Last year I camped out for an XBOX 360.

This year I camped out for a Playstation 3. Partly for the profit of selling it on ebay, partly to be part of the craze.

There were quite a few more people interested in getting a PS3, and quite a few less PS3s than XBOXes last year. That meant I had to get there two nights in advance. This photo is from Wednesday night. Target sold their six PS3s Friday morning. So all day Thursday, we got questions, looks, and sneers. Don't these guys have anything better to do than wait outside for a video game? I asked one guy we were chatting with if he was a gamer, and he said, "no, I get my kicks in the real world." Well, good for him.

As it turns out, though, I didn't have to wait out the second night. Some hard-core (i.e. crazy) gamer bought my spot in line for $700 and two Cat-Griz tickets. My friend Scott sold the tickets at the football game for $60. That is not a bad profit for 24 hours of city camping. Actually, it is really good. And that is real world cash, Mr. I-Get-My-Kicks-in-the-Real-World. So there.
It's 5:20 a.m. on Election Day. This is earlier than I usually get up. I usually get up when I wake up or two hours later, but today I'm helping with the election. Yesterday someone asked me (jokingly) if I'd rig the votes. I said that would be illegial and wrong, and it would be. Not to mention it is not really possible. It's not like Vickie, the Clerk and Recorder, has one person counting ballots.

Well, I have a lousy cold. They always seem to come at the worst times. I just hope that working a long day today doesn't make it worse, but I suppose that I can always take a sick day tomorrow.

Since I'm working, and it's easier than voting election day, I voted absentee. This year there are a record number of voters voting absentee. That means I could be at the courthouse really late counting ballots, or just being sequestered until they are counted.

I voted for Stan Jones. Not because I'm really excited about him. I don't know much about him. He is a Libertarian, and he is against abortion and for guns. I really did not want to vote for Burns or Tester. Maybe the Libertarian party will get a record number of votes in this race. That wouldn't be an altogether bad thing.

Well, I'm off to get some Thera Flu on my way to the courhouse. I wonder if I could park at a 2 hour meter all day today... It is a holiday so I don't think the meter maids will be working. I will. I'll let you know if I get a ticket.