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photoblog image Tales from My Garden: Indecision

Tales from My Garden: Indecision

An Electoral Edition

Per pandits, these elections will be very close. It will all depend on the undecided voters, they say. I'm sick and tired listening to the countless interviews on TV and radio with undecided voters. With such a drastic difference between the candidates' platforms and just a few days away from the elections, I can't believe someone still can't decide which way to go.  I'm sorry, but you got to be either absolutely stupid (and for that reason only should be banned from the elections), or you really don't give a shit, and in this case, should stay home and don't mess with other people's future.

That's how David Sedaris put it in New Yorker:

"... I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention? To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?" To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked..."

Tales from My Garden: Indecision

An Electoral Edition

Per pandits, these elections will be very close. It will all depend on the undecided voters, they say. I'm sick and tired listening to the countless interviews on TV and radio with undecided voters. With such a drastic difference between the candidates' platforms and just a few days away from the elections, I can't believe someone still can't decide which way to go.  I'm sorry, but you got to be either absolutely stupid (and for that reason only should be banned from the elections), or you really don't give a shit, and in this case, should stay home and don't mess with other people's future.

That's how David Sedaris put it in New Yorker:

"... I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention? To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?" To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked..."

comments (17)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 30 Oct 2008, 01:24
Hilarious comment.. and a great picture to go with it. I wonder how many undecideds will simply tire of all the mental strain and either stay home or not vote for President.
vz-nostalgia: I think we'll see a lot of people in Emergency Rooms with exploded heads throughout the States on November 4, Larry. smile
  • FLOOG
  • An automatic massage chair in Utopia
  • 30 Oct 2008, 05:19
Succintly put, Viktor. A fair point and a wonderful photograph.

In the UK, indecision and apathy are always the winners come election time. Unless the polling stations are in their front rooms, many voters would not be bothered enough to stop watching Rikki Lake and get off their backsides.
vz-nostalgia: well, there is no apathy in the US this time around, floog. The prediction for Atlanta is an 80-90% turn-out. The country is fed up.
Excellent photo, fair point on your comment. I'm bored at the amount of coverage it gets in the UK.
vz-nostalgia: I'm not bored, Nig. These elections are too damn important. But there is a sense of fatigue here, which is explainable. It's been two years and almost $1,000,000,000 (a GDP of a small country, for God's sake) in ads placed on TV, press and radio. This is a huge amount of info to swallow for an average Joe. smile
Who America decides to elect will have a big impact on us here in the UK. People moan about the wall to wall coverage of the US elections on UK television, but they do matter to us. I hope that the undecided will wake up and realise that putting that woman a heartbeat away from the oval office is a nightmare. Obama is not the saviour of the world, but he does represent a move away from the American version of gunboat diplomacy.
I wonder if many of the undecided are undecided because they can't work out which they like the idea of least..an African American or a woman in the White House?
vz-nostalgia: You bet, Bill. There is a good chunk of the electorate who're sh@t scared just thinking about the possibility of having a black or a potential female president. I've heard quite a few interviews with these people on NPR. Mind-boggling stuff.
We live in a strange world, Viktor, where great swathes of the population care more about the sordid antics of so called `celebrities`, and pay no heed to the `big issues`. (:o(

Maybe they are like this little ladybird, thinking they are safe in their own little house, on their own little blade of grass. Can`t they hear the lawn mower coming? (:o)
vz-nostalgia: What a great analogy, Ms. Roz! A little thing blinded and deafened by its own little happiness in its own little shell, so absorbed into itself, it doesn't hear a lawn mower coming. This is just great! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2008, 09:14
You put me in mind of a programme yesterday about neural auditing to establish if members of the electorate are sufficiently mentally developed to be able to cast a reasoned vote. Be careful what you wish for...

... nice photograph btw.
vz-nostalgia: hahahaha. I didn't mean it literally, Mike.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2008, 09:50
Love the quote! You must be heartily sick of all the media hubris about the election - it seems to have been going on for ever. I can't believe people can get so worked up about it. It's a no-brainer in this particular case. The very idea of having someone like Sarah Palin as vice-president -she should have been strangled at birth.
Love the photo BTW - is he undecided about which way to go or whether to jump off the edge?
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: Oh, Ms. Ingrid. I have to disagree with you again (surprise, surprise...smile) "she should have been strangled at birth" is not what I would like to hear from you. As much as I can't stand Sarah Palin and what she stands for, I will defend her right to represent those rednecks, who go nuts on her rallies. They should have a voice too. That's why I love this country, and I must tell you it's so damn different from the system where I came from. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Oct 2008, 13:29
That ladybird looks like a bit of a maverick to me, VZ...are you doing a bit of moonlighting for those cute "slash & burn" folks over at GOP?

Bit of a sad thing if this election is really a "no-brainer"...I would prefer to have folks put a bit of thought into what they will do next week.
vz-nostalgia: a maverick? to me it looks like a brain-dead creature, who has no idea what to do next, when it finally has to make a decision: "should I slide, or should I fly, or should I, maybe, stay"-kinda thing.
Believe me, there would be plenty of people who put quite of bit of thought to how they cast their vote. It's those ten percent of undecided that bother me.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2008, 15:23
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you've decided, Ms. Philine. So do I. But I'm afraid it's not the case with a ladybird. smile
Thanks for telling me the secret of how to fulfill my wishes. We have so many of them in our garden, well enough to implement all of my desires. smile
Lovely shot. Don't worry by this time next week it'll almost be over - maybe!
vz-nostalgia: Amen, Ms. Bernie. I'll cross my fingers that the United States Supreme Court would not be involved this time. smile
America might cross the threshold and vote in their first black president .... It should happen but we have to remember that polls in reality mean nothing and what people say before the day mean nothing. It's just what happens on the day when people really vote for what they want not what they have expressed previously in public. ... richard
vz-nostalgia: Good point, Richard. The other thing to remember is, it's not the popular vote that counts but the electoral one. A big difference.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2008, 22:14
It's so unusual to see a picture of a ladybird in mono, but you know it works.
vz-nostalgia: You bet I know, Ms. Ellie. Otherwise I wouldn't dare. smile
  • uli dietz
  • Germany
  • 2 Nov 2008, 21:23
Great shot...and true words.
But no worries....the last 2 elections used to happen on my B-day (though I am not responsible for the results wink). This year it won't and I am positive.
vz-nostalgia: I still blame you for the disaster called W that happened to this wonderful country. smile
  • nurgul karaca
  • Turkey
  • 3 Nov 2008, 00:37
very nıce
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, nurgul
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 5 Nov 2008, 15:47
Very dreamy and nicely. smile
vz-nostalgia: Don't fall asleep, zohre. smile
fantastic dop,makes you want to grab the 'Undecided" ladybird
vz-nostalgia: what's "dop", Olatoun? Hope you didn't mean "dope", did you? smile
nope. i meant to say depth of field
vz-nostalgia: All right then. Don't scare me like this. smile
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