Things I Have Learned On The Campaign Trail...
- At least one other person will come up with the same slogan as you.
- When you think that you have found a replacement slogan, someone will inevitably come up with it too.
- Every candidate will eventually quote each other, whether intentionally or not.
- At least two candidate will have the same color signs. Thus confusing the voters.
- As in the case of this election, two candidates have very similar names. Sig Gail and Gail Sygutek This is NOT confusing you, is it?!?!
- All candidate's are not created equal.
- Some candidates are more equal than other's.
- There is always the "fringe" candidate. It's just figuring out who that is....
- There is always at least one very vocal candidate.
- There is always that one candidate who is "out-to-lunch"
- There is always one candidate that should have hung it up long ago.
- Every candidate thinks they have the best plan for the future.
- Every candidate has an opinion.
- Everyone you meet has an opinion.
- Everyone that has an opinion thinks that theirs is the most important opinion.
- Everywhere you go, someone wants to talk. As a result, my poor daughter is always rolling her eyes, while she once again waits for me. ( Note: She is getting used to it, in fact she is coming to expect it. lol )
- My daughter is becoming a latch key kid. Can that happen at 15??? (Don't worry, we spend a lot of time together. She is almost always with me, when not at school. See the point above this one.)
- My ex-husband and I have spent more time together in the past three days than we have in the last three years. ( He is one of my campaign crew and is helping to put up signs.Thank you. :-) )
- I will spend part of each week putting up signs.
- I will spend at least part of every day checking signs.
- I will spend at least part of every day chasing signs that have blown away in the wind.
- I will curse the wind and make yet again a new sign to replace "the one that got away"!!
- No matter how you attach your signs to the wood stakes, they will blow off, bend and rip in the wind.
- Election signs will appear at an alarming rate. Overnight!! Almost like coat hangers reproducing in your closet.
- I will redo my brochure at least three times until I like the way it looks.
- I will count and recount my brochures at least twice to get the right amount for the post office to deliver. (Should have been paying attention to counting instead of watching TV.)
- I will get very good at multi-tasking. (I was always good at this, but now I am much better.)
- I will stop and really listen to what my daughter/son was saying instead of mindlessly agreeing. (Hmmm, what was that you said honey?? You invited how many for dinner?!?!? I said it was okay?!?!)
- I will stop making excuses to the cashier at Sobey's, when I have come in for the fifth time that day.
- I will remember how much work/fun campaigning was before I do it again. lol (I have really enjoyed it.)
- I will walk more miles in a day than I have in the last year.
- I will knock on more doors in these few weeks, than I have in my lifetime.
- I will still have just as much trouble remembering names, as I ever did. (That is where my notebook has come in handy. Now I just have to remember where I put my notebook.)
- I will meet more people in the few weeks of campaigning, than I met at my first wedding. (...and my Mom invited a lot!!! Great, Great Uncle Bill??? Never heard of him. Okay Mom, you can invite him.)
- Everyone feels that they know you.
- Everyone feels that they can come up to you, at all hours, in any situation and talk to you. (I'm sorry, can I please finish in the bathroom and then we can talk??) lol
- People ask you the weirdest questions. (Hope I was able to answer that for you alright?)
- Stranger's share the most intimate details with you.
- People either love you or dislike you. Even the one's who don't know you.
- There are always lots of rumors abound. (Hopefully none about you.)
- Your family feels the stress of the election process. (People constantly stopping them to ask questions, that they have no idea the answers to. "Ummmm, ask my Mom, she's the one running.")
- I am getting in shape without the benefit of an exercise program.
- My mouth is in better shape than the rest of me. It is getting plenty of exercise!!!
- For once in my life, I can finally fall sleep right away at night.
- I have more Facebook friends that anyone I know. (Half of them, I don't personally know.)
- I spend more time reading, what I would have once considered useless and uninteresting information, than I ever have in my life. (Now it is both fascinating and mandatory!! And I think I have wore out another pair of reading glasses.)
- The Municipality website has become my favorite place to surf.
- The ladies at the Municipality have become my best friends, next to the ladies at the post office, and the ladies at the copy store, and the staff at both of the newspaper's, and Dino at MountianView Industries Wood Shop, and the guys at the gas station, and ......
- I've read more other people's (candidate's) blog's than I ever have. In fact, I never read a blog before, until I created my own for my campaign website. Now it is the first thing I do every day. Good morning, John, Dean, Emile, Brian, George....
- The youth of this community want to be heard!!!
- Everyone is still upset about the school busing issue and thinks council can do something about it. (If the newly elected council can, I'm sure we will try.) Notice I said "we"!! I am a positive thinker.
- I have become really aware of just how positive a person I am!!
- The Pass is really a BIG place!! lol (Especially when you are putting up and checking on signs.)
- The Pass is a REALLY big place, especially when you are chasing signs!!! (Yes, that was me running down Highway 3, through Frank Slide, chasing yet again another sign!!) Rofl
- Some of the other candidates are really considerate people. They have fixed my signs for me, when they needed fixing. Thank you, so much.
- A two hour forum, and 5 minutes in total to speak (1.25 minute's to answer only 3 question's) is NOT enough time to get to know 22 people!!!
- The Elk's Hall has not enough room to seat 350 people, even if a lot of them are standing.
- I have really enjoyed campaigning and meeting new people.
- I am looking forward to working on council. (Positive thinker!!)
- Whatever happens Monday, I will run again in three years!!
- I have a lot of signs to pick up come Tuesday!!!
- I might not be able to get them ALL until Wednesday!!
- My family has been extremely supportive. Thank you so much for all your patience!! I love you all. :-)
- I thought I would run out of things to Blog about. I was wrong.
- Stay tuned, there are still three days left... lol
Have a Happy Day Everyone!!!