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Lookee what I got!

Kanye’s on the ballot! I thought he’d failed to qualify somehow (lack of signatures?). There’s, like, TWENTY people up for president.

A hunnert and ninety-two little ovals to choose from. It’s like an IQ test. I mean, thanks I guess, Tennessee…but are you sure you know your electorate?

Also, it says no postage necessary in the US, but I’m not *in* the US. That’s the whole freaking point.

I’ll put postage on it. I always do. I want to be sure.

Voting for Ye, obviously.

p.s. and have a small but leonine cat.




Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 20, 2020, 8:29 pm

Your ballot found you !!!!!

Here’s hoping your ballot now finds its way to the registrar’s office without being held up by:
(1) Lack of postage,
(2) Sender’s location, or
(3) Surly Postal Workers who are also partisan hacks.

Comment from p2
Time: October 20, 2020, 9:43 pm

Vote for me! I’ll do just as bad a job, but take only 1/3 the salary. Reducing the deficit and onwards to a balanced budget!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 20, 2020, 11:34 pm

I early voted in person today at our local early voting location at around 2 p.m. There were a number of people there. It’s hard to get a feel for how many because the “max number of people in the building” thing and “stay six feet apart” thing confuse the issue. Although I’m in Texas, I’m in a bit of a liberal enclave, and I felt like everybody in line looked like a Democrat. Then I realized that I was dressed in black from head toe, I have a bit of a ponytail, and I was wearing my “cool-sunglasses” so maybe there were some other Fakers in that line besides me.

Comment from dissent
Time: October 21, 2020, 12:52 am

I’d consider dropping an RFID tag or GPS locator in the envelope before you seal the envelope. Could make for an interesting tracking exercise.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: October 21, 2020, 12:57 am

I see Smithville, TN. My brother and his family lived there for at least 40 years. His youngest daughter still lives there. Strange to see that name in merry old England

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 21, 2020, 2:16 am

Do the residents of DeKalb County in Tennessee (mis)pronounce the name the same way it’s done in Georgia?

For those not aware, in Georgia it’s DEE-KABB with a broad A, as in “Ass”.

Comment from weasel again
Time: October 21, 2020, 6:35 am

It’s the county seat, Pat. I took my driving test there in 1976. It is the home of a really good annual fiddling contest and one decent music store. Gosh, I can see it in my mind’s eye.

I actually hail from nearby Alexandria.

Yes, it’s pronounced d-cab, Uncle Al. How else?

Surprised nobody’s brought up Temperence Hall.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 21, 2020, 10:13 am

@UNcle Al
“For those not aware, in Georgia it’s DEE-KABB with a broad A, as in “Ass”.

Same here in East Texas for the town of De Kalb in Bowie County.
Which by the way is where “Hoss”, Dan Blocker, of Bonanza fame, was born. Largest baby ever born in Bowie County.

But that’s okay, we discovered while driving through Kentucky (and Ohio, and Michigan and probably Tennessee too) that Versailles is pronounced


As Durned Son #3 notes about foreign pronunciations, “It’s just us, you can say Versales and Buenos Air-ees”.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 21, 2020, 1:01 pm

DəKAHB is the common pronunciation of the surname.

Comment from Kathryn
Time: October 21, 2020, 2:57 pm

You know the native Houstonians because we call the street “San Fuh-LEEP-ee”. Only transplants say “Sahn Feh lih PAY”. Also, the battleground is “San Juh-sin-toe”. Definitely not “Sahn Ha seen toe”.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 21, 2020, 3:04 pm

Um…that was totally not me accidentally posting under my real name *looks shifty*

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 21, 2020, 4:43 pm

@Kathryn—It took me a year after moving to “sunny San Leon on the bay” to remember to pronounce it SanLeeOWN in one fast smooth word. San Leon, for those of you who never heard of it, it a drinking town with a fishing problem. And if you don’t have a junked boat for your yard, someone will give you one.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 21, 2020, 6:26 pm

Illinois has Vye-enna and Cay-ro and Dess Planes.
And Dee Kal-b.

South Dakota has Peer (the capital).

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 22, 2020, 12:31 am

Chant with me:

“We don’t drink,
“We don’t smoke,
“Norfolk, Norfolk!”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 22, 2020, 1:24 am

@ExpressoBold — Heh! That brings back a really old memory:

Rooty-toot-toot, rooty-toot-toot!
We are the girls of the Institute!
We don’t smoke and we don’t chew,
And we don’t go with boys who do!
Norfolk! Norfolk!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 22, 2020, 11:42 am

Durned Son #1 would regularly give us the correct pronunciation for various street names in Austin.

I drew the line with being corrected with the local term for some highway interchange, as if anyone but a local could possibly know it.

There’s a lot of stuff I care about, what Austinites (Austinians? Asstinites?, Weirdos?) think of me isn’t numbered amongst them because of the level of esteem I hold for most of Austin.
I’m beginning to think there’s are reason “Austin” rhymes with “Boston”.

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