don't let 'em say that you slacked
between travel and sicktime this week, i've been a bear of little blog. i returned from los angeles saturday night with the flu or some sort of food poisoning.* but i'm already feeling much better and i'm excited to exercise my civic duty tomorrow.
i've taken a personal interest in voting ever since one of my prison interviewees busted me and called me out a few years ago. i had just taken an hour of his time to talk about voting and politics, when i asked whether he had any further questions about the study. here's the shameful transcript:
CU: Well, what about, you know, I’ve been asking you all these questions, do you have any questions for me about this study, about what, what we’re trying to do here, about, uh, anything we’ve been talking about.
X4: Who did you vote for?
CU: [laughs] Who did I vote for?
CU: You know, I tell you, I, I’m ashamed to admit it, I didn’t vote.
X4: You didn’t?
CU: I didn’t vote. I was, ah, I was working.
X4: Why didn’t you vote?
CU: I was, ah, ah, I didn’t take the time.
CU: Too lazy.
X4: You must not like the things they were talking about. Didn’t it interest you?
CU: Yeah, it interested me…
X4: The news?
CU: …it interested me, but ah, but I, you know, I, I’m like everybody else, you know…
X4: You slacked.
CU: I slacked, I thought, well, you know, how much is one vote going to matter?
X4: Who would you have voted for, Bush or something?
yeah, i was pretty ashamed, especially when my ace transcriptionist started taking me to task. only you can prevent this sort of thing from happening in your research endeavors. as you can plainly see, the excuses for non-voting seem pretty lame -- particularly to those who can't vote but would very much like to cast a ballot.
*the primary symptom involved what my antipodean friends call chunder or the ol' technicolor yawn.