Splish splash

Talk to my few friends and they will tell you I am an extreme and unapologetic hermit. I work from home, travel on business only under duress, and prefer the company of my keyboard to the company of carbon-based life forms. Which means it is a rare occasion when I get out and about in the public arena. Tonight was one of those times. My company had its Christmas party in Raleigh, so I decided to go over early and drop in to the holiday festivities at the North Carolina Democratic Party headquarters.

The event was a fine affair by any standard. Everyone was upbeat and enthusiastic, and Jerry Meek received plenty of applause, both for the quality and brevity of his comments. Wine and beer were flowing and there was more glad-handing than you could shake a stick at.

The first familiar face I saw was Rep. Grier Martin, the son of DG and Harriet Martin, good friends of mine here in Chapel Hill. He's a great guy and I believe he keeps up with BlueNC regularly.

Next I met Brad Miller and Larry Kissell. They were talking together and were kind enough to let me in on the conversation. Lots of people were very happy to see Larry and he received many well wishes.

After that I introduced myself to Dan Blue, whose son is a regular visitor to BlueNC. I found Mr. Blue reassuring and approachable. He was the best-dressed man in the house, bar none.

I also had the chance to meet Ed Ridpath, though we did not get to talk. Ed had a good run for the House in district 37, but came up short. He is also a regular visitor to BlueNC. Next I met Senator Janet Cowell, a strong progressive who said she never has time for blogs.

Then I had a quick conversation with Representative Deborah Ross, who I adore. She knows all about BlueNC because I tell her about it every chance I get. I also had a good chat with Joe Hackney and his wife Betsy. I apologized to Joe for being a pain in the ass, but quickly said that somebody has to do it. He was gracious and understanding.

Finally, I met Jerry Meek for the first time. He's like nine feet tall (I exaggerate) and everyone in the room wanted his ear. He had to bend down a lot.

And then I left.

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To say I felt like a fish out of water is to understate my anxiety by a wide margin. There were maybe 200 people passing through the party and I'm certain that fewer than 25 have any idea what a blog is, let alone that there is a place called BlueNC. Many of them were elected officials, the vast majority of whom are oblivious to anything to do with the Internets.

I'm not sure what to make of all this, but I can tell you, it is hard not to be discouraged. The only glimmer of optimism was a low level of awareness on the part of some people that Larry Kissell's campaign may have somehow benefited from some degree of involvement from some ill-defined online something or other.

The main thing I learned from the experience is that I should stay home more often. This sort of thing takes a certain charm, and I most definitely do not have it.

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BREAKING: Black won't run

The AP is apparently reporting that Black will not run for speaker. I got the notice by email. Will find links as soon as I can.

This is good.

Ahaaaa....this is why we were defined as being

Counter Productive! Did you get a better idea from Mr. Hackney of a previous conversation?

For a hermit, you sure do rub some important elbows!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I didn't get any more insight

but I stand by the principle that transparency and full engagement by we the people is, by definition, almost never counterproductive.

Well said A,

and with that, i will be off to dream land....sweet dreams of a better and bluer NC to all!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I know you.

I'm sure I recognize you from another site. There is no reason to go to events you don't want to go to. It is also no crime to choose to be somewhat of a hermit. That is why America is so great!

A certainly doesn't come off as a hermit.

when he chooses to rub elbows with we "lowly" people.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

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

You're right, Robert

He seems pretty worldly and gregarious here among the riff raff. :)


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



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He lays claim to his hermitship

on the other blog too but there he basically contends to be the only one in the 'real know'.

Oh My

Yeah, at first he wanted to be addressed "Oh Omniscient One", but we weren't going for that mess. ;)

I'm only picking on him b/c he isn't here to defend himself. I'm mean, like that. A really is a wonderful friend...which is probably why I feel comfortable picking on him.

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



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naaaaaah.

Anglico would never act like that. He does have great connections, but he's always pretty low-key about them.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

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

Are we talking about the same man?

hehehe...

OK...I'm having way too much fun at A's expense.

Hi, Anglico, I see you out there. Glad you went to the party. Working for Change is doing her best to see that I lose my hermit status as well.

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



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

You're one of the most charming people I know

You see, I know waaaaaaaay too many Republicans. I choose you over them any day. :)

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



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

Geez does that mean...

Cheney's in the area? Everyboyd duck. ;-)

Political Events

A,

I was glad to see you there at the NCDP Holiday Reception and I'm really sorry we didn't get to chat. I commend your courage, those events are intimidating.

There is no real substitute for meeting people face-to-face. I learned that with my grassroots campaign. Voters, donors, and volunteers are much more likely to help you out if they have spent even just a few minutes with you personally. I think your post proved the potential for improving the blog by having personal contact with the folks we talk about everyday here at BlueNC.

Politics is about people and personal contact as much as it is about the issues. Going to these "events" is a worthwhile investment of time (and usually some money) and I recommend every blogger attend either a local county party event or one of the many NCDP events over the year. And then go home and blog about it.

Thanks for coming out of your fishbowl, and I hope you will do it again.

Ed Ridpath (not as well-dressed as Dan Blue, but I know what a blog is...)

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Ed Ridpath
www.EdRidpath.com

We know you do, Ed

and we are very happy you do and look forward to your participation in the future.

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



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

Thanks for the encouragement, Ed.

I know you're right about pressing the flesh, but thank goodness I won't be running for office ever again. I ran once and won for city council. Then I "stood" for reelection and lost (I should have run). And then I "walked" and lost again. The truth is, I really couldn't handle campaigning ... and my hat's off to you for all the hard work you did this fall.

I know you know what a blog is :) And I hope you'll help us spread the word about the potential the Internets could have in the 2008 election cycle -- as well as in helping shape the debate during the upcoming legislative session. Having the insights of folks like you who have battled on the front-lines is so important because it keeps us from being naive or too insular.

Thanks for speaking up!

Dancewater

What a great name!

I assume you've stood in the long shadow of Mr. Meek. Now I know how my wife feels all the time. She's 5-1 and is always looking up.