I Voted!

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Image Credit: James Pyles – Cover of Philip K. Dick’s novel “The Man in the High Castle”

Now before you freak out at the photo, no I didn’t vote for the Nazi party or the Axis powers. My son and I were discussing the television version of the late Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle last Sunday, and I realized I probably hadn’t read the novel since the mid-1970s.

So after voting, I swung by the Public Library and checked out a copy. Since public libraries have free and totally unrestricted WiFi (Hooray freedom!), I took the opportunity to email this photo to myself so I could post the image all over the place (blogging, social media, etc…). So here it is.

I took an early lunch so I could hit my polling place while it was relatively uncrowded. Really, I was in and out in about fifteen minutes, and it’s like a five-minute walk from my house. I was tempted to stop by home, but my wife is watching our three-year-old granddaughter while her Mom’s at work, and I know that while she’d be happy to see me, she wouldn’t understand why I couldn’t stay.

So I gassed up the car and hit the library instead.

Not writing so much on this blog lately because writing class assignments are taking up a lot of time. I wish I could share them, because some of this could be my best writing ever. I guess we’ll see though, since my first assignment hasn’t been graded yet.

Anyway, Happy Election Day. Time enough for whining and gnashing of teeth come tomorrow morning.

8 thoughts on “I Voted!

  1. I don’t understand the image. Did the book cover include the “I voted” sticker? The book cover shown on your Amazon link is a different image entirely. Nonetheless, I’m happy to be informed that you voted; and I suppose I can guess for which side of the political divide.

    I, too, have voted, as did my wife and one of my daughters who also lives here in Israel — though of course our US voting is absentee and had to be conducted via a process that began more than two months ago to allow for electronic transmission of balloting materials and timely physical return of ballots by mail. It is a challenge to accomplish it in time — though it did give me an opportunity to visit inside the new US Embassy in Jerusalem where such ballots are collected to facilitate their forwarding to the US postal service, and thus onward to their local-election-board destinations.

    I voted also in the local regional election here in the western suburbs of Jerusalem, which was conducted a week ago — though as a suburbanite I’m not eligible to vote in the Jerusalem municipality election which was rather hotly contested and which is still pending a runoff election because the top two candidates (out of four, I think) were virtually tied and neither could actually claim a majority. So the excitement continues, even for those of us on the suburban sidelines who can only watch.


    • Multiple editions of the same book can have different cover images over time. I set the “I Voted” sticker (still on its backing so I didn’t deface the library book) on the cover when I took the photo, more for effect than anything else. Since there are so many folks out there who believe we are already living in a Fascist regime, I wanted to illustrate, in my own way, that things could be much, much worse.


  2. I heard, last night/this morning, you guys passed Medicaid expansion for your state.


    Idaho voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act via ballot initiative, overcoming conservative Republican state legislators who refused for years …

    With nearly 60% support and two-thirds of the votes counted, voters in Idaho were following the lead of voters in Maine who last November voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in a public referendum at the ballot box. …




    …. If lawmakers in Utah, Idaho and Nebraska don’t interfere — as happened in Maine, where Gov. Paul LePage has blocked an expansion of Medicaid ever since voters approved it last year — an estimated 325,000 people in the three states will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting next spring.

    In Maine, where Mr. LePage is leaving office because of term limits, the Democratic candidate, Janet Mills, won. She wants to immediately move forward with expanding Medicaid …



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