Someone the other day asked me why I get involved and support the American politico stuff when I can’t vote.
I said to them, that whilst I can’t raise a dolphin, I can do stuff to support it in its natural habitat. After I said this, I had to mull it over for a while, but I think that analogy kind of works 😉 .
The way I feel is that I can make a small difference whilst I’m out here in the USA getting involved, supporting my friends and those I believe in. If I just sat there on my sofa, stuffing my face with popcorn, watching whatever trash TV there is, then I think it would be a waste of living out here.
Plus, let me tell you this: the folks I have met have been amazeballs, and the vibe and anticipation is incredible.
I’m really not sure about the kind of people I would meet in the UK if I got involved in this sort of stuff, but last night I sat next to a USA high school kid who was very charming, dapper, funny, articulate, mature and engaging. He made an impression on me, and I’ll watch out for him because I think he’s going to be a big deal when he comes out of Princeton.
So, what was I doing last night? Phonebanking, which is like campaign cold calling to see if voters support the people I’m calling about.
I was a little skeptical about taking part in this, for several reasons:
a) My British accent. If some British bird calls up an American household it can be rather disconcerting as to why a British person is calling you at all, let alone to ask you about whether you are supporting particular political candidates. I usually get a ‘pardon’ straight away after I’ve spoken to anyone, because they’re taken aback at my accent. Sigh. 😉
b) My ‘sultry’ British accent. When I speak all right and proper on the phone I use my rather sultry posh tone, where I sit my voice back in my throat. I don’t know why I do this, it just happens. I think it means I enunciate more clearly. Anyway, last night a woman answered the phone and I had to ask for her husband and I swear to God she thought I was a caller from some adult hotline. Bet she was ready to give him a right bollocking!
What a beautiful Fall day in Downtown Columbia, MD. Wowsers!
How’s that Autumn doing in the UK, chaps?!