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Wednesday, November 05, 2008 


I'll tell you a little secret about Canadians, or at least Southern Ontarions: We're basically Americans. We're not quite, and naturally we tend to focus on our superiority differences, but there's a reason the people up here been nearly as paralyzed by this election as my American friends (well, you can also factor in what a pathetic pissing match our 2008 election was, and how devoutly we all had a better Prime Minister to greet Obama with than Steven fucking Harper).

I could say a million things, but I'll stick with this for now: I was surprised, but when they announced Obama and his family as the next President etc., I grinned like an idiot. I couldn't help it. And that was before the speech. And it heartens me the most that he never seemed smug, or even overly euphoric. He seemed tired, and determined. Please, Barack, live up to your potential.

I'm happy to say the county Houston is in was marked blue. Austin, Dallas and San Antonio are no surprise to swing blue, but the OIL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD? I kind of feel a little proud :)

We invited a bunch of people over to watch election results last night, and an hour before the election was called, had already popped 2 bottles of champagne. And continued to celebrate lonnnng into the morning. Enough that i missed half a day of work today. :) I can't stop smiling, despite the hangover.

That's the way to do it. I had some celebratory junkfood, but that's all.

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