Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Feelgood factor

So we woke up this morning and the world felt like a better place.

Yesterday was a day of frustrations and niggles- the ongoing saga of our flooding washing machine pipe; the mice that have inexplicably returned to our kitchen; the plumber that charged me £104 for doing sod all; the dentist that is going to charge me £200 for doing not very much (I think I may retrain as a plumber or dentist); the online bank account application that took me hours and then didn't appear to have worked. Not to mention the impossible freelance feature I have taken on that requires getting comment from people who are never in a million years going to speak to me; the fact that Littleboy 1 seems to be getting up twice a night at the moment and that both Littleboys have decided that jumping on the sofa is the most productive way to spend the half-hour between bath and bedtime.

But all was forgotten on hearing the US election result. He has a hell of a lot to live up to, but Obama seems like one of the good guys. OK, so telling his kids he'd bought them a puppy in the middle of his victory speech was straight out of a cheesy Hollywood script. But then again, Hollywood hasn't come up with many good scripts recently (we went to see Quantum of Solace last weekend - I rest my case). Right now, we need a bit of feelgood. The decision of the American voters definitely provides it.

And, as our trip to the US looks more and more likely, I'm personally glad we're not going to be living in a land where the majority of people voted for a crazed hockey mom.

8 comments:

Iota said...

He does have a lot to live up to, and unfortunately power does corrupt, and let's face it, it's kind of a big job, being US President (let's hope he doesn't get disturbed twice in the night on a regular basis - he'll be needing his sleep), but I agree with you - he does seem the right man for the job. Yay, as we're all saying to each other (and I caught even you saying it over at Expat Mum - are you practising for your move?)

Mom/Mum said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you Valley Girl. Now all you have to do is brace yourself for all the other crazy hockey/t-ball/soccer Moms you'll be running into on a daily basis!

The Dotterel said...

Absolutely, NVG. You can emigrate with a clear conscience now (and it'll be an exciting time to be in the USA)!

Susanna (A Modern Mother) said...

If Palin had got in as VP I was seriously considering giving up my citizenship!

Where in the US might you end up? California is nice.

Tara said...

I too am pleased that Obama won, and I thought that McCain's final speech was very gracious and he handled himself very well in defeat.
All very dignified and I think it must be a great time to be in America.

Iota said...

Thanks for your comment. I got it wrong - it was Bomb Iran. Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzBxFaio1I

He claimed afterwards that he had been speaking at a veterans' event, and that when veterans get together, they like to joke together, and that people who don't understand that should get a life.

Nota Bene said...

I stayed up (nearly) all night just to make sure he won...and it feels good...but perhaps age and cynicism makes me remember how elated I felt when Blair won. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself

nappy valley girl said...

Thanks Iota - and I grew up saying 'yay' too - it must have been the pervasive influence of American culture in Hong Kong...

Mum/mom - I know. I'm scared....

Dottorel - I do hope so. It will be fun to see how it is going to change.

Hi Susanna - I would love to be going to California but it is actually the east coast (Long Island/NY). I'm presuming you're a West Coast gal then?

Tara - you're right, they do seem much more gracious in the US than politicians here. Even Bush made a nice speech about Obama - can't imagine that happening here...

Iota - fascinating, thanks for the link

NB - I do hope so too....