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I'm not letting this election spoil my life.

Yesterday, had a good lesson with my dulcimer teacher and he gave me a lot of homework

I had a good clinic last night. One patient, I could tell from her accent that she was from the Acapulco area. Last week I picked out a Guatemalan accent. I'm getting better at that.

DW has hit a new level of complexity in her guitar lessons and it's proving vexatious. She's just a dozen lessons beyond absolute beginner, so she's at the clumsy and awkward stage. If she sticks with it, it ought to smooth out.

And today I'm going to see Donnie Boudreaux!

With a name like that, he's got to have a southern accent. I'm glad his name isn't Donnie Bob Boudreaux or Donnie Wayne Boudreaux -- I wouldn't be able to take him seriously. It seems like half the males whose crimes I read about in the paper have the middle name Wayne. And that's way up here in the nawth.

And in a related story,

Obama's win likely wasn't a market-moving surprise. Though stocks were volatile on Wednesday (as they were Tuesday), Obama's win was consistent with polls, which were tight but largely predicted Obama winning the Electoral College. Intrade had the odds of an Obama win at or above 65% for many weeks. What's more, Tuesday's win was decisive. Markets prefer clarity, and through the end of 2012, we won't have hanging chads hanging over the market.

The 2014 Senate race structurally favors the Republicans — they have 12 seats up for election to the Democrats' 20, and at least 9 of those Dem seats are in states that are traditionally red but went blue on Obama's coattails in 2008 and 2012. Those will be tough races, and Democrats won't want to face voters who may blame them for a recession.

Those 9 vulnerable Dem senators won't want to face voters whose utility bills have skyrocketed, either, nor those who are paying $7/gallon for gasoline. Perhaps the Senate won't march in lockstep with Obama and Reid's attempts to undo the country.

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