Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Not As Painful As You Would Think

For the past month or so I have been thinking that I should do something to support one of the candidates for whom I will be voting.  I finally took the plunge Monday night, and I am here to say that it was a lot easier that I thought it would be.

I called people on a "friendly" list, which means they have either said they supported Obama or previously volunteered for the campaign.  Once I realized that I did not have to ask people for money, the whole thing got a lot easier. I was asking people to volunteer: to register voters, to make get-out-the-vote calls or to canvas their neighborhoods. I told people it was even kind of fun, which it was. I met some nice people and drilled through a list quickly thanks to the large number of people who are not home at 5pm. Or who are using caller ID.  In any case, the people I talked to were nice, and several even agreed to volunteer. I felt great, and it took very little time.  You should try it.

If you live in Oregon, you can volunteer for the Obama campaign (even for just an hour at a time, if that is what you have) by calling (503) 236-2008. Or by stopping by a campaign office.

By the way, Tuesday (Today!) is the last day to register to vote in Oregon. If you are an Oregonian and not registered, DO IT TODAY. 


  1. Well, good for you.

    It's interesting to live in state where the national election isn't really being contested, because there's so little local noise about anything. Few radio or tv ads; no phone calls. I was just in Florida, where it was totally different. I like it here better, I think.

  2. I call it alchemy. I look at what I am doing and feel completely exhausted then I look at what I want to do... pluck up the courage (or some such thing) and the universe expands.

    Oh yes and I mix a lot of metaphors to pull off the alchemy.

    It does not really make sense to me but somehow doing more can actually give me energy.

    Good on ya.