I had a meeting with my boss today. This is my hands-off, non-bossy boss. The one for whom I've worked for 3 months now with exactly 3 meetings, 0 emails and 0 phone calls.
I like working independently, I really do. I do also have a tendency to think the worst. I am not exaggerating when I say that when I tried to imagine how this meeting might go today I teared up slightly, thinking about how I would feel if I got fired.
Did I mention I was the one who called this meeting? Anyway. Not only did I not get fired, but my boss praised my performance so far and talked about the possibility of my taking on a larger role within the company.
We also chatted about the election, and he said that he couldn't vote: He's Canadian. What? Those Canadians are positively indistinguishable from regular people; I had no idea. I told him I voted already, and he seemed to be curious, so I told him: I am a Democrat, I said, a liberal, and - after a slight hesitation - an atheist.
Me, too, he said. Right down the line, check check check, he said. What? I work for a Canadian democratic liberal atheist? Wow.
He's thinking of becoming an American citizen, just so he can vote. He spent a few minutes ranting about how Obama's health care plan is not socialism, and how Obama is sure to win 300+ electoral college votes even if he doesn't win the popular vote (ha). I'm not sure it's really a good idea to rant about politics in an office setting. Or maybe it is okay, but only when they agree with me.
I feel more comfortable and more encouraged at work now. So that's good. Now if only my chosen candidate (aka, the right candidate) wins tonight, it'll be a great day all around.
Obama has seemed so much more like a regular person than other politicians. When I found out he was a Mac guy, my opinion of him went up a notch. When I found out he'd read all the Harry Potter books, up another notch. Weirdly, when I found out he was a smoker, he seemed all the more human, not like someone who had been raised from birth to rule America, and went up another notch. But the thing that really got me was when I found out that he was a member of a book co-op in Chicago. I had never even known such a thing existed before: a co-op, for books! Wow, what life must be like in the big cities, I tell you. But what does it say that Barack Obama was a member of a book co-op?
Well, I love him for that, I really do. I voted for him, and I will feel genuine joy and hope for the future of our country when he wins tonight.