Madison Square Garden on Election Night

Election Day

Today is Election Day in the U.S.

Morning Walk: "Election Day," by Arcadia
Morning Walk: “Election Day,” by Arcadia

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

So, of course, I woke up in the morning to go and cast my vote. My partner and I wanted to make sure we had ALL of the necessary paperwork, so we collected PDF bills with our address, registration confirmations, and even our passports. Happily for us, our names were on the rolls to vote and we were in and out fairly quickly. I can see, though, how much of a nightmare it would be to vote in other places. Given the possibility of a certain man getting into that office, Lord, help us all.

Yesterday I took a special effort to see a reading of a black, gay playwright with whom I’ve been trying to connect for a long time. He is the person who I had to “forgive” for their evasiveness, however, real it is, or not. The play was interesting enough. It’s still important to get out there and make connections. They don’t all have to yield anything, but I’m actually sincerely interested in this guy and his work.

Madison Square Garden on Election Night
Madison Square Garden on Election Night

I am still going through the internal ethical dilemma of whether to “participate” in Open Studios or not. What I am doing is preparing so that at least I have the option to do it, but the range of advice I’ve gotten is mind-boggling.

I have thought of two options for participating. One involves boarding up my door with plywood and placing strategic holes in the boards through which visitors can see the videos I’ve set up in the darkened room. The other involves me performing the “take one” piece, where I etch visitors’ names in Englyph using colored pens and my Englyph stencils. Strangely enough, my Mother thought the former idea was not good one while liking the latter, and Adrian thought the former was “less intrusive” than the latter. What does that mean? I guess it’s my call.

AMC 34th Street Cinema
AMC 34th Street Cinema

The colleague of my friend at Hunter suggested that I contact everyone in the first year and see if they wanted to do a secret showing together, but is doing everything by committee a good idea? This issue will come up again, I’m sure. What I decided to do is go ahead and make sure that I am prepared to do either choice — to make a “game-time decision,” as my sister terms them.

Empire State Building in Red, White and Blue
Empire State Building in Red, White and Blue

Later in the day, I attempted to take my mind off the election circus by going to the movies. I saw the horribly rated Inferno, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. The movie also stars a woman who will become much more famous as the lead in the new Star Wars Rogue One film. I actually thought that the movie had some interesting plot twists and was well executed. Sometimes I go against the common knowledge about a movie — especially if it gets very very poor marks.

When I emerged from the theater about 930 pm, the streets were eerily quiet. This was different from the times that President Obama had won, so I knew already what the outcome would be.

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