Boom

About 45 minutes ago we heard a really loud, low frequency boom. It shook the house a little. It felt far away, but who knows. I went outside to see if I could see anything. I couldn’t, but I saw that it brought a few neighbors out of their houses as well. I just saw a post in a city Facebook group asking about it.

I wonder what it was. I hope everyone is okay. I hope it wasn’t aliens opening pandora’s box or some-sci fi shit like that. Godzilla will be here straight away.

Boom, babie.

Methuen Vaccine Clinic

Methuen is setting up a vaccination clinic of it’s own. It’s at The Loop and it’s open on March 2nd. I just looked at the appointment sign up and it’s all booked solid. If you qualify, keep an eye on this site and maybe you’ll stumble on a cancelation or something. I don’t see anything about it being open beyond March 2nd, but I guess we’ll have to see. There are only so many vaccine doses available, and anyone with a brain wants one.

Not Today

No car music today. Saturday and Sunday will have to do.

To hold the world over, here’s a pic of the clock downtown that I took on the way home yesterday and then forgot to post.

You’re welcome, skippy.

Ballots

MethuenLive Magazine posted on Facebook today that the city has 35,465 registered voters. So far 1,496 people have taken advantage of early voting. On top of that, 4,649 mail in ballots have already been received.

Early voting is still open for another 10 days, and who knows how many more absentees will arrive.

It’s October 20th and 17.2% of the city’s registered voters have already voted.

Keep up the good work, Methuen. Let’s send the fascists packing.

Track My Ballot

In the spirit of receiving our absentee ballots in the mail earlier today, Jen and I were wondering whether or not there is a way to track your ballot’s status after you send it in. Like… a UPS tracking number for the election.

There is. Well, for citizens of Massachusetts there is. For the rest of ya, I don’t know.

Track My Ballot

I ran the search for myself. My General Election ballot was mailed to me on 10/6 and it has not yet been returned. I knew that already since it’s sitting on the table next to me, but it was nice to know that the city knows too. It also said my September Primary ballot was received and is in Accepted status, meaning it was submitted for counting. Kick ass.

Methuen Life Magazine had a post on their bookfayce page two days ago that reported the absentee ballots were ready to be picked up by the post office. Allow me to quote:

10,000 BALLOTS HEADED TO POST OFFICE, THEN TO RESIDENTS: At 4:45 tonight, piles and piles and PILES of mail-in/absentee ballots (each requested by a registered voter) were outside City Hall waiting for the mailman to arrive for pickup. Standing guard are (from left) City Clerk Jack Wilson, Mike Rubino of the Clerk’s Office and Julian Almanzar of the DPW who is lending his services at the super-busy Clerk’s Office. “In years past, we’ve had 300 or 400 absentee ballots (for an election). This year will be closer to the 15,000 range,” Wilson told MethuenLife. The Clerk’s Office just received the ballots from the state yesterday. You can return your ballot to the secure ballot box located outside of City Hall’s lower entrance or drop it in the mail. YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/…/early-voting-by-mail.htm YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE by visiting www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR by Oct. 24.(ML photo by Melissa Fili)

That’s a lot of ballots. One of them is mine and another one is my wife’s. We’re coming for you, fascists.

Starbucks?

Our neighborhood Starbucks is gone. I don’t drink coffee but it was our go-to Craigslist sales transaction meeting place. I don’t know what the new thing is. I hope quarantine ends someday so that we can find out.

Kiss My Ass, Fascists

Call it a dry run for the General Election in November. I just delivered my mail in ballot for tomorrow’s Massachusetts Primary Election to Methuen City Hall. I’ll do it again in just over two months. Kiss my ass, trump, you nazi stooge you.