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Speer: Road observations while driving home

November 2, 2012
The Alpena News

Superstorm Sandy made the drive back from Pennsylvania this week more intense than most trips, thus Diane and I looked for distractions to lighten the mood in the car.

When our boys were growing up a popular driving game with them was counting license plates. As they grew older, and wiser, they actually would convince me to drive slowly through the parking lots of popular destinations, such as Disney World, to pad the count.

But I digress.

Instead of license plates, on the last leg of our journey home Diane and I counted presidential political signs along US-23 as our form of road weary entertainment.

Thus, I present to you our official count, so that you can make of it what you may. As with all polls these days, there certainly is a margin of error that should be factored in. And, for our purposes, we only counted signs on the right side of the road. I can't help but chuckle thinking some of you are thinking right now how appropriate that was to only count signs on the "right." But, in fairness, that was safer and easier to accomplish.

We counted signs from the minute we turned onto 23 in Standish, and ended counting at the Alpena city limits.

The final count was Romney signs 56, Obama signs 40, or a 28.5 percent margin of victory. Then again, we all know yard signs don't vote.

Certainly I won't even pretend to convince you to put any stock at all into our driving distraction. The only thing I believe they do show is that this election is an important one, and nothing - absolutely nothing - is yet determined. There has been a lot of discussion this past week of Michigan again becoming a "swing" state and maybe that's true, maybe it isn't. Here are other observations, some political, some not, that you can do with as you please:



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