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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Night Texts Between Strangers

Posted by on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

The story comes from The Stranger's own Renee, who writes:

In 2008 I was at the Showbox for the election and I received a random text of excitement. I saved this on my phone for four years, it became the oldest thing on my phone and sort of a great story to tell people and show them. To me it summed up the spirit of the elections that year. Strangers/citizens coming together and voting with conviction and rising up to celebrate that win. (Please forgive the horrible texting shorthand on my part, I had it was difficult to celebrate and text at the same time.)


So, my long-term hope was that four years would pass and Obama would run again and Obama would win and I could hopefully talk to that same person again. I never talked to them in the intervening years. Until last night...



Anyway, that is all. It just made me really, really happy that I could talk to a wrong number about how excited and hopeful we were. That accidental exchange was a highlight of both elections for me. That is all.

Thank you, Renee!


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thanks. i <3 this.
Posted by northaxe on November 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
yelahneb 2
That Is Beautiful. Thanks Renee!
Posted by yelahneb on November 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this
merry 3
That is fantastic! Thank you for sharing this sweet synchronistic moment!

(I've just given up on eyeliner today - I can't seem to stop the happy tears... :-)
Posted by merry on November 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Danger 4
Now kiss...
Posted by Danger on November 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
That's fuckin' adorable.
Posted by ogbog on November 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Love this story.

Side Note - If you add about 15 pages of monologue, a phone interview, and two instrumental tracks from The Album Leaf, this could totally be Act II on an episode of This American Life.
Posted by j.lee on November 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Sheree 7
Posted by Sheree on November 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Posted by zimbo on November 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
Who would have imagined AT&T would still be in business four years later?

Better reception too.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Dougsf 10
"Who is this?" is my favorite response for any and all texts I receive that contain sentiments heartfelt, remorseful, or anything of an extremely personal nature. I'm not enough of a dick to let it ride for more than a few minutes, but I'm terrible enough to think it's funny.
Posted by Dougsf on November 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Sweet story!
Posted by LMcGuff on November 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Posted by david2611 on November 8, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
I loved sweet :)
Posted by CraftyGal1965 on November 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM · Report this
So Cameron (a male, I assume) sends an all caps "I love you" to his older brother because a black president was elected?

My assumption is Cameron is an older black male who has an older brother that was on his death bed in 2008 and was happy he got to see a black president elected before he passed.

Or his older brother is gay and had recently come out to Cameron so Cameron wanted to reaffirm that he loved his brother no matter his lifestyle choice and that Cameron assumes his brother must be happy a president who believes in equality was elected in 2008.

While my brother (14 years older than me) and I are close, we rarely send I love you texts except for in the case of family deaths, or impending serious weather events. Maybe Seattle is different!

Do others have thoughts on the scenario taking place between Cameron and his older brother?
Posted by aclark19 on November 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM · Report this
I'm calling bullshit. In early November 2008 we had iOS 2.1, at best.

Battery percentage was added as a feature first seen on the…, which was released in June 2009.

I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think iOS 2 used the location services icon, either.
Posted by Not buying it on November 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
So the movie version will star Jason Segel and Rachel McAdams, right?
Posted by Southern Beale on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM · Report this
made me laugh and cry. good times.
Posted by ng53 on November 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM · Report this
How cute!
Posted by Patricia Kayden on November 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Awwww. Hooray to western civilisation. A friend from Kochi, India forwarded this link to me. I checked email on American Airlines AA309 from Chicago O'hare to San Jose. The gogo wifi in the sky is wonderful.

Rombha Nanri Kunju
Posted by Ocean Fifty on November 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Isn't it possible that she could've voted Romney?
Posted by dunderball on November 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
So are you gonna meet him?
Posted by Ria on November 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Renée Krulich (Nay) 22
@9 Hah! Well, arguably I was wandering about through the Showbox and downtown Seattle where there are a few dark holes in 2008 and this year I was in one place with a solid signal. But yay for signal boost anyway.

@15 Not bullshit. I took the screen shot on election night this year, so it's the current iOS, obviously. I kept the original messages in the text queue. I didn't really want to keep a screen shot in my images for four years.

@19 Awesome! :)

@20 Possible, but no, I did not.

@21 Maybe?

I'm glad people enjoyed this as much as I did.
Posted by Renée Krulich (Nay) on November 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
I want these two to meet!! If there isn't a romantic spark there, you two need to be best friends!!! Then blog about it... :P (Ok, so that part isn't as necessary, but I'd follow that blog)
Posted by breezyt22 on November 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
this is so amazing!! I couldn't hold back the tears. What a touching and truly human moment of pure connection.
OH WAIT, no it isn't! Strangers (from the same area code) were able to fumble through an accidental digital interaction for a few lines of text message because they have something in common, being two people in a pool of (at least) 52 million who were happy with the 50/50 outcome of the most prominent event in the entire nation!!!!
Posted by theomonk on November 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
So if you kept the original text in the queue, that means you've had the same phone for four years. You do know you're eligible for an upgrade, right?
Posted by stevensnell on November 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM · Report this
Can you guys please meet??
Posted by Sasha571 on November 9, 2012 at 7:08 AM · Report this
Renée Krulich (Nay) 27
@25 I am currently on my third phone as I upgraded the original and then totally smashed that one running to catch a bus. I also missed the bus. *sad face* Your messages transfer with phone upgrades, just back it up and you're good to go.
Posted by Renée Krulich (Nay) on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
posted on "The Stranger"
irony ftw
Posted by 123456789 on August 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this

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