When the line moved forward, she remarked, "Look how everyone is moving forward like a herd of cattle!" Her companion gruffly deadpanned, "It's called a line." He had a sense of humor, too, though: He stepped to the side to smoke a cigarette, and when the line moved forward, he looked at her and said, "I'm still in line ... I'm still in line," as he took corresponding steps forward in parallel.
Once inside, there was a short line to show your ID, another short line to take your paper and get a card for the voting machine, and another short line to get to a machine. There were workers directing people at each step, and it probably took as much attention and response as directing traffic on the road. One poll worker said that there had always been a line each day all day long. It will be interesting to learn the percentage of turnout after election day.
We pretty quickly noticed lots of people riding them. It was like they were an instant hit, or at least people were curious about them. I myself am curious about the coming response of our community and local government. Surely it is not legal to just park a scooter on a sidewalk, and this can't be a sustainable business model or something we'll have for very long in our town.
The scooters were often obstructing public sidewalks. I noticed that three of them were later moved to the edge of the curb -- where they threatened to obstruct vehicle traffic. The next time I went by, two of those were gone. Anyway, I hope they are gone for good soon.
There are signs announcing a store closing sale at Junkman's Daughter's Brother on West Broad Street. Interested in posters and home decorations, I dropped in and learned that the discount is ten percent. Not finding anything I particularly wanted, I might browse some more if he drops it down to fifty percent.
Does anyone know when the store is actually closing? Is it for real this time?