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FR Goes to the Mattresses: Helpful Hints for the Coming Election Siege
www.freerepublic.com | November 4, 2002

Posted on 11/04/2002 5:37:49 AM PST by Howlin

In perilous times such as these, filled with Breaking News on practically an hourly basis, words of war, debate about the war, an upcoming election, and scandal after scandal foisted upon this country, it is time that we FR "regulars" share helpful hints and recipes to get us through these busy days and nights ahead, logged on to FR continuously, all the while trying to maintain a "real life" -- or, at the very least, trying to maintain the appearance of one!

Please use this thread to share your experiences -- "what worked for you," if you will -- of past elections and breaking news cycles, in order to help our newest forum members understand what is coming their way -- and the preparations they must make in order to survive and still have somewhat of a life (not to mention brain) in tact after November 5th and the days that follow.

Realizing that new blood brings fresh ideas, us "old-timers" are open to any and all suggestions from any current Freepers who may have a better idea!


This IS the thread for

"Food for Breaking News"

and

"Helpful Household Tips to Free Up Time to Freep."




***Those os you who feel COMPELLED to discuss clothing for Freeping, do so at your own peril.



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Two things I would like to request, if anyone has them at hand:

1) A handy "checklist" of the races for tomorrow, so we can mark them off as they are "called" on Tuesday night.

and

2) A list of the candidates that Bill Clinton, et al., have endorsed and/or campaigned for so we can MARK THEM OFF as they are defeated!!!

1 posted on 11/04/2002 5:37:49 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Liz; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; AFPhys; agrace; alisasny; anniegetyourgun; ...
Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!!!!
2 posted on 11/04/2002 5:38:34 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
It helps to keep in mind that "having a life" is just a crutch for those with insufficient bandwidth.
3 posted on 11/04/2002 5:39:57 AM PST by per loin
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To: Howlin
I just hate it when my everyday life interferes with my time on FR....one thing that I have learned is that the crock pot is my friend.
4 posted on 11/04/2002 5:43:41 AM PST by mystery-ak
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To: Howlin
This thread is going to be a classic. I hope some enterprising freepers will also include suggestions on "how to look like you're working when breaking news hits the fan".
5 posted on 11/04/2002 5:44:00 AM PST by Quilla
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To: xsmommy; kayak; mhking; JeanS
Use your ping lists, please!
6 posted on 11/04/2002 5:44:38 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Quilla
Well, from what I've seen, YOU could give us a few hints, right? :-)
7 posted on 11/04/2002 5:45:06 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Coffee, two tv's, one tuned to fox, the other 'surfing', coffee, an understanding husband, coffee, freeper up and running constantly, coffee, a list of the races taped along side the computer, coffee, state ping lists, popcorn and I'm ready to roll!!!! Looking forward to a great day/night tomorrow. VOTE and send a note to your entire address book and have them do the same. VOTE...God bless...
8 posted on 11/04/2002 5:45:32 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: per loin
Great thread - thanks for the ping. Can't wait to read thread when I return later today. In the interim: Defrost meat tonight, throw in crockpot tomorrow. Husband is poll managing tomorrow so I can freep all day.
9 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:08 AM PST by Peach
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To: per loin
You got that right! Although my cable modem has been taxed by FR lately.
10 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:09 AM PST by sonrise57
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To: Howlin
Be patient.

Close counts, voter fraud, last minute candidate replacements, just wait... it's gonna be a rollercoaster! The precedents set by E-2000 for counting every vote until it looks "right" will be in full effect in the close races. Voter fraud will bring lawsuits trying to find loopholes where the dead actually CAN vote. "Disenfranchised" voters who were too damn dumb to realize that their candidate wasn't on the ticket anymore (quit because he was loosing) or they failed to realize that the soul of their beloved candidate had left this world (God rest his soul)will no doubt sue to change their votes.

It's going to be a week, maybe more, before we know what the final tally is. I hope I'm wrong... but my advice is to be patient.
11 posted on 11/04/2002 5:47:51 AM PST by jrhepfer
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To: Howlin
FOFL!
12 posted on 11/04/2002 5:48:24 AM PST by Quilla
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To: BlessedAmerican
We need those lists! I'm hoping somebody will come along and helpfully post them right here on this thread so we can print them off!

Today IS the day to make preparations. After tonight, it's just too dang late...

13 posted on 11/04/2002 5:49:08 AM PST by Howlin
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To: BlessedAmerican
VOTE

Absolutely

and send a note to your entire address book and have them do the same.

Well, there ARE a few who I will be leaving OUT in my address book, namely my "outlaws!"

14 posted on 11/04/2002 5:51:24 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Helpful household hints:

1. Pour bleach in the toilets and let it sit all day...the chlorine odor smells like you have been cleaning!

2. Schedule small chores when the system slows down. For example, when FR slows to a crawl I hit refresh and then dust all the end tables in the living room and family room.

3. Crock-pot meals, made early in the morning before the Rat lawyers start filing their injunctions, are impressive and will hold indefinitely. I prefer vegetable soup or chili, but others may have more glamorous recipes.

4. It is always better to get dressed BEFORE the rest of the family arrives home.

15 posted on 11/04/2002 5:51:52 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
I got rid of my fiance. It freed up huge blocks of time for freeping. ;D

I also took the precaution of telling friends and family NOT to call me tomorrow, because they will surely get a busy signal.

I will be voting in the morning and working as a poll-closer in the evening---and will be right here at all other times tomorrow.
16 posted on 11/04/2002 5:52:01 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Howlin
Couldn't agree more. I have never seen the Freepers fail though. By the end of the day we will have a great list suitable for framing...er, taping to the computer! I just love the information that is available on this thread and is such a salute to what we can accomplish when we work together. Thanks for starting this...
17 posted on 11/04/2002 5:52:36 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: Howlin
There is a staff meeting that i have been commanded to attend on Weds, which really irked me to hear, since i know i will be DEAD from staying up on Tues PM! i feel like i need to take the week off, i am off today to just gear up for it!
18 posted on 11/04/2002 5:54:48 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Howlin
We desperately need a 'chatroom' like that used on Election Night 2000. That was a night I will NEVER forget, not just for the news events, but also for the online commiseration that helped me keep my sanity.

We need a chatroom in which the dialogue can be ARCHIVED (wow would I love to have the transcript of 2000).

Also, FreeRepublic could crash.
19 posted on 11/04/2002 5:55:07 AM PST by Petronski
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To: BlessedAmerican
Well, some of who were here in 2000 want to help you "new guys"!! It was a LONG haul here........I hope you've got your Christmas shopping done!
20 posted on 11/04/2002 5:55:21 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Miss Marple
4. It is always better to get dressed BEFORE the rest of the family arrives home.

One word: sweats.

21 posted on 11/04/2002 5:55:26 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Miss Marple
4. It is always better to get dressed BEFORE the rest of the family arrives home.

Loved that one! Spraying a little furniture polish in the air near the door always gives a hint of 'cleaning' also. I am doing chili myself.

22 posted on 11/04/2002 5:56:21 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: per loin
It helps to keep in mind that "having a life" is just a crutch for those with insufficient bandwidth.

I am sorry, but I must purloin this excellent line!

23 posted on 11/04/2002 5:56:41 AM PST by Petronski
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To: jrhepfer
It's going to be a week, maybe more, before we know what the final tally is

I'll settle for anything less than 36 ****ing days. 2000 just about killed me.

24 posted on 11/04/2002 5:56:58 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Howlin
This is my first election since I found FR. Thanks to you guys, I have become the source of valid information for all of my friends.

I am home for a week w/my wife and brand new baby boy who is already a life long freeper. He and I will be on here all day tuesday. This is by far the greatest website on the planet. You guys are awesome.

25 posted on 11/04/2002 5:58:58 AM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: Howlin
When the election anxiety starts to get you on edge....pick up a GOP Campaign sign like: JEB! (here in FL) and go for a long walk preferably by a busy road!
26 posted on 11/04/2002 5:59:24 AM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: Howlin
The worst part about election day is the kids are off..LOL...I told them I will take them to Blockbuster and they can rent what they want..LOL...
27 posted on 11/04/2002 6:00:00 AM PST by alisasny
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To: xsmommy
My plan is to leave early Tuesday to vote, then take a nap till the polls close (a quarter percoset should help with that) then stay up as long as it takes.
28 posted on 11/04/2002 6:00:35 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Howlin
Great thread! Okay, I am wondering how to pace myself tomorrow night. Do I make massive amounts of coffee and plan to pull an all nighter, or would it be better to take a nap (say between midnight and 4:00 AM) and wake slightly refreshed to follow the close contests. I think I'll gather up all the soft shoes in the house in case I need to throw something at the television -- no permanent damage that way. As to food, I have quite a collection of chocolate goodies left over from Halloween to provide quick energy.
29 posted on 11/04/2002 6:00:50 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: hellinahandcart
Well, the thing is that this time we KNOW what they are up to. I am quite encouraged by the number of stories about vote fraud that we are seeing BEFORE the election...indicating that people are paying attention and investigating. We even have our local prosecutor in on the action...he is a Republican and he just confiscated 78 suspicious absentee ballots due to fraudulent ballot applications. He said he WILL prosecute!!

My dream is that on election night there are mass arrests of Rats for vote fraud, led by the arrests of the King Rat and his loyal buddy, McAuliffe.

30 posted on 11/04/2002 6:01:20 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
Hi, There!

There is much still to do - hopefully some Freepers will be able to keep walking precincts and getting out the vote on through the end of voting time tomorrow!

Second - I plan to not once one second of network television. NONE. It is CALCULATED AND PLANNED to discourage voters.

Any Freeper who casts an eye on one second of ABCCBSNBCCNN or MSNBC or CNBC - should go sit in the corner with the dunce cap on.

THE MEDIA ALMOST STOLE THE 2000 ELECTION FOR ALGORE - AND YOU (WHOEVER WOULD DO THIS) WANT TO GIVE THEM ONE SECOND OF YOUR ELECTION RESULT WATCHING TIME??

One more thing - I plan to spend Tuesday evening in prayer -away from the computer and away from the Television. I will come here on Wednesday morning to get the "results". Because we know that the Demonrats will be challenging every election result that does not go their way. We also know they might find a way to bring on an attack against this country. They will do anything to stop a celebration of victory.

We must not COUNT on celebrating. We must COUNT on praying with thanksgiving and praise!!!! And then praying some more because like 2000, the results - even if good - will NEVER be allowed to be a cause for celebration by Hillary's Demon Horde!

So, bottom line - all - get OUT and work or if you can't leave the computer - for God's sake - all - pick up the phone and call somebody you haven't talked to lately to ask them to go vote the "right" way!!! (END OF LOUD MESSAGE)

31 posted on 11/04/2002 6:02:12 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Can i say that here?
You are in for such a treat. Being your first election you have no idea the wonderful spirit that exists here. You have a nation wide news source at your fingertips. We will get updates from every close race in the nation from folks who are actually voting in them. You could turn off the tv and still have the best news source availale but it is fun to watch them stew and melt down!!! Enjoy...
32 posted on 11/04/2002 6:02:51 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: nina0113
LMAO, great strategy!
33 posted on 11/04/2002 6:03:40 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; Howlin
Oh to type well and spell check - one of these days I will.

My second sentence above should be: Second - I plan to not spend one second watching network television.

Now back to your great thread.

34 posted on 11/04/2002 6:05:26 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Howlin
A handy "checklist" of the races for tomorrow, so we can mark them off as they are "called" on Tuesday night

I don't have a checklist, but I'll share my personal "bellwether" races:


1. NC Senate, Dole Vs. Bowles - a Bowles win will mean tough sledding for GOP Senate candidates to the west

2. MA Governor - Romney vs. O'Brien - I see a Romney win as a hint of a Republican tide

3. KY-03 House - Northup vs. Conway - If Northup holds off the fast-charging Conway, if looks good for GOP intensity

4. FL Governor - Bush vs. McBride - a resounding Bush victory will again confirm the intensity of the GOP turnout


Taken together, these races should give an idea of the evening's trends. I expect relatively early calls for this group.

For myself, I intend to vote early and pray a lot. :-)


Tony

35 posted on 11/04/2002 6:06:09 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: per loin
"It helps to keep in mind that "having a life" is just a crutch for those with insufficient bandwidth."

Yup, I got DSL just in a nick of time.

36 posted on 11/04/2002 6:06:18 AM PST by MrNeutron1962
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To: Howlin
Anticipate the obvious:

1) The media will support any Demoncrat

2) Any Republican leading will be labeled as "surprising" or "upsetting"

3) Prepare to hear about a blizzard of Demoncrat lawsuits challenging Republican wins

4) Expect gloating about Demoncrat wins

5) Expect every Republican loss to be tied to President Bush's failed domestic agenda

6) Don't b!tch about any of this if you didn't vote

37 posted on 11/04/2002 6:08:27 AM PST by pfflier
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To: McLynnan
Do I make massive amounts of coffee and plan to pull an all nighter, or would it be better to take a nap (say between midnight and 4:00 AM) and wake slightly refreshed to follow the close contests.

If you go the coffee route, make sure you have some real food on hand (chocolate doesn't count) and remember to eat some occasionally. If bad news breaks and the only thing on your stomach is a gallon of coffee, you'll be in great danger of puking your guts out. Trust me on this one.

38 posted on 11/04/2002 6:08:47 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: BlessedAmerican
Thanks,

Other than local election coverage (I'm in Missouri; upclose view of the Carnahan/Talent carnage)I don't trust anything that hasn't been filtered through FR first.

39 posted on 11/04/2002 6:08:52 AM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: xsmommy
Last night, I was thinking about that AWFUL night in 2000, late at night, when the networks called Gore the winner and we all just SAT here......watching him get in that limo to drive over to make his acceptance speech. Remember how that felt?

And remember how we felt when somebody finally said HOLD THE PHONE???? What would we have EVER done without each other!

40 posted on 11/04/2002 6:09:57 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
When FR is down, first thing you do is start a giant pot of CHILI.

Then change the cats box
Vacuum the living room carpet.
Check on the chili
Check FR to see if it's back up
Two shots of whiskey (JD or Chivas)
Check the chili.
Polish the engine covers of your Harley.
Clean your desk.
Pay the bills you found under the old fritos bag on your desk.
Check the Chili.
Check to see if FR is back up.
Wash your truck.
Steal some chili and eat it.
Call girlfriend and ask if shes naked.
If not, check FR again.
Read local online weekly store circulars.
Buy something.
Polish chrome covers on saddlebags and tourpak of your harley.
Check the chili.
Clean one bathroom.
Check FR.
Take a cold shower and a hot shave.
Check to see if exotic dancer neighbor is sunbathing again. (This is also step 3 & step 5)
Take a nap!

Single retired life is good :-)
41 posted on 11/04/2002 6:11:04 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Howlin; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); Angelwood; arazitjh; b4its2late; backhoe; ...
I won't have time to join you today but this thread sure will be bookmarked ...... I have an idea that some FR legends will get started right here ......... :-)
42 posted on 11/04/2002 6:11:18 AM PST by kayak
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To: Howlin
My day on Tuesday will start at about 4 AM. I will be the election judge in my precinct, so I have to get the polling place ready, put out signs, rope off the 100-foot barrier (no electioneering zone), get the ballots ready, and make sure there is PLENTY of coffee for me and my clerks.

From 7A to 7P, I'll be there making sure that everything goes right and that state law is followed to the letter.

At 7P, I'll take the ballots back to the county seat for counting (with a sheriff's escort), finish up the paperwork, then (maybe) have time to hit the local party's watch party a few blocks away. I am taking champagne, party favors, and my laptop to try to get a few potential Freepers hooked. Hope I get time to use all of them.

So, if I'm not here tomorrow until late, you'll know why.

43 posted on 11/04/2002 6:11:21 AM PST by strela
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To: Howlin
I forgot to mention in my last post: National Review online did a fabulous job updating the results in the 2000 election, and I plan on keeping their site open in a second window all evening.

I recall vividly the real-time numbers coming in from Florida as the last couple of counties were tallied. The Bush vote margin started at 50,000 or so, and dwindled by the minute to a bit over 2000 before the race was called. I alternated between sweating profusely and shivering from the chills. :-)


Tony

44 posted on 11/04/2002 6:11:31 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: Can i say that here?
Great, be sure and keep us up on what is happening in MO. Your chance to be a reporter!!

Now to all...must get on with my day. Can't be starting the Freeper watch too early...must pace myself. Will catch up with this thread this evening. Remember, we still need a list and let's vote out there....

45 posted on 11/04/2002 6:12:00 AM PST by BlessedAmerican
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To: hellinahandcart
LOL! My family got REALLY big, expensive gifts in 2000 because I shopped SO DANG LATE and gave NO THOUGHT to any kind of list! I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and literally bought ONLY stuff that was in the aisle!
46 posted on 11/04/2002 6:12:20 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Chill champagne. Just in case...
47 posted on 11/04/2002 6:13:02 AM PST by Petronski
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To: Howlin
OMG that night is forever etched in my mind! there is nothing like having likeminded souls to share the experience with. outside of the 4 that occupy my home! even xskids are totally into the election. 8 yo xsbrownie says VOTE NO! to every vote yes sign she sees in VA on the sales tax increase (that is about the liveliest thing we have going in VA this year. i want Gov. Warner shut down on taxes from NOW!)
48 posted on 11/04/2002 6:13:09 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: McLynnan
It's best to prepare TODAY; all hell will break loose sometime tomorrow, count on it.
49 posted on 11/04/2002 6:13:19 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
See #40. Have an AWFUL flashback!
50 posted on 11/04/2002 6:14:01 AM PST by Howlin
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