Oh man.

Nov. 2nd, 2016 08:03 am
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Thank goodness this election is less than a week away so we can get it overwith, for better or worse, and get on with our lives. I feel pretty confident Trump is going to lose, which is a relief at this point, even though I'm not exactly chuffed about a Hillary Clinton presidency. But then again, I dunno. This is Florida, which may well be a big deciding factor, and it's hard to say. Over the weekend we passed by a Republican field office that had a bunch of people outside waving Trump signs. Then yesterday was my biweekly drive over to St. Petersburg, and I saw a LOT of Trump. Many bumper stickers ("I'm a 'Deplorable' and I'm voting for TRUMP!"), big signs along the road, even a couple billboards along I-4, one of which I wish I could find a photo of. It had Clinton on one side, Trump on the other, with little bullet points under each, and one of the points under Trump was "Unite us" (while HRC, of course, was "Divide us"). I don't think either of them have much hope of uniting us, frankly.

Then last night my Mom called because we hadn't chatted for a while, and during that conversation she told me she'd early voted for Trump. My jaw just about dropped. I knew my sister was a big Trumpalo, and my maternal grandmother, and the rest of that side of the family, and maybe Mom's husband--but my Mom is reasonably intelligent, and I respect her, and I really thought she'd not go to the dark side. "I think he could do some good," she said. It is to laugh. It really bums me out. Let's just get this thing behind us, and get on to the part where we look back on the Obama administration with wistful nostalgia.

We'll be in a cabin near the mountains of northern Georgia for election day. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but at least there shouldn't be riots there. :) The wife and I both early-voted by mail, so that's handled. We'll just watch and see, I guess.

Besides the pall of the election hanging over us, and other assorted things getting me down, life continues. The job is still here, and I still--STILL, when they said by the end of August--haven't gotten the memo about my new role and boss. Other info has been trickling out in the meantime. It's time to enroll for our 2017 medical and other benefits, and of course that got more expensive with less coverage, which stinks. But hey, the vision coverage dropped by 50 cents per paycheck, so I got that going for me, which is nice. They pretty suddenly banned all logos from our old company name from the building, so I had to box up and take home all the various cups and mugs and whatnot I've picked up over the years. The building itself looks like a bit of a DMZ since they pulled down all the signage, leaving ugly holes and old coats of paint showing, and all the room signs are hand-written temporary paper signs, which looks just fantastic. Usually this time of year, we get a giftcard for the grocery store as a thank you and a help with Thanksgiving, but of course that sort of thing is unheard of under the new regime. As are our annual Family Fun Nights at Universal, I'm sure. Haven't heard a thing about the usual Christmas party either, not that I ever go to those. And yesterday I heard that our annual raises, which normally take effect with the first paycheck of the new year, won't happen until March or April. wtf? My old boss has said all along that he expects our annual bonus to still be in place for this year, but at this rate I have my doubts about that, or at least expect it to be a lot less than usual (which will definitely displease me, since it's been a reliable chunk of income each year). The one bright spot is that our annual paid time off isn't changing--I'm a couple years away from getting my 5th week of vacation each year, and I'd heard the new company maxed out at 4, so I was a little concerned. But the 5th week will remain, which is good, and they're also adding the ability to carry over some vacation time to the next year, which might be a nice option to have. They don't pay out unused vacation time, though, so for me there's no real incentive to do that. Oh, and they're cracking down on employee bandwidth usage, video streaming in particular. Hmf. I'm sticking it out for now, but we'll have to see how many more tiny cuts the new company inflicts before I decide the bleeding is too much.

Anyway, rambling and sort of a downer. Sorry. On a brighter note, I did watch The Nice Guys the other day, pretty good flick. :) That's all I got.

Date: 2016-11-02 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericadawn16.livejournal.com

My mom mentioned a couple of times how supposedly the I4 corridor is super important but we haven't been on it since earlier this year before everything.


I'm always surprised when I go elsewhere in Florida and they're big on Trump, too. Here in East Pasco, the Republicans act like no other viewpoints exist...which made me think Hillary was getting desperate to make an appearance in Dade City...although it was kind of neat, too. My brothers both attended that campus back in the day.

Date: 2016-11-02 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Yes, that's what I've been pointing out too. In 2000 the official vote difference was 537 votes giving Bush the win. It was like 0.02% of the total votes cast, an amazingly minuscule number. Since the I-4 corridor is well-populated and pretty evenly divided, it's a pretty critical and decisive part of the state and very much depends on who gets out to vote. So as much as I would rather vote 3rd-party this year, I just don't feel I can take the chance of pulling a vote from Clinton. It's not that I really WANT her to win, but we simply cannot brook a Trump presidency. So I'm doing my part along those lines.

Date: 2016-11-02 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nick-101.livejournal.com
I sure hope Hillary wins. I can't afford to move out of this country yet. :P

I have to work on my benefits thing, too. Novembers are so stressful.

Date: 2016-11-02 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Seriously.. I wouldn't mind moving to Canada on general principle, but a Trump presidency might make even that not safe enough!

Date: 2016-11-02 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewayne.livejournal.com
We voted early last week in person, no line. I can't wait for it to be over, but I also kinda dread the next four years, regardless of who wins. If Trump wins, I expect things to be ugly. If he loses, I expect his followers to be ugly.

The Nice Guys was a much better movie than I expected.

Date: 2016-11-02 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
That is the rub, isn't it? I am hopeful that Trump himself will go down in flames and his brand will become essentially worthless before long. But his followers will still be here, and angry, and ready to make life hell for Clinton and liberals in general.

The preview for The Nice Guys looked great to me, but the reviews weren't so good. I liked it, though, good mix of humor and action, which I always appreciate.

Date: 2016-11-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solteronita.livejournal.com
I'm really looking forward to the election being over, but I'm also feeling anxiety about the results. I've never been this worried about a political outcome before.

Date: 2016-11-03 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Agreed on all counts. Polls really should not be as close as they are at this point. I read this morning that Clinton is polling better than Obama was at this point in 2008, but that's not much consolation. It's TRUMP, how can anyone take him seriously, especially after the past year and a half? It's insanity. And yet here we are. It speaks volumes about the poor civic state of this country.

Date: 2016-11-08 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] re-vised.livejournal.com
Well, today is the day. Our nightmare is either ending or just beginning.

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