Saturday, December 19, 2015

Announcing Candidacy for Sunnyvale Council Seat 6 2016

Here is the text of my press release:


City Council Candidate Nancy Smith is pleased to announce she has is entering the race for Sunnyvale City Council Seat 6.

Surrounded by friends and supporters at the Sunnyvale City Clerk’s office on Thursday morning, Smith filled out the necessary paperwork.
Smith answered questions about her campaign and her plans for Sunnyvale.

“Nancy really has a heart for community service,” supporter Carol Weiss said. “I’m here to support my friend who can keep up the reputation of Sunnyvale as a great, safe place for people to work and live.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh Boy, do we need new mild oaths!

Wade and I walk together frequently in the morning -- about 2.5 miles. About half way through, as we are about to round the corner to head to our local coffee shop, he gets to thinking about his to-do list and says to himself, "Oh boy." 

I ask him who this boy is and why he's invoking his help with his to-do list.

Wade, of course, has no answer.

Please won't you help us think of a more gender-neutral replacement oath?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reminder: vote "for" people - not "against" them

This story from Europe (possibly Sweden?) made me guffaw, but now that we politicos are in GOTV mode, it makes me serious for a moment. We've been conditioned to "vote the bums" out or off or whatever. When you cast your vote, remember that you are placing your hope in a candidate and voting for them. So much for preaching - hope you enjoy the anecdote:

A young girl of 18 or 19, clearly a first-time voter, skips the line and rushes up to a poll worker’s table.

Poll worker: “I’m sorry, you’ll have to wait. There’s a line.”

Voter: “I’m sorry, but it’s important! I need to get my ballot paper back. I voted for the wrong person!”

Poll worker: “Alright, give me the spoiled one.”

Voter: “I can’t. I put it in the box.”

Poll worker: “Then I’m afraid we can’t get it back. The boxes can’t be opened until the end of voting at ten o’clock.”

Voter: “But I didn’t know! I don’t want the Conservatives to get in so I voted for [Conservative candidate]. I should have voted for someone else!”

Poll worker: “Um, why did you vote for the Conservative?”

(The girl turns scarlet and looks utterly miserable.)

Voter: “I thought it was like TV where you vote them off!”