Today I went to early vote at Houston Community College, and as I was getting ready to park in order to go inside with my best mask on, I saw the drive-through tents. There were lots of drive-through tents, neatly organized like the plethora of pumps at a Buc-ee’s gas station where nobody ever has to wait. I drove around the block and got in line. It was one of the nicest, most efficient things I’ve ever experienced. The poll worker in my tent had on a really good mask, was super friendly, gave me sanitizer, and after checking my ID put the voting machine inside my car and made sure I knew what to do with its rotary dials and its buttons. Then he sat far from me and let me do my business. Of course he gave me the much coveted sticker at the end, and I proudly displayed it on my steering wheel. It all had a very good feel to it, civicness à la Alexis de Tocqueville mixed with the efficiency of modern-day Harris County. Sometimes I forget what I love about Houston, but it’s this type of thing – easy access to things like drive-through voting, the fact that it’s an open, intelligent, forward-thinking kind of community.
My dog, too, clearly belongs here. A genius of innovation, she has mastered the art of carrying her bed up the stairs. She only does it when we have a masked visitor she’s particularly excited about.
Something else exciting: My prelaunch page on Kickstarter for The Glory Days Of Aimée Bonnard is live! Check it out! I will launch the Kickstarter on November 1st. I’m excited as this is the first time I will try to raise money and build momentum for a book in this way.