04 November 2008

The suspense is killing me

I can't post today. There are too many things on my mind — especially the elections of course. It's going to be a long day.

I've been up cooking since 7:00. I made a variation on sauce bolognaise using chunks of stew beef (bœuf à bourguignon) rather than ground beef, along with onions, carrots, herbs, mushrooms, and a lot of tomatoes. It went into the oven at 8:30 a.m. It's a recipe from a young chef in Montréal named Louis-François Marcotte that I got off the web. I'm ready for lunch but it's way too early.

More tomorrow.


  1. Ken

    If Ohio comes in for Obama ( just after 7:30 PM here on the east coast ) , he is on the right path .
    BTW: Dixville Notch, NH for Obama :-)

  2. I am really anxious to know how my state, North Carolina, votes. It has traditionally been Republican but I think Obama might take it tonight. Fingers crossed!


  3. My bro told me that KY will have some early returns since their polls close at 6pm EST. KY won't tell much of a story though. Our first best hope (of a landslide for Obama- remember I'm an optimist) will be the state of Virginia. If VA turns blue, we can give a big sigh of relief.

    I just got back from voting at my nearby school. No lines whatsoever. If I were a conservative, I'd have a hard time voting the ticket this year. Maybe those folks will stay home;-)

    This election is so exciting. The suspense is getting to me as well. Hang tight, Obama years will soon be in our sight.

  4. I think today will be a lost day. I have so much to do, but it is all desk work. That means I will be surfing between news sites all day.

    I have no hope for my preferred choice for president and have begun to focus on local and state races. It should be an interesting day.

  5. We always vote absentee, but this time I took my ballot to our polling place on my way into work just to be part of the crowd (and knowing all I had to do was drop my ballot off). I can't ever remember seeing that many people in line to vote. Here's hoping...


    PS: No way to correct a typo without deleting a comment and reposting.

  6. Maybe this assessment today from my favorite politics website, FiveThirtyEight.com, will make you feel better, Ken:

    "Today's Polls and Final Election" Projection: Obama 349, McCain 189
    It's Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, Election Day in America. The last polls have straggled in, and show little sign of mercy for John McCain. Barack Obama appears poised for a decisive electoral victory.

    Our model projects that Obama will win all states won by John Kerry in 2004, in addition to Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, Florida and North Carolina, while narrowly losing Missouri and Indiana. These states total 353 electoral votes. Our official projection, which looks at these outcomes probabilistically -- for instance, assigns North Carolina's 15 electoral votes to Obama 59 percent of the time -- comes up with an incrementally more conservative projection of 348.6 electoral votes.

    We also project Obama to win the popular vote by 6.1 points; his lead is slightly larger than that in the polls now, but our model accounts for the fact that candidates with large leads in the polls typically underperform their numbers by a small margin on Election Day.

  7. Thanks, Bob, let's hope FiveThirtyEight is right. I know Walt follows that site but I haven't. N.C. is such a different state now compared to 25 years ago -- or 40 years ago when I lived there. The population has gone from 4 to 9 million or something crazy like that. I hope they bounce Liddy Dole out of that Senate seat and of course that Obama takes the presidential contest.

  8. Tony has informed me that he is eating dinner in front of the TV, and that he won't be chatting much tonight. I'm welcome to join him if I like.

  9. I just voted! It's so exciting!! Huge, long lines this morning at the opening of the polls this morning at 6:00 a.m., but no line to wait on this afternoon. I'm so excited! They mentioned on NPR this afternoon that around the world, people are staying up all through the night... and I pictured Ken! :)) (Ken, by the way, were you and Walt able to vote by absentee ballot, or no, because you're not living in the U.S.??? How does that work??)

  10. Never in all my approximately 40 years of voting have I seen so many people (including me) so excited about an election. When we went to vote here in Virginia this morning at about seven we encountered a line--not a long one, but the first we've ever experienced there. I don't know how those people voted, of course, but it looked to me like there were a lot of Obama supporters. I'm hopeful Virginia will come through for us.

  11. ken FYI

    if you want to see what is happening across the land


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