The rains came at last, sweeping in from the sea, turning to sleet in the uplands, and snow in the mountains. It was a hard rain, a massive bright red and orange expanse on the green tide over the Weather Map. The skies would be wet for most of the next week or more. Not nearly enough to bring the snowpack back to normal limits -- but a late beginning, at least, at last.
I spent most of the day wondering if my historian friend had found his shadow, the contact I'd given him, and if the shadow had been amenable. Information that the historian had requested from me, however, was not yet sent, for I spent the day being drawn into a fascinating new game. Rare for me. But one which would attract any political junkie: Americans Elect 2012. The game has attracted over 100, 000 players so far and promises to bring in many more.
Essentially, the site, which I believe to be basically on the level, vets you rigorously, and then, sets you about selecting, nominating, throwing your support behind a selection of candidates for the 2012 American Presidency. You may nominate yourself -- Hey, looking at some of the clowns in contention, WHY NOT? Once you have been accepted as a "serious delegate" you are shown an array of conventional and unconventional candidates: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Barack Obama, but also Rocky Anderson, Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kucinich, Robert Reich, and dozens of others. You are presented with up to 250 questions covering your political, environmental, economic, social, foreign policy beliefs and priorities, etc; informed how others have voted, presented with the breakdown of answers in the various fifty States. And there are several methods of extending your influence, in preparation for a cyber online convention to take place in June, just three months from now.
I must say that my attention was enthralled, my expectations often surprised, for several hours, and I plan to spend some time on the site every day until the Election.
At least, Americans Elect 2012 entices me to feel just that.
Time will tell.
Try it -- you might like it -- but be patient with them. Swift as they are, they have undertaken a potentially huge and surprising enterprise:
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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