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How Easy is it to Vote More Than Once?

This morning, this photo caught my attention on facebook:

The status update says:

“I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.” 

I did a quick Google search about this claim and could only find blog articles, nothing from the main or traditional media, so I cannot say for sure if this is real or fake as many claim it to be. Nowadays, I try to remain skeptical about these type of assertions until I see enough credible proof.

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Early Voting in Durham

I came out of the polling place and said, “Yeay Romney!” My daughter said, “WTH??” LOL!

Today is the last day of early voting in Durham and we took advantage of the convenience and went as a family. Every year, we have been voting as a family since the girls were babies. Now, the two older ones are old enough to vote and when we’re together as today, I always enjoy going en force.

So this morning, we got up early. Unusual for a Saturday. We made it to the polling place a half hour after they opened and managed to walk right in, without any lines or trouble parking. I liked it! I don’t know why we hadn’t voted early before. It is so much more convenient!

Even though there is no school on election day, Tuesday, I would have had to leave work early to go vote, and I am sure there would have been the usual crowd and long lines. This was so much better!

As for my other daughter who is away at school, she told me last week that she already sent in her absentee ballot. I asked he why she didn’t just vote in California? She could have registered there and voted there. But she explained that California is already a shoe-in for Obama and North Carolina is still a swing state. So she sent her vote where it would count more. Smart girl! I didn’t even think of it  that way.

If you hadn’t voted already, make sure to go vote on election day, Tuesday! It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for, if you’re able, GO VOTE!

Shrimp Heads and Cooperatives

SHRIMP HEADS

With the recent news about imported frozen shrimps full of anti biotics and illegal drugs that have been long identified as carcinogenic and have been banned in the U.S., it is even more important to eat locally. Locally caught shrimps have none of those harmful carcinogens and what little chemical is found on them is marginal compared to the imported, farmed, frozen varieties where it is a common practice to introduce drugs into the population in order to increase harvest. The wild caught shrimps that we get locally also taste better.

Durham Farmer's Market viewed from the hill

I love seafood and I grew up eating really good and fresh seafood so I am a bit of a seafood snob anyway. I only buy fish and shell fish that are practically still jumping and here in Durham, there was a time when I couldn’t find any decent seafood aside from the filleted and frozen kinds. I also liked seeing all the parts to my seafood. Heads, tails, and all, which seemed to freak out a lot of people around these parts.

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Durham a Travel Destination in 2011

Durham has always been the overlooked corner of the Triangle; the Triangle being that of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Durham is the loud alcoholic uncle everyone wants to disown or at the least deny being related to. We who live in and love Durham though have never understood this and are often offended when we are bypassed and ignored over and over again when the Triangle area is mentioned.

But there are benefits for living in a city that is underrated and largely undiscovered. For one, real estate prices in Durham is still reasonable. Second, traffic remains stress free unlike our big neighbor, Raleigh. Third, we are not yet over run with transplants. Most Durhamites still know each other and you can be sure to run into someone you know wherever you go. People you don’t know still speak and say hello when you cross paths and amazing acts of kindness can still be witnessed in this city that is supposed to be rife with crime and gangs. We still have a ‘small town’ feel despite us being a growing city that is host to some of the biggest businesses in the state and some of the largest and prestigious universities. Not to mention a first rate medical institution that earned us the label “City of Medicine”.

Durham Bulls
9th St

The biggest secret about Durham though is that it is a terrific home for the arts. Durham has a burgeoning art culture. Also, the city is small enough that it has a very palpable ‘boho’ feel that is truly charming. We have great eateries, a world class performing arts center and don’t forget this is the home of the champion Durham Bulls.
red trees
The downtown area which has been slowly coming to life this decade garnered Durham a spot as one of the 41 Places go according to the NY Times which compiled a list of lesser known but worthwhile destinations to discover this year. So if you’re looking for a new place to discover, come and visit! Just don’t tell anyone. We kind of like our little uncrowded and undiscovered corner.
central park