Henry David Thoreau would have been 196 today. We were in Concord, MA, anyway so we thought we’d stop by Walden. It’s a lovely spot, though there are a few features that might give the old naturalist pause…
Obama Campaign Office, Main Street, Nashua, NH.
The New Hampshire Obama campaign staff hand-cut letters out of foam core that spelled out “NH 4 OBAMA” and convinced people to hold them up throughout the rally. It’s not as easy as it looks.
The President gave a rousing version of his stump speech on a spectacular October afternoon. He was probably saving his new material for the Al Smith Dinner in New York that night and his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
We all want a moment that we think belongs just to us. My friend and I were the only spectators on this stretch of street as the motorcade passed. We like to think that he saw us.
Hurricane Sandy was comparatively kind to New England but no discussion of Election 2012 is complete without her.
Sunrise, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
On the way to the polls, a juxtaposition of the 20th and 21st century economies.
These signs were everywhere; we had an 85% turnout.
There were numerous Brown signs posted in town, many of them ten times this size. See also: previous post.
Even though Brown won the local vote, Elizabeth Warren ran away with the election for Senate.
And amidst the election hoopla, signs of thing to come. Turkeys party and then get raffled off.
Civic pride on both sides of the street.
An unattended sign at a polling place caused a little controversy, but not enough for it to come down.
Although it was cold, it was sunny, making it easier to get out the vote.
As the sun went down, the sign holders were steadfast in the cold.
Darkness settled over the Groton School, with football practice under the lights in the distance. It seemed fitting to end the day in this place where Presidents and statesmen first made their marks.
We rushed to buy the morning papers with the results, not realizing that they went to press before 11pm.
2012 was indeed the social media election – this was the only copy of this edition available.
The election produced another winner: Nate Silver, who had the numbers right all along. Goodbye, Gallup.
But old habits die hard, and it was good to sit down on the first snowy day of the season and read the news the old fashioned way, with soup and coffee.
On a clear day you can see Mount Wachusett. The Sterling Fair is just the right mix of rides (including our favorite, a real helicopter), animals, tractor pulls, arts and crafts, produce, art and baked goods.
Oh, and junk food, I forgot that one. I think I take this same photo every year. I love that cone.
Can I have this banner, please? I want to send it to my daughter at college.
No giant pumpkin this year (did I miss it?) but this is almost as good.