Happiness is…

…having a live concert taking place right outside one’s living room window.

It’s election week, and the efforts of various parties and candidate lists to look good to voters are reaching a high point. For the last two weeks, one candidate has sent a car with loudspeakers driving around town, playing a message regarding his superior attributes, ALL DAY LONG. The message is bracketed with a few bars of music, and I have those bars burned into my brain now. It reminds me of the time I worked in a retail store where an advertising video was on endless replay over in the roof sealing section…I never actually listened to it, but after a while I could recite it from memory.

Anyway, after the “vote for me” car started up at 09:00 on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, my wife stated that even if she were planning to vote for him, she wouldn’t after that. (I am editing her comment for family viewing. She does not deal well with interruptions to her sleep-in time.)

But tonight is the third of three concerts in the district, and it’s being played right in our own courtyard. Guess who’s sponsoring it? Yep, the same guy. And it’s good stuff — acoustic and bass guitar, soprano sax, set drums, and a vocalist who right now is singing a Dulce Pontes song (and doing a very good job). I totally approve of this sort of voter manipulation.

I said, “Heck, I’d vote for him now!”

My wife is glad I’m not a citizen.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Happiness is…

  1. Jorge says:

    “My wife is glad I’m not a citizen.”

    Ah, but you don’t have to be a citizen to be able to vote in local elections. You just have to be a resident. I think.

    And I write “I think” because it depends a bit on what country you’re a citizen of, and I don’t know the specifics regarding US’ers.

    (Not gonna comment on the space turd thing. Not gonna.)

    • oregon expat says:

      Really? I’m going to have to look into that. Thanks for the tip.

      As for the space turd…aw, and here I thought it would be total comment bait. Is everyone too refined and tasteful?

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