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Yesterday it was gloomy.  Low 50s, and drizzling.  I was doing nothing - blogging, gaming, a little procrastinating - when the phone rang.  It was a volunteer over at the Brad Miller campaign HQ, asking if I could help with a literature drop today.

I said yes, I'd be delighted to.  And a few moments after I hung up, it hit me what I'd just committed to: wandering around a strange neighborhood in the drizzle and cold.

I needn't have worried.  (continued below the fold)

The weather was beautiful today.  The sun came out, there were a few decorative clouds in the sky, and the weather was warm enough for short sleeves.

I recruited my father to help out, and we wandered around a pleasant neighborhood inside the beltline for a couple of hours, placing flyers with election information - polling places and dates - on peoples doorsteps.  I talked to several people who said they'd be voting for Congressman Miller.  I think my favorite conversation was with a young african-american gentlemen.  He did not look like the politically active type, but when I handed him the flyer he said, and I quote: "I'm votin' this time!  Last time I jus' voted for the president, but this time, I'm votin' for all of them!  Judges, congress, all of 'em!"  I suggested he visit for information on the judges, since their party affiliation is unlabeled in NC, and he thanked me and said he'd check it out.

It was a lot of fun, and I expect I'll hit the pavement a few more times before election day.  The sun was shining this morning, and that's got to be a good omen.

Originally posted to Kalil on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:14 PM PDT.


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  •  Tip jar (6+ / 0-)

    I accept visa, mastercard, and chocolate chip cookies.

    •  Thanks for the nice story. (1+ / 0-)
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      Made me smile and feel guilty for not getting my boots on the ground yet.

      The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

      by blueyedace2 on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:28:26 PM PDT

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      •  Oh and... (1+ / 0-)
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        St Louis Woman

        I'm going out to my car to get that U2 CD!

        The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

        by blueyedace2 on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:29:20 PM PDT

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      •  I think that was the intended effect (1+ / 0-)
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        Money is important, for sure, but volunteering makes you feel far more a part of things than blogging or financially contributing ever could.  Phone banking should have been a nightmare for me, as I'm terrified of calling people I don't know, but when I actually tried it...  It was great.
        Same thing with going door to door.

        I think RenaRF and Chris Bowers several other front-pagers have said that before.  It's not just parental nagging - it's true.  It really does feel wonderful to do something tangible for what you believe in.

        •  I'm just so... (0+ / 0-)

          damn shy and I stutter... hmmm perhaps I can use canvasing as a form of therapy!

          The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

          by blueyedace2 on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:54:46 PM PDT

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          •  Yah, I can understand... (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm pretty shy, myself, and have always been very hesitant to call or knock on the door of people I don't know.  One thing that helped with me was they started me off phonebanking, calling past donors, and asking if they wanted a yard sign, so I knew I probably wouldn't be calling anyone who was hostile, and I wasn't asking for money.

            Keep in mind, also, you can always stick stickers or fold letters if you don't feel comfortable phone-banking or canvassing.  Every flyer I passed out today had a sticker on it with the location of the local polling station.  That sticker work may not have been glamorous, but it sure was valuable.

  •  Crappy day her in rural Vermont (1+ / 0-)
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    I bought a generator because we lost power so frequently (no water ot heat), but couldn't wire the 220 hookup because we lost power again for a while during the all-day rainstorm.

    - Israel has the right to exist, and responsibility to coexist.

    by Opinionated Ed on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:43:12 PM PDT

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