Watcha doin election night? (Besides MetaFilter!) November 2, 2016 5:12 PM   Subscribe

Besides the usual news channels, Stephen Colbert, Chris Gethard, The Daily Show, and @midnight are planning live, election night specials. (Are there any others I missed?) I want to know what you all are doing and watching, so share you public and private plans and your election night food, drink and strain suggestions!
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter-Related at 5:12 PM (165 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Couch, PBS. Thick Ork chops pan-fried in sage butter at home. I mean pork chops. Though if the Orcs do win, we have culinary and other plans for them.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 5:26 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


We're having tacos to welcome our new taco truck overlords.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 5:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [45 favorites]


Home, PBS, 9 pound hammer. Because I don't care if I fall asleep early.
posted by heyho at 5:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Will Vice have a stream? I remember their Canadian election stream being fun.
posted by ODiV at 5:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I just discovered ESP gin.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:19 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be working the closing shift as a Voting Operations Judge (first time!). Didn't realize I'd have the late shift; I will be completely insulated from any news about the election until the polls are closed and the results delivered, which could end up being very late if the lines are long!

Then I'll be going home and cuddling with the wife and baby and cat as the results are reported, and will go to work like everything is normal the next day.
posted by duffell at 7:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Oh and after I get home, I'll be stress-eating a whole lot of drugs and ice cream. I don't know what kind of drugs, they just come in a brown paper bag that has DRUGS written on it, like in low-budget after-school specials.
posted by duffell at 7:25 PM on November 2, 2016 [26 favorites]


My boss decided to schedule our team strategy offsite for Tuesday, so after spending all day in a conference room, we're expected to spend the evening on a "fun team building event", probably an Escape Room. Kind of fitting, actually.
posted by briank at 7:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


My absolute favorite musician, Corb Lund from Alberta, CA, will be playing in Nashville. That's about 3.5 hours from me, so I'm'a try to swing a little road trip.

I live in a red state. It usually goes better for me if I pay less attention.
posted by workerant at 7:54 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I have no TV and my local bars close early. Where can I see a stream; I'll be fortified with beer?
posted by bendy at 8:05 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be down at the bottom of Yonge Street, filling bags with our sweet Lake Ontario sand and rounding up volunteers to build that wall for the anticipated influx.
posted by chococat at 8:15 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


We will be at Hamilton! I am so incredibly, yugely stoked but I am gonna have to staple my phone into my bag so I don't try to peek at results.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:57 PM on November 2, 2016 [22 favorites]


a brown paper bag that has DRUGS written on it

Hey! I lost that at the Ice Cream Social! The brown acid isn't too good.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I will be at my krav maga class as per usual, which is good, because to be honest this entire election cycle has mostly made me want to punch something anyway.
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:01 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm going to be at home, in my pajamas, sober, under a blanket, and biting my nails until it's called for Hillary.

I remember when Obama took 2008. I was at an election party in Brooklyn, and as soon as it was certain, we all flooded out into the street. Random strangers were hugged like they were old friends. Champagne was consumed. It was a good night.
posted by mochapickle at 9:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Staying as far from the tv as i can possibly get.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


As for election night: home, broadcast TV (PBS mostly), lots and lots of popcorn, Halo Top (me) and Arctic Zero (Mrs. W).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:03 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


first im going to the neurologist to see if my new and startling migraine symptoms mean i am going to die horribly or if it's just another delightful and baffling aspect of my chronic pain

afterwards, ice cream and cider donuts
posted by poffin boffin at 10:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


3 hour bike ride after work so hopefully by the time I get out of the shower and turn on the screens this fucker is done right.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


It is now looking like it will be a late night. Anything can happen. I will be at home hoping my candidate of choice wins. I will be eating cold pizza, drinking cold beer and snuggling under a warm blanket.
posted by AugustWest at 11:01 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Packing. Just in case.
posted by dotgirl at 11:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Pillow fort and jammies.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:04 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I am flying back to the USA from New Zealand on election day. My plane will take off at 10pm Pacific time, so for fucks sake America get your shit together and vote so that I go into the air with piece of mind. My plan is to board with, "Good luck, we're all counting on you." If Hillary has it sewed up when I land I will demand to be taken to the nearest taco truck where I will order some carne asada tacos. If the senate goes blue I will demand extra guacamole. Also the Cubs just won so...maybe a deep dish pizza somewhere in there? Lol like I wasn't gonna get tacos and pizza anyways, I love you America.
posted by supercrayon at 12:19 AM on November 3, 2016 [10 favorites]


My absolute favorite musician, Corb Lund from Alberta, CA, will be playing in Nashville. That's about 3.5 hours from me, so I'm'a try to swing a little road trip.

Just keep some cows around. Trust me, it's always better.
posted by stet at 12:20 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


Me and mr bee are travelling all the way from Northern Ireland to New York coincidentally in time for the election, so for fucks sake people you better make it worth our while and vote right. We will be going to a bar early and watching the results come in with fingers crossed as we get progressively drunker on madly overpriced gin. I can't wait!
posted by billiebee at 1:17 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Scheduled to work a 15-hour day. Will be trying as hard as possible to stay off the news until the screaming is over.
posted by easily confused at 4:22 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


My friends and I are wrapping up our Electoral College Fantasy Draft today, and then just hanging out at one friend's apartment on election night to watch the returns and crown the Champion of Politi-nerds.
posted by Bunny Boneyology at 4:33 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Dog&
Couch&
Blanket&
Cake.
posted by phunniemee at 5:02 AM on November 3, 2016 [13 favorites]


We're invited to the next-door neighbor's house for a watch party but I'm in class until 9 so it might (I hope) be over before I even get there.
posted by octothorpe at 5:43 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Dog&
Couch&
Blanket&
Cake.


Is there a name for those shirts and designs in that style? I've always been curious. Also that would make a great shirt. Also I would like to borrow a dog.
posted by zutalors! at 6:37 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I posted an Ask last summer about finding more local women-only groups to join, and one of the suggestions was to checkout Meetup (dot com), where I pretty much immediately found the group of my dreams.

Now I'm a co-organizer, so we are having our election night gathering at the pizza place up the block from my apartment, to be followed by either champagne bottle popping in the streets of my overwhelmingly blue neighborhood or ululating impotently in the general direction of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. I'll be at work for 11 hours on both Monday and Tuesday so I'm hoping the inanity of those days will keep me from keeling over from nervousness about the future of the free world.
posted by amnesia and magnets at 6:39 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'll probably wander up to the bar with some similarly freaking-out-about-the-election friends and order a stiff drink. If anyone in Chapel Hill/Carrboro needs someone to cheer/cry with, drop me a line and I'll let you know where we end up.
posted by thivaia at 6:39 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


My boss is flying to India on Election Day and I'm so jealous he gets to go up in the air and go to sleep and when he lands it will be all over. That's what I want for myself, to sleep through it. But I know that in reality I'll be sitting on the couch eating fistfuls of chex mix with the metafilter thread open in front of me.

Incidentally, last election day I found out why chex mix has peanuts and other junk in it - because I made it with just the carby chex part, and it turns out you can eat nervously chex indefinitely for hours until the entire giant bowl is gone without getting full. But then the next day you've gained 3 pounds of water weight from all the salt.
posted by something something at 6:40 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Dog&
Couch&
Blanket&
Cake.
posted by phunniemee


I love you for saying cake instead of pie.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:42 AM on November 3, 2016


It's all happening on my scheduled day off (didn't have to adjust shifts, unlike the debates) so I'll be sitting on my verandah feverishly refreshing Metafilter and tuned in to some channel or another on telly. And in case no-one's mentioned it yet, I just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.
posted by h00py at 6:43 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


Checking the papers of all silhouettes.
posted by clavdivs at 6:46 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Home drinking and obsessively flipping channels and websites looking for a glimmering of hope.

Truly, the numbers are terrifying me right now. I may need to hide under a blanket until November 9th.
posted by blurker at 6:51 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Melting cheese onto toast from the heat of a burning wickerman.
posted by Wordshore at 6:53 AM on November 3, 2016 [8 favorites]


A friend is hosting folks for dinner, and I plan to eat good food and get real drunk.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:03 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is there a name for those shirts and designs in that style? I've always been curious. Also that would make a great shirt. Also I would like to borrow a dog.

I think of them as Helvetica Ampersand t-shirts. The origin is a Beatles shirt by Experimental Jetset, but there's a gazillion imitators.
posted by zamboni at 7:05 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


Trying to decide if I want to be at home or out at a bar. Leaning towards the former but our tv reception isn't great and we don't have cable. Anyway, somewhere with alcohol.
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:10 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Not watching TV or surfing. Going to bed as usual and waiting for the news until Wednesday morning.
posted by Carol Anne at 7:23 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, having recently learned I apparently can't drink heavily any more, I'm actually not really sure. Maybe make some nachos?
posted by odinsdream at 7:25 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be staying up past my usual bedtime with a bottle of wine at my side. Two if needed.

I've scheduled Nov. 9th off so I can read the Metafilter election thread.

The 8th is my birthday. If you could all get out and vote, that would be a great present.
posted by maurice at 7:41 AM on November 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


I took off Election Day, and also Day After Election Day, from work. My kids are old enough to be awake for some of it, but I will probably be the last one awake in the house. Maybe nursing a glass of whiskey. Definitely with my laptop open to a thread with you lot, and definitely-definitely fighting a sense of constriction around my chest until I hear a victory speech.

Gaaaaaaah.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:42 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


zutalrs!: Also I would like to borrow a dog.

Shit, that is a GREAT idea.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:43 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm going to the opera. I figured a few hours in an enforced no-TV, no-phone, no-radio, no-internet environment was the most psychologically healthy thing I could do for myself on November 8th.

If any of y'all in Colorado want to join me, I think there are still plenty of good seats.
posted by asperity at 7:45 AM on November 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'm trying to convince my friends' Slack channel to have each person watching a different channel to see who calls states first in real time.
posted by Etrigan at 7:46 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Curled up in bed with my wife eating comfort food, watching the country either be saved or condemned.
posted by zarq at 7:51 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


The 8th is my birthday. If you could all get out and vote, that would be a great present.
posted by maurice


Y'all, this would be a really bad time for a belated birthday gift.
posted by duffell at 7:51 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


I'm having a couple friends over. I only have broadcast TV, so is PBS my best bet for not-terrible coverage? Should I wait until the CA polls close (10 pm central)? Do they call states before the last polls close? (I seem to remember some trouble around that with a previous election - calling states early makes people less likely to go vote or something.)
posted by AFABulous at 8:02 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Update from an overseas voter:

Here in Hong Kong I will be teaching on Wednesday morning. My lesson runs from 10 am to 1:15 pm, which is 10 pm-1:15 am Tuesday night Eastern time. Theoretically - THEORETICALLY - if Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina have been called for HRC by the time I start class (the polls there having closed one or two hours earlier) I will not bother to turn on a livestream on the interactive whiteboard - she could lose all the other swing states and still have won! I will still be sweating about the Senate but will be able to, probably, teach. Or teach and cry at the same time.

But if we are still waiting, I will throw out my lesson plan and just improvise some sort of discussion group activity as we watch PBS and freak out.

At 11:30 Eastern time I have a 15-minute break and will run into the corridor and probably post something exciting on Facebook. And maybe FaceTime my mom. And then cry again.

My home state of California will be called as polls close there at 8:00 Pacific time, which is noon Wednesday our time. I will freeze the IWB while the students do a reading passage and use the class computer to see if my favourite propositions have passed, and then when class finishes, run back to our main office, high-five/fistbump all my American colleagues, rush through some paperwork, pour a huge glass of whiskey, and order in a pizza or two and read our hopefully-celebratory threads (which have been GIVING ME LIFE - thank you mefites!) that evening.

(I also will be wearing my Hillary shirt all day, in contravention of the dress code, because I'm teaching at a satellite location and no one will know. And because my colleagues who are not American need to know I didn't vote for the fascist, just in case.)
posted by mdonley at 8:09 AM on November 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


It'll be my birthday, so I'll be voting then having dinner with family and possibly seeing a movie. And then watching the election results. It's going to be a busy day.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:14 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm with Carol Anne -- fed up with the media circus, so I'm going to avoid it altogether until there is actual news to report, which I don't think will really be available until the next day. The race to call states as early as possible rankles me, and especially where the results are likely to be close and there are gangs of angry people at the ready I hope that responsibility will prevail -- but recognize that the race for ratings will "Trump" good journalism as it has this entire election cycle. So I'll vote, then tune out until election officials have had the time to make the counts and release some accurate information.
posted by cubby at 8:39 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm voting at 6 am sharp, then have a full day of non-election obligations. After that, I'm working the late shift on the voter hotline, so I'll be among fellow Hillary supporters as results roll in even if we don't have time to talk much. (If you're in line when the polls close, you CAN vote! Operators are standing by!)

If mountain states (CO, AZ, and UT in particular) turn out to be key, I'll feel pretty good about Doing Something, and hopefully that will counteract my nerves.

asperity, your plan has a lot of merit. I'm going to the opera with a friend on the 5th (Aida at the Met, noon matinee), and if we had bought tickets on the 8th instead, I would be insulated from the media hubbub during the most nerve-wracking hours.
posted by Leslie Knope at 8:49 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I usually take off work to do GOTV, but I couldn't this year. I'm working 8-5, and then I have class until 6. I might try to make it over to the staging location to do the last door-knocking shift, but I'm not sure it's worth it, since polls close here at 9. I might just go home and collapse. There's a results watch party near my apartment, but I generally skip it out of sheer exhaustion. I'm doing GOTV all day Saturday and Sunday and then after work on Monday, and I have to be at work at 8 on Wednesday. I think I'm going to be pooped.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 9:03 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's NaNoWriMo, so I'll be huddled in a restaurant with a full bar with other wrimos, drinking craft beer and trying to decide if I want to write the election into my novel this year. I've already told the beau he might need to drive me home if it starts looking ugly.
posted by PearlRose at 9:19 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


It's our anniversary and I've promised the missus a female President. DON'T FUCK UP MY MARRIAGE AMERICA.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:53 AM on November 3, 2016 [29 favorites]


1. Voting (because I took to long to make up my mind about whether I wanted to be a voter-by-mail this year)
2. MSBNC for coverage, with lots of bouncing around to other channels
3. Tacos or Taco Bowls
4. Cupcakes (an election night tradition that started when my Alex Keatonesque older brother made cupcakes on election night 1984 to celebrate Reagan's reelection. Cupcakes = democracy was imprinted on 5 year old PBO forevermore)
5. Bourbon (classy Old Fashioneds if the HRC firewall holds; 2-handed bottle-chugging if the nightmare scenario plays out)
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:11 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


If I recall from Colbert's original announcement about his Showtime gig, there will be penis.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:18 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have to work where there is no t.v. so I think I'll just listen to Pandora for a while and chill.

Fingers crossed for a happy outcome for America!
posted by Lynsey at 10:20 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


If I recall from Colbert's original announcement about his Showtime gig, there will be penis.

Well, he can't just talk about Clinton.
posted by Etrigan at 10:23 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


I voted last week. Tuesday I am counting votes and overseeing my town's polling place from four til whenever we are done counting. I am also running for election as I mentioned but you can vote for 12 out of 12 people so I am a shoo-in. The winners are announced by being posted in the town hall the next day so I sometimes text people that evening to tell them they have won/lost because otherwise they wouldn't know. We have zero media coverage and are not allowed to watch TV there which is AOK with me.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 10:51 AM on November 3, 2016 [9 favorites]


I have a "zero information until we know for sure what's going to happen" policy with elections.

My best friend and my partner are both taking the day off from work. I'm going to sleep in, and then vote, and then spend the rest of the afternoon with them in my kitchen, teaching myself how to make croissants.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:54 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


If we don't get rained or fogged out, I will be on Hawk Hill all day IDing and counting migrating hawks. I'm guessing we'll be at a bar for a watch party in the evening, but that has yet to be decided.

I'm wishing that past-me had been smarter and asked for Wednesday off.
posted by rtha at 11:03 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Tuesday is a travel day, and my husband and I will be on a plane most of the day, crossing a variety of time zones. We'll be back on the eastern seaboard at 11:30 pm local time. My in-laws will be picking us up at the airport. I suspect my mother-in-law will be hollering (hopefully whooping in joy instead of condemning all Trumpkins to hell).

It's a really good thing I won't have access to the internet (no, I won't pay for the crappy connection American offers on flights), and that is probably best in terms of self care. I feel like I have been in a very unhealthy relationship with this election season, and a temporary "no contact" period feels right.
posted by msali at 11:06 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Much like the debates, I will be holed up in the bedroom with headphones, iPad and intoxicants and trying and likely failing to avoid any coverage of the election while my wife yells at the television in the living room.
posted by griphus at 11:21 AM on November 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'm wishing that past-me had been smarter and asked for Wednesday off.

I took Tuesday off, because the kids have the day off of school (schools are polling places in our suburb). Since I decided on that, I've scheduled a blood donation, we're moving the toddler to a new daycare so I'll be available for comfort visits, and I'll probably get my oil changed. Plus I have a line of sight to the parking lot at the local polling place, so I'll spend the rest of my time on the porch playing Civ and watching for shenanigans.

So I'll have a pretty nice day up until about 8.
posted by Etrigan at 11:50 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


If I've calculated the time difference right, I should start seeing results here in New Zealand at around 1pm Wednesday. So I'll be in the office, probably not doing too much actual work, keeping a nervous eye on results. Hopefully the day will end with celebratory drinks with my American co-worker.
posted by Pink Frost at 12:17 PM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


Apparently, there's about a 65% chance that I will be heaving the world's largest-ever sigh of relief and about a 35% chance I will be sitting in a chair with my eyes closed, trying to will myself back in time to warn people, using the Christopher Reeve Somewhere in Time technique.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:34 PM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


Christopher Reeve Somewhere in Time technique...

His guitar solos on that album were amazing but I'm not sure how they're going to help.
posted by griphus at 12:36 PM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


Is there a name for those shirts and designs in that style? I've always been curious. Also that would make a great shirt. Also I would like to borrow a dog.
posted by zutalors! at 9:37 AM on November 3 [4 favorites +] [!]


A relevant AskMe from last year.
posted by xenization at 12:43 PM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]



I'm wishing that past-me had been smarter and asked for Wednesday off.

I took off wednesday morning and have a therapy appointment scheduled. This was quite by accident but I wonder if my subconscious was doing me a solid there?
posted by French Fry at 1:37 PM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I love you for saying cake instead of pie.

This last, dragging week of the election is killing me and if I'm being entirely honest, "cake" might get downgraded to "jar of frosting and a spoon."
posted by phunniemee at 1:49 PM on November 3, 2016 [22 favorites]


stir a little bourbon in there
posted by zutalors! at 2:00 PM on November 3, 2016 [9 favorites]


If I hadn't been invited to watch the results with friends, I'd have taken up my alma mater on its invitation to come watch the results, and ideally celebrate one of our most famous alumnae getting a new job.
posted by dywypi at 2:03 PM on November 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


Watcha doin election night?

Heroin
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on November 3, 2016 [10 favorites]


Mr. Machine and I are voting first thing, and I've called dibs on wearing Baby Machine into the poll, because by God, I am going to relish pulling the photo out on the hologram-a-phone in a decade's time and then embarrassing my son by explaining for the 9237840298374th time that not only did Mama specifically hang a picture of Brienne of Tarth in his nursery the week before he was born, but she wore him into the voting booth on the day Mama fulfilled her dream as a contrarian 12 year old, and voted for Hillary Clinton as the first madame president of the United States.

Then, because I took a couple days off, we're taking Baby Machine to his six month check-up, where I expect lots of nice things to be said what a cute, healthy, developmentally progressing baby he is. I know everybody thinks the doctor likes their baby, but I assure you: the doctor likes our smiley baby.

Then, there will be vaccine shots, and the baby will be a little less smiley, but hopefully all will be well home in the afternoon.

We're having friends over (including at least one local Mefite who reads the election threads :D) to eat tacos and watch election results roll in. There Will Be Ice Cream.
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:29 PM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


I will walk over to the local high school to vote early in the morning. Then I have a meeting with my life coach, and then I have to go to work. I probably won't be at home when the documentary filmmaker comes to take shots of the outside of our house - Mr. Freedom will be handling that. I'll get home at 6, and the filmmaker will show up again to shoot us watching election returns.

So, probably CNN on TV for the cameras, which I don't particularly want to watch, but we have Sling and don't get any other election-results channels. Washington Post and Metafilter on the laptop for sanity. We haven't planned a menu but tacos sound really good to me now. I'll have to wear pants and I'll try not to talk too much to the cats, or fart, or pick at my cuticles, or any of the other weird solitary habits I have that I would not like to be filmed.
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:26 PM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Long before the election campaign became this monstrous thing in my life that I could not look away from, we planned a 2-week trip to Japan which starts this! Saturday! A month after we bought the tickets I realized we had completely forgotten about Election Day happening during the trip -- which made me distraught not because I'd miss out on voting, as I am perma-vote-by-mail, but because watching election results live is a Thing I Do. But as this election season grew more and more horrible I started to think that maybe the timing of the trip wasn't such a bad thing; after all, if the absolute worst happens we could just claim political asylum in Japan! Except then I realized doing that would mean I'd never see our kitties again, which triggered a whole other bucket of anxiety. My husband has teased me about worrying about such an unlikely scenario (he has not been following things quite as closely as I have), and I know I'm being irrational about the country self-immolating while we're gone, but I've been spending so much time in MeFi election threads that it doesn't seem all that irrational...

Anyway, the generally positive early tallies and the fact that I now have to focus on trip prep is helping to give my anxiety a much needed break. And as it turns out, we're probably going to visit Tokyo Disneyland when election results are coming in back home, so I can easily get one last election binge on while we're standing in line for stuff. Plus, I can't think of a better place to dull the pain, at least for one day, if the worst really does happen. (Please don't happen, worst. I want to come back home to a sane country and our kitties.)
posted by phatkitten at 4:00 PM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm terrified of some awful repeat of 2000. If a bar I like is having a watch party, I'll go. Otherwise, channel-surfing, checking MeFi, worrying. I'll be drinking a couple beers, not more, as I have to work the next day. MeFi has really helped me manage my anxiety about this wretched election.
posted by theora55 at 4:38 PM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm going to be in Seattle for a work conference that day and I have no idea what to do if the world ends and I end up having to walk hand-in-hand into extinction with a total stranger.
posted by invitapriore at 4:43 PM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


If you're in Chicago, please join me at Theater Wit on Belmont by Racine for a performance of The Trump Card, plus two free cocktails, and then watch the returns on a giant screen in a room full of slightly intoxicated liberals. Support a local Chicago theater company, have a few drinks, and surround yourself with like-minded voters to hug, one way or the other.
posted by tzikeh at 6:36 PM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be at work at my local public library until 9 o'clock, having a nervous breakdown. Then I will go home and drink and have a nervous breakdown.
posted by sarcasticah at 6:56 PM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


My husband and I took the day off. We'll take our 14-month-old son with us to vote, then go out for breakfast. Aquinfant will go for a half a day of daycare and we'll actually spend some quality grown-up time together. Then I'll make nachos for dinner (I made nachos for dinner on election night 2012) and construct a small shrine consisting of a picture of the Clintons, a glass of wine, and a dollar bill (TM Lorelei Gilmore). (I did the same thing with a picture of the Obamas four years ago. I'M NOT TEMPTING THE WRATH OF WHATEVER FROM HIGH ATOP THE THING.) (TM Toby Ziegler.)

Then Aquihusband and I will watch PBS coverage and be extremely anxious all night. I will stress eat many small chocolate bars. I will nervously text, tweet, and Facebook.
posted by Aquifer at 8:11 PM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'll be watching results with beer and a black cat. I'll watch the first woman president of the USA be elected. Depending on the hour, I'll listen to yammerers yammer, or lights out for work in the morning, or a mix of both. Best of all, I'll continue to not give a shit about the Republicans I work with pissing and moaning about the result on Wednesday, Thursday, or the next four years, cuz I am a fucking pro at that part of the deal -- thanks, Obama!
posted by wallabear at 8:21 PM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll vote around 6:30am on my way to work, then will go to the office where I'll try to keep my mind on my job until about 4pm. Then I'll head home, stopping to pick up a pizza on the way, and will camp out on my couch for the rest of the night and early morning with my lovely cat where we'll watch Rachel Maddow and the rest of the MSNBC team geek out as they try to make sense of it all. I'm hoping with all my heart that I will go to bed with feelings of hope rather than despair.
I always try to take the day off work after a presidential Election Day so I can stay up late and then wallow in all the "day after" coverage--and that's what I'll be doing on Wednesday.
And then in January I plan to use a vacation day to watch history being made as the first female US President is sworn into office.
posted by bookmammal at 9:20 PM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am trying to figure out if I can combine my anarchosyndicalist husband with my Republican revolting delegate friends at the same bar without anyone throwing a chair.

I'll report back how it goes.
posted by corb at 10:06 PM on November 3, 2016 [12 favorites]


Monday night my son is having his FIRST EVER SLEEPOVER PARTY! so we will have 3-5 8 year old boys (depending on how many decide to stay vs chickening out because it is the FIRST EVER SLEEPOVER PARTY for all of them, so its awesomeness seems to be equal parts excitement and terror). Our plan involves the Giving of the Goodie Bags at 9ish so that anyone who goes home will get one, but people who stay won't feel left out. Each goodie bag will include (among other items) candy and a whoopie cushion. I have no idea how much sleep I will get, if any.

In other words, I am not anticipating being able to keep my eyes open on Tuesday night to follow the election results past a certain hour. Or at least I am hoping said tiredness will keep me from staying up all night stewing.
posted by Mchelly at 10:19 PM on November 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


I am going to vote in the morning and then go to work, hopefully at noon if I can talk anyone into switching with me. Otherwise at 1:30 which means I will be there unable to follow any election news until 9:30 and I don't think my heart can take it. Plus some of our, ahem, "wackier" customers are almost certain to show up and be loud about the election which is not easy to take when all you can do is smile and murmur soothingly. But work will end and then a friend is having a party, so as soon as I leave the bookstore I will be there to either celebrate or crunch down on the ole cyanide tooth. Either way there will be wine.
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:52 AM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be making a road trip through the south with my little sis, the other half of the Creek Sisters, for the first time since we were teens. There will be off key singing, laughing, crying, photography, sketching, and words put on paper. Hoping we don't have to keep heading north indefinitely. We'll see what the day brings.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 5:07 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


There'll be some all night reruns on channel 263, go to bed early, the arguments about the status of the recounts will take until mid-december anyway. At least CNN will have a full month of BREAKING NEWS: another precinct in Pennsylvania has been finally certified.
posted by sammyo at 5:41 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Man, I am seriously freaking out about this whole thing, and am not sure what I'll be doing on Election Night/Day, other than voting. I wish someone could tell me it's going to work out okay - I don't even know how you all are stomaching the thought of watching the results! I tentatively took the day off of work and might go make phone calls or knock on doors if I feel I can harness my anxiety for good, but on the other hand I might decide I just want to keep things as routine as possible and just work after all.

Or maybe I'll go to the local Aviary and spend all day in my happy place until they kick me out.
posted by DingoMutt at 6:33 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm meeting some friends to order tacos and drink the following themed cocktails:

Stronger Together: a modified Manhattan with bourbon and mezcal
Make America Great Again: I originally wanted this to be Goldschlager and the cheapest, shittiest champagne I could find, but I couldn't find Goldschlager so instead it's just gonna be White Russians
The Stien: a few drops of gin diluted in to a big glass of water to increase their potency. Potentially the strongest drink of the night
The Johnson: blunts
posted by Itaxpica at 6:34 AM on November 4, 2016 [8 favorites]


I already voted. I guess I'll just make something delicious for dinner and then pick at it worriedly.
posted by JanetLand at 6:35 AM on November 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


I will definitely have to be at my mom's until 8PST, so depending on where everything is at in the returns I may stay and watch for a while with her overnight caregiver, who happens to be really cool. Otherwise I'll just head home, picking up an Egg McMuffin on the way [real]. Since my neighborhood has lots of bars and restaurants there may be some festivities overflowing into the streets so maybe I'll walk around a bit. Also on the menu, either Chocolate Diesel (S) if I'm out or Abbot Kinney OG (I) if I'm home.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:38 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


We actually have a lot of local city stuff going on - a four-way race for a new Mayor, a school expansion referendum, and several contested city council seats. I'm also up for election for my second term on the School Committee but I am running unopposed so that's one less thing to worry about.

There's an official gathering of local team D at a pub that I should drop in on at some point, but I'll probably be at home until 8ish and see how things are shaking out on the east coast first.
posted by mikepop at 6:42 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'll be at work during the day, where one of my duties will be serving as stage manager to an orientation of new employees. We have a guest speaker who has already said that he will open his remarks by asking who has gone out to vote yet, and he has joked that if anyone responds that they have not yet done so, he will bring them out to vote that instant.

I will most likely vote while on my way home from work myself, at the little grade school two blocks from me, and then I'm assuming that Best Bar In The World will be having election results on the TV there (since they had the debates) so I'll be going there. Conveniently it is on my block and I have been used to making my way home in an alcohol-induced fog in the past (and once I did so with a broken foot that I didn't yet know was broken).

Am hoping for a repeat of 2008, during which I had a similar schedule (different bar up the block). There was literal dancing in the streets following Obama's election, including two women who had each somehow acquired American flags and ran into the middle of the street and did this sort of spontaneous majorette routine with them. I was hugged by total strangers and ended up dancing to Earth, Wind and Fire at 12:30 am.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:33 AM on November 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


Reckon I'll be considering digging a bomb-shelter, then deciding it's a waste of time and then drinking some beer.
posted by pompomtom at 8:45 AM on November 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'll be working at the Daily Show! But then again, I do that every night.
posted by nevercalm at 8:50 AM on November 4, 2016 [6 favorites]


Everything is very vague right now, but I suspect my day will look something like: get in to campaign HQ in Brooklyn quite early; watch graphs and help with whatever last minute bug fixes and misc quick coding tasks come up; drink with coworkers once the outcome is clear. Oh, and finding time to vote somewhere in there, of course! (And probably doing some kind of get-out-the-vote during the graph watching.)
posted by jdherg at 8:55 AM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well, this is the usual night for Seattle's MeFi Trivia Juggernaut at The George and Dragon, but no one's posted it yet. I was leaning toward not going because I'm on call, I expect lots of overnight admissions for alcohol poisoning, suicidal ideation, and miscellaneous self-inflicted trauma.

Please be careful people. One way or another, we have a lot of work to do starting Wednesday.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:03 AM on November 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Or maybe I'll go to the local Aviary and spend all day in my happy place until they kick me out.

Hey, are we neighbors? I live a block and a half from the Aviary.
posted by octothorpe at 9:08 AM on November 4, 2016


My company has given everyone Election Day off – classy! – so I'll be up in NY19 on Tuesday knocking on doors for Zephyr Teachout with my sister. I guess we'll probably watch results either from Dem HQ in Hudson or from a bar.
posted by nicwolff at 9:35 AM on November 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


Hey, are we neighbors? I live a block and a half from the Aviary.

Aw, so lucky! I'm over in East Liberty so it's a tiny bit of a hike for me (but worth making; I love that area).
posted by DingoMutt at 9:39 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I live in Maryland but will be traveling for work on the 8th. I'll start the day in Phoenix, will fly to San Diego mid-day, and I expect to have the evening free in America's Finest City. I would welcome any recommendations from San Diego MeFites for a fun, liberal place where I can eat delicious (hopefully Mexican?) food, enjoy the company of like-minded individuals, and drink heavily and fearfully until I hear that Hillary has won calmly listen to the election results.
posted by cheapskatebay at 9:51 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'll be working as an election volunteer that day, from 6AM - 9PM, so hopefully I won't have time to spend endlessly refreshing the MeFi election thread and checking the exit polls. By 9 I figure I'll be wiped out, but I hope to swing by my sister's house to share a shot of good whiskey from the HRC "shattered glass shot glasses" I bought...
posted by suelac at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Couch. MetaFilter. Television. Nail-biting.
posted by Fizz at 10:34 AM on November 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Sending in ballots as an election judge until that's done, home or neighborhood gay bar, television and my phone, drinking probably.

(I took Wednesday off ostensibly because the election judge is a 14+ hour shift, but also probably going to be too wired to sleep no matter what the results.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:54 AM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


Probably taking a tranquilizer and sleeping through it as much as possible.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 11:57 AM on November 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


It's our anniversary, God help us.
posted by thesmallmachine at 12:21 PM on November 4, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'll be party-hopping between a couple friends who happen to live about two blocks apart. First the grown up, calm party; then the scream at the television party with extra booze.

Not sure if I can take off Wednesday morning. Guess I'd better look into it.
posted by maryr at 12:50 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'll be watching the Democracy Now livestream, since I am an archetypal humorless leftist. Either that or Al-Jazeera.
posted by zeusianfog at 12:56 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I invited some friends to hang out at a cozy local bar and said I'd livestream the results. I live in a cave so I hadn't heard/guessed that there'd be live comedy results, thanks to this thread it'll probably be Stephen Colbert! (I should be able to livestream that if I am using the 1 week free trial of CBS All Access, right?)
posted by the agents of KAOS at 1:25 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


heavily and fearfully

I will be wishing for strength for those who weaken for it, hope for those who despair of it, calm for those who tire for it, and joy for those who cry out for it. Courage, dear hearts.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:12 PM on November 4, 2016 [10 favorites]


I don't have plans yet, and since I made breakfast plans for the next morning with a friend I rarely see, I guess I should try to chill at home with all my Mefites.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:28 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


If anybody has any ideas for what I should do with my Girl Scouts at our meeting on Wednesday when my brain will be addled by frosting and stress and lack of sleep, I'm all ears. We've already talked about government and elections, and even though they're pretty engaged and plugged in, I don't think that'll fly for another round.

Also I'm leading a leaders' meeting Thursday night so I predict I'll be fully catatonic come Friday.
posted by phunniemee at 2:41 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'll be in a fancy hotel room in London. Gonna be so very tired for my research training the next morning. Tired but happy/relieved, I hope.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:32 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am a little disappointed to see such a heavy emphasis on booze, drinking, alcohol, beer, bourbon... and maybe one or two oblique references to doobies. WTF people, I thought it was cool in most states these days? I think you'd be much better off from a stress / psychological POV to be buzzed and mellow rather than bleary-eyed sloppy and despondent... is anybody going to stand up and be counted as puffing a nice fat one during the election? Please do it for me - I still can't score in the PRC.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:20 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I named strains and everything!
posted by Room 641-A at 7:46 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll be in Virginia, toking vicariously through you.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:12 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


> is anybody going to stand up and be counted as puffing a nice fat one during the election?

I might be! Gotta do the rituals for hoping legalization wins in California! But I do have to work the next day and I am not 22 anymore, so....

/goes to check battery charge on vaporizer and supply of rolling papers
posted by rtha at 8:49 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure that the last time I puffed a nice fat one, Reagan was still president. It is decriminalized around here now but I would have no idea even who to talk to about finding anyone even if I wanted to. I'll have to stick to beer.
posted by octothorpe at 8:55 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


I thought it was cool in most states these days? I think you'd be much better off from a stress / psychological POV to be buzzed and mellow rather than bleary-eyed sloppy and despondent...

Have you seen what this election has been like???
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:16 PM on November 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


I voted last week but I too will be eating tacos, imbibing cocktails and yelling at the television.
posted by gt2 at 5:09 AM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


> is anybody going to stand up and be counted as puffing a nice fat one during the election?

Dude. 9 lb. hammer. Does that not sound like a weighty indica to you? I'm sorry you can't access it there—because man, it's nice. It's also a mild pain reliever that actually works, and it stifles low-grade anxiety, making it an excellent Tuesday treat!

This election night I'M DOING IT FOR MEATBOMB.
posted by heyho at 7:25 AM on November 5, 2016 [7 favorites]


I expect to be spending Tuesday evening working my way through the If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for? thread. At my current rate, I will probably learn who won the election sometime in February.
posted by ogooglebar at 8:02 AM on November 5, 2016 [7 favorites]


You know what I'll be doing? I'll tell you what I'll be doing. I'm going to come home from work, eat a little something, and go straight to bed, not to emerge until wakeup time on Wednesday morning, when I will discover whether I should feel like I'm fixin' to die or breathe a sigh of relief.
posted by scratch at 8:17 AM on November 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


I voted by mail last week, which is wonderfully convenient but woefully lacking in "I VOTED" stickers. I will be at a conference Monday-Wednesday...local, thankfully, so I can escape to the comfort of home and avoid inadvisable amounts of alcohol consumption with coworkers. There is an election night function on the conference calendar for Tuesday which I might attend if my meetings go long and the weather is grim and I can't face the bus ride home without a drink. Regardless the evening will include couch + cats + spousal unit + PBS + mint tea.
posted by esoterrica at 10:52 AM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Why aren't you already toking 24/7?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:28 AM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'll be at my mom's Tuesday night per our usual scheduled time. We will both be avoiding the pundantry (she'll complain that there's nothing on.) I may get brave and see if I can figure out how to connect her old video player to the cable box and see if we can pop in an old tape of something. Dread tackling the technology but I figue it's some kinda salvation from the election results.

I figure it will take a call to her cable company and I'll be doing a good deed to the poor souls there who are fielding calls from frantic viewers who cannot get their cable working.
posted by mightshould at 11:30 AM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


I will be working until 11pm CST and won't have access to a TV. I'll have my iPad open to Metafilter for sure and will probably switch between that and Twitter to see what's happening. No need for me to stream video at work (uses data anyways)....any other good sites for me to keep an eye on?
posted by MultiFaceted at 12:09 PM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Because of this thread, our family decided on tacos for Tuesday night dinner. Thanks, MetaFilter!
posted by selfmedicating at 1:06 PM on November 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


Packing for a trip.
Fixing a laptop to bring with me.
Downloading music/video/ebooks for the trip.
Watching Anime.

Ignoring the election until a winner is announced (possibly the next morning).
posted by evilDoug at 1:19 PM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


I just suggested Taco Tuesday to Mr. Sunny. He rolled his eyes at me, ha!
posted by annsunny at 4:03 PM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Eating Wieners in a blanket and drinking champagne in suffragette white with my closest girlfriends and the very lucky men we're allowing to join us. Last night one of them called the other a pussy in front of me, and I cackled and said "Four more days of that, and then you'll have the matriarchy to deal with." They scoffed...but I could tell they were scared. Muahahaha.

Everyone who is voting on Election Day, Joe Biden asked me to tell you to make a plan! Don't leave it til the last minute!
posted by sallybrown at 5:37 PM on November 5, 2016 [4 favorites]


My son, my cousins kids, and i are going to a watching party at my friend's with some people from work. The kids are all following it obsessively from up here in Canada and my friend, the host, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of US politics.

Hoping the kids witness the US electing the first woman president, not the ascent of a fascist leader, but either way they stay up till the final results like we do for Canadian elections.

Sending you all the best wishes, friends to the south!!!!!
posted by chapps at 5:53 PM on November 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


My plan is to go to the Seattle Stranger's election night party, and possibly party-hop to the big party the state Dems have at a downtown hotel as well, with some friends. And then a bar in my neighborhood is having an election night party, so I may end the night there depending on how festive or apocalyptic things are.

I originally, of course, planned to get a bit off my face, as seemed appropriate given the high stakes. But I work for an international organization, and it was decided someone had to be available to deal with questions at the beginning of the day in Europe (i.e., midnight in Seattle) and for some reason I volunteered for that. So I'll only be a bit tipsy. Unless she (oh please gods) pulls ahead early in which case all bets are off.

But basically: I know I will not be able to tune it out and there is no way in hell I am going through this alone.
posted by lunasol at 5:57 PM on November 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


In 2008 I was optimistically buying a bottle of champagne. The man in front of me was also buying champagne and then added a bottle of whiskey. Just in case he said.
posted by InkaLomax at 6:25 PM on November 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


As I said in the election thread, I will be seeing my Gynecologist at the time the election results are announced here. I expect to become full of dread and horror in the waiting room.
posted by daybeforetheday at 1:00 AM on November 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


I already voted (Louisiana. I know. ). I live in the U.K., so I'll come home from work, have a snack, then put on my onesie and have a nap in preparation for the long night ahead.

At 11pm I'm making espresso martinis and we're watching BBC coverage til the morning. Then I'm planning to have the first night (well, day - I have the day off!) of restful sleep I've had in a while.
posted by mgrrl at 3:54 AM on November 6, 2016 [4 favorites]


We'll be in Savannah and my Canadian husband insists we find a bar with people who are, shall we say, not blue state enthusiasts, to watch the results with. Mostly because he wants to see their faces when they lose. As a native Southerner, I do not want to do this. I'd rather find a safer space.
posted by Kitteh at 4:20 AM on November 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Monday, November 7, is the 100th anniversary of the first woman --- Jeanette Rankin of Montana --- being elected to Congress. It'd be nice if we celebrate that with something special on the 8th....
posted by easily confused at 4:24 AM on November 6, 2016 [5 favorites]


We are going to our dear friends house to have dinner and watch it together. I am bringing "Meaningful Climate Change Legislation Slaw" as my dish to pass. It will be crunchy and substantive.
posted by mcstayinskool at 11:20 AM on November 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Voting as soon as the polls open then off to work (I have a feeling it won't be a very productive day). Hoping my Trumpist coworker is out of the office this week, I'm stressed enough as it is.
posted by photo guy at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm going to a party at the Somerville for Hillary office. I may also be busking somewhere in Davis, if'n you're in the Greater Boston area...
posted by pxe2000 at 3:19 PM on November 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


I stupidly signed up for a six week fitness/food challenge starting 11/8, so my plans have changed in execution but not in principle: I'll be running to vote after work, dying in a krav maga class after that, than going home and making/eating (tortilla-less) tacos while wearing my Nasty Woman shirt (designed by one of mefi's own), and trying not to stress eat everything in sight as I await the results.

(Original plans included no exercise, more booze, and an "I'm with her" themed cake to either eat in victory or cry into in horror - the reactions will still be there, but without the cake part.)
posted by firei at 5:24 PM on November 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


Mine has been confirmed – I will be spending election night in Paris with a bunch of Americans I've never met IRL. The all-nighter is hosted by Democrats Abroad.

I figured I'm not going to get any sleep anyway, and I'll feel so much better celebrating (knock on wood) with people who are also directly affected and have a stake in Clinton's success. Note: the event is not limited to US citizens.
posted by fraula at 1:37 AM on November 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm going to put my name in for the daily rush ticket lottery for Hamilton in Chicago. My dream is to spend the evening watching the show instead, and that the election gets called by the time it's over so I get to hear the announcement during the curtain call. With maybe an encore celebratory song from the cast.
posted by dnash at 8:21 AM on November 7, 2016 [4 favorites]


Bottle of Hill Farmstead Everett I've been saving, and then possibly a 3-year vertical of Bourbon County Stout. If I'm still vertical after that, other intoxicants (I mean, other intoxicants regardless, but more if I'm still vertical).
posted by Gaz Errant at 8:52 AM on November 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


Liquor. Earplugs. Benadryl and melatonin. In that order.
posted by Splunge at 2:31 PM on November 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have a bottle of nice mescal I'm planning to crack.
posted by contraption at 5:12 PM on November 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


With some bad hombres and my suchadirty woman, bringing a basket of deplorables...nachos & beer. And a sparkling wine ftw.
posted by artdrectr at 11:36 PM on November 7, 2016


I have class from 6pm to 9pm

My prof worked with Kaine for many years and most people in my class work with the governor. It will be super exciting to receive the news with them.
posted by Tarumba at 6:52 AM on November 8, 2016


I had a tooth extracted this morning and just got back home. Election Night will likely go by in a blur of gauze and weapons-grade analgesics.
posted by magstheaxe at 7:41 AM on November 8, 2016


Going to a warehouse event "Smash Arcade :Electoral Catharsis" put on by some friends. Pretty much what it sounds like ,destroying things with hammers. Might relieve some of the stress.
posted by boilermonster at 9:05 AM on November 8, 2016


Over here in Greece, we have champagne chilling that we hope to open at the appropriate time, and we're also eating what I'll call GrexMex* in honor of all the taco trucks we'd love to have, but don't.

*tortillas with souvlaki, tomato, avocado, strained yogurt, red beans, and Kasseri cheese
posted by taz (staff) at 10:16 AM on November 8, 2016 [6 favorites]


I'm lurking at home all day pretty much, being around for our loose all-hands-on-deck day along with the rest of the crew, while LobsterMitten and restless_nomad split up formal Mod On Duty shifts and frimble attempts to fit a weird sleep schedule around being in Austria so they can help keep an eye on the server during the height of the evening. There's most of a six-pack of Spaten Optimator in the fridge and some various nice whiskeys in the cabinet.

I'm killing its-early-yet energy by scrubbing the kitchen floor and putting a few coats of polyurethane on a basement stairway landing we've been trying to restore.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:44 AM on November 8, 2016


Spaten Optimator

I read that as "Spaetzle Optimizer" and thought, "they can be made better?!"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:49 PM on November 8, 2016


So, does anybody have a good mescal cocktail recipe? I'm planning to mostly drink it straight but it might be nice to have another option.
posted by contraption at 2:05 PM on November 8, 2016


I've put the baby in her Hillary onesie and shortly I'll be feeding the little McGees tacos, then hanging out online with my wine, but you guys have been admirably chill so I don't think I'm needed!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 2:11 PM on November 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


I was planning on drinking (either to drown my sorrows or to celebrate), as is customary for me on election night, but, as is also customary for me, I've drawn the short straw and have to report for jury duty tomorrow. Three days before my birthday. Four days before a large event I organize. Because me. Because 2016. Because of course.
posted by carrienation at 2:45 PM on November 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


UK here - two Bernie supporters cheering on Hillary tonight.

I'm obsessively refreshing the Grauniad liveblog, and have their Results page open. My (half-Texan) wife has informed me that she does not desire running updates unless they are particularly momentous, opting instead to face the definite result all in one go tomorrow.

Being British, couldn't donate to Hillary's campaign, so sent pizza to voting lines via 'Pizza to the Polls' instead.

(I asked my boss if, should the worst happen, I could take tomorrow off to grieve and/or plan the revolution. She replied that unfortunately, she had not the authority to sanction that, but we could certainly hold a two-minute silence.

Not that it will come to that, USA, will it?)
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 3:10 PM on November 8, 2016


Taco Tuesday for Mrs. _bah and I while we bite our nails, and posting apocalyptic disaster rock at mefimusic!
posted by es_de_bah at 8:49 PM on November 8, 2016


I had a lovely birthday with family on November 8th. My mother and I went to vote together, feeling hopeful, then we went to a movie that was more enjoyable than I expected (Doctor Strange), then other family met us for a really nice dinner at a restaurant where I indulged myself. Then the requisite, very embarrassing gift opening in front of people (which I hate, but it's not about me, right?).

But then, later, we made the mistake of turning on the television. An unusually gratifying and warm birthday turned into a sort of once-in-a-lifetime horror movie in real life. Numb and fatalistic that night, yesterday I was just sad and despairing.

And then today I made this half-assed but poignant video: I'm Not Here, This Election Did not Happen...

Thanks to those who sent me memail birthday wishes, especially wonton endangerment, who is a low-key but very giving and kind member of our community.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:11 PM on November 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


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