For the next two weeks, I will not be actively campaigning. It’s been a busy summer with over 1,000 doors knocked on, and only a few days off, and I need a break. Labor Day is the traditional start of the fall campaign season and most people don’t really start paying much attention until October anyway.
This will allow me some time to catch up on some of the little things that have been neglected in the whirl of the campaign. Little things like filing my tax returns and filling out the NYS Campaign Finance forms. I’m not sure which is more painful!
The Financial Disclosure Law kicks in if you raise or expend more than $1,000 on a political campaign in a calendar year. While a caucus campaign can be run for just under a grand, there is no way to run a decent General Election Campaign on less than $3,000. Contributions are welcome!
Other mundane chores that need to be accomplished are getting another haircut, vacuuming the pool before it turns back into the Green Lagoon, and buying some new shirts to replace the ones that were destroyed by my petition pens leaking all over the pockets!
Among the more pleasurable chores will be taking my daughter Corinna back to start her junior year at Boston University. My son, E.T. started his college career last week at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Due to the pressure of the petitioning, I did not make the trip, but he was ably escorted by his sister and mother. (It would have been my third trip to Wittenberg this year if I had gone!) E.T. is not one for sentimental goodbyes, anyway. Once he was all moved in to his dorm room, he told his mother, “You can leave now!”
When Corinna goes back to school, I will truly have an empty nest for the first time in 27 years. That might take a little getting used to, but with a busy fall ahead, I may not notice it until November!