Yesterday, autumn made itself known and felt for the first time. It’s no longer possible to convince myself that the summer temps we’ve been enjoying the past two weeks will continue forever. It’s been a long time since I’ve paid any attention to the state of our woodpile, but I found myself calculating its yield yesterday morning as I reveled in the steam from my cup of coffee.
But, there wasn’t much time for contemplation. I spent 9 hours at Obama headquarters, most of them glued to a computer screen as I entered data returned by field workers. As far as I can determine, this chore is endless. I must have entered an entire ream’s worth of paper form data and it just kept coming.
So far, I’ve learned that:
- campaign workers may profess to want healthier food choices, but the really bad, gooey, donut-y stuff is what flies off the breakroom table first
- no staffer has time for watching Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live,” sitting down to eat a full meal, or getting more than 4-5 hours of sleep per night
- people still answer their telephones, even if they don’t recognize the number
- there are never enough yard signs for people who want them – never!
- the young adults running this show possess an incredible work ethic
I know people get annoyed with all the phone calls and door-to-door polling going on, but please, your patience and good humor is appreciated. Those of us doing data entry make mistakes. We work slowly. The fact that you already answered three phone calls in one day from three different volunteers is not the fault of the young person who just happens to be your third caller.
If you want to make sure each volunteer’s time is put to the best use, c’mon down and volunteer a couple of hours to the cause.
And, bring a box of donuts, ok?