The Day After – On Resilience

I’ve said much of what I want to say about the events of yesterday on Facebook, mostly in the wee hours, and I’ll paste that in below. A good friend has said that he can’t wait for me to process this whole trip to the US that I have had because he wants to read what I’ll have to say about it. I do feel like it will take some time to wrap my head (and heart) around all that has happened here, for me, to me, since August. I came with two hopes, neither fulfilled, but along the way …

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9 November Will be Scary No Matter What (21 Days)

18 October – 21 Days Three weeks from today is Election Day. Here’s how it feels to me. Hillary will win but not by as much as might be expected. Some of the people who were willing to hold their noses and vote for her to save the Republic will now skip voting for president in confidence (rightly or wrongly) their vote won’t be crucial. The energy levels here in Alexandria have risen and fallen and risen again over the time I have been here. At first it felt as if many were a bit complacent. Then the polls tightened …

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The Standard You Walk Past – 31 Days

7 October I’ve just arrived “home” from watching the Washington Nationals fall to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. My hands (from clapping), throat (from yelling), and heart (from losing) are all a bit sore. And what do I find when I check in with the internet? A 2005 recording of Donald Trump being grotesque and, seemingly, bragging of sexually assaulting women has emerged. Given all he’s said before this should come as no surprise. He is the absolute worst of America in one human being. Suddenly, Republicans who were going to campaign …

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Life Gets in the Way Sometimes – 32 Days

6 October Sorry, kind readers, for going silent for a while. When last we met I had arrived in the Blue (Democratic leaning) oasis of Asheville, North Carolina on my road-trip through Trumpland. My destination was Nashville and, more specifically, a first-ever meeting with my birth-mother. So that was strange and good and exceedingly hard, especially to have done on my lonesome. Thus the silence. Life just got too much for blogging. I don’t think I’ll have more to say about that meeting here, for now. But there is a radio station in Western Virginia that plays nothing but theme …

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From Young Earth Creationists to Drum Circles – Driving in the South: 44 Days

24 September So I missed a day, it was inevitable. I’m writing from the dining room table of my Couchsurfing host in a suburban development outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Yesterday I was first awoken before dawn by two men greeting one another in the car park – strangers saying good morning, and one of them saying something about it all being in God’s hands and the other saying, “Well, you have that right.” I’m in God-fearing country that’s for sure. Trump-country too. And that, really, doesn’t make any sense at all. I stopped into a Baines Books and Coffee in …

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Seeing the Old Dominion (Virginia that is) – 46 Days

I had every intention to be camping right now but a wrong turn found me driving narrow, winding country roads as the sky flared in the pink and pale orange of sunset. So instead I’m drinking cheap beer in an overpriced motel room outside of Appomattox watching an episode of The Andy Griffith Show I’ve never seen before – do you remember Aunt Bea investing in a Chinese restaurant? The tag line of Appomattox County is “where our nation reunited”. But did it? Did the United States ever really reunite after the Civil War? Was in united before? I left …

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Delayed Departure, Definite Direction – 47 Days

21 September I learned last night around this time that I have cause to go to Nashville. So I’m still in Alexandria having spent much of the day plotting my course. This morning I took the water taxi from Alexandria to the hotel and convention centre at National Harbor – that’s across the Potomoc River in Maryland. It was my first ferry ride since coming home from Manly on 27 July. Any day with a ferry ride is a good day. There is Air Space Cyber Conference on at the convention centre – the place was crawling with military officers, …

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Planning a Road Trip – 48 Days

20 September 2016 Hi. I’m not really sure what to write about today. My organiser is off at GOTV (Get Out the Vote) Training in some remote part of Virginia, so the house/office is quiet and has been all day. The phone bank captains are getting the usual Tuesday evening effort going in the usual place. I’m getting ready for a road trip. I’ve hired a car from tomorrow until next Monday. The plan has been to head out along the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia and down to Virginia Beach. I’d like to visit Yorktown and have a …

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Michelle Obama and Me (and another 2,999 or so people) – 49 Days

19 September 2016 Sometime last week I followed a link on Facebook and registered my interest in seeing Michelle Obama speak at George Mason University. As I stood in the kilometre-long queue, ever grateful the weather had cooled, I started wondering when I last attended a political rally with a speaker guarded by the Secret Service. Attended rather than worked, that is. I decided it was probably when I saw Geraldine Ferraro speak at Northwestern University in 1984. Funnily enough 32 years later and the crowd waiting for Michelle Obama was much the same, in some ways – more than …

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