Joe Chandler went to bed on election night not knowing if the winner was Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
“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,” he told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Chandler decided to go to sleep before results were in, intending to find out the winner in the morning.
When he woke up feeling peaceful, he decided to wait until the afternoon. Then he decided to hold off as long as possible.
“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 said.
To ensure that bubble doesn’t pop before he’s ready, Chandler has avoided newspapers, TV and the internet.
When he goes outside, he wears headphones so he doesn’t overhear any presidential news. Chandler also asks others to help him continue his ostrich-like approach to the election by wearing a sign that reads, “I don’t know who won, and don’t want to. PLEASE DON’T TELL ME.”
“I divert my gaze from newspaper boxes … I don’t venture out very often, and when I do I wear my headphones and my sign, and people have been very respectful of my decision,” Chandler told the “Today Show.”
Chandler knows his blissful ignorance can’t last forever.
As he told Atlanta TV station WXIA: “I’d like to make it to 2020, but I’ll be lucky to make it to [tomorrow],” he said.