Hanging' in the Marriott Lobby
Am luxuriating in the Marriott lobby, reading the NYT, doing the xword puzzle, people watching and watching MSNBC. Three out of the four I haven't had a chance to do since Sunday...
I also just uploaded a bunch of pix to flickr - am going to label them now...stay tuned for lots of really fun video. It's going to take me awhile to process it but I have a lot - can't wait to share it with you. Peace!
Impressions from Monday night
Up early to try to send back SOMEthing! Unfortunately posterous etc. not working the way I hoped.
okay, just stream of consciousness here..
--my main fascination (as it usually is) is what is real, what is the perception of real, what is the image of real that is presented by the media etc.. I have been taking lots of pictures and video of 'behind the scenes' stuff - but much of it is media themed: people taking pictures of each other, tv anchors getting ready for the camera, the people taking care of THEM, etc.
--lots of emotions at all times except during the tribute to Senator Kennedy; tears everywhere during the tribute then absolute joy at how wonderful he looked and sounded and seemed. General feeling was that he absolutely will be here on January 20, and beyond.
Okay I need to actually get ready for the day - I need to figure out for one thing why my posterous posts aren't making it to this blog.
Have a great day! Be sure to check out my flickr photo stream - that is where I have been successful in posting pix during the day. Video will have to come later; more time consuming. But Lon Seidman has been working hard on that stuff, check again ctgoestodenver.info.
Grace, Kerry and Me
Well, for some reason all the twitters and posts I did today have not migrated here...so I have some fixin to do...
Meantime, here is part of a blog post I wrote for the New Haven Register:
I will be at this convention with 2 friends I've known for over 40 years: Grace Guggenheim and Kerry Kennedy. Grace's father Charles directed the documentary that honored Kerry's father Robert on that difficult day in Chicago in 1968. My father, Ward, whose own great-grandfather was the Mayor of Chicago, wrote movingly about the airing of that documentary for the Washington Post. He covered both conventions that year.
Kerry is here to honor her father, Grace is here because her father's documentary is airing again and also her brother Davis did the film for Barack on Thursday. I am here also because of history, I think...My great-grandfather was a newspaper publisher who also was a delegate to the 40 and 42 conventions, my grandfather was a publisher of the same paper who also was a delegate to the 1960 and 68 conventions. My father covered both conventions in 60 and 68.
So even though I never imagined even while working for Dean that I'd ever be in this place, when you look at history it seems almost inevitable.
Okay I'm tired...off to a party (briefly) then to the only good night's sleep I'm likely to have till Friday!
Oh, please check out flickr tho - I sent a bunch of pictures there so there is at least that.
Lots of strange conversions and
Say it's so: Joe!
I am SO happy Barack picked Joe Biden. I had hoped all along that he'd be picked for all kinds of reasons but here are the main ones: (color-coded for all you who don't have time to read this whole thing:
1) name recognition
. Sorry, but it matters. He ran for president - with distinction I might add, one of the few candidates whose profiles was raised in a good way after this run anyway (I'd include Bill Richardson in that category.
2) His bio: a long-time Senator who has never had a home in DC
- takes the train home every weekend to be with his family, a terrifically smart
guy who is Chair of Senate Foreign relations and yet somehow is down-to-earth
. I can't think of a single foreign policy
wonk you can say that of, in fact quite the opposite (cit: Anthony Lake, Madeleine Albright etc.) Okay MAYBE Les Aspin. Nah not even him really even tho he was a midwest guy. Plus he's been through some heavy-duty stuff
, losing his wife and daughter to a drunk driver in 1972 just a month and a half after he was elected to the Senate for the first time. He has been married to his second wife for over 30 years. He is a class act.
Yes he speaks before he thinks sometimes, but his heart is in the right place.
3) Geography. Born in Pennsylvania, moved to Delaware -- somehow just lost Steve Martin's cadence, sorry...
There are other reasons but packing has now taken precedence over this...there will always be problems with any choice, and I can think of a few with Joe as well, but I think they make an excellent team.
In case you are wondering what the schedule of official and nonofficial offerings will resemble in Denver...
...here is the most comprehensive calendar I can find, courtesy of DemConWatchBlog, and it doesn't even BEGIN to describe the possibilties...http://www.demconwatchblog.com
Posted by email from Jennifer's posterous
2nd Delegate-related video now up on YouTube
Another test, using isight to record to imovie thence to youtube...
Have also been playing @ tonight with mogulus, blip.tv and boinx tv! (NOT what you think!)
Writing sentences like the above, I'm astounded that a) I understand them b) they would have made sense to no one 5 years ago.
To see the latest (about 1 min long) click on video link, over there>>>>>