Relaxing Before Working to Death

June 22

Sunday was probably the easiest day that us fellows will have in Athens, Ohio. Our day started at 11, which gave me the privilege of going to the later Sunday morning mass. I’m writing this at 9:20pm and I was free to leave for the night two hours ago. That means we worked an 8 hour day. Our shortest yet. I thought of doing the laundry with the spare time I was handed, but I decided to put it off for at most 1 more week since I’d be paying $1 a load or $3 total, and every penny is key (speaking of that I found a dime on the sidewalk today…that’s 12 minutes of metered parking). Maybe by then I’ll actually have a family to live with so I can piggy back off of them and use their washer and dryer. Aside from relishing from the short 8 hours I worked on Sunday, my day wasn’t so successful. I managed to register 0 potential Obama voters. Of course my car not starting didn’t help. Hopefully the volunteer that I recruited had more success. I’ll say this though, my day would’ve been pretty bad had it not been for the great people I’m working with. The work I’m doing is rewarding, and at any moment I can tell any of my friends that my boss is better than theirs (even the one who works for Tom Coughlin’s son), but the days are long and I’ve never encountered so much hostility/failure/open racism(it’s pretty prevalent) so it’s great to meet nice friends and cherish that 1 in a million person that I come across who has just as much enthusiasm for Obama as I do or the other that says that he’s been a Republican for life, but is voting for Obama this election. A comment like that keeps you going.

Ending the Day Early

June 21

We got a new Regional Field Director, Joe Boswell (Dartmouth grad…reminds me of the episode where Andy Bernard meets the Dartmouth grad for golf), and he is great, all the attributes of a great leader. So it should be fun to work with him for as how long as he will be with us. Some of us might be moving to other south east regions in Ohio. I really hope it’s not myself since breaking up this group that has become so close would kind of suck. We still don’t have an office, which means we’re continuing to work out of the back of a coffee shop who’s owner is an Obama supporter. This is good since he gave us two $75 gift certificates and will continue to give us more. That means I get free breakfast. Anything free at this point makes my day. My financial situation is extremely tight at the least. I got a parking ticket yesterday for parking in a loading zone. What makes the feeling worse is that I already paid $1 to park in that spot for 2 hours. I didn’t see the red sign underneath the meter that said “loading zone Monday-Friday 9-5pm”. That pivotal mistake cost me $30. That’s 3 days of food or ½ of a tank of gas. I haven’t figured out which I should sacrifice first.