Monthly Archives: October 2012

Why do YOU Vote? Pre-Election Introspection

Well, here we are, 10 days before yet another Presidential election and this one is gonna be close.  History has taught us a lot about close elections including the unprecedented decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Bush v. Gore (2000) – who would have thought that the Judicial Branch would decide who our President is, not the people?  The decision brings into question our entire election process and since 2000, scholars and voters have asked their Congressmen and Senators to take another look at the Electoral College and how we elect our leaders.  Here we are, though, 12 years later, facing another election in which popular vote may or may not matter.

History of the vote or suffrage in the United States fascinates me.  Voting rights are part of the Constitution for all citizens, naturalized or otherwise.  But it was not until 1870 that blacks received the right to vote under the 15th Amendment.  And even later than that, in 1920, 92 years ago, women received the right to vote.

Today, only about half of the eligible citizens in America turn out to vote, which is generally the lowest among all the democratic nations of the world, but in 2008, voter turnout broke all records at 130 million people voting compared to 1960 (Kennedy won) when 122.3 million voters voted. (reference: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15306.html)   If you look at a historical voter turn out chart (reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections), it is sad how few people turn out to actually vote or in today’s world, send in their ballots.   Why is that?

Have you voted yet?  WHY DO YOU VOTE?  I would love to hear your opinions on why you vote… (please no political discussions this time- just talk about suffrage and what is it that makes you keep coming back to vote- or alternately, why do you abstain from voting?)

And by the way, it is okay to admit you do not vote or don’t care.  When I met my husband almost 10 years ago, he did not vote- he said, “my vote doesn’t matter really.” I disagreed with him, and since I met him, he has voted in every Presidential/Congressional election.  This year he said to me, “wow, I have never watched all the debates, but this is the first time” and from them spawned some fascinating discussions about the pros and cons of each of the candidates and the entire political process.

Why do I vote? I vote because I think that is the greatest right I have and if I do not exercise it, I have no standing to complain about that which is going on around me that I did nothing about.  Voting for local candidates, state candidates and ballot measures, for Senate, for Congress and for the Office of the President is the greatest right I have and even while I may hate the electoral process -namely, a representative democracy, I vote because it is a freedom guaranteed to me under the Constitution as a law abiding citizen.  I cannot imagine a greater exercise of that which people fought for me to get – a U.S. born woman & citizen of immigrant parents, I vote because it is just something I cannot take for granted- ever!

Please share why you vote. 

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – a Gem of a Movie (now on DVD)

One of my favorite movies since Slumdog Millionaire is undoubtedly The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  I missed it in theaters but it is out on DVD and such a brilliant movie!  It’s a unique story of love, life, change, and acceptance.  The movie, rated very high among critics and moviegoers alike (rotten tomatoes) is a delight and a great escape from the blah of mainstream movies.

It is a tale of five British elders who embark on the journey of their lives in a country which is more than exotic– it’s the most populated country in the world and it has secrets and lessons to share with these Westerners.  Lessons and experiences that will change their lives forever in the areas of love, wisdom, economics, tolerance and acceptance, spirituality, and above all- the belief that there can be second chances for all of us if we just venture outside our small worlds and find them.

Check out the review from IMDb here and go out and get The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on DVD today!

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Halloween for Kids in Denver- Let the “Ghoul” Times Roll…

There are so many fun things to do for kids in the Denver-metro area for Halloween… this list is not exhaustive. If you have some places you go or take the kiddos, please do share with the readers here so we can all benefit. Keep in mind, I do not have teenage kids so this post is best suited for younger kids. Some below come with coupons too!*

*Boo Town & 3D Maze at Heritage Square– BooTown Halloween Fun is a large bi-level 3-D maze full of colorful and festive enchantment. BooTown is the place for children of all ages and family entertainment! On top of the adventure-filled 3-D Maze, take a walk through the huge pumpkin patch or pumpkin painting area. With FREE parking and affordable Halloween fun, Heritage Square is the place to be this October!” And now, with this Colorado Kids coupon, you can get $3 off per person on Boo Town or visit the Heritage Square amusement park and get $4 off of Unlimited Rides for the kiddos. Spend the day and boo away!

Click here for a $1 off coupon

*Kids Halloween Town – 108th and Old Wadsworth Blvd – Located North West of the City, Kids Halloween town is open 10am to 3pm Oct. 19-21 and Oct 26-28
Kids Halloween Town is a the Front Range’s Kid Friendly Halloween Destination.
Have your little goblins enjoy Trick or Treating! Face Painting! Hay Rides! Pick a Pumpkin! Pumpkin Painting! Bouncy Castle! Colorful, Fun and Friendly Halloween Town Characters!
And Much, Much more! All activities now $15.00 for children and $2.00 for Adults! Include Trick or treating – Hay Ride, Blowup Castle – Face Painting And a trip through a Kids Friendly Haunted House!!! And with this coupon at Colorado Kids, you can get $1 off per kiddo.

Haunted Maze and Corn Maze at Chatfield – come by and see all the activities for families at the Chatfield Corn Maze – lots to do and there is a haunted maze for adults and teens too!

Boo at the Denver Zoo! The Denver Zoo has its annual Boo at the Zoo and some of the activities are free and included with your admission or membership to the zoo. Check it out. And the weekend of October 27-28, you can meet “thing” after dark at Boo at the Zoo.

MORE MORE MORE! And if you want to know all about some more fun events… check out this Denver guide for Halloween for Kids.

* Disclaimer: For the starred activities above, through Colorado Kids, I was compensated with free admission for me and my family to the activities for promoting them as part of Get Clued In’s promotion for Halloween in Denver for Kids.

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Love Yogurt? Create a Masterpiece at Yogurtland

Yogurtland is having a “My Masterpiece” contest from Oct 8- Nov 2nd…. check out the details here and get creative!

Here is a summary of the the deets:

Yogurtland guests are invited to photograph and name their favorite, most imaginative yogurt creation and submit it to the My Masterpiece website and Facebook page.  At the end of the submission time frame, each entrant will receive a link to their Masterpiece submission and can invite their friends to vote for the top creations.

Voting for the top masterpiece creations takes place from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. The top 100 entries will be judged by a panel of Yogurtland judges based on taste, name and recipe of the Masterpiece, creativity of the recipe and the ability to easily recreate the Masterpiece in Yogurtland stores. The first place winner will receive a $500 Yogurtland gift card for a year of free yogurt, second place will receive a $250 gift card for six months of free yogurt, and third place will receive a $125 gift card for three months of free yogurt. The top three winners will also receive gift cards to reward their friends for voting for their entry. Each Yogurtland store is encouraged to choose a local winner who will receive a $100 Yogurtland gift card.  All entrants will receive a coupon to receive their first 3-ounces yogurt free.

And if you love fro-yo as much as I do, everyone is a winner… just enter!

Disclaimer:  Get Clued In is promoting this contest through Colorado Kids and was offered a gift card at Yogurtland in exchange for this promotion.  My general disclaimer applies to all content.

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