"So, here's how it happened..."
I got a call from our county party chair last night. The Clinton campaign had offered us 10 tickets. Did I want to go? Well, yeah! History in the making and all that. So I called Diane Hamby (after calling around trying to find a sitter on short notice), and she hadn't managed to get tickets so we got her and her campaign manager and an intern and I on the list. Sweet!
Then I spoke with the campaign and made sure I could do video and pics and all...yep.
Diane gave me a ride. She explains on the way that it's a "Conversation with Maya Angelou"!!!!! I didn't know that. I think I actually squealed with delight, and immediately called my girlfriend back home who turned me on to Ms. Angelou years ago.
We get there, and we're on the VIP list. The "lets get you folks out of the sun and then seat you first" list. I get first row, decide the tripod will work out better in aisle second row, and set up.
Some folks who had also taken seats in the first row were asked to move, I think the campaign slipped on having to reserve those seats for a certain contingent that was being flown in....These 'supporters' refused to move for the poor stressed out field director. I was happy he remembered me and let me stay there, with camera, and I helped him to keep more folks from filling those seats they needed (they also made fun of his name! which I totally empathize with). I tried to put it to them that if truly they loved the campaign and wanted the best for it, they should consider doing as they'd been requested to....but it was a no go. Oh well. I understand them not wanting to move, I didn't want to give my spot on the rope to greet Hillary to Diane, but Diane is a candidate and I'm not and that's what I had to do for the party. I had my little pout and got out of the way.
Anyhow...Maya Angelou comes out (after the campaign does this nifty texting to win an intro with Hillary bit) and she sings a line and my heart fills up....my, she is beautiful.
The conversation was terrific, certainly better than that debate :) I'll get the video up as soon as I can. I have to work on what I'm going to say at our convention for Jim Neal tonight....I'll get some pics up though on MySpace and/or Facebook or something....and more when Diane sends me the ones I took with her camera.
...and Sunday I will get to see Sen. Jean Carnahan!!! right at our HQ!!!
Something started with that Straw Poll....that's still got me ramping up and up and up!
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