One of the advantages of wrangling databases for a living is that feeling of power when you finally have all the tables built, all the relationships defined, all the data slurped in (the easy way for voter histories, a stack of CDs, or the hard way for tax assessor data, scraped off teh Interwebz). Then you sit back, enjoy a tall cool one, and type in queries and watch your screen fill up with results. This must be what it feels like if you're on the inside. Seeing and knowing. It took more than a month, late nights and lunch hours, but it's done.

Now, it only remains to write a few queries to spit out optimized walk lists for the seven days of my vacation.

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