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I feel like an exile. I lived for years in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The neighborhood is widely known as a center of Seattle's gay culture, and although that is less true now than it was 20 years ago, it is still true enough. Anyway, in the wake of the news of the successful passage of R-74, a referendum of the people affirming the legislature's measure to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, there is a huge party on the Hill. There is dancing in the streets. I miss my old neighborhood, my home from which I am absent.



We've also legalized marijuana.

Date: 2012-11-07 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
you know, most of the time I am pretty damn proud to be from this state. And then something like this happens... It just gets more awesome here all the time. I love our home. It is the best place in the whole country.

Date: 2012-11-07 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
*dances with you*

Date: 2012-11-07 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robot-mel.livejournal.com
I remember seeing the parties 4 years ago and being so sad I couldn't be there. Extra sad about missing the gay marriage parties on the hill!

Date: 2012-11-07 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
I was at that party four years ago, the picture in that entry being only a block away from where the picture in this entry was taken.

Date: 2012-11-07 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icprncs.livejournal.com
I understand. Oh, how I understand. As I remember the little girl of mixed race who lived across the street from us in the CD, and hung out her bedroom window on election night 2008 screaming "OBAMA WON!!!!!!!!"

There's a good chance that a majority of the Romney votes in NJ came from my county. That just makes me miss that street full of dancing all the more.

Date: 2012-11-07 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
it's the possibility of a lot of noise from those affected by the hurricane that made me MOST relieved (and genuinely impressed, honestly) that Mittens conceded. It was not enough that Obama won, concession means it won't be a fight that gets drug on and on. Mittens was WAY more gracious about his loss than I honestly thought was in his make up, and he won a great deal of my respect with that. I will never elect him to anything, mind you, but he no longer freaks me out as much. Manners count for a lot, in my book, towards 'I am not a crazy fanatic out to undo the last 50 years of social justice and equality."

Date: 2012-11-08 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
I know that you know how I feel more than anyone. I'm at least privileged to be able to visit home every once in a while, but for you it's an even more precious time when you can manage to do so.

Date: 2012-11-07 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misslynx.livejournal.com
Yes, it's great when you can celebrate things like that in the midst of an enthusiastic community... I ended up with something a little like that by accident last night - I was at a NaNoWriMo writing session, where most of the participants were sufficiently distracted by the election to be spending more time checking the results and worrying about them (since Romney was leading originally) than actually writing. When the cafe we were in closed, some of us went on to a nearby pub in order to keep an eye on the results and try to get a bit more writing in. And when the big video screen in the pub showed that CNN had called it as a win for Obama, the entire place erupted in loud cheers and applause. Not just our little writers' corner, but the whole pub. People were raising their glasses, jumping up and down, hugging each other, etc. It was great, and made me really glad I'd opted to stay out instead of going home when the cafe closed.

It might seem a bit odd that a bunch of random people in a pub in Canada would have such an intense reaction to the US election, since it's not our country, but whatever happens in the US does effect us -- it's that whole "sleeping with an elephant" thing.

Congrats on the referenda passing, and on electing a sane president!

Date: 2012-11-08 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
Yeah, we are pretty pleased with the results, as well. Glad that you could celebrate it! Not that Obama, with his robot death squads and kill lists, is perfect, but he was certainly a damned sight better than the alternative.

The US, as the current seat of Empire, is going to affect pretty much everyone. That's why, for instance, even people in the UK were celebrating, even though here we have little reason to even know or care who their PM is (Cameron, of course, but I am privileged to not need to know that; you guys still have Harper, as I recall).

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