Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I worked on the election board back a few weeks ago for the Nebraska Primary Election on May 13. My precinct is Bee, Nebraska, and this was my first experience as an election judge. I know, election judge sounds impressive! I arrived promptly at 7:00 a.m. and met the other four election board workers. Three were veterans of many elections and one other one was new, but his wife had done it for many years. We set everything up and got ready to open the polls at 8:00 a.m.

I voted right away because I wanted to try out the 'Automark' machine so I would be sure to know how to run it if we had a request to use it. Pretty easy to use, but it took longer than if I would have marked the ballot by hand. This primary election had very little to vote on, especially for me, a Democrat. True, I did vote for Hillary Clinton, although that will not really count for anything since our state held a caucus in February and selected the convention delegates at that time. There was one amendment to consider and the democratic candidates for Senate. That was it. If you happened to be registered as non-partisan, then you only received the ballot for the amendment. You have to ask for the Democrat or Republican non-partisan ballot if you want one.

Well, the five of us sat there until 8:00 p.m. That is 13 hours. Oh my. We had 64 out of a possible 265 people show up to vote. I am pretty sure that was repeated across Seward County; less than 25% of the people eligible to vote showed up to do it. I think there should be a better, less expensive way to do this. The five of us made minimum wage ($5.85 per hour) for 13 hours. Repeat that across the county about 10 times and that adds up. Couldn't we vote by mail or on-line?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Licorice has never really been my favorite candy, but a few weeks ago we checked out this store in Lincoln: Licorice International

It was great! I don't think I have ever had really good licorice before, and this is REALLY GOOD licorice. We were walking around the Haymarket in Lincoln with our Minnesota friends, Jeff and Sue. Licorice International is at 803 Q Street, next to the 'From Nebraska' gift shop. You can buy any kind of licorice you could imagine. And, you can sample it first to make sure it really is something you would like to try. I am looking forward to a return trip!

Monday, May 19, 2008

It has been a month

I have started any number of interesting posts in my head, but they never get to the point of being typed. Maybe they wouldn't have been that interesting.
We have been kind of busy the past several weeks. Marge moved to Heartland Park Retirement community for a trial run at the end of April and decided to stay. We have been moving her things ever since. We have a small jeep and the two of us which is one reason it is taking a while. Another reason is that I don't want to just move everything into her small apartment all at one time and overwhelm her, so I wait until she asks for something that we have not yet moved. Seems to be working. The only draw back is that Dave and I are still sleeping in the basement bedroom instead of the master bedroom.
Some fun stuff: the first weekend in May was the Lincoln Marathon and our friends from Minnesota, the Johnsons, came to visit so that Jeff could run in the half marathon. He completed the run, a little slower than his goal, but pretty close.
Dave's sisters came to visit over Mother's Day. We had 15 people out here for dinner (four were kids) and it was a good time.
Son Mark and his friend Alan just left this morning after spending the last week here. We got to do lots of fun stuff with them including going to a Saltdogs baseball game and seeing the movie Prince Caspian.