So it’s not just a cold. I have acute bronchitis again. According to my doctor, in that I’m foreign born and not use to the damp climate in England, I’m highly susceptible. I know, lucky me for getting it twice in one year.
In any event, I’m spending a lot of time at home as the coughing has intensified and is a bit much when I go out. So thought I’d go through the last few boxes that I haven’t sorted since the move to London. Within one were documents from University. Why I still have some of them is a wonder, but the treasure within was my honors thesis document titled: Race as an Issue in the Race for the Senate: A Comparative Analysis of Media Coverage of the 1984 Helm-Hunt and 1990 Helms-Gantt Senate Campaigns. Almost 80 pages long, it’s a real thriller. Ok, maybe not a real political thriller, but I’m still proud of it as it is well written and it is based on my own original research and analysis. Heck, I had to hire someone to code the articles in my sample and then learn SPSS to mine the data. Thus, it makes me feel nostalgic for the days when I was consumed by American politics.
Oh don’t get me wrong, I still pay attention to what is happening in Washington. In fact, I spent many hours this past Tuesday watching the election coverage on CNN. However, it’s not the same when you are in a foreign country. Back in the US I could flick between the networks and cable stations covering the election. Here it’s just CNN and a bit of the BBC. Oh well! I suppose it’s better than nothing. More importantly, I’m glad to see that the Democrats were able to capitalize and actually win back the Congress. So here’s hoping they don’t squander the opportunity.