Rendezvous in New Bern

Thanks to a totally unexpected but much appreciated invitation from former Senatorial candidate Jim Neal, I made my way to New Bern Saturday morning to attend the Sanford-Hunt Dinner later that evening.

I had originally planned to drive all the way to the Atlantic Beach area and spend the afternoon body-surfing, girl-watching and sun-worshiping (this is the "research" I had mentioned before), but the overcast and sprinkly weather led me to believe those unhealthy/inappropriate activities were not going to be available, so I headed into downtown New Bern to see what those Democrats were up to.

I'm not going to spend too much time talking about Party business conducted, because a) my ADD kicked in pretty quickly, and I wandered off to explore this fascinating slice of our history that is New Bern, b) any explanation from me would make it even harder to understand the organized chaos that is the N.C. Democratic Party, and c) there are several others here that are more involved and can explain it much better.

I was present when the pro and con IRV resolutions were tabled pending further analysis. Good luck. I'm no Stephen Hawking, but a few weeks ago I scribbled for an hour or so trying to see if IRV would have changed the outcome of the Lt. Governor Primary, and I ended up with the color "teal" and what appeared to be the formula for Boron. I don't mean this in a bad way, I'm just not sure telling voters, "Make sure you vote, and don't forget to bring your calculator!" is going to help things much.

There were some other interesting isues that I don't fully understand, but I will say this: Jerry Meek did a heck of a job. If his career in law fails or he grows bored with it, he definitely has a future in auctioneering. :)

And here's the next U.S. Senator from North Carolina, standing next to some guy:

Everything was going just great until I felt the point of what had to be a finely-honed blade in my lower back, scant millimeters from my spine. "Nobody needs to get hurt, mister Harrison; not yet, anyway. We have some unfinished business to take care of, and if you play your cards right, you might just live through this. Stop looking around; these people can't help you. Now, here's what's going to happen: we're going out that door to the left there...just keep that stupid grin on your face...we're walking, we're walking...just gonna' get some fresh air..." :)

Sorry. That fictional conversation popped into my head on the drive back home today, and I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. In reality, Kay was more than just nice: we talked a couple of times and I could tell (I'm psychic) that she wasn't just being nice for the camera(s). She has also refined her public-speaking capabilites and appears to have generated as much support and popularity amongst the N.C. Party as Barack Obama has, and that's saying a heck of a lot.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sanford-Hunt Dinner last night (thanks, Jim). Pam Spaulding is a jewel. We sat together and had some good conversation and some good laughs. I was pleased to hear Bev Perdue reiterate her opposition to off-shore drilling, and even more pleased at the applause that brought about. But of all the great speakers that we heard last night, I would have to say that former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus was the best. With folks like him working to get Barack elected, I honestly can't see John McCain getting anywhere near the White House come January.

Now for more of Steve's foolishness: so I've never been to New Bern, and never approached that part of the coast from this direction. A quick glance at the map reveals that Highway 70 is the hot ticket, meaning navigation isn't an issue, right? Wrong.

First of all, whoever decided that running I-40 and Hwy 70 so closely paralleling each other and encouraging unholy alliances along the way should be marched out at dawn and shot, and the guy that designs and places the road signs should be made to watch. Here I am on the Inner Beltline (stressful enough), and the exit for Hwy 70 comes up, so I take it. After about 30 minutes and numerous stoplights (they all got me), I see a sign for I-40 East. No, it's not some other I-40, it's the same one I was cruising at 75 mph on a half-hour before. :( Yes, I'm an idiot, but that's beside the point.

But it was worth it. I had a memorable trip, and here's a parting shot of an area that I fully intend to revisit:


Steve, how wonderful!

I loved hearing about your trip. Glad you got to go. Of course, you know, the next time you tell me you are researching I won't believe you. I'll know it involved bikinis and water of some type.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Everything's a learning experience,

even bikinis and water.

I was going to say, "especially", but I'm trying to be a more serious journalist these days. :)

I kind of mentioned it.

I asked her for a source to contact for a blog I'm working on, and she knows I blog here, so...

The fact that she remembered the lady's name is kind of impressive, considering Kay had debated Liddy earlier in the day and had just spoken at the convention. I wouldn't be able to remember my own name under those circumstances. ;)

Man, this was fuhhh-knee!

I'm no Stephen Hawking, but a few weeks ago I scribbled for an hour or so trying to see if IRV would have changed the outcome of the Lt. Governor Primary, and I ended up with the color "teal" and what appeared to be the formula for Boron.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

A Victory for Change

Thanks to a lot of wonderful people, I had the pleasure of getting elected as one of YOUR DNC Members at the SEC meeting on Sunday. It was a great experience, and I look forward to bringing the views of a "new" Democrat (a veteran of our 21st Century wars, under 35, and ready to bring the technology, politics, and mindset of the 21st Century to our Party) to the DNC. I also will be working on a personal state communications network to keep our county/districts informed of our national going-ons.

I may do a post later, but I'm ready to collapse and go to sleep right now after the long weekend in New Bern. I'll just leave you with a video clip that captures my personal feelings about the result.

...thankfully the SEC didn't see how I REALLY felt about my election or they may have asked for an immediate recall election...


Or something like that.


great news

Give 'em hell.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

You realize of course that you have stumbled upon the

true result of the Lt. Gov electio with ...

... a few weeks ago I scribbled for an hour or so trying to see if IRV would have changed the outcome of the Lt. Governor Primary, and I ended up with the color "teal" and what appeared to be the formula for Boron.

The chemical symbol for boron is B which could only mean that Dan Besse was the true winner, or would have been had IRV been used.

Da Vinci Code eat your heart out. :)

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?


And wasn't teal one of the colors in his banner/roadsigns? :O


I still firmly believe that if anything, Dan Besse should've been elected based solely on his ability to match his ties with his campaign colors.

True colors

I have to credit Frank Eaton and my wife Kay House who both, independently, came up with ties that that matched my campaign colors.

However, for this weekend's Democratic convention I left those ties at home and wore a blue and white one. After wearing blue and green for a year and a half, even I had gotten a little tired of my favorite colors...

Dan Besse

Dan Besse

Thanks, Jerimee

I used to be able to do this at Photobucket, but now it keeps asking me to download Flash 9 or something everytime I click the "edit" option.

They're yours, buddy.

Any of my shots you want to use for the NCDP site are yours. :)