I’m home sick, so I have ample time to update my blog. I have only updated this journal one time since moving to Anchorage, and I have been here for 3.5 months.
First my illness. Two nights ago around 7 PM, I suddenly had some painful gut cramps. At this point, I think it is one of those 12-24 hours gastro-intestinal viruses. At around 2 AM, the pain went away with no puking or diarrhea. I took the day off anyway, which proved to be a wise choice. I was well enough to go vote at around 2 PM, but by late afternoon, the fever and lung congestion kicked in. I have been hitting the Ibuprofen ever since. The Ibuprofen is working well at this stage, seems to knock the fever down enough so I can putz around the house. When the fever bounces up to around 101, I’m pretty useless.
The illness also let me watch the the election coverage last night. If I was healthy I would of been bopping around the apartment not really paying attention. But last night the sick had me attached to the couch, so the coverage had my full attention. I exclusively watched MSNBC’s coverage.
My takeaway is that the Republican Party can’t count on dominating the angry white male voter to put them over the top anymore. They will have to find a way to attract minorities and diversify their message if they want to do well in elections. One pundit made the point that the Republican party is split into a rational side and an ideologue side. Ideologues are the ones in control, which results in the wave upon wave of nonsensical blather that rarely passes fact checking. The more rational Republicans will have to take over the party, and then convince the current goofy base voters that they are right. This will be a tough order.
As far as my vote? I went third party. My little protest vote against corporate influence in the election process. Here’s to hoping Obama will declare himself independent, and do what’s right for the American people, instead of big money. His rhetoric gives me hope, but I need to see action.
Yesterday I dropped $40 for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade to my living room PC (the one I am typing on now). Went smoothly, no major glitches. This isn’t the major paradigm shift that I was expecting. I am not using the new Metro UI because I spend all of my time in Google Chrome. I’ll tinker with the Metro apps from time to time, but it will be tough for them to be integrated into my workflow.