Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Blue Milford

Over 7,748 people voted in Milford on election day. We probably met around 7,000 of them. And Barack Obama won New Hampshire. We knew our work had made a difference in the state, but what about in Milford itself? What had we accomplished over months of canvasing door-to-door, calling day-after-day? Did Milford itself make a difference? Yes it did.

You can see in the pics below the county-wide numbers.

Milford is blue. We did that.

Yes we did.

full results here

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Amazing Day for Obama

An end to our amazing day

The final numbers are uploaded, and we all take a breath


As the day wore on, we had to make some plans for when the sun went down.

Thanks to Heather we were able to find a place inside.

After camping out all day, it felt good to have our own clubhouse!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jeanne & Bill

Ben and I had spent the day canvasing in Wilton (more pics to come about that!). Since we were scheduled to be in training that evening, we headed over to Nashua early to see Jeanne Shaheen and Bill Clinton. This was one amazing day. Ben and I were right up front and center. Ben had seen Bill speak before, and Barack. I'd never seen Barack speak, or Bill or Hillary, so this was my treat to myself. It was amazing to shake their hands, and Jeanne was so thankful that we had come from NY to help on the campaign.

What a day!

The voters never stopped.... not for one minute

Happy Checkers

A recipie for hope

Sometimes you get to spend your day doing something that will last. Something that you can point to and say "I was there".

Sometimes we are able to apply ourselves - our talents, passions and desires - in a way that gives us hope.

Our legal team: TJ, Bill & Peter.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This is from my friend Betsy, who lives in Virginia and a few weeks ago told me in anguish about the N-word being used to deface Obama signs. Here is the beginning of the column she sent me and the link to the whole thing is at the end:

The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2008

And so it came to pass that on Nov. 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man — Barack Hussein Obama — won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States.

A civil war that, in many ways, began at Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, ended 147 years later via a ballot box in the very same state. For nothing more symbolically illustrated the final chapter of America's Civil War than the fact that the Commonwealth of Virginia — the state that once exalted slavery and whose secession from the Union in 1861 gave the Confederacy both strategic weight and its commanding general — voted Democratic, thus assuring that Barack Obama would become the 44th president of the United States.

Running has its perks, too :-)

When the phones didn't work, no one panicked (well, yes, I did for a moment, but then...) Julia and Archana and TJ all whipped out their PDAs and Ben donated his Blackberry and all was well in Milford. The runners ran, teamed up on data entry, and in the few minutes between each run, we enjoyed some sun and smiles and laughter.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Polling Begins, The Checkers Check

Checking is more art than science....
...and our checkers are Picassos!

A Real Community Affair

We loved the cookies and coffee they served in the entrance to the Middle School Gym. Everyone was so glad to be there, serving their school, their community, their town and state and country. With kids running around, it really did feel like a family affair.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Our Day Begins

When the day started for many of us at 4:00 am the stars were still shining bright. Many of us felt nervous, but focused beyond belief. That focus allowed us to think clearly, stay calm, and actually enjoy the moment. At 6:00 am the polls opened, and we were ready.

Saturday, only 3 days away

A little historical reference....

Ben and I drove in on Saturday and eventually found our way to Milli and Paul's, our wonderful hosts. Ben and I met on our first road trip from Albany, NY and we have teamed up ever since, canvasing in September, October, and planning our last trip for election day weekend. We love staying with our friends, and there are no sweeter people in all of New Hampshire!