It's been a week of electoral spectacular. Courtesy of White House Productions Inc, we've tuned into the most nail-biting US presidential election in living memory.
It kept us up way half the night (me anyway) awaiting the result in the likes of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Before this I didn't even know Michigan had a Kalamazoo.
Finally, it all built to a cliffhanger ending which is still sort of... cliffhanging.
For which blame an American electoral system which has more diverging lanes than the Sandyknowes roundabout.
The electoral college system is reasonably straightforward in itself. This year, it's been complicated by Covid and an exponential increase in postal voting.
But the process and the deadlines for votes to be counted vary widely from state to state. In a couple of states, "fear of Covid-19" isn't even accepted as a good enough excuse for asking for a mail-in vote.
While Democrats had been urging their supporters to vote by post, from early on in the election campaign Trump was raging about potential fraud.
Whether this stemmed from genuine paranoia about vote-snatching, or was just a cute strategy to fall back upon in the event of electoral defeat, isn't the primary issue.
The issue is that the lack of uniformity, in a voter mail-in system which millions were using for the first time, confused many and bolstered his conspiracy theory.
(During CNN election count coverage, anxious viewers were contacting the channel querying the constant reference to "mail votes". Why no corresponding mention of female votes, they asked).
Many of Trump's followers (and not all of them the deranged white supremacists they've been stereotyped) now feel suspicious and aggrieved.
Of course, he's encouraged that - and encouraged it dangerously, claiming that the election has been stolen from him.
There's absolutely no excuse for that claim, or for the attacks by his followers (some armed) that led to count centres having to close.
But this week's surge in rancour, resentment and distrust might have been tempered a bit by channelling more effort into electoral constancy across the states.
America put a man on the Moon. Why can't it ensure a ballot paper gets to the counting centre by polling day?
In Nevada, the result was taking so long, it looked like what had happened in Vegas was going to stay in Vegas.
Hotly disputed finishes rarely end in defeat graciously conceded, whether it's the egg-and-spoon race at school sports day, or election to leadership of the free world.
Trump has now announced he's going to court, so the angst may drag out for weeks, months, or maybe even years.
But there have been some positives. Trump has cemented his party's support among a working-class constituency that has long felt overlooked and derided by the Washington-centric political cabal.
There's a new diversity among party representatives, too, reflecting how he also polled surprisingly well among black and Hispanic voters. Much there for the GOP to capitalise on.
Within the Democratic Party, there's now a healthy bit of soul-searching about that same blue-collar working-class disenchantment.
One leading Democrat puts it this way - his party, he says, needs to speak to the workers who shower after they go to work, not just those who shower before they do.
Realistically, it was always unlikely there would be an outbreak of all-round harmony in the wake of this week's contentious clash.
But the convoluted nature of the US postal voting system served no one well.
That the count went on too long and the finish took forever fuelled even more tension and suspicion in an already volatile atmosphere.
And the drama isn't over yet.
I've never had anyone mistakenly deposit large sums of money into my account - although several Nigerian princes have offered to do so in return for my bank details.
But I'm still confident I'd notice, say, a big Covid aid payment (to which I wasn't entitled). I'd return it pronto. As would most people.
People judge by their own experience, hence such outrage over Sinn Fein's latest scandal.
I wouldn't bank on it going away.
Covid marshals, we're warned, could soon be coming to a street or supermarket near you. Tighten up that mask and stand back from the toilet rolls please.
Like many others, I wouldn't be a fan of the idea of snoops roaming our towns and cities. That said, the job does have its attractions.
If lockdown returns, it may be one of the few means of getting out and about a bit.
I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but I did feel a bit for her as results came in over the last few days (and comparisons with Biden's performance were made).
Hard to put a brave face on somebody else taking the job you always wanted. But she'll do it. She has to.
Somewhere, though, in a darkened room, I imagine her letting it all out. Hurling her own little basket of deplorables against the wall.