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August 2, 2016

Final thoughts on the DNC convention

Filed under: — ecogeek @ 10:40 am

First Day Post

The best way I can think to sum up the DNC convention is that it ended as well as it could have.

I’ve already gone over the reason why we felt the need to boo at times or raise the issue of TPP by chanting and on the final night we chanted “No more war” to during war talks, to which the Hillary people chanted, “USA, USA, USA” to drown us out. (Do they want more war? Confused.)

Tuesday was a very emotional night.  It was quite a scene to witness Bernie’s brother announcing the Democrats Abroad total.  It was interesting to see how each state announced themselves, and it was kinda disappointing when they would do Hillary’s name last.  It would have been nice if they announced the winners totals last.  Another disappointing thing  was seeing the Superdelegates influence.  The worst was Wyoming where Bernie won with almost 60% and he got 7 votes to 11 Clinton votes.  I’m glad there is reform in the works, but it would have been better had they eliminated it entirely.

It was fun to be there when Minnesota’s totals were announced:  47-42 for Bernie (he won well over 60%).  There was a really good picture in the Star Tribune of our delegation during this period when we all squeezed in together, and the thing that really struck me was how diverse our delegation was.  I realize that diversity is a Democratic Party goal, but it really seems to me like the DFL takes it to a whole other level.  Very proud to be a DFLer.

Another disappointment came when Bernie moved to accept Hillary by acclamation (voice vote).  I know that she won, but it would have been nice to see a total.  Not sure why they skipped that part.

After roll-call was over a number of us walked out to the concourse, not as part of the organized walk-out, but because it was a very, very emotional time and we needed a break.  (Side note, some of the emotion came from Hillary delegates trying to force Hillary signs on Bernie Delegates.  Our co-chair at breakfast had asked for time to heal, and that’s what we needed, not bullying).  While in the concourse, R.T. Rybak came out and we had a huddle and he gave us a pep-talk.  I am struck with how kind and generous this man is.  We definitely needed it and I think quite a few of us felt better after it.

Huddle over, quite a few of us left.  We had prior engagements to get to (more on that later).  When we were leaving, we tried to go in the regular subway entrance, but were turned away and told to get tokens (SEPTA was supposed to be free for the convention).  So we cross the street to get tokens, and I’m glad that we couldn’t get on in the first entrance.  We had to walk by protesters on the other side of a fence and they were cheering for Bernie and they started cheering “Thank You” to us.  It really felt like we were a part of something bigger.  We thanked them back and headed for the train.

Wednesday, I still wasn’t feeling great about the whole process and I had family visiting in D.C.  so I took the train down to see them and see our capital.  This was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that I went.  You can see my post about that here: Facebook Post on DC Trip

When Thursday dawned I had gotten 14 hours of sleep since Sunday.  The main reason for this was that the convention goes from 4-ish to 12am-ish.  So if you want to do anything social, of which there is a LOT to do, you do it after the convention.  So we regularly didn’t get to bed until 3:30-4 and had to get up between 7:30 and 9am for breakfast.  (Next time I might get up later)

Thursday’s day of convention was more jovial than Tuesday.  Maybe it was Obama’s speech or people just had had some time to heal.  There was much joking about, though we still did our part by raising our voices when needed.  But I think it was done in a better fashion this time around.   Hillary’s speech was good.  I could have done without all of the military talk leading up to it to remind us that she is indeed a hawk.  I realize that makes some like her more, but I personally believe that we don’t need to be starting more conflicts.

I do think that with her speech, had she nominated someone other than Tim Kaine (someone who isn’t for TPP and corporate interests) she could have sewn up this election.  As it is, it will be hard for her to win.

When she does win, us Berners will be responsible for giving her a congress to help enact the changes we want to see.  We’re going to do everything we can to get progressive voices elected all up and down the ballot.

November 2, 2013

November 2nd – Seeing a Mizzou game

Filed under: — ecogeek @ 11:54 pm

I got to see a Mizzou game in person today!  It’s about time.  Nik and I had planned to do it a loooong time ago, but it never quite worked out.  I’ve been gone from Columbia for three years and now we got to go.

I also went out to see another new baby today.  Mirriam was very cute.  I have a kind of, well not quite fear, but an aversion to fresh babys…  I’m just so afraid of injuring them…

So I didn’t hold Mirriam, but I have been holding Neal more.  He’s cute.

The biggest thing today was the game.  We (Mizzou) won 31 – 3.  So my plan worked.  I had two weekends to choose from and I chose the one that they won!  It was a little chili, but totally worth it.

No picture today.  I’ve failed to edit pics, but I did take them!

August 11, 2011


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 12:20 am

Getting money right when we needed /wanted it.
Seeing what I guess was a young rabbit on the way to work.
Beautiful day.

August 10, 2011


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 12:33 am

I took a shower last night.
My bus pass still works.
Another beautiful day.
Doesn’t feel like August.
Call with home depot wasn’t as bad as I feared.

August 9, 2011


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 12:52 am

Things I am grateful for today.

Beautiful morning.
The phone call about the loan wasn’t as bad as I feared.

August 7, 2011


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 3:24 am

Got 40 dollars for the table.
Sold the table.
Grateful for my vision of my life.

August 6, 2011


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 4:20 am

Bus stopped, and traffic cooperated so that I could run across snelling without a green light.
Impressed the boss.
Got a ride home from a teammate
Beautiful night for walking to whole foods.


Filed under: ,Grateful — Tags: — ecogeek @ 4:16 am

An extra hour of sleep.
Red light kept me from missing my stop.
I don’t live in India.
The Internet.

April 9, 2011

Very nice quote

Filed under: ,Quotes — Tags: — ecogeek @ 1:14 pm

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

October 21, 2009

New Job, New Computer, Nice case.

Filed under: ,Life,Politics,Work — Tags: , , — ecogeek @ 9:54 pm

So yeah, new job.  Oh yeah, I lost my University of Missouri job.  Grant money ran out.  That was a very hectic time.

I lost my job on August 28th, 2009.  After applying like mad to every position I was remotely qualified for I finally got a job at Bright Tree and started on September 28th, 2009.  So very lucky in this economy.

This has the potential to turn out to something really awesome.  As B said, “even if it doesn’t, it will definitely make a story.”  Or something to that effect.  They just got an SIBR NIH grant for phase one.  This apparently is a message to venture capitol people to invest heavily, so this is set to blow up really soon.  (In a good way 😉   )

So, yeah, I have a new job.  🙂  It promises a definite raise at 90 days (pending performance), another at 365 days, and potentially even more when when something happens.  (I can’t say anything about it yet, you know)

One good thing: New computer!  Macbook Pro 15″

One bad thing:  Crappy Insurance.  *sigh* I sure hope we get the public option…

In related news, I just got a Speck case for my new computer (Bert by the way), I’ll have pics soon, but it’s awesome.  🙂

Completely distracted by ‘How I Met Your Mother’, done.

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