Avoid Nov. 5 Post-Election Depression


Turn that frown upside down, there's still stuff to get excited about. From mrtambourine via Flickr.

I was in a choir rehearsal during Obama’s 2004 DNC speech. Getting into my car after, the phone was blinking with missed calls. “You have, 14, new messages.” One after the other, they all said pretty much the same thing: “Laura! You have to listen to this! (garbled sounds from a television) Isn’t that amazing?!” “Oh my God, Laura. Oh MY GOD!” “Laura, I’m listening to the next Democratic President right now! Right now!” (Kerry hadn’t even lost yet.) And the ambiguous: “Oh mama, Obama!”

Let’s be honest with ourselves—most Democrats have been waiting more than four years for Tuesday. And they've gotten seriously excited about almost nothing else—queuing up at midnight during the summer of 2007 for the last Harry Potter book excepted—since Obama announced his candidacy 21 months ago.

Which is why this morning I woke with a start—what will we have to look forward too on November 5? Sure policy wonks will still be talking about cabinet choices and men of eligible draft age the likelihood of an Iran invasion (should McCain somehow win this thing). But that’s not stuff that really gets the heart pumping for most people.

To avoid a post-election depression, Daily Weekly suggests putting a little of that hope-fueled energy into getting excited about other things so when next Wednesday comes, we’ve still got something to look forward to. A list of suggestions:

Nov. 6, 2008 – Start small, it’ll be easier to deal with the serious downshift in anticipation level that way. John Hodgman is at Town Hall tonight. When he’s not being a dorky PC for Apple, he’s on the Daily Show, which covers the election, which was that thing you were so excited about for all that time. It makes this an easier transition from the pre-election high.

Nov. 22, 2008 – Relive your youth and your crush on Joey. New Kids on the Block comes to Tacoma.

Dec. 1, 2008 – Relive my angsty youth and crush on James Hetfield. Metallica at Key Arena.

June 5, 2009 -- One of the reasons you loved the 2008 election was that feeling of being a highly learned, intellectual liberal. In other words, better than other people. Get that feeling back tonight when Terry Gross comes to the Paramount.

December 2011 – It’s time to dust off the old elf costume, nerds. The Peter Jackson-penned, Guillermo del Toro-directed The Hobbit is scheduled for release this month. Start camping out at Cinerama now.

Dec. 22, 2012 – Obama skated to re-election, which you totally saw coming. And anyway after that mess with Canada in August 2010 you’ve cooled a little to the guy. (Did we forget to tell you to look forward to that? It’s gonna be a doozy of an international situation.) Anyhoo, a group of anti-Satanists—as opposed to pro, make no mistake—has the end of the world timed to today. Depending on your persuasion, that’s exciting fun or exciting scary, but still something to get worked up about if you can muster the credulousness to think it might happen.

Nov. 8, 2044 – It’s Election Day and once again, and the Democrats are fired up. Natasha Obama, once the precocious youngest daughter of the former president, is now the dynamite governor of Alabama (a lot’s changed since the world didn’t end in 2012). She’s drawing crowds of thousands in her bid for the White House. The only wild card is the swing-state Canada (did we mention that?) and its 57 electoral votes. Spencer O’Reilly, showing his father Bill’s penchant for crazy tirades, has garnered a following there railing against a recent trend in replacing regular ears with bionic ones. “It’s Godless!” he regularly cries to throngs of supporters. Who will come out on top? The world waits with baited breath.

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