It’s Election Day and I am awakening from multi-week post-3Q market report gauntlet. It’s been frustrating to pay so little attention to Matrix lately. I will change that starting now. You know, “change you can believe in.”

Hey did I mention in an earlier post that both my valuation firms are swamped? Apparently people want neutral valuation expertise.

It’s enough to restore my faith in humanity, or at a bare minimum, the Electorate.

My pre-“free Starbucks coffee for voting observation”
The line for voting in my precinct was 35 minutes long at 6:30am and was even longer after I voted. I have NEVER seen a line of more than a few people in any election I have ever voted in.

It’s enough to restore my faith in humanity, or at the very least, the Electorate.

While it is easy to blame politicians for everything, it’s really all about supply and demand. Our behavior creates their behavior. Whoever wins the election will have their work cut out for them. Housing should be off the back burner starting…now.

Here’s a few election sayings from others besides the current candidates that I found amusing:

* It’s exciting; I don’t know whether I’m going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I’m ready for the job. And, if not, that’s just the way it goes. – George W. Bush
* In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. – P.J. O’Rourke
* Vote early and vote often – Al Capone
* I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. – Adlai Stevenson
* Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? – Robert Orben
* The trouble with free elections is, you never know who is going to win. – Leonid Breshnev

Metaphor Alert
As I was exiting the parking lot this morning with my “I just voted” sticker proudly displayed on my jacket, and a man in an Audi raced in to parking lot and cut me off as I was leaving – he angrily shook his fist at me, not realizing he was going the wrong way on a one way street.

Let the metaphor analysis begin…


  1. Edd Gillespie November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Welcome back. I thought you got mad or sick or something.

    I live in a leaning blue state so I went and gave it voter shove in the proper direction. My wife intends to vote later and cancel me out. Waited about the same length of time as you did so apparently there is national parity in that data since our locations otherwise have little in common other than a language.

    As for the metaphor and its analysis:
    The guy in the Audi is a metaphor of Moses in the desert. Do not seek advice or directions unless you know you are wrong and then ignore the instructions you have asked for. In my analysis I conclude that driving the wrong way on a one way street will yield an unpopular war, loss of precious national self esteem and global admiration for the entire country, unprecedented erosion of the constitution and utter financial chaos. It also makes for large gatherings of people determined to voice their opinion. So my overarching conclusion is; the cure for apathy is ignorance.

  2. Jonathan J. Miller November 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Edd – like the explanation. The guy did make me laugh because he was so adamant he was in the right and yet never saw two huge “DO NOT ENTER” signs on a narrow parking lot exit. I guess it would have been more obvious if the parking spaces were angled but they were perpendicular so it wasn’t obvious. And since my town was voted as the top area in the nation to be impacted by the loss of jobs on wall street, I suspect he was stressing out about being late to work, or not having a job when he got there.

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