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Long Voting Lines. How Americans Are Settling in for a Wait

first_img“The whole thing is just a gigantic nightmare,” said Robin Helmericks, a scientist who stood in line to vote early with her 19-year-old daughter in Charleston, S.C., on Monday.Or, as Ian Dunt, a British political journalist, said on Twitter on Monday: “There’s not enough booze in all the world for sitting through the American election results tomorrow night.”If the election generates that sort of response in someone 3,000 miles away, how are actual Americans, marinating in a sea of collective angst, meant to get through the day? Even more than that: If there’s no result by Tuesday night, which is likely to be the case, how will we hang on until there is?- Advertisement – “We expect long lines at the polls,” he went on, and also delays because of social distancing related to the pandemic. “After the polls close, and in the ensuing days, we will continue to need your patience. Never in the history of this city have so many people voted by mail. By law, staffers are not allowed to start opening and counting these ballots until Election Day itself.”Mr. Kenney noted that the results in Pennsylvania — and, by extension, the rest of the country — might not be known for a while. That’s the message election officials everywhere have been trying to emphasize, as they cope with the pandemic reality of a record number of mail-in ballots.- Advertisement – “In meditation, you can’t force the mind to stop thinking,” Mr. Miller said. “If you think, ‘Don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election’ then the election has become your mantra, and that’s not going to do you any good.” “Quite a lot of research suggests that the worst is yet to come as far as anxiety,” said Professor Sweeny, who specializes in the psychology of waiting.Part of the problem is the natural inclination to brace for the worst, in order to fortify yourself against potential disappointment, she said. “That tendency ramps up and moves more to the front of the mind as you get closer and closer to an outcome. Even people who are general optimists show a decline in optimism as the moment of truth draws nearer.”Of course, part of the difficulty this time around is that no one knows when this nirvanic (or hellish, depending) “moment of truth” might actually arrive. Having to wait longer also means fretting longer about possible scenarios and obsessing even more about the darkest contingencies.But people should avoid indulging in “speculative mode” and instead focus on what is in front of them, said Michael Miller, director and co-founder of the New York Meditation Center.“This whole season has been focused on speculating about what is going to happen,” he said. “But getting caught up in the moment-by-moment question of what results are coming in — that has never been good practice.”While it would be great to have some clarity, he said, it is unclear when that will come. “It’s about how can you make a plan to engage in self-care that would keep you in the present moment,” he said.Think small, he counseled. Clean your oven, rake some leaves, go for a walk, take off your shoes, feel the carpet on your feet. Breathe. “Patience,” exhorted the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, in an open letter urging the residents of his city to remain calm through Tuesday and beyond.center_img Hurray, it’s Election Day!Not that it feels like much consolation.- Advertisement – “This has been the slow-moving election from hell with all the early voting,” Drew McKissick, the chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party, said on Monday, eagerly anticipating its end. “It’s been draining.”The overriding prediction going into Election Day 2020 indeed take patience, the sort that feels in short supply right now. (How long is a piece of string? That is how long the election seems to have taken already.)Unfortunately, said Kate Sweeny, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, studies show that anticipatory dread only increases as waiting drags on. Nobody would advise anyone to spend Election Day stationed next to their liquor cabinets and enslaved to their social media feeds, though good luck with that. Either people are focusing disproportionately on alarming snippets of information that automatically make them feel bad — a swing against their candidate in a new poll, say, or a video of some helpless voters apparently being intimidated at a polling place — or they’re scrolling obsessively in search of some chimeric nugget of definitively good news to quiet their unease.“What is the German word for ‘feeling physically nauseous from anxiety at the news but also morbidly unable to look away and stop scrolling?” the novelist Celeste Ng wrote on Twitter.Mac Stipanovich, a Republican strategist and lobbyist in Florida who was intimately involved in the slow-burn nightmare of the 2000 election (his candidate won, but still) said that in many ways, it’s easier to be a campaign operative or a volunteer during stressful elections. Even if the tide is going against you, you’re too busy doing your job to indulge in your distress.last_img read more

Developer recognising buyers needs to live close to lifestyle outlets

first_imgSouth City Square has just announced Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as their anchor retail tenants, providing residential buyers with lifestyle bonuses.“LIFESTYLE amenity” is the new catchcry of apartment living, with developers looking at all avenues to draw buyers.The $600 million South City Square in Woolloongabba has just announced its two anchor retail tenants, Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as its first residents get ready to move into stage one “One South City” next month, with 95 per cent of the 398 apartments released to market to date, already sold.A joint venture between Pellicano and Perri Projects, the mega development is set to deliver 850 apartments, 144-room hotel and 13,000sq m of retail space including a medical centre, health and wellness precinct, childcare centre, central marketplace, cafes, restaurants and all set around a 5,000sq m publicly accessible city square.Pellicano development operations manager Michael Kent said the Brisbane market was evolving and astute investors and owner occupiers were looking for a more integrated offering.“Lifestyle amenity is important to today’s discerning buyer,” Kent said.“At South City Square, we are finding that people are buying into the vision of the integrated lifestyle precinct and then choosing their perfect residence.“The market has responded to this fully integrated offering and the chance to be a part of a newand vibrant community, with all their lifestyle and entertainment needs met just below theirhomes.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoSouth City Square retail outlets.Kent said the modern lifestyle was incredibly busy, so supermarkets with Click and Collect, like Woolworths would be offering, was a huge drawcard for tenants.“Cafes where people can grab their morning coffee before jumping on their train to work or where they can enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast while reading the paper add depth to precincts,” he said.Kent said securing Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as tenants reaffirmed their belief as developers that South City Square would be the centre of Woolloongabba’s transformation into a dynamic retail and lifestyle precinct.With both retailers signing 15 year leases and Urbis forecasting the suburbs catchment population to grow by 50 per cent to more than 33,000 by 2036, things are looking positive for the project.“South City Square’s retail and dining precinct is located just a three-minute walk from The Gabba, which draws over 330,000 people to its sporting events each year,” Kent said.“That’s 330,000 people that will want to dine, be entertained, and patronise retailers before and after events.”Woolworth’s regional property manager Phillip Reel, said the company was thrilled to secure one of the key retail tenancies as the growing population indicated clear demand for a full-line supermarket.last_img read more

Marianne Williamson’s debate performance has Twitter . . . making Dusty Rhodes references?

first_imgTake, for example, this riff on the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern:I’ve watched this clip 45 times pic.twitter.com/nfsgPatilz— Travis (@travislylesnews) June 28, 2019Pretty good promo, right? It was just missing “American Dream.” Marianne Williamson is a long shot candidate to win the Democratic Party’s U.S. presidential nomination in 2020 — a long, long, long shot.The author and speaker from Texas tried to make her pitch to potential voters Thursday in Part 2 of the party’s initial debate of the election cycle. Her sound bites — or at least her delivery of them — were reminiscent of a Saturday night WCW show. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA segment of Twitter was feeling a similar vibe.Marianne Williamson’s promo on NZ sounds so much like Dusty Rhodes!— Erik Sutch (@eriksutch) June 28, 2019I think @marwilliamson just cut a wrestling promo on Donald Trump…#DemocraticDebate2020— Jami (@jhill319) June 28, 2019marianne williamson is cutting a wrestling promo in the whitest way i’ve ever heard— vitamin water (ง •̀_•́)ง (@NateIsARudo) June 28, 2019Everything that Marianne Williamson says sounds like a Dusty Rhodes promo, I hope she says hard times soon— Stef Purenins (SDCC SOON) (@tinyspells) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like she is cutting a promo for a 1980s southern wrestling promotion everytime she speaks.— J A K E (@PocketLuhhy) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like she’s trying to do a Dusty Rhodes impression #DemDebate2— Connor Bunnell (@cbunnell_) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson is like if Dusty Rhodes and a Buddhist monk combined in to one person. pic.twitter.com/ITaflT09Ad— Reed Buterbaugh (@Reed_PDX) June 28, 2019Marianne Williamson sounds like a female Dusty Rhodes— Dr. Ogiue@You Have Control (@sdshamshel) June 28, 2019The next round of debates is scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Detroit. If Williamson makes the cut, get ready for some Motor City Mayhem.last_img read more