My election experience

OK, so you thought "AHA, the election is done, all the political BS goes away now." Sorry, my experience kinda sucked, so I need to vent.

My polling place is located in a local school, the school is fenced, so there is one way in, one way out. I was greeted my a couple of people campaigning inside the parking lot. While technically legal, it's bad form, neither of those candidates got my vote.

It took me 20-30 minutes to park, making multiple loops around the parking lot, passing those campaigners over and over, before I finally found a spot.

When I stepped inside the entry-way was filled with people, luckily for me one of the people there was nice enough to tell me I had to go register first before I could come back out here to stand in line.

The registration table was set up way inside, near the voting machines, only 4 where working, 2 had just arrived and were being set up.

State law says there should be 1 machine for every 250 voters. So, 4-6 machines, says there should be roughly 1000-1500 voters for this particular polling place. There are 2,364 voters for my particular polling place. So, there should have been 9 or 10 machines there, not 4-6. Of course since no one got fired for leaking all our SSNs into the wild, I have to assume no one will get fired for breaking state law with regards to the election.

After showing my ID and signing their little log book, I was told to get in line, the end of which was back at the entrance, out of sight of the people running things.

Two hours later, I had moved a little ways in, but still had a long way to go. We were then told that it only looked like there were 4 lines, they had actually split the line and pulled people out to sit on the benches because the lines were so long. So they merged people back into our line, some of those people merged in ahead of us, had arrived after us, because no one kept track of the people they had pulled out of the line. I finally got to vote at 8:10pm, I had arrived at my polling place at 4:20pm, just shy of 4 hours for a 2 minute vote.

The worst part, when I got to the front of the line, no one was checking ID, nothing. Just if you were in line, you got to vote. I wonder how many people voted more than once, or voted who were not registered to vote?

Comments (0) 2012.11.07. 12:27

Integrity in the BDSM community

I am seeing more and more often people who are going to parties hosted by people who just a few short years ago had all sort of issues, from outing others, to being sex offenders. I know some people were always willing to set aside what is morally right for a good time, but when did it become most of the people in the community?

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

What kind of integrity are our "leaders" or even our common members showing when they attend a party hosted by a known predator? What about when they hang out with them all the time? Should you be friends with someone who has shown multiple times in the past that they have no values?

"A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come." - Denis Waitley

We are supposed to lead our lives as an example of what values we hold true. What values do you old true when you attend an event hosted by someone who has outted others? Or who is a registered sex offender?

Comments (0) 2012.10.22. 12:32

Moving on

"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded." - Mark Twain

This past Friday was my last day on the board of T3WD. It was a long three years serving on the board, but I look back and see where we started and where we are now and I am amazed how much was accomplished.

When I took the group over, it was not doing well, many of the older members had moved on, and newer members had not been joining the group. This was an issue, since lack of attendance limited the quality of the workshops and demos that could be done.

Now, three years later, the group attendance is once again massive, and the group is financially sound. More people are active and willing to step up to work to keep the group going, so hopefully it will be a while before another inevitable decline.

I would have to attribute some of the success to getting the group out there more in front of people, making sure people knew there was a group in the area and when our events were taking place. The people in the group being welcoming of new people helped as well. When we got new people, most of them stayed around.

I am happy the age to join was dropped to 18 from 21. That people began to see the rules apply to everyone, irrespective of the drama that might have occurred.

I look forward to seeing where the new board takes things. I am working on other projects and spending time with my not quite 6 month old son.

"There's something about being with a group of people who become like family that must be needed in society." - Jacqueline Bisset

Comments (0) 2012.09.06. 17:53