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Time Warps, Elections & Halloween, Oh My!

So it's time for another blog. I'm having flashes of Groundhog Day. Activities are starting to repeat themselves, and the same old thing is happening. I've lost track of the days, but I know we are about to start week 33. My things-to-do list is extensive, and yet, repetitive. Most stuff has carried over from the week before, I think I've been caught in a Time Warp...

It's astounding...

Time is fleeting

Madness takes it's toll...

(Riff Raff) But listen closely...

Not for very much longer...

I have to work, make calls, attend Zoom meetings and Team meetings (not to show preferential treatment to one platform or provider), menu- plan, shop, cook, be a Mom and wife, oh AND I have to vote. While I don’t have to do it in person, I need to complete my ballot and drop it off in the big shiny box at town hall.

Election season is here in the US. I am not a big fan of politics, but I do have a responsibility to vote. I give a lot of credit to people who put themselves out there to run for office. Whether it's for their local town, borough, village, or city, school board, or local, state, or federal government position. I could never do it! I have a terrible fear of rejection, which I know sounds odd given that I decided to perform stand-up comedy - by choice. In comedy you are prone to rejection, on a regular basis. Well, not everybody gets rejected… just a few select thousand or so.

Another reason I couldn’t run for public office would be the remote possibility that during the candidate vetting process, the opposition would discover my VHS sex tape from 1992. I wouldn't want people to see my low approval ratings, gross underperformance and over-promising. Not a good record to pursue public office.

Door-to-door canvassing this election season looks different too. And to think I repaired the front steps to avoid a tripping hazard and an increase in my homeowner’s insurance rates. C’est la vie!

Even Jehovah’s Witnesses have resorted to telemarketing. I was shocked to get a call about 2 months ago. When asked how she got my number, the caller replied, “I looked you up in the directory.” I didn't even know there was a non-Jehovah's Witness Directory available on the internet!! Either way, I asked to be taken off the “list.” We later unplugged our landline. We may plug it back in at some point, after the election, so I don’t miss the reminder call from the doctor's office to come in for my colonoscopy... like I’d ever forget that.

Halloween is also just around the corner so I can add another two to twenty more items to my things-to-do list. What shall I wear? Who is manning the candy bowl to hand out to trick-or-treaters? Do we really need to decorate?

Halloween for us in years past (pre-kids), was celebrated by donning an exotic or fantasy costume for role-playing in the bedroom. It proved to be very fruitful in the 2000s because our kids were born 9-months later, 6 years apart. True story; they share the same birthday. We all need to break up the mundane, so try a little role-play and a new mask this Halloween. No need to thank me.

And one final public service announcement (PSA)... If you are in certain parts of the US remember to set your clocks back on November 1. What can I do with an extra hour of sleep? Let me check my list!

Note: The sex tape was filmed prior to meeting my husband.

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