A Georgia man claims he managed to last over a week without finding out who won the presidential election.
Artist Joe Chandler was so fed up with the political system that he opted out of going to an election night party and went to bed instead. When he woke up, he felt so at peace that he decided not to look at the results until the afternoon.
“I was invited to an election party to stay up into the night with everybody gnawing their nails, hanging on and I thought, oh there has to be a better way,” Chandler told his local Fox affiliate.
By the afternoon however, he still did not want to know — and those few hours turned into days.
“Having subtracted myself from this political fracas and all of the mayhem of the digital media, I kind of found the center of the cyclone, it is very peaceful in my bubble of ignorance,” Chandler explained.
While it may seem impossible for most of us to have avoided the results, Chandler explained that he works from home and has avoided social media, televisions, and newspapers. When he leaves the house, which he says is not that often, he wears headphones and a sign around his neck asking people not to burst his bubble.
“I don’t know who won and don’t want to. Please don’t tell me,” the sign reads. He stated that people, so far, have been very respectful of his decision.
Chandler’s daughter has kept him up to date with some things happening in the world, like the fact that there are protests happening — but has not told him which side is behind them.
When it comes to which side he was rooting for, Chandler has stated that he did have a “huge preference of the regime that I was hoping we would avoid,” but that he was not a fan of either. He did not elaborate on which “regime” he feared the most.
Though it is cozy inside his bubble, Chandler realizes that he cannot avoid the results forever. He has expressed interest in having someone bring him a box of balloons, similar to a gender reveal party, and have the color of the corresponding winner float out upon the unboxing.
“I am almost ready for somebody to put me out of my misery, but when they do, I have a feeling I might be stepping back into a world of even more misery,” Chandler told the Today Show.
“All I wanted to do is give myself 24 hours of blissful ignorance,” he said.