Monday, October 24, 2011

Oktoberfest for Two

Before I cracked my head open, before my mom visited, & before Nathan deployed again, we spent a lunch hour picking out pumpkins to display in front of our apartment window. I've read that there's a pumpkin shortage this year, but I think I know what the problem is: Portsmouth is hoarding them all.

A Methodist church just down the road from us has dozens upon dozens of pumpkins for sale, all on display in the church's front yard - even overnight & on Sundays, when sales are closed. Can you believe that? In my hometown, these suckers would've been stolen or smashed within 24 hours, but not here. No, in provincial Portsmouth, church pumpkins are free to exist without fear of Halloween hooligans.

It's too bad we showed up on a Monday because the deals really start rolling on Wednesday. (More on baked beans in a future post. Yes, really.)

Naturally, I insisted upon taking a cheesy photo at a painted pumpkin clearly intended for small children. Please note how bizarrely midgety I look. I promise I have legs & a torso.

Nathan chose his pumpkin on stem size alone. No, that's not a creepy euphemism for anything.

After we paid, we asked the octogenarian church volunteer behind the counter to take a photo of us with our prized pumpkins. She had no idea how to use an iPhone, & it was sort of tough to teach her while I was holding a 10-lb. holiday squash, so this is what we ended up with. Not too shabby, lady, not too shabby at all.

Of course, I have to work on Saturday, which means no Halloween for me - and yes, I was even invited to something! The lovely Alana of The Good Girl Gone Blog invited me to her spooky soiree in Somerville (say that five times fast), but I'm sans costume & sans availability, so I'll have to resort to spending my favorite holiday eating fun-sized Butterfingers throughout the work day & telling anyone who asks about my head wound that this is my lazy costuming attempt at going as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally photo

[Your Name Here] for America

It's not always a popular decision, but sometimes I blog about politics. I make no secret of my party affiliations: In the space next to "Political Views," my Facebook profile reads, "I'm blessed with one of those hearts that bleeds." Do I believe our president has done everything he promised to do? No. Do I believe he could be doing better? Probably. Do I wish he'd take a stronger presidential stance for the views he campaigned on? Absolutely. But do I think he has our country's best intentions at heart - and that he's the best man for the job? A thousand times yes.

Driven by these beliefs, I met this morning with my local Obama for America organize. He's a 25-year-old recent grad who transitioned from acting to politics when he saw his father, a small-business owner, struggle in the flailing economy & a close friend default on his college loans for the same reasons. We spent 45 minutes swapping stories & talking about how I can get involved in the campaign to reelect our president - and I couldn't be more excited.

As you might recall, I still don't have many friends in town. I've struggled to get involved, & I've mostly failed. But this is something I truly believe in & feel passionate about - and the social aspects will be a bonus. I look forward to connecting with like-minded New Hampshire residents who are driven to help, on a grassroots level, to get our neighbors & friends on board with this campaign.

It's easy to become disillusioned & jaded by politics, to believe that your individual voice has no influence. After three years in D.C., I know this as well as anyone. But this is a real opportunity to spread the good word, if you will, of President Obama's vision for America & to encourage others to care about the future of our country - and ourselves.

Have you looked into volunteering with Obama for America in your community? They'll take whatever time & effort you're able to spare. Whether it's a weekend spent door-knocking, a night spend phone banking, a letter written to the editor vocalizing your support, or all of the above, this campaign needs your help. Won't you join me?

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