Everything in the voting station I went to was … blue and white (right up to the envelop). I asked the head of the station if this wasn’t illicit free plugging of Blue & White. He thought I was joking (which I was).
Election day is a day free from work for most employees, we are told. However, I heard that many stores in Jerusalem were open. That was not forbidden as long as the workers are paid double salary. I guess that in the open stores, the bosses themselves served the public.
Many bus drivers worked. As a passenger, I found it a pleasure. Most buses were not for free, though. Mostly intercity buses were. But if you were in Tel Aviv and wanted to go vote in Jerusalem, you still had to pay two tickets to & fro your intercity bus, and also one or two in Jerusalem. That’s not really a free ride at all.
Even the computers at the Postal Bank got a free day. Money that should have come in from outside of the country didn’t although it’s a fully automated process. And — of course — the desperate telemarketers of the failing Jerusalem Post did call me (they call every day). They probably have no money to pay them and 200% of zero is still zero.
Many worried about the costs of the elections. I say: more people voted than the previous time and they spent more money — good for the economy. Let’s do this more often — at least, as long as we don’t have a free Sunday. Even if it’s not as free as air.
Through the day, evening and night, the media had so much to cover. From all the contradictory reports we can conclude that at least some of the politics mentioned were fact-free.
Many went to the beach or nature reserves. For some that was instead of voting — it’s a free country. But the PM even let us know that free sex was not the goal of the day. But many combined business with pleasure. I would like to hear apologies from all the politicians who berated the public for not valuing enough their democratic right to vote.
In prison, voting was high. That was instead of going on day trips because, contrary to popular belief, their election day wasn’t a day to go free.
I fully enjoyed, and with me no doubt all the trees of the world, to see the streets free from posters, banners and pamphlets dealing with the elections. The few SMSes we got were much better.
Please, be one of those who’s lighthearted about it all. We know it’s all so serious but we don’t have to demonstrate that insight by arguing or stressing about the results. May we all have a calm new year, free of stress, hatred, competition, slander, panic, despair, arrogance, etc.