Walking up to the local elementary school to cast my ballot today, I decided to look for election signs in the neighborhood’s parking strips. Our blue block in a blue neighborhood in a blue city in a blue state is not big on signs, usually. I have a theory that my parents’ town, which seems to breed these signs like wildfire, has more because the parties are more evenly split there, and they feel like they have to compete for attention.
In any case, I did my best to be non-partisan in my search but completely failed. This is big Obama country, what can I say!
There was somewhat of a wind storm last night, knocking a few of the signs askew and downing many leaves. Nobody had time to rake them up in the rush to vote and head to work this morning, so the leaf carpets were pretty thick and many were quite beautiful. I especially liked this one, which I think might be yellow cherry and purple plum:
We have a big Mass Transit measure on the ballot. Hard to say how it will fare – many of us would agree that we need to get out of our cars more, but some folks will probably vote their pocketbook in this trying economic climate. Fingers crossed it will pass, we really need it here in Seattle, where too many of us drive everywhere (guilty!).
After I’d voted (old-fashioned in-person paper ballot), I kept walking to see what more was out there on this gloomy-weather but news-exciting day. This tree really knocked me out, not sure if it was a type of maple, but it really looked as if it was on fire!
This combination cracked me up, kind of a segue between Halloween and Election Day:
I know some people think that politics have no place in a gardening blog. I just couldn’t bring myself to write a totally non-related post today. I hope that whatever you believe, you cast your vote! I feel like if I don’t vote, I have no right to complain. 🙂 Happy November 4!
Oh, one last sign, the only home-made one I saw: