Charity Majors @mipsytipsy CTO @honeycombio, ex-Parse, Facebook, Linden Lab; cowrote Database Reliability Engineering; loves whiskey, rainbows. I test in production and so do you. 🌈🖤 Aug. 16, 2019 1 min read

Just realized why being in Florida this week felt so weird and existentially jarring.

Last time I was there was 2004, when I flew in to be a poll watcher for Bush/Kerry. The first election I ever voted for the Democrat ticket.

I was a conservative libertarian from lily white Idaho when the Iraq war broke out and I went... what the fuck? This is not the limited government I was promised. And this Supreme Court "election" sure smells.

I was in for a disillusioning decade or two. 😕

I signed up to be a poll watcher because it was the only material thing I could think of to do, and donated 1k to Kerry's campaign, dooming myself to political direct mail lists for all eternity.

(I regret that I had but one address to give.)

Watching the returns come in from that Floridian hotel room, alone, with no bars open that I could get to, is one of the gloomiest memories I have.

And what I wouldn't give now to have a hapless rascal like W back.


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