T-minus 24 Hours…

03 November 2008

At this time tomorrow, Americans all across the country will be making their way to the polls (or laughing at those standing in the long lines if they are among the estimated 24.4 million who voted early), checking that oh-so-important box next to the name of the ticket they feel best qualified to lead our country for at least the next four years.

So you may ask, what is the feeling in D.C. today, around the H&K office where less than two blocks away, curtains will be measured, china chosen and portraits hung starting this January?

In two words: slightly chaotic.  Not sure if it’s the election or the fact that HBO is filming an upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker series on the street adjacent to our office, but there is a definite buzz around here – almost like the city is on a caffeine high.  Obama vs. McCain banter is higher than ever and everyone is chatting about their Election Night plans.

Outside things are just as other-worldly.  The popular breakfast/lunch spot across the street, Corner Bakery, has a sign posted that it will be open late tomorrow night – in case someone wants to make a run for baby bundt cakes and lattes while watching the returns? 

To top it all off, the Redskins are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Monday Night Football tonight.  And so comes into play the Redskins Rule: if the Redskins win their last home game before a presidential election, the incumbent party held on to the White House. If they lose, the challenging party took over.  This has been true since 1937.  I can just see the Terrible Towels flying now.

One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for tomorrow.  And if you do nothing else of importance this week – get out and vote tomorrow!

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