Today’s probably going to be the only dry day this week, so instead of attempting to craft a profound and epic post-election essay, I’m going to keep it short and head out to the garden instead.
I’m having a hard time leaving politics and pumpkins behind. They seemed to go hand in hand for me this year, with the two big fall events (Halloween and the election) colliding in space, time and my thoughts so often. At times the presidential race got so farcical it seemed like the two events were switching places! But in the end I was happy with the result and look forward to moving past all the craziness. Today the squirrel-gnawed pumpkins are going in the compost and I hope at least a few of the neighbors’ election signs will make it to the recycling.
This was my favorite sidewalk Halloween decoration, seen yesterday as I walked home from the polls (as I found out later, it was our last time to vote in person here in Washington state, something I’m very sad about). Mini pumpkins on a skewer! I won’t make any election analogies, except to wonder how much Tina Fey’s spot-on impression of a certain vice presidential candidate did to hurt that campaign. Hey, how about Tina Fey/John Stewart in 2016? (I can’t take credit for this – see ultra-leftie Seattle news rag Eat the State for this and even more irreverent punditry).