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I guess my dad fled back to Cape Cod because I haven’t seen him anywhere.

But in his absence, I did convince my New Zealander friend Lucy to phone bank for the Obama campaign with me this weekend.

Lucy can’t vote, but she wants to do something. And I figured, what undecided voter could resist that Kiwi accent? We called Ohio voters and no disrespect to Ohioans but the North Carolina voters I called last week were a bit more cordial. I guess it’s the southern way.

I remember at Tulane University in New Orleans, I’d hear southern guys get in an argument and one of them would say, “F-ck all, y’all.” Kind of a more pleasant sounding way to say F-ck you, don’t you think?

Anyway, back to my mission to change America… So one of my 90 calls on Saturday was to Ohio resident Bryan Runyon. Now, I really thought Bryan and I had something special, a bit of a connection.  I was just feeling sort of a positive karmic energy even as the phone was ringing.


“Hi. Is this Bryan? My name is Kelcey and I’m calling from the Obama campaign –”

“Oh, I don’t have time for this shit.”


That is not the first time I’ve seriously misjudged karmic energy.

I have futilely tried to convince my husband Rick to phone bank for the Obama campaign. But he keeps refusing, muttering something about being an Independent and needing to preserve his journalistic integrity.

Integrity?! Have you seen Rick’s Facebook page? He has 428 Facebook friends.

I mean, the guy will be friends with anyone. He’s so easy.  Go ahead. Ask to be his friend.

Alright alright, maybe he’s just a super, friendly guy.

Um… what?

How many Facebook friends do I have?

Oh. Only 105.

And Bryan Runyan is so obviously not one of them.

mama bird notes:

Diane is the winner of the Votre Vu giveaway.  Congrats Diane!! Send your mailing address to me, Kelcey@mamabirddiaries.com and I’ll send your gift along.

30 Responses to phone bank maniac

  • Marinka says:

    I am convinced that my making calls for Hillary is what cost her the primary, so I’m staying far away from this one. It’s too important an election for me to get involved.

  • Rhea says:

    haha your husband is easy. I love it. Facebook slut, isn’t he?! haha

    I couldn’t resist a kiwi accent either. Glad your friend helped out!

  • Cathy says:

    One more week!! Just one more!! I’m so impressed with your New Zealander friend–that’s so great she made calls. I’m going to knock on doors for Obama next Saturday.

  • calikim says:

    Ohhh….its on!! I am going to send Rick a friend request right now and I won’t even tell him i know you. I actually got de-friended by an anchorer today (She is the girlfriend of a friend of mine and she just added me 2 days ago….i hope they didn’t break up!!), so I need to fill her place. HA HA.

  • stephanie says:

    Good for you Kelcey!!! I had a really nice chat with a guy who was knocking on doors for Obama. Not sure why he knocked on our door…we do have a big old Obama sign in our yard so our vote isn’t in question.

  • Bitsy says:

    I’ll be your fb friend. You need more than that!! But I’m not going to ask your husband. Although I have seen him on t.v., I don’t really feel like I know him. I’ve got fb integrity to protect.

  • kristen says:

    hehe, i’m almost tempted to friend your husband.

    you’re a good egg for working the phone bank, kelcey.

    still anxious, can’t wait until it’s over.

  • Michelle says:

    I can’t be friends with someone who is a member of the liberal media! 🙂 (I haven’t seen him on TV but I’m sure he has a liberal bias!) hehehe

  • Jordana says:

    Do you think you felt a cosmic energy with Bryan Runyon because his name is very similiar to a Brian of the past…just a random thought. BTW, how funny would it be if Bryan Runyon hears of this post and somehow contacts you. 6 degrees or something!

  • EW says:

    Unfortunately in Ohio we have many Bryan Runyons that don’t want to hear about Obama 🙁 If I get your call I’ll chat!

  • scrappysue says:

    so, within the last week, you’ve doubled the number of kiwis you know!!!!!! bryan missed out on a sweet phone conversation. i guess he’s one of the many ambivalent ones. shame

  • Jessica says:

    LOL Wow he is a super-duper Facebook slut! Dare I say hore? Or is that spelled Hoar? And is it even applicable to men? Sorry that dude hung up on y’all… then again youd’a hung up on a McCain caller wouldn’t you have?

    You should check out my latest post seeing that we are on the same political bandwagon… it’s a humorous entry that should not be taken too seriously… unless you happen to work for W… as in the magazine and NOT the prez!

  • Oz says:

    You’re so right about the accent. A Kiwi could ask me to eat a Vegimite sandwich and I’d totally do it, despite the inherent grosseness of Vegimite. Wait, is that only an Aussie thing or is it a Kiwi thing, too? Regardless, the accent could woo me to do many ill-advised things.

  • ewe_are_here says:

    I admit I generally HATE getting phone calls like this, but when Democrats Abroad called me to remind me about overseas voting deadlines, I was not only nice, but promised to remind other Americans I knew over here.

    Go Dems!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    “Fuck you” from a New Yorker is preferable to ‘Have a Nice Day’ from a Californian….when they REALLY want to say, ‘Fuck You’. I prefer ‘honesty’ to ‘politeness’. At least the guy was honest.

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