Posts Tagged ‘voting’

It Ain’t Over til It’s Over

March 3, 2016

change of address

And I have NO IDEA when that will be! Land sakes alive! Yes, Crosbys are still stuck in address change purgatory. Yes, it’s been going on for over eight blinkin’ months. This week’s participants who contacted us about our “move” to Oklahoma were Costco, Charles Schwab and Arizona Elections.

While picking up a few pictures that I had printed at Costco, the cashier instructed me to head on over to the membership counter to verify my address. I sighed and rolled my eyes and said, “Not again!” She reassured me that it was a common practice to occasionally verify addresses. I knew differently.

At the counter the lady scanned my membership card and then read my new address in Oklahoma out loud for me. “No, that is not my address. I have not moved in over ten years.” She asked if I have ever lived in Oklahoma. “No.” I mean, really, why explain the whole my-daughter-was-married-and-moved-to-Oklahoma-last-June-and-put-in-an-address-change-and-accidentally-checked-the-whole-family-box? Customer service reps don’t care. At all. I know from experience. She ended with “That’s weird!” I responded with “Yeah! Totally weird!”

Next, an email came that stated our account with Charles Schwab was frozen because mail had been returned. With my husband, Rick, out of town, I tried to take care of it without him having to spend time on this, but alas, my name is not on that account. Whew. I forwarded the 800 number to Rick. BAM! Outta my hands.

Yesterday, three orange “second notice” cards came from Arizona Elections informing Linda Ann, Rickey Allen and Austin Rick that we need to re-register to vote because of our address change. Thankfully that was just one phone call and it is fixed. I hope. I let the nice lady know that we received orange cards but we have lived and are still living in the same house that we have been voting from for ten years. She believed me and didn’t ask questions. Thank you, nice elections lady! I vote for her!

If I can give you any advice today, dear reader, it is BE VERY CAREFUL TO SELECT THE APPROPRIATE BOX ON THE ADDRESS CHANGE CARD AT THE POST OFFICE. Instruct your children about this. Write it on your gates and the doorposts of your house. Tell your neighbors. Include this information in your Christmas letter. Make bumper stickers. Get the word out. Seriously, it’s THAT important!

(On the flip side, if you are trying to think of a devious plot for your most evil enemy for April Fool’s Day…. submit an address change for them… and check the “whole family” box. Hopefully they write a blog and you can read about your sinister activity for months! heh heh heh)

Election Time

August 9, 2010

If you live here in Phoenix, you are more than likely aware of the competition for several political spots coming available.  Good grief, if you have a mailbox, you know ALL about it.  I’ve never seen this much “junk” mail for the elections.  Rick has saved most of the flyers and they have ended up in the “reading” basket in the downstairs bathroom.  Since their arrival, my potty stops are longer than usual.  But my knowledge of the candidates is not growing in proportion to my time spent reading. 

There are flyers joining one guy and another gal as “running mates” who will do the right thing for our district.  Then three flyers later, there is another flyer for the same guy saying not to vote for the same gal…… confusing, for sure.  Who approves this stuff?

My personal favorite, however, is a candidate whose platform begins with the story of his upbringing by his grandmother in the slums.  That just makes me want to vote for his grandmother.  I can’t find her flyers. 

We also had a Democrat-turned-Republican-on-the-last-day-to-file candidate who lost miserably two years ago.  The flyers that arrived in our box at that time showed a picture of an elephant taking off the donkey mask and yelling, “SHAZAM!”  It made me laugh!  Interestingly enough, that gentleman has moved to a different district since last election time.  Coincidence?  I think not.

My brother told me that if you sign up to have your mail held for a week at a time, you don’t get any flyers!  You only get your mail once a week, but hey, it might be worth it!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

November 3, 2008

For every Bag for Zaza, there is a book that the bag is named after, hence the blog title.  Up for auction tomorrow morning are three new bags:  Owl Moon (a hippy extravaganza), the Cookie title mentioned (a hot pink and denim number for a little princess) and Flower Arranging (a stunning black, white and red cinched purse.)  Here’s a peek:

Check ’em out at www.BagsForZaza.blogspot.com and help bring our daughter home from Colombia.  Thank You!!!

AND voting day!  How exciting.  I had grand plans to sashay my way to the front of the polling station line and drop my “early” ballot in the box….. but tonight I discovered that my dear husband, in his excitement of voting in his first presidential election, wrote all over my ballot thinking it was a practice one.  It was not.  Now I’m standing in line with the rest of you.  Shoot.

The Electoral College… Old School?

October 24, 2008

Today we had our elections in our homeschool co-op.  There were two parties, the Flamingos and the Penguins.  (I actually think that is better than donkeys and elephants….)  Anyway, we’ve had campaign speeches, filmed commercials, made buttons and banners.  Today we all registered to vote and went to the polling station.  It was interesting because in the popular vote my son Keeve won, 4 to 7.  (Don’t ask the mother of two Presidential candidates who she voted for!)  Then the Flamingos and the Penguins took turns drawing the votes for the Electoral College by state.  The Flamingos were down more than 40 points toward the end… but then they pulled California.  So my older son, Austin, won the election by Electoral votes.

The experience was good for all of us…. “How did you feel winning the Popular vote, knowing that more of the people really supported you? and not the Electoral vote?”   and “How did YOU feel losing the Popular vote? and then winning the Electoral votes?”  We listened to a concession speech as well as an acceptance speech.  The victory party with pizza and brownies followed.

The whole shabang made me really question the Electoral College process.  Could our forefathers have known that the most populated states would be so blatantly liberal?  What is the point of voting if you know your state has a majority vote against your beliefs?  I realize that to change the process it would take a Constitutional amendment, but isn’t the popular vote more true to the people’s wishes?  Maybe I’m not understanding what the writers of the Constitution were trying to prevent or protect by establishing the Electoral College??? 

Please enlighten me.

Kids Even Got It Figured Out!

October 16, 2008

My nine year old son already has enough common sense to vote in a presidential election.  Here is his journal entry from school yesterday:

“What makes a great president is a president that cares for us unlike Obama would ’cause if he dosen’t care about (unborn) babies he wouldn’t care about us.  McCain is a good president.”

Yep, that about sums it up.

We’re studying the electoral process right now, as is only appropriate for this day and season.  We are having elections soon between two candidates from our homeschool group.  They are filming their campaign ads tomorrow.  Should be highly entertaining.  One of the slogans is “Vote Blond Not Brown.”  I suggested that this might not be a wise idea…. but what do I know?  The kids also still have to make ballots, the ballot box and the voting booth.  When all voting is completed next week, in turn they will be drawing the electoral votes out of a hat.  So we really won’t know who has won until the end…. just like the REAL election. 

Do your duty.  VOTE!

Voting Privileges Utilized

September 3, 2008

Despite the grueling 102+ temperatures in Phoenix, new American citizen, Rick__ Crosby, braved the severe heat this afternoon to do what many Americans don’t bother doing:  Vote!  Crosby, a native Canadian, apparent by his voting apparel choice, jumped through the rigmarole of the USCIS hoops so that he would have a say in how America is being governed. 

Crosby probably did more research for this Republican Primary than most Americans have done in their entire life of voting.  He phoned the candidates… several times.  He asked tough questions about issues and government policies.  He told his wife who to vote for.  He actually read the voter guide online after his wife threw away the printed guide that came in the mail.  He personally completed the surveys on the voter guide to see which candidates lined up with his beliefs. (SOOSOSSOOOOSSS)  Look familiar?  He even figured out what the S’s and O’s stand for!

When Crosby arrived his neighboring polling station, his personal photographer was prohibited from taking pictures inside the voting area.  That didn’t stop Crosby.  He marched in, flashed his driver’s license, walked over the the flimsy, portable voting “booths” and pulled his pre-prepared sample ballot from his pocket.  It was a proud American moment.  His photographer did inform the seven members of the polling station volunteer staff that it was Crosby’s first time voting as an American.  The staff was impressed, to say the least.  When Crosby completed his official ballot and turned toward the vote counting machine, all seven volunteers, along with his personal photographer, stood and applauded his valiant display of patriotism and responsibility.

If you are an American and you didn’t exercise your personal responsibility to vote, shame on you.  Yes, that’s right…. shame.  Newly sworn-in American citizens like Crosby paid the price for this right that came free by birth to so many.  It is upstanding patriots like Rick__ Crosby who will determine who runs our country and how it is run.  If you did vote, THANK YOU!  Be proud!  Wear the red, white and blue sticker with pride.  The United States of America is the best country in the world!

(Is anyone else sensing a subliminal message here???)

Welcome, Honey!

June 12, 2008

A BIG congratulations goes out today to my Canadian husband who had his interview and test to become an American citizen!  Whooooo Hoooooo!  He passed and my country wants him.  The test is quite hard, especially if you went to public school here in the good ol’ USA.  The first day we got the test, Rick already knew more answers than I did.  Shameful, I know.  But keep in mind that he has been the most politically active non-American during the past 11 years of elections…. National and State levels.  He’s so excited to VOTE!  I wish more Americans were just as excited to have the voting privilege and responsibility.

Anyway, I got another convert for our country.  I brought one in.  I got me one.  I did good.

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