I'm not exactly sure, for instance, when video games lost their charm for me but after looking at computers, tablets, and smartphones for 10 hours a day, the idea of staring at a television for anything is unappealing.
Probably, the move from two-button controllers to 450-button controllers didn't help, either. ("To make your player smile and wink while tackling with most of his weight on his left leg, hit shift+enter+red triangle+A while moving the joystick left diagonally 32 degrees.")
I type the same thing over and over these days:
1. "In the house!" This is to acknowledge to a voter that I have received his or her advance ballot application.
2. "In the house and in the works!" A slight variation from above, usually reserved for persons I believe to be hipsters.
3. "Here's the scoop on advance voting:" This precedes a link to our advance voting information on our webpage, at least saving me from typing three paragraphs.
4. "I've attached an application to get a ballot by mail." Self-explanatory, and I've yet to forget the attachment this year. Yet.
5. "We begin sending out ballots on Oct. 17." This is code for, "Please don't email me a week from now wondering why you don't have your ballot."
6. "If you don't have your ballot by Oct. 24, please email me." That could be a busy day, but hopefully the Postal Service won't let me down. I like to provide a real day for a voter to target, rather than waiting until the Friday before the election before alerting us to an issue. Too soon, and it's a waste of cycles. Too late, and as I often say but seldom type, "It can only end in tears."
9. "Aces." All my own geeky ways of acknowledging that I'm on the same page with the emailer.
Oh, looking for "10"? Nope, just 9. Oh, rats, actually--"Nope!" is number 10. Somehow, I feel like nope, with a capital N and an exclamation point conveys, "I get it," with just the right urgency and whimsy.
Sadly, "rats" makes 11. Sadly, "sadly" makes 12.
I often think how hard it would be to be a television anchor because every day's job is just like the one before. Yet, I type so many things over and over again. I've dabbled with cutting and pasting responses based on the question, but other than the links, I've never been able to stick with that approach.
To voters, their question is unique. They deserve a personal response. I like doing that and believe someday I will have personally interacted with all 372,000 voters in Johnson County.
It has kept me from posts, though. Here was our excitement for the day--the "rectory" was officially torn down, leaving way for a plan we are hatching to utilize the green(ish) space for advance voting traffic signs. More on that soon. In the meantime, here are before and after photos.
|House, disposed, literally.|