November 3rd, 2010

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Poem for Wednesday, National Arboretum, Election 2010

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My kids had no school for election day and apaulled had a day off to use before the end of the year, so we took the kids plus Adam's friend Daniel Wigle to the National Arboretum to see the fall color in Washington. There were bonsai with their leaves changing -- with only a couple of carpenter bees living in the wood of their enclosure, rather than the dozens of summer -- and more color in the woods behind the National Capitol Columns, plus some late summer roses and fall flowers in the beds around the visitor center, where the big koi are still swimming around the fountains. It was a gorgeous albeit chilly day to walk outdoors.


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We came home in the late afternoon to vote, which went very quickly; rumor had it that voter turnout was low in our county, and we got an e-mail from our incumbent governor (who was expected easily to defeat his opponent) begging us to please go to the polls. Maryland did reelect our Democratic governor rather than the Republican he succeeded, and Senator Mikulski won too, and Christine O'Donnell lost -- I was ready to move to Canada ASAP if she somehow won -- but there's very little good news otherwise. In fact, the only news all night that has really made me smile was Jon Stewart's report, "In New York...Carl Paladino's campaign to not be elected governor has succeeded!"