Have started another exterior house painting project (hoping to complete it before election day — because I could be quite busy after that). After giving a talk at Oberlin College a number of years ago, a professor there referred to me as a “cock-eyed optimist.” Apt. I also continue to stump on Ohio’s back roads every chance I can. Some vignettes: At a McDonald’s in Gallion, Ohio (I got the sausage McMuffin), I approached a table of older women. After passing out some campaign cards, one of the women said she was concerned about how liberal everything was getting. She had gone to Tiffin University back in the 1950s where “…cheerleader skirts were below the knees.” Quaint? Nostalgic? Or would we do well to go back to that kind of modesty in dress? I am running as a “concerned Midwestern parent” who thinks the latter might not be such a bad idea.