According to the pundits, the only state that matters in the upcoming presidential election is Ohio.
If you wonder what it's like to live in the eye of the electoral storm:
- Your phone rings 10 times a night, but it's never anyone you want to talk to.
- The only ads you see are political ads. They're all mean and mostly lies. At this point, I'd give a kidney to see a commercial about what's on sale at the local grocery.
- Some nights it takes three times as long to get home because you're held up by the presidential motorcade. Or because streets are blocked off for some rally.
- The pile of junk in your mailbox has swollen to twice it's normal size. With more lies and more meanness.
- Talk show hosts are already predicting that you're going to screw up the election, pointing out that even the Amish here act a little crazy.
This is how bad it is: The instructor for my writing program is relocating from Cincinnati to New Jersey next week. She says it's to be nearer her family and friends, but I suspect the real reason is more political.
She just can't take it anymore.