs herself. The Romney signs are on the right side of the yard. The left side is filled with her Obama signs. It's a split household.
Just not quite as even a split as the yard might indicate, since she's managed to raise all four of the voting age kids that grew up there to be solid Democrats. And those Romney signs have already mysteriously disappeared right out of the yard at least once.
Still, it felt good to marginalize the signs a little more.
The rest of the poll went fairly quickly because most of questions seemed to let me "please press 1" for the Democratic choice without having to listen to the other options.
At least until they got to the questions that were asked "solely for statistical purposes." Like age.
It wasn't quite as satisfying to have to listen to all of the age groups that I've aged out of before I was finally able to "please press 5" for being within the 55 to 64 group. I was just relieved that I didn't have to listen all the way through to the end where I assume they finally say, "...or older."
That's something else to be thankful for in this election cycle.
And if those Romney signs were to disappear again while I'm house sitting...