One of the things I miss about home besides my family, Frenchy's creole seasoned chicken, Harlon's Barbecue, Shipley's Donuts and Majic102 FM is early voting.
The other thing I missed, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream I've been able to get on a regular basis since they stated selling it in Da Ville last March.
I've voted in every election I've been eligible to participate in since 1980 at the local, state and federal level, and one of the things I absolutely love is no excuse early voting.
It's cool to be able to vote on your schedule and not have to wait until Election Day to do so. I'm climbing the walls waiting for the opportunity to cast my ballot, help make history, and make my liberal-progressive voice heard in this election cycle.
As I watch the people in the lucky states that allow in person early voting like my birth state does (Kentucky has absentee balloting, but not early voting yet), I hear the echoes of Dr. King's words ringing in my ears.
"I can forsee the Negro vote being the decisive one in national elections."
I flip on the news and I'm bursting with pride as I see Sen. Obama coolly lay out his vision for America. I'm overjoyed by the younglings being engaged and involved in this pivotal election. I'm proud of the transgender community stepping up and taking the next evolutionary step in our political maturation process in terms of the $15K raised so far on the Trans For Obama Act Blue webpage.
I'm heartened by the long lines of people I see standing for hours in line in many cases to cast their votes and wish I could join them. I have fond memories of the 2000 election standing in a festive line for two hours at my old early voting site at Burnett-Bayland Park and casting my ballot. I can only imagine what the mood is like there this year.
This will be my eighth presidential election. I'm fired up, ready to go and beyond ready to vote. I am sick and tired of living under Bush mismanagement for 14 years. I'm ready for CHANGE.
It's no secret to you Projectors I've had my mind made up about who I was casting my ballot for since the Democratic primary. I'm a till death do I part dyed in the wool yellow dog Democrat and nothing short of water boarding is going to cause me to change my mind and vote for the McPalin ticket.
But unfortunately I live in a state that doesn't early vote yet. With the Kentucky General Assembly being under split control (House is Democratic, senate GOP) I doubt if I'll see early voting here anytime soon since the Republican mantra is to erect barriers to make voting harder for people, not easier.
So for you lucky peeps in the states that can early vote, please exercise your hard won right to do so.
I'll be joining you soon, but I'll have to anxiously wait until November 4.