Cross Posted at Keeping Reality In Sight
(whenever Blogger starts working again)
I went to the meeting with Brad Miller in Greensboro tonight. Before leaving, I was very nervous. I don’t do very well in groups. Unlike online, I have a really hard time speaking my mind and I almost freeze when I talk to people I don’t know. The whole way there, I kept telling myself: “Don’t get nervous. Just say what you think.”
I was a little early, only one other person was there, but Brad and PJ (his campaign manager) soon arrived. We set up in the back and more people started coming in. I was glad to meet PJ in person finally and I swear it never ceases to amaze me that Brad Miller remembers my name. I grabbed a seat in the corner, as usual, so I could watch everyone and mostly because I wanted to watch how Brad interacted with everyone.
Someone got him talking about the Patriot Act and his reasons for voting for it. I moved over to stand by him because I wanted to hear his explanation (even though I still don’t agree with him). After that, Brad talked to anyone who wanted to talk to him about any issue they wanted to talk about. In between he question each of us about our own blogs and the kind of traffic we got. He also discussed the limitations placed on him when discussing online about politics vs. his campaign and he got advice from a few of us on blogging. Everyone was really excited and it took a while before I got to talk to him about my favorite subject: education. He discussed the Patriot Act, health care, bankruptcy, the FDA, homelessness, and a few others that I missed because I was talking to other bloggers.
PJ, of course, talked more about Vernon Robinson. I’m actually glad that he (Vernon) is in the race. I know he’s an idiot and a very scary man but he seems to bring attention to a race. I feel like Brad deserves the attention.
All in all, I was very impressed. He was very easy to talk to, when I finally got a chance to talk to him. Both he and PJ made even me, Mrs. Nervous, feel comfortable. Thanks to both of you, by the way. I hope we can do this again. Maybe next time we can pick a quieter place!