Would you buy a used car from this bunch?

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Perhaps not, but we of the McLean In-person absentee satellite voting staff will be available to help you vote absentee during the next two weeks leading up to Election Day. Monday thru Friday 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Last day is November 4th. There are twenty valid reasons for voting absentee in Virginia.

And yes, there are eight other in-person absentee satellite locations in Fairfax County, plus the Government, Center itself (which has different hours). But we think we’re the best. See you at the polls!

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243, 257

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Those are the number that resonate with me as we move toward the November 7 election.

243: The number of precincts in Fairfax County. For the last three weeks we have been preparing the supplies and testing the voting machines for each of those precincts and now they are ready for the big day.

257: The number of in-person absentee voters who voted today at the McLean in-person absentee satellite. This was about a hundred more than last Saturday. Starting Monday, in-person absentee voting moves to a six day schedule.

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Just a thought

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All during the media circus these past few days about Stephen Strasburg’s health and competitive zeal (or lack thereof), I couldn’t stop thinking of Curly Ogden. I mean, didn’t everyone? OK, for the few of you who don’t know (or care) who Curly Ogden was, let’s hop into the Way back machine and travel to game seven of the 1924 World Series. That was the one that put the New York Giants of John McGraw against the Washington Senators, managed by their “Boy Wonder,” Bucky Harris (see photo of Bucky, taken some ten years later).

Curly Ogden was Bucky’s choice to be starting pitcher in that all important game. But it wasn’t for real. You see Ogden was a right handed pitcher and his starting the game meant that left handed hitting Bill Terry would start at first base for the Giants. (Contrary to popular myth, Casey Stengel did not invent platooning in the 1950s; McGraw used it extensively some thirty years earlier.

Bill Terry would go one to have a marvelous Hall of Fame career with a lifetime batting average of .341. In 1924 however, he was just a rookie who people thought would never hit lefties. Starting the right handed Ogden, caused McGraw to insert Terry into the starting lineup. But unknown to anyone, Harris had a left handed pitcher secretly warming up, and after Ogden pitched to two batters he was removed. The whole thing was a ruse to lure McGraw into starting Terry and it worked. McGraw eventually removed Terry from the lineup, depriving him of the potential use of him later in the game.

Now fast forward to the present day. For the past few days the media (and some Nats fans) have howled in frustration. Was Strasburg really sick? Did he lack the competitive drive? And when it became apparent that Strasburg would start the game, it became “Why didn’t the Nationals handle it better?” Different talking heads started pontificating over what information the Nationals should have released. What they should have said to the media. How they should have come clean with all the facts. Blah, blah, blah.

OK, point number one. Lighten up media. This is a baseball game, an important on I grant you, but still just a game. It’s not like Donald tweeting about North Korea.

More importantly, I wonder if the whole thing was one big ruse. Putting in the Cubs’ mind that they would be facing Tanner Roark (substituting hamburger for fillet mignon) or at best, a weakened version of Strasburg. Such ruse would accomplish a number of things.

  1. It would distract the media from writing more dribble about how the Nationals can’t win in the playoffs. This year’s team is their last best chance. How they can’t win the big one.
  2. It also distracts from the media fixating on any perceived managerial mistakes that may have been made in the earlier games.
  3. It just might sew a little confusion into the Cubs. Just who are we going to face in the game?

I offered this opinions to the SABR people at last evening’s monthly dinner and it was pretty much dismissed out of hand. Strasburg really was sick and thanks to fluid infusions, antibiotics, and lots of Gatorade he was able to perform at maximum performance level.

There’re probably right. Still I can’t help thinking of Curly Ogden.

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Getting on board

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OK, here’s the deal. I’m not a Nationals fan. Not really. My team is the Red Sox and they are hanging by a thread (Yea, David Price; yea Hanley Ramirez) but I can’t do them much good from here. My number two team is the Orioles but well….

Then I saw Bryce and Ryan on the tube hit their homeruns on Saturday and I thought, “That’s nice but it doesn’t really affect me.”

Then I got this e-mail this morning from the Nats telling me that I can buy a ticket for the first NLCS game to be played in Nats Park. Then I start thinking. Cost is high but not outrageous. Metro closes early but for one night I can pay the outrageous parking lot fees. The more I think, the more excited I get. I’ll have to take a day off from election work but that should be manageable. Destiny seems to be calling. A few clicks of the mouse and I have my ticket. Of course there is still the issue of the Cubs but my Nats friends assure me that there is no problem there.

So I’m officially on board. Go Nats!

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Election Day is less than a month away

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It all happens on November 7th. Virginia elects a governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Also a representative to the Virginia’s House of Delegates. There are 100 members to Virginia’s House of Delegates. Seventeen of those house districts are located entirely or partially in Fairfax County. For the past two weeks, I have been serving at the in-personal absentee voting location at the McLean satellite voting location. There most frequently asked question by voters is “What district am I in?” Do you know yours?

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Readers’ Favorite

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Readers’ Favorite is a website that reviews books, especially works by self-published and relatively unknown authors. The link below is to a page that they set up for “November Third”. The reviewers rate on a one-to-five star scale, five being the best. The three reviewers all gave me a “5” which was rather gratifying. (The second and third reviews follow the Comments section).

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/november-third-gatekeepers-of-democracy-volume-2

 

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The game that would not die

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Mark and I went to Nats Park today to see the Nationals finish out the regular season. Long game. Lots of pitching changes. Lots of walks. Lots of men left on base.Curtain calls for several Nats including Jason Werth who was playing his last regular season game for the Nats. Gio Gonzalez was rocked for five runs in the first inning but then settled down. Homeruns by Rendon and Taylor. It was fun but four and a half hours for a nine inning game was a bit much.

Good luck, Nats in the playoffs.

 

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