Waving Can Cause Carpal Tunnel

I'm back in D.C. after a week on the campaign trail. I had an awesome, though very tiring time. I learned a lot and got to work with some awesome people. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be involved. I hope that the Congressman wins because he's a down-to-earth guy who truly cares about his district.

During my week on the trail, I spent most of my time phone banking and doing visibility at early voting locations. In fact I did so much visibility—which means waving, handing out literature, and holding signs—that my right arm and shoulder began to ache by mid-week. I really developed my waving technique, which I'd say is an exaggerated beauty pageant wave with cuter "bye-bye" breaks. Just ask me the next time you see me, and I'll show you how it's done.

There were some interesting dynamics at the campaign office. Of course, everyone was stressed and tired. I can understand how they felt as after only one week of volunteering, my entire body is exhausted and sore. Also, at this point, I never want to call, smile, make small talk or shake hands with anyone ever again. I loved "being on" with the voters but it can get old very fast.

Some of my most memorable moments occurred when I got to call elderly folks, accompany the Congressman to a few sites, wave wildly on the side of the road, and walk a parade route 6 times (?!) in a quintessential American small town. Of course, the food and the company couldn't be beat.

Now, my attention turns to Election Day. I finally mailed off my Maryland absentee voter ballot, and I am looking forward to ushering-in a new era in US politics tomorrow.

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