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September 21st, 2006
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  • I am now the proud owner of a 2007 Nissan Versa. I pick it up tomorrow (it would have been today except for the fact that I'm going to the Cow Parade auction). This is the first time I've owned a car in something like three years, and it's the first time I've owned a new (or even recent) car.
  • I mailed in my voter registration form yesterday. This is the first time I've been registered to vote, and November will be the first time I vote.

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From:jarel
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on both :)
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:magid
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
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You registered to vote? What changed your mind?

I think the world's ending.
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From:library_sexy
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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I did just feel a chill in the air :)
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I guess three things sort of came together.
  1. rhysara was appalled that I wasn't registered to vote, and she instilled some civic duty in me.
  2. When in Vienna, I was talking with some educated Austrians, and they asked me if all Americans supported George Bush. And they were serious. It really got me thinking about how the rest of the world views the United States, and what my responsibilities were as someone who represents the United States.
  3. lizzielizzie pointed at a place where I could request a registration form online, so it was very easy to do.
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From:lizzielizzie
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Glad to help!
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From:library_sexy
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Wow so when do we get to see it to kick the tires?
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Um, soon, hopefully. Having this car means that, theoretically, I can see all of my friends more. Of course, practically speaking, a lot of my time is going to be spent driving back and forth between Wellesley and Amesbury.
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From:bitty
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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I mailed in my voter registration form yesterday.


'BOUT FRAKKIN' TIME.

*sweet smile*
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, yeah. Now you'll just have to find something else to pester me about.
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From:bitty
Date:September 21st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm sure it won't be long before you provide me with ample options.
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From:jaq
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Vrrrooooom!
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
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theora says that you'll be annoyed by the color. But she's happy that it's an automatic.
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From:lizzielizzie
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Tell me...is it true that guys find it hot if a girl can drive a stick shift?
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From:queue
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I've never thought about it, but thank you for the image of rhysara slamming a car into 5th gear. Yum.
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From:rhysara
Date:September 21st, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
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I do not slam cars into gear.
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From:jaq
Date:September 21st, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I find it normal if someone can drive a stick shift, and 'old lady' if they can't.
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From:bitty
Date:September 29th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
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I am proud to be an Old Lady American.
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From:jaq
Date:September 21st, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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theora will undoubtedly explain why I will be annoyed by the colo(u)r. The transmission I can deal with.
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From:theora
Date:September 21st, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
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It is blend-into-the-mists gray.
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From:hrafn
Date:September 22nd, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
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I mailed in my voter registration form

*has a heart attack*
*and a stroke*
*and an aneurysm*

*dies*
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From:treacle_well
Date:September 22nd, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
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I hadn't realized (or did I forget?) that you weren't registered to vote.

I'm a little surprised. Welcome to the fold of those who have just enough sense of civic duty to be registered, and to occasionally vote.
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From:queue
Date:September 22nd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Of course, this now means that they can track me down for jury duty.
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From:bitty
Date:September 29th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
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Don't you *want* to sit in judgment? Get to decide some poor fucker's guilt or innocence?
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From:mattlistener
Date:September 24th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
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I was a non-voter for many years too. I'd done an expected-utility exercise in Philosophy class which showed pretty clearly that the likelihood of my vote making a difference in a national election was much smaller than the likelihood of dying in a transportation accident on the way to vote. So, I decided to live in accordance with that conclusion until I came across an expected-utility counter-argument.

After a few years, I found one: policy-makers actually take voting-patterns into account -- they want to stay in office (or get elected), and the history of votes cast in a given area paints a picture of what people in that area want enough to vote about it.



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