I woke up this morning, did my deep breathing and flexibility and stretching exercises (karaoke at Sonny’s Tavern in Little Italy Sunday night) and took my shower and dressed and made sure I had my voter registration card in my wallet and then I strolled the six or so blocks to my polling station.
The weather was very pleasant, mild (around 65) and partly sunny. It was around eight-thirty in the morning. There was lots of vehicular traffic on the avenue in front of my apartment building and pedestrians (many seemed to be young college students with packs on their backs) walked with purposeful strides.
My polling station is inside of a church. Over the years I’ve voted there many times for mid-term and presidential elections; but this was the first time I was going to vote in a primary election. I felt comfortable and the volunteers were relaxed, friendly and professional.
I put on my reading glasses and began.
One question on my electronic ballot made me laugh out loud which made one of the volunteers sitting near by (he was reading a paperback book) to look up and ask me if everything was okay. I said everything was fine.
What was the question? It went something like: “Should the constitution of the State of Pennsylvania be amended to abolish the traffic court of Philadelphia?”
I am not making this up.
What the fuck did I know about the traffic court of Philadelphia? And why would you abolish a city’s traffic court? Doesn’t every large city need a traffic court?
I voted no…Hell no!
I reviewed my ballot and pressed the Confirm block on the screen and I was done.
I strolled back to my apartment building feeling relaxed and virtuous and singing songs by The Doors (the ones I plan to sing at Sonny’s) under my breath and looking forward to my next beer Friday morning at Armand’s in Little Italy.
Well, now I’m back at my workstation and a new day of blogging has begun.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Today in The ‘Burgh the high will be around 70 with a mix of clouds and sunshine and the possibility of rain.