A Single Southern Guy In America

December 30, 2003

The Campaign Train

Well, I suppose I best get back to at least once daily posting before my old long lost brother de-links me for not saying anything.

That being the case, I'll bring you a quick update from the campaign trail.

We ended up with six people at our homebase last night. My wingman and I grabbed some beer on the way home and along with several other folks crashing in the area we drank a few beers and discussed the campaign for about an hour before turning in for so much needed sleep.

Today was hectic as usual. I spent most of the day reaching out to key contacts in our area of the campaign and trying to arrange one-on-ones with them and the Candidate. We have an event with a dignitary coming up in a couple of weeks that I have been tapped to identify key functions for him to attend during his visit to the state. To that end, I visited by phone with one of our regional field offices several times, had a quick meeting with scheduling and our communications/policy shop folks. We are fortunate to have almost two weeks to plan this operation out.

I lunched with two volunteers and two other folks from my shop at an Indian restaurant. I had never sampled Indian cuisine before and I'd say it is unusually unusual for this southerner. In any event, the two volunteers have been here at the headquarters 8-5 the past few days making phone calls, canvassing, and generally helping out in any way that they could. Ironically, they are from Southern California and stopped here to help in New Hampshire to help the campaign here while they were en route to see the gentleman's brother off to Iraq in Maine.

It continues to amaze and uplift me to see the people who are arriving daily from all over the country to help out in the campaign. There is a young married couple staying at my homebase; they drove in from Tennessee and are spending their vacation here volunteering. The Candidate is inspiring people from everywhere to show up and take part in an effort to make our country a little better place.

We have a visibility event in the morning at 7 a.m. If you are wondering what a visibility event is I'll tell you. It is simply when a large group of volunteers deploy to one or several locations across the state to make a graphic display of support for the Candidate to the public. We'll be waving campaign and home-made signs (home-made is my favorite), and banners of course. I don't look forward to the cold temperatures, but I can't wait to get out there and do some good old fashioned electioneering.

Tomorrow night, a local supporter has opened her home to a New Year's Eve party for all the stuff and features her jacuzzi and a an open invitation to crash there. My first priority for extra-campaign activities tomorrow will be to watch the Arkansas-Missouri game in the Independence Bowl (care to make a wager Yeti?).

I look forward to the care packages that should be arriving in the next few days from some friends and family. Some of my fellow bloggers have even helped me out with the tip jar, you know who you are, and I am forever grateful; keep your phone with you tomorrow.

Posted by Adam H at December 30, 2003 10:38 PM ~ Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (0)

You know you weren't included in that. I wasn't sure how much exposure you wanted considering I might be mocking certain Democratic presidential candidates.

Posted by: TheYeti at December 31, 2003 12:30 AM

you were in Tennessee, and you didn't contact me?..that's it...you're off my Christmas Card list..

Posted by: Eric at January 2, 2004 04:26 PM

No, Eric, I wasn't in Tennessee. Some folks from Memphis drove up here and were volunteering.

Oh, and how did I not make the Christmas card list theis year?

Posted by: Adam at January 3, 2004 09:28 AM
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