Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 – get out and vote

Beautiful day yesterday. A bit humid in the evening, but still reasonable.

Huge amount of construction here. Lots of new stuff in the works. More Brits, and still a lot of Brazilians here. More Japanese too. Quite shocking the amount of tattoos. Not just a US thing, clearly.

Bag check and metal detectors at park entrance, but not a serious search. Still… an older guy had some sort of event in the park and there were at least 10 cast members dressed as all different departments in a loose circle around him. I think he had a medical issue or fell. He seemed fine and was sitting on a bench when we walked by. Clearly they are paying attention, and have a multifaceted response.

If you haven’t yet, exercise your franchise. Lots of people in this world don’t have it and it may save a lot of lives.

N

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

64 thoughts on “Tues. Nov. 6, 2018 – get out and vote”

  1. I cast my one (1) vote this morning. I was at the polls ~10 minutes after they opened and had to wait in line ~10 or 12 minutes. Usually I don’t have to wait at all. The ballot box readout told me I cast the 39th ballot in my precinct. There were clearly some new voters since they were surprised by the check-in / check-out process. This tells me the turnout will probably be higher than usual (as has been predicted).

  2. My wife and I voted this morning after dropping our grandson off for school at 7:30. The parking lot at the polls was almost full. But there was no line for our ward at the table where we sign in. The lady there had trouble finding our names, apparently the clue that our names are at the very end of the alphabet challenged her. She insisted on paging through the book page by page in the wrong direction. The elderly lady seated next to her tried to offer her advice on how to find the letter “Z”, but that did not seem to help. Eventually she found the page. I was getting extremely frustrated because you would think that people who worked there at least knew the alphabet and could efficiently locate the proper place to sign.

    It looked like all the Dumbocrats were at the poll voting this morning. I have never seen it that busy. We did not see any antifa or other political protesters anywhere.

  3. 52º and mostly clear. Rain has stopped (for now) and it looks to be fairly clear today. No promises about later – weather is always subject to change.

    There is ONE polling place (two precincts use the same facility) that always has trouble with electricity. Usually, the GFCI on the extension cord (!!!) needs to be reset, which they don’t remember from one election to the next. This year there was a UPS in the mix, beeping. Seems the GFCI on the wall outlet had tripped. I’m not making that up.

    Two polls (the same two, in fact) failed to follow the instructions for setup and didn’t get their zero tapes printed. Fortunately, I have instructions for how to do this. I’ve done it often enough that I don’t really need the instructions, but I follow them anyway. I don’t make mistakes when I follow the instructions to the letter.

    In any event, it’s a good day. NPR says turnout is high everywhere. Color me surprised.

  4. Huge amount of construction here. Lots of new stuff in the works. More Brits, and still a lot of Brazilians here. More Japanese too. Quite shocking the amount of tattoos. Not just a US thing, clearly.

    Orlando. Disney has successfully turned their property there into a “Once In A Lifetime” experience, and Star Wars Land hasn’t even hit yet.

    I love waiting in the standby line at Toy Story Mania for two hours so 50 year-old Brazillian men can be bored to death on the ride. Watch the expressions on faces in the ride picture area.


  5. I love waiting in the standby line at Toy Story Mania for two hours

    Out of 8 or so trips with our son (before that the ride wasn’t built yet), we’ve stood in that queue line exactly once. For an hour and a half. It’s not the worst queue line to stand in, but jebus, it isn’t great. The only time was on his first trip, and for some reason we didn’t fast pass it, and being 5, he was limited on what he could ride, so we had to do it.

    The absolute best way to ride Toy Story Mania is to be at the park before rope drop, and hustle to it first thing and walk on. Or ride it after the evening show has started…more often than not you have no wait (or any other ride).

    Oh, and the worst queue line at Disney? For me, it’s tied between Peter Pan and Splash Mountain. Peter Pan (even with the new queue line) is ALWAYS 1.5+ hours and it moves slow. Splash Mountain, on hot days, is also 1.5+ hours and a slow mover.

    Oh wait, the above two are honorable mention…I forgot about Soarin’. Worst. Queue line. Ever.

  6. Oh wait, the above two are honorable mention…I forgot about Soarin’. Worst. Queue line. Ever.

    I understand the line for the flight sim in Pandora is worse than Soarin’. I can only imagine what Star Wars Land will look like.

    Again, I don’t begrudge anyone the opportunity to enjoy a ride, but a lot of the South American and Middle Eastern adult tourists at Disney World look bored.

  7. The wife called me at work just now. She went by our local Fire Station polling place after her eye doctor appointment. She waited 10 min in line then got to the registration desk where she presented her driving license. Mississippi requires voter ID. The poll worker looked through her book and said “You’re not on our list” – “But I have voted here for 10 years” she replied, “Not on the list.” The poll worker repeated and then started to address the next person in line. My wife said “HOLD IT!! I’ve been voting in this station for 10 years and I AM ON YOUR LIST!!” Hearing the commotion the poll manager (whatever they are called) came over and took her license, took the registration book, took a look and said “Here you are, right here.” My wife got her ballot, marked it, and moved on but was still steaming.
    I will drop by on my way home from work to cast my ballot.

  8. The voter lists in my town (and I assume all of Massachusetts) are arranged by address. I first give them my address (number and street), they look it up in a book with tabs for each street in that precinct. Under the address is a list of all registered voters for the address.

  9. Long lines in the Majic Kingdom. NJ is on break this week. Did not know that. My rule is 20 minutes for most rides MAX maybe 40 if you already done a bunch of stuff and the queue is air conditioned. Otherwise, go do something else.

    Talking a swim break at the hotel, then back for fast passes and dinner….

    N

  10. WRT voting, I am the last name in the book for my polling place. They never believe me and always flip through.

    N

  11. I think the 3 phase is only to get three circuits out. Look at the pics at the end.
    Otherwise 3 phase is for big motors like in air conditioning.

  12. I think the 3 phase is only to get three circuits out. Look at the pics at the end.
    Otherwise 3 phase is for big motors like in air conditioning.

    Yup, load balancing is a total disaster in tight quarters like these places. And they are only 120V phases, I bet.

  13. Not if Mad Maxine gets the gavel.

    I would pay to see a cage fight between Stretch Pelosi and Mad Maxine over the speaker’s gavel.

  14. Long lines in the Majic Kingdom. NJ is on break this week. Did not know that. My rule is 20 minutes for most rides MAX maybe 40 if you already done a bunch of stuff and the queue is air conditioned. Otherwise, go do something else.

    Pirates used to be a great queue for AC, but The Mouse started cutting back under Eisner in the late 90s. The last time I went, the queue was a humidor.

  15. “A second migrant caravan of 2,000 is moving through southern Mexico”

    Cue C.W. McCall.

    Considering his friendship with Chip Davis, I’m surprised Limbaugh hasn’t picked up on this. OTOH, Davis may want that era of his career forgotten regardless of the money he made from the song, similar to how Limbaugh would prefer “Jeff Christie” stay buried.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd5ZLJWQmss

    Listen carefully. You can hear Mannheim Steamroller.


  16. Cue C.W. McCall.

    10-4, rubber ducky, this is CowboySlim, catch you on the flip-flop, over and out!

    Yes. I do use that handle on my CB when 4WD’g out in the Mojave. Roger that?

  17. [snip] Who is this guy “Biden” ? [snip]

    Just another Democrat with power who attended private schools, but who strongly opposes the right of the hoi-polli to do the same.

  18. Dang, Bernie Sanders kept his senate seat in Vermont. I was hoping beyond hope …

    The early results of Scott versus Nelson in Florida are just too little to tell. IIRC, Miami always comes in last.

  19. How’s Cruz doing? I’m hoping for a double digit Butto loss.

    The Texas polls close in 13 minutes.

  20. I see these lines on TV and wonder what’s up. My polling place at 11 this morning had maybe ten voters inside. Saw several come and go as I waited for my daughter. Walked in and turned in 2 absentee ballots then we walked over to our precinct table, one of four. No wait there, no wait for a punch machine. In-n-Out takes longer.

    Nothing really matters for most republicans in the Golden State. Two dems choice for Lt Gov. Who gives a rat’s arse about that? Yes on Prop 6 to repeal the gas tax. No on all bonds, just doubles the price of projects that could be paid straight up if managed right.

  21. The early results of Scott versus Nelson in Florida are just too little to tell. IIRC, Miami always comes in last.

    Panhandle polls just closed. Dade/Broward/Palm Beach counties are always late so don’t get excited if you see Scott leading Nelson handily early.

    Broward alone is easly upper six figures (D) votes.

  22. Broward alone is easly upper six figures (D) votes.

    And one Conservative, Rush Limbaugh.

  23. And one Republican, Rush Limbaugh.

    Limbaugh lives in Palm Beach County.

    Wayne Huizinga was the lone Republican in Broward.

    No, it isn’t quite that bad, but Broward keeps returning Debbie Wasserman Schultz to office.

  24. Between updates to election results, you could go read http://woodpilereport.com/

    Or tune in the Escape channel for some cop shows.

    I’m writing C++ today. Back from the F77 old school world. I’m about 600 to 700 lines of C++ so far today. Maybe 1,000 by the time I go home.

  25. Maybe 1,000 by the time I go home

    I like code that is 98% comments.

    I like code that is the comments. Variable names of more than 20 characters, long method names, long class names, etc, etc, etc.

  26. Why is Butto leading Cruz?

    That is the early voting being reported. Not good. The early voting was rumored to be 45% dumbos versus 55% repugs. Obviously the early rumors were wrong.

  27. Why is Butto leading Cruz?

    2% of precincts reporting at 8:08 CST. Lupe Valdez is still within 10 points of Governor Abbott so the really conservative districts haven’t reported yet.

  28. With 9% of the vote in Texas, Real Clear Politics still has Lupe Valdez within 10% of Abbott. Cruz is 50.0% to Robert Francis at 12% of the vote. And Desantis is 50.0% to Gillum at 48.8% at 96% of the vote in Florida. And Scott is 50.4% versus Nelson at 49.6% with 97% of the vote in Florida.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

    And I just got a full build on my 800+ lines of new C++ code in my 600,000+ line app.

  29. Ick you guys made me look at CNN for results. Way closer races than I expected.

    N

  30. With 9% of the vote in Texas, Real Clear Politics still has Lupe Valdez within 10% of Abbott. Cruz is 50.0% to Robert Francis at 12% of the vote. And Desantis is 50.0% to Gillum at 48.8% at 96% of the vote in Florida. And Scott is 50.4% versus Nelson at 49.6% with 97% of the vote in Florida.

    I would be surprised if Broward and Palm Beach go for Gillum in a big way, and that could be the deciding factor.

    Rick Scott always wins by the same margin.

    Again, keep in mind that the (R) establishment in FL hates both DeSantis and Scott. Imagine if they had the party’s full support.

  31. Again, keep in mind that the (R) establishment in FL hates both DeSantis and Scott. Imagine if they had the party’s full support.

    That is just crazy.

    It is beginning to look like TX-7 and TX-32 in Houston are flipping to the dumbocrats. That is repuglicans John Culberson and retiring Ted Poe.

  32. [snip] I like code that is the comments. Variable names of more than 20 characters, long method names, long class names, etc, etc, etc. [snip]

    Back in college, my C professor chastised me for using variable names that were too long. Silly me, I thought readloop made a lot of sense.

  33. Back in college, my C professor chastised me for using variable names that were too long. Silly me, I thought readloop made a lot of sense.

    Nah, you should use rl for readloop. Ordinarily I would say use lr to complete the mystery but that would make it an integer function in fortran and we cannot have that.

    When I write function names, I try to add full completeness in my dysfunctional hungarian notation such as getALine, makeInput, initDialog, getHelpKey, etc, etc, etc.

    Here is some of the code that I wrote today (most I stole from previously written code):

    BOOL SpreadsheetGroup::isType (int type)
    {
    if (SYM_SpreadsheetGroup == type)
    return TRUE;

    return EquipGroup::isType (type);
    }

    // data transfer specifications from spreadsheet to diiw
    std::vector SpreadsheetGroup::dataTransferSpecsToDIIW ()
    {
    std::vector specs = tupleString ();
    return specs;
    }

    // use getItem in case has the item not been created yet
    ObjPtr * SpreadsheetGroup::dataTransferItemsToDIIW (int key, DataGroup * caller)
    {
    return nullptr;
    }

    // data transfer specifications from diiw to spreadsheet
    std::vector SpreadsheetGroup::dataTransferSpecsFromDIIW (int key, int option)
    {
    // key = 0 => return the list of specifications for this equipment
    // key = 1 => return the list of possible first options for a specification, i.e. a list of tray numbers
    // key = 2 => return the list of possible second options for a specification, i.e. a list of components
    // key = 3 => return the list of dimensional unit options for a specification (the option)
    if (key == 0)
    {
    std::vector specs = tupleString ();
    return specs;
    }

    if (key == 3)
    {
    }

    return tupleString ();
    }

    std::vector SpreadsheetGroup::dataTransferResultsFromDIIW (int key, int option, std::string currentTimeString, std::string dimensionalUnits)
    {
    std::string results = getResults (currentTimeString);
    const char * timePos = results.c_str ();
    std::vector item;
    const char * pos = nullptr;

    return item;
    }

    (edited by RickH to ‘code’ the code – using the ‘code’ tag)

  34. Cocaine Mitch has already stated “the judicial train will continue” based on Redumblicans keeping the Senate. That’s what the Dumbo’s don’t get. I hope Geezer Pelosi gets the gavel. It will be fun watching her try to keep all the new commies in line.

    AOC 2020!

  35. Peelosi thinks she’s gonna run things now. Promises bi-partisanship. HAHAHAHA!

  36. Just saw Cruz giving his victory speech. Robert Francis is history.

    Not so quick there chief. We’ve got another Texas senator up for re-election in 2020. Butto may go after Cornyn next. I suspect that Butto has a huge campaign chest leftover.

  37. Woke up this morning, checked on the election results. Looks like a blue wavelet, at least: currently, Politico is calling 219 House seats for the Ds and 194 for the Rs, with the remaining 22 undecided. It’s a shame, would have been nice to hear the gnashing of prog teeth.

    OTOH, I read that lots of R “never Trump” incumbents decided not to run, which is absolutely no loss, and probably part of the reason behind the numbers.

    Be interesting to read y’alls comments, when you lazy bums get out of bed 🙂

  38. Not so quick there chief. We’ve got another Texas senator up for re-election in 2020. Butto may go after Cornyn next. I suspect that Butto has a huge campaign chest leftover.

    Robert Francis p*ssed away his money against an obviously beatable Cruz.

    Veritas has video of B*TO campaign staffers openly talking about breaking the law by spending money on *something*. Whether or not it is donating to the convoy travel expenses is debatable, but some form of crime was being plotted. I wouldn’t be surprised if the national party threw Robert Francis under the bus — that was the plan anyway once they had the data mining for Newsom 2020.

  39. Woke up this morning, checked on the election results. Looks like a blue wavelet, at least: currently, Politico is calling 219 House seats for the Ds and 194 for the Rs, with the remaining 22 undecided. It’s a shame, would have been nice to hear the gnashing of prog teeth.

    The Dem majority won’t last. Newly elected freshmen who campaigned on a promise of not supporting Stretch Pelosi as Speaker will find themselves in the position of reneging on that promise … at least some will.

    Florida’s Governor win was huge for Trump last night. This puts the Republicans in charge of redistricting for a third time, and the three nominations to the state’s Supreme Court which the new Governor will make on Jan. 1 should remove the judicial obstacles to some interesting district drawing.

    The Governor also now appoints the FL Secretary of State, who oversees elections and signs off on results. How important is that? Just ask the Bush famly — contrary to popular belief, Jeb! had to count on a Republican “frenemy” to certify his brother’s election in 2000.

    Stories floating out of the state this morning indicate that the President sent key staffers to bail out the Desantis campaign once it was obvious FL establishment Republicans didn’t care about winning the Governor’s Mansion. For all the cr*p the guy takes about not paying attention to details, Trump played yesterday pretty well.

  40. Geesh, Mostly overlooked is the story that Mittens won the Senate race in Utah.

    Bartender! Another round. Milk’s on Mittens.

  41. Good. I liked Mitt in 2012. Not as much as others, but a man that can save the Olympics as well as get along in a state such as Mass can get things done. Good man.

    Looks like Mia Love is still in the race as well. Good woman. Hoping she pulls through.


  42. I predict the Medicare for All ™ legislation to be introduced in the House in April. Funding, Just Pay For It ™

    They’ll have to pass the bill to find out what funding is in it.


  43. They’ll have to pass the bill to find out what funding is in it.

    Thankfully, we can be pretty darned sure tRump won’t sign it if it ever WERE to make it through the Senate.

  44. Good. I liked Mitt in 2012. Not as much as others, but a man that can save the Olympics as well as get along in a state such as Mass can get things done. Good man.

    I like Mitt also. Man, has he gotten old !

  45. I predict the Medicare for All ™ legislation to be introduced in the House in April. Funding, Just Pay For It ™

    They’ll have to pass the bill to find out what funding is in it.

    I forgot to state that I predict that the Senate will pass Medicare for All ™ in a heartbeat. Especially with Trump for it.

    IIRC, the original Medicare bill was six pages. One would hope that Medicare for All ™ could be just one page.

  46. A one-sentence rejection of Medicare for All: I cannot undertake to lay my finger upon that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending the money of their constituents on medical insurance, nor of obligating their constituents to purchase insurance of their own accord.

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