Aside from not automatically having an inward cringe when I think of the occupant of the White House, that is — is the fact that I will finally get my brain back. It’s been extremely difficult for me to focus on anything but the election since about midway through September, which has not been a good thing; I admit I’ve been one of those people who has been refreshing FiveThirtyEight.com like a rat at a feeder bar and otherwise cruising political sites.
I tried not to — I even took every political site out of my RSS feed, and then when I realized everyone else on my RSS feed was still talking about the election, stopped reading my RSS feed entirely — but in the end I was weak. This election season was one of those times when it actually would have been helpful to have a full-time job with a boss and everything, so someone could have threatened me with, like, death for not focusing on work. As it was, when I saw my Tor editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden the other week, we had a conversation that went something like this:
Me: I have to admit to you I’m getting nothing done because I’m obsessed with this election.
PNH: I’m sorry, I was reading Daily Kos off my Blackberry. What were you saying?
So, you know. He’s no help. I mean, I’m still doing work — gotta eat and everything — but let’s just say anything that requires huge amounts of actual brainpower is waiting until after Tuesday. Oh, and probably Wednesday. Possibly Thursday. And if McCain wins, I may take to my bed through the rest of the week. But after THAT! Back to work. Thank God.
How’s your level of election distraction been this time around? And is it more or less than in 2004? Because I gotta tell you, I have it so much more worse this year.