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11/07/07

Story Behind the Story: Election Night

Election night, depending on the year, the races and the numbers, can be a mixed bag. However, it is almost always guaranteed to be interesting in some way, despite a blowout in the big races.

For me, Election 2007 was at times fun, bizarre and chaotic.

But, my election day started...in a dermatologist's office. I'll spare you the details, but I had a minor nose surgery, requiring anesthesia. After it was finished, I felt a little loopy.

I also had a live shot at the Southside Fire Department on White Bluff Road in roughly 55 minutes.

I changed and rushed to my location.

I gathered up my information, interviewed Savannah alderman Tony Thomas about his suspected polling place snafus, called the Board of Elections supervisor Russell Bridges for his response, and was ready for air.

By 5:00, I was feeling a little dizzy. So dizzy, while doing my live-shot, I forgot the date. And, almost as if I was talking to myself, tried to remember the date.

I moved on, and I am not sure many people noticed. Or, at least I hoped they didn't notice.

By 6:00, I was feeling much better. The poll workers served me up some Domino's pizza, and life was good.

My photographer and I rushed over to the Board of Elections to get Russell Bridges on camera.  While we waited, Lynn at the BOE wanted to show us where the absentee ballots would be counted.

Six elderly women were sitting at table, with big white envelopes in front of the them.

One woman says, "Don, can I ask you a question?"

I said, "Sure."

"Where are you from?" the woman asked.

"Syracuse, New York," I said.

"See, I told you," she said to the other women. "We think you are much more handsome in person than on TV," she said.

I am used to that. I think anyone who works in television is used to that comment/compliment. But the next question threw me for a loop!

"Can I ask you another question," the woman said.

"Yeah," I said.

"What size shoe do you wear?"

Huh?!

I am dead serious. The question was asked. I thought for a minute, perplexed.

"14."

"Oh," they all giggled and gasped.

"I am kidding. Size 12," I said. They all started laughing.

I chalk it up to pre-ballot counting boredom. Besides, they needed a good laugh and some lighthearted fun before they put their counting skills to use, determining the political future of a select few.

We wrapped up our election duties with a live shot from the Inn on Ellis Square, home Mayor Otis Johnson's victory celebration. Besides one city council race, the rest were blowouts for the most part, including the mayor's race.

I feel fine now, but can't stop chuckling about those absentee ballot counters.

They made Election 2007 memorable in the Logana household.

Read more of Don's blog here. Send Don an email at dlogana@wtoc.com.

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