1) election. feh. giant map of redness. i am not what anyone would call a rampant liberal, but it still terrifies me. too much fervor in any direction is not a good thing.
2) i need to decide very soon if i wish to train for and run a 15k (9 mile) race on december 19. the last few weeks have been bad with work, but before that i was running 3-4 miles, 3-4 times a week. i'm back to running again this week and i've definitely lost the (relative) ease that comes with doing it regularly, but it's not like i've turned into a giant tub of inertia. the question is less whether i can train to that point than whether i want to. i find my response is lukewarm, although this is substantially influenced by the fact that all of a sudden it is winter, and i am a big wimp. this is an annoying feature of all races - most of them are during some month that is not pleasant (that is, all the months except for september and may) and at some implausible time of the morning. i did a lot of races last spring, though, and it didn't kill me, and i am going to have to get over my laziness pretty soon to start training for the 2011 nyc marathon.
3) while i have been writing this, the republicans have won something like 15 house seats.