Counting The Beans

After an intense debate during the the weekly voting session, Rosslyn , the newly appointed officer of the ‘vote’ proceeds to put the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls to a close. This Tale is a peak into the weird but fair way residents of Bluff Street vote for changes to the rules that govern them.

“Alright sit down everyone,”  he says as he looks onto the crowd of his fellow bluffians.

“In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls,” pauses for effect, “The time for discussion has now been expired. Is there a bluffian who wishes to  call  for a vote on amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls?” he asks as Rosslyn stares into the now seated crowd.

“Marco” is heard from the back of the room.

“Is there a second?” Rosslyn eagerly awaits a second.

“Polo” is loudly hear from middle of the room.

“Great, in the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls now comes the final vote.  Everyone please remove your blind folds” Rosslyn turns to his young assistant “Clarendon please prepare the room for a vote.”

Clarendon proceeds to roll the rather large glass bottle to the center of the room and places the various size makeshift stairs along it’s side. Once he confirms the stairs are securely fashioned, he pulls the cord with his mighty elephant trunk and the large privacy curtain surrounds the voting booth.

As the room is getting prepared, the once seated crowd of bluffians begin to get up and move around the community center of the Blue House. Those that are in favor of the amendment number two point twenty two of the Bluff Scrolls begin to gather on the left side of room and those that oppose start to form a group on the right.

“Carmelo how many beans are you putting up to vote?” Othello whispers so the other group doesn’t overhear the discussion.

“I brought twenty beans with me, but I am only voting for ten in case it ends in a tie don’t want to get into a situation like last week,” Carmelo responds as he digs through his toolbox.

“Ok, well maybe only five, as I guess I lost some beans on the way over,” Carmelo shrugged as he mentally retraces his steps.

The huddled crowd around him laughs and continue to discuss with each other the number of beans each are using to vote.

“In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls we have three minutes remaining in the vote!” Rosslyn announces, glancing at his COS tablet.

In an orderly fashion bluffians on either side line up, enter the booth one at a time, and begin to insert their beans into the glass bottle. Because the bottle is slightly longer then 9 blufftons, the smaller bluffians use the stairs to assist them.

In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls we have one minute remaining in the vote,” is heard from Rosslyn as he begins to prepare the next phase.

As each bluffian cast their vote they walk, crawl, or fly back to where their associated group has formed.

In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls voting is now considered closed. Clarendon please prepare the guess” Rosslyn turns to Clarendon and nods.

“Sorry Bongo, the voting is now over”  Clarendon helps Bongo off the stairs carrying with him a fist full of beans .

With one full swing of his trunk, Clarendon pulls the cord and raises the curtain relieving the moderately filled glass bottle. As the bluffians study the bottle, Clarendon hands each group their guess paddle which consists of a finely carved white wooden sticks affixed with a chalk slate securely tied to one end. This guess paddle is a tradition of sorts for Bluff Street as it hearkens back to the of the old way of communicating and sharing ideas before Nutmeg, Bluff Street’s tech savvy squirrel, invented the Chalk Operating System, COS.

The two groups discuss privately with each other as they try to add up the numbers of beans they each contributed, as well as study the bottle get an educated idea of their guess.

In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls we shall now conclude the matter. Those that are in favor of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls please reveal your guess”

Bluffians on the left raise their guess paddle to the sky and flips it over relieving the number.
“Four hundred and twenty-nine!”  they proudly shout in unison.

“In the matter of amendment number two point twenty two of the Bluff Scrolls let the record show those in favor have guessed four hundred and twenty-six.”

“Found hundred and twenty-nine!”  the crowd yells back to correct Rosslyn

In the matter of amendment number two point twenty two of the Bluff Scrolls let the record show those in favor have guessed four hundred and twenty-NINE,” pauses slightly to make sure everyone is happy.

“Those that oppose the amendment number two point twenty two please reveal your guess”

The right side of the room, takes their guess paddle and raises it high in the air and shouts “Three hundred and Five.”

In the matter of amendment number two point twenty two of the Bluff Scrolls let the record show that those that oppose have guessed three hundred and five,”  Rosslyn states a little unsure of himself.

“Clarendon  please prepare the count,” Rosslyn motions to him.

Clarendon walks over to the glass bottle and places his trunk on the opening. With a deep breath begins to suck up every last bean like a vacuum cleaner.

Once every bean is collected he and the rest of the bluffians begins to crowd around the bean counter machine. As a spray of beans are shot into the machine, the dial counter steadily increases.

Three hundred and sixty-eight,” Clarendon writes on a notepad and hands to Rosslyn.

“In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls let the record show that the number of votes for amendment number two point twenty two of the Bluff Scrolls is three hundred and sixty-eight,” Rosslyn states as he types various numbers in the calculator app of his COS tablet.

Those on the left of the community center begin to let out various high fives among each other.

After a short pause for calculation Rosslyn clears his throat.
In the matter of amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls, the closest guess of four hundred and twenty-NINE means we bluffians have voted in favor for amendment number two point twenty-two of the Bluff Scrolls. So let it be written. So let it be done.   Thanks everyone. don’t forget Bingo starts in thirty minutes.”

As the crowd begins to file out Bongo looks down at his hand and puts his five beans away “oh well.”

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