The Weekly Smile for the 17th of February, 2020 #weeklysmile


Sorry this is so late today.  I may need to change the times for the Weekly Smile – Monday mornings are super busy.

At first I had a hard time coming up with the smile today.  It was a very busy week that went by in a blur, and nothing stood out.  At least at first glance.

But thinking back there was one thing.  Something that I totally forgot about for my Coffee Share post.

I live in New Hampshire.

Any ideas yet?

Does “first in the nation” ring any bells?

Yes, I voted in the first in the nation primary to pick nominees for the presidential election in 2020.  Sure, Iowa comes first, but they are a caucus, not a one-for-one “real” vote with an in private, you choose on a paper ballot, your first vote is good no matter what election.

This was an odd election cycle.  I only met one candidate.  I only attended a few house parties or other meetings.  I was away last weekend so I did not have the opportunity to see all of the candidates several times over (the wife of one candidate left a long, rambling message on my answering machine inviting me to a very small, intimate meeting with the candidate…  I think he got almost 1%.  I think they wanted to have at least two voters ;) )  My favorites dropped out early.

Oh well.  NH is going to have a smaller impact this year than it has ever had before.  Far, far smaller.

But I am glad that I voted!

My smile this week was voting in the “first in the nation primary”.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

35 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 17th of February, 2020 #weeklysmile

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, I’m very grateful for it – It is what living in a democracy is all about. Doesn’t matter if your candidate is a shoe in or a million in one long shot, it’s the vote that is important :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m a firm believer that if you can vote, you should. Of course I know some people can’t, some like you because they are still citizens of other countries, and there are other valid reasons, but it is important to me that even people with different opinions than mine need to get out there and vote….

      I’ll be by to see your smile in a few minutes – ice cream sounds good :)


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is important and so disregarded. They say over 100 million people here did NOT vote in 2016. Amazing – they have the right and in some ways obligation, yet they don’t take advantage of it….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do like to vote and get a smile out of it, even when my vote “doesn’t count”, either because nobody else will choose the candidate or because every other person has. I really believe my vote DID count, because if every felt their vote didn’t count then it would all fall through…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Our election cycle is odd… This, of course, is not the presidential election, this is just the major parties electing who they will put into the presidential elections, which is in November. And being “first int he nation”, they spend a lot of time here and I’ve met three presidents, two first ladies, more congressmen, senators and governors than I can count just because I live here and take interest….. Also, each party and each state has its own rules for “primary” season.

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