I hung out at Starbucks this afternoon for a couple of hours. I wanted to be around people, feel the energy, hear what they were saying, see what was going on.
Plus my "I Voted" sticker got me a free cup of coffee. And, if I weren't vegetarian, a free sandwich from Chik-Fil-A, or however they spell it.
But: the energy? Not so much. I talked to some people, and I was sorely disappointed. One guy I know, one of the baristas, said he was going to try to go on his lunch hour (dinner time) but still hadn't decided for whom to vote. This was puzzling to me, since he'd asked for one of the Obama stickers long ago (his mother came in, and she told me he'd put it on his car "just to piss people off."). His step-dad doesn't vote because of the electoral college--he says his vote doesn't matter. The young woman at the beauty supply shop where I stopped to get hair color saw the sticker and said, "Oh, yeah, today's the day to vote. I forgot." I told her she still had time, and she said she couldn't, since she was already at work.
So here it seems to be pretty much a non-issue. Apparently with no Bush running, people can't work up much interest in the whole thing. I tried to engage them in conversation--how can you not have an opinion on Roe vs. Wade, for example? And with an 88-year-old Supreme Court Justice, that matters. But, for many people, it seems not to matter as much as the disruption of their Tuesday night tv schedule. No excitement or energy here.
Sheesh. I'm going for a walk.