This is the blog for Matt Hollingsworth. I'm from Ojai, California. I've worked in comics for 22 years as a color artist.

This blog will largely be used to show my daily life as I live in Samobor, Croatia and as I travel around the region. Lots and lots of photos! Leave me a comment, will you?

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Friday, April 18, 2008

So, wow. I FINALLY received an absentee ballot from California for a Democrat primary there. The bummer is, it's not the presidential one, which happened in early February.

I had followed the advice on the American government's website about registering to vote overseas. This just meant downloading a form and sending it in to the proper address in California. I had HOPED to vote in the primary for Barack Obama. I registered really early, like early in November. It was recommended that I do it by January 1st or something, and I did it way, way earlier than that. So I figured I was in good shape. But the ballot never showed up.

I was bummed. Obama lost California. But I gave him a lot of money for his campaign.

And now, a ballot finally shows up, but it's for some local bullshit that I don't know anything about, like city council and judges and such. I don't live there, I don't know any of this shit. But I'll probably read a bit and vote anyway so that they see I voted and make sure they give me a ballot when the November election comes.

And the ballot was addressed to "Zagrep". Hahahaha!

So, it's not just Croatia that has bullshit, slow bureaucracy. Speaking of which, we've had to give them even more paperwork and have to return to MUP yet again today. And then we'll have to go again in a few weeks. I'll have my visa eventually. Maybe by the time Obama is president.


mcn said...

Well, Dark Horse once sent me a parcel to Zagreb, Afghanistan.

Matt Hollingsworth said...

Hahahaha! Oh my god! And it arrived?

Since I moved here, I've seen Croatia called part of the former Soviet Union. I've seen them confuse Croatia and Serbia with regards to Kosovo. Americans generally just don't know where Croatia is or anything about it.

mcn said...

Yup, it arrived, after some time. Perhaps that HR-10000 prefix helped. I just couldn't never figure out what was on their mind when writing out that label.

And then there's a Jim Wheelock anecdote but I'll tell you that some other time.