Finally, the country has made the right decision, chosing the educated leader instead of a drinking partner. I have renewed hope.
I spent a lot of yesterday staring at the television switching from one news channel to another. I watched until I felt like my head was going to explode. After lunch I had to take a break from all the talking heads, predictions, and electoral vote scenarios so I went for a bike ride.
The ride was a short one. There was a 10 mph wind from the south with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. On my way south I was stuck in second or third gear as I struggled against the wind. At the 3.5 mile point I'd had enough and turned around. I always find it amazing that when you ride into the wind, it feels like a hurricane, but when you ride with the wind, it's like there's no wind at all - not even the noise of moving air. My return trip was in seventh gear.
There's a metaphor in there somewhere. The last eight years have been into the wind. Hopefully the election of Sen. Obama will be our turn around point. If he runs the country like he ran his campaign, we will have an efficient, effective, hopeful, and succesful four years with the wind at our backs.