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15 Things About Elections in The Bahamas

It’s election season in The Bahamas. *sighs* I hate it. The first few weeks are always entertaining, but then it gets really old. And annoying. And stupid. A lot of people stop at nothing to win seats in the House of Assembly. A lot of people stop at nothing to show their undying support of their party. This time around, things are even crazier. The Bahamas has been a two-party nation for decades. Independents pretty much never win a seat. No one wants to throw their vote away on anything but an FNM or PLP candidate since one of their leaders will become Prime Minister. (Yes, we have a stupid system. A vote for a party is a vote for the leader of the country.) Here’s the kicker for this election season: A new political party was just started last year. The DNA. Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em. No one knows what will happen, but most people expect them to serve in splitting up the votes (for the two main parties), and that’s about it.
Here are a few points to get your familiar with what things are like in The Bahamas right now:
  • There are at least 3 rallies per week. A rally is an outdoor event held by a political party with food, drinks, entertainment, and addresses to the crowd from various MP’s. The entire crowd dresses in the political party’s colour/t-shirt.
  • People have flags on their cars, letting everyone know who their preferred party is.
  • Posters are on every single lamp pole with the faces, names, and party symbol/name of the candidates for the constituency/area the lamp pole is in.
  • The newspaper and tv news is full of stories on the last rally, memorable points from “speeches,” and party members complaining about what other parties have said, or twisting words to fool the people.
  • Every single radio talk show is about the upcoming election. They usually have a guest (running for a constituency), and take callers.
  • Business take advantage of the season as much as possible. For example, Domino’s has a $12.99 large rally pizza special. The red (FNM) is pepperoni and roasted red peppers, the gold (PLP) is pineapple and ham, and the green (DNA) is green peppers and barbeque chicken.
  • There are super long radio ads for parties.
  • There are giant stupid signs on roundabouts for ALL (including tourists) to see, posted by the current opposition, highlighting the number of murders the country has seen in the past 5 years (political term).
  • People are making t-shirts out of every possible soundbite or joke made by the current Prime Minister (who is very much a comedian). At rallies, DJ’s tend to play soundbites during the speeches which break up the monotony, and the speaker carries on. A few months ago, the PM was speaking, and the soundbite “Are you serious?!” said by a young woman was played. The PM responded, “DEAD SERIOUS!” The crowd went wild. We are still not over it. The man is hilarious.
  • People make reference to elections by mistake. My aunt told me about her pastor speaking to the church. He said, “It’s unbelievable!” The church responded, “It’s unthinkable!” It wasn’t until later that day that he was reminded of the “It’s unbelievable! It’s unthinkable!” soundbite used by the opposition. Yes, this is how far it has gone. The CHURCH.
  • Candidates actually go door-to-door to speak with their constituents. Sometimes, they send canvasers in their place, but they know that it is in their best interest to personally visit constituents. They take flyers and goodies with them in attempt to win votes.
  • People play both sides. They wear the right colour shirt for the right visitor. They use their “support” to get money, jobs, and other favours.
  • Decisions to support a party often puts man-against-man, grandmother-against-grandson, mother-against-daughter. Many families have historically voted one way, and expect no one – not even new generations – to change that.
  • People of opposing parties yell at each other, belittle one another’s party leaders, throw jeers, etc. All in the name of party loyalty and “fun”.
  • Election tourism. I didn’t know it existed until my brother met visitors from Canada. “We come here every 5 years for this! It’s awesome! You guys are so into it! You wear all your colours and everything. We’ve got all our colours. There’s a new green one now too, right? We have that too.” The couple has the time of their life, listening to all the talk shows, attending the crazy rallies, etc. They LOVE it. THAT, to me, is HILARIOUS.
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2011 Blogging in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I just would like to note that it would take over 200 buses (in Nassau, Bahamas) to carry that many people. I’d also like to note that there were not 5,700 people viewing my blog. Just 5,700 views. Lol. But I guess it’s more exciting to think about train loads? Hahaha. Anyway, not a bad (almost) year of the bloggin’ thing, right? 🙂 Thank you for you views and your comments.

What You Don’t Understand About Bikers (via writer’s block)

YEAH! What she said!
*polishes bicycle*

What You Don't Understand About Bikers 1. If you hit us with your car, we die. You, on the other hand, probably won't. You're safely in your car, and when you don't give us enough space, our lives are actually in danger. So play nice. Uh, also…I love my bike almost as much as you love your child. I mean it. That thing's my baby. If you endanger my life, or the be … Read More

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Cinnamon Roll Pie (via Summer of Pie)

This looks waaayyy too yummy not to share! I want to make it nooowww.

Cinnamon Roll Pie Y2, Week Five: Summer Was So Yesterday Pie Spring in southern Wisconsin is maybe best described as bipolar. It isn't so much a period of pleasant, mild weather as it is a violent lurching between winter and summer until one of them (hopefully summer) sticks. Just a couple of weeks ago we had a 95° day immediately followed by a day with lows cold enough to bring on frost warnings. Only the foolish and uninitiated put away their winter clothes, and … Read More

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30 Days of Truth (via We’re Jumpin)

I’m sooo in! I love these little daily thingies! I’m gonna start tomorrow. That’s not procrastinating. I’m just trying not to post 1,467,578 times today. You’rrre welcommme!

30 Days of Truth Tomorrow starts my new Challenge! 30 days of Truth is about bringing out the best in yourself. Also, to let people see the "real" you through what you write. For thirty days I will write about myself, I will dig deep and I hope you can start this journey with me. 30 days of Truth; Are you ready!? Day 01 – Something you hate about yourself. Day 02 – Something you love about yourself. Day 03 – Something you have to forgive yourself for. Day 04 – So … Read More

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Yes, I Garden In A Bag! (via Life by SaJe)

I was juuust saying I wish I could have a garden. I live in a little apartment, and it doesn’t come with an extra piece of earth. This provides a great alternative. I can have some pretty lil things to add life to my VERY WHITE apartment, and possibly grow some herbs. Winning all around! I’m excited! I hope I have some extra cash really soon to order one or two of these kits. I think they’d make pretty awesome gifts too. I’ll do a test order to see how long it takes for them to get in, and see what happens. *does excited little happy dance*

Yes, I Garden In A Bag! I was never known for having a green thumb or being able to keep anything green, green. Knowing that I lack the skills to keep any living creature besides myself alive, I still am hopeful. I try to buy plants once in a while and keep them alive. My new project is a fun one, not only I'm trying to keep something alive I'm actually growing it from scratch!!! The motivation behind the new green project was this "Garden-in-a-bag" kit from Potting She … Read More

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Nutrition tips for a healthier diet (via Running For Pizza)

I’m all for eating. Enjoying food. For every second that it lasts. I don’t think eating is supposed to be stressful. We should eat what we like. At the same time, we should respect our bodies. Know when we’ve had enough. Know what the body needs, without leaving it to YELL AT US LIKE THIS. I can deal with a guideline or two, but that fanatical finger-wagging eat-exactly-this-much-of-this-and-that-much-of-that and use-a-measuring-cup-plus-scale-plus-calculator-at-every-meal is not my style. This article is realistically helpful. I appreciate it. Thought you might too.

FOOD IS NOT THE ENEMY!

EAT! And BE HEALTHY!

Eat a rainbow. Fruits and vegetables are a wide range of beautiful colors for more reason than to make the produce section look pretty. All the colors represent different vitamins and nutrients. So, if you eat a whole bunch of different colors, you'll get all your vitamins straight from the source. Fill up on water first. Often times we feel tired or hungry when we're actually just thirsty. Water fills you up and helps lube up your intestines so … Read More

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