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Waiting for Polls to Close: Doing Stuff to Pass the Time

While waiting for the polls to close, winners to be declared and to learn the winner of the elections. This post was my running list of things I did to pass the time. I had high hopes of staying up late for all the results and speeches, but eventually had to call it a night.

I for one welcome our new ant overloads
Is it too early to call this?


Small world connections
I met Paul Ryan many years ago. I pretty regularly see Rep. Sean Duffy at the airport.

This is a bit of good news … about coffee mugs
You (or I) don’t need to wash your (my) coffee mug every day

Optimistically working on year end coverage plan
Year end news review for EMS1 is only a few weeks away.

Answering some work emails
Always something in the inbox to delete, forward, reply to or save for another day.

Support some websites
I have spent a lot of time reading political coverage in the last 16 months. Those websites, like this one, are mostly supported through banner ads. Clicked some ads.

Cuts to local coverage
I am not a big fan. I should probably change to a cable news channel.

Register as an organ donor
Waiting for the next set of poll closings and state calls … take 5 minutes (or less) to sign up to be an organ donor. It’s really easy to do and can make a life changing difference.

Emailed the Mayor
All over America, including your town, there are fantastic people serving our communities as elected officials. Saying thanks helps me relax.

Decision Night in America on NBC … sponsored by Amazon Echo
We have one of these and we love it.


Complaints about political correctness
I have been hearing complaints about political correctness since I was in college … back in the 80s. Perhaps “political correctness” is a mirage for something else.

On the television
We have NBC on our television (we only have one). I gravitate towards NBC because:

  • It’s what we had on in our house when I was a kid
  • I liked Tom Brokaw
  • Seinfeld, Cheers, Friends … all NBC shows
  • I more often visit that other network TV websites

Dishes, compost, trash and fingernails.

Battleground states I have visited in 2016

  • Wisconsin (home)
  • Florida (Spring break)
  • Nevada (Conference in Las Vegas)
  • Michigan (changing planes in Detroit)
  • Iowa (drove through last week)

Text family and friends
Messages to relatives sent. Good wishes  to all.

Thanks journalists


Send a Tweet of appreciation

Poll closings at 900 CT
Not much new news. Waiting.

Eating ice cream
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Yum.

Turned on the TV about 840 CT
Walked away from TV and sent my first wave of text messages.

Hockey practice
My son is a first year PeeWee. Tonight was  double practice. One hour of classroom and one hour on the ice. Great practice. Kids were focused in the classroom and worked hard on the ice.

New tires for the family truckster
At the mechanic’s shop I picked up our mini-van, now with new tires.

4 mile run
A run from my house to the mechanic. Pretty flat where I live.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.