November 2008


Joy Joy!!! That door-to-door stuff works! And registering young people at concerts! I’ve never felt strongly enough to do anything remotely like this before, but my dad, a lifelong Republican (cured by Bush), started campaigning for Obama a few months ago. So after he hit the phone banks for a couple of hours one night, I went the next time. Then my mother-in-law came from California, which was already for Obama, and joined me and my dad in the Knock for Barack thing one weekend.
 
Wow, it’s unbelievable that in Ohio, in September, 2008, there were people who had no idea about Obama and who actually wanted to hear why I felt strongly enough to go around and knock on undecided voters‘ doors. Out of the 50 doors, less than half answered (we left really nice pamphlets on the closed doors), and of the almost-half who did answer, about a quarter had gone McCain’s way and another quarter had decided on Obama. Ah, but the other half, more than a dozen of them, were confused and hoping for someone to explain things to them. And they really responded. It was SO cool! I left at least half a dozen people with the realization that Obama was the right choice for them, and another half-dozen-plus with a lot to think about and some web sites to explore (non-partisan factcheck.org was one I recommended in cases like that), and one shining star–someone else willing to volunteer.
 
I know this was a drop in the bucket, but the coolest part of it was thinking of all the other drops falling into the bucket along with ours, just like the $5 and $20 donations of all the “little people” were falling into the bucket. I also put in a few hours for non-partisan HeadCount.org calling people to get out the vote. I wasn’t allowed to say anything about Obama, but figured that statistically, the young vote couldn’t hurt.
President Barack Obama… how sweet it is.
 
Woo hoo!!!!

a friend who’s a new daddy asked:

when he is fussy, small red spots start showing up 
and once he is back to normal they dissappear 
are those heat rash ? ?  
  
 just googled: Crying increases pressure in the blood vessels above the neck. It’s called the Valsalva effect, and occurs after straining at stool too. This sometimes breaks small blood vessels and leaves petechiae. Check with your pediatrician, but that’s all it sounds like. Vigorous little fellow, isn’t he?
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petechia

A petechia (pronounced [pɨˈtiːkiə]), plural petechiae (pɨˈtiːkɪiː) is a small (1-2mm) red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels)[1].

The most common cause of petechiae is through physical trauma such as a hard bout of coughing, vomiting or crying which can result in facial petechiae, especially around the eyes. Petechiae in this instance are completely harmless and usually disappear within a few days.

(Just thought I’d paste this in so other new parents can find the info all in one spot.)

do younger people have the same reaction to the old-fashioned phone ring? or is it a response learned only from years of living with that as the only phone sound? (except the british double-ring we heard in movies)

“who’s michael jackson?”
“the guy with the fake nose.”
“oh yeah.”
Two jobs kinda makes it hard to blog. But I’ve sent myself a few emails with stuff I wanted to blog, so I’ll just paste those suckers in here without even capitalizing.