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Adventures in Truss
June 16th, 2004
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When you're 24 you're stupid if you're not a democrat.

When you're 44 you're stupid if you are.

(Yoinked and paraphrased from somewhere)
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In 1996 I was asked to be the Volunteer Training Coordinator for the Republican National Convention to be held here in San Diego. It was to be a paid position, spanning the five months before the convention and two weeks afterward, involving oversight of some thousands of volunteers and a few assistants. Training programs needed to be developed and strategies put in place. Security clearances for the volunteers who would escort and attend to the VIPs. It was all quite an ambitious undertaking and I was pleased to have been asked after a lengthy, five-manager, all-day interview process (and my own background check).

Three out of the five managers who interviewed me were in the same basic boat as I would be... hired just for the convention and then, certainly, hoping to stand out, make contacts, and ultimately be retained by the administration should it have won. (The other two managers were full-time GOP staffers.)

The day after I received the offer, I was about to call them and happily accept, when I got a call from a friend in L.A.. Hughes Aircraft had an opening for a full time engineer and it was mine if I wanted it. I took about three hours, debated it, did so many "what ifs" that my head hurt... and decided to go with the "bird in the hand" (Hughes).

Of course, Clinton won that year. While the Republican Convention went off wonderfully... most, if not all, of the senior staff went back to their regular lives. I made the right decision where my livelihood was concerned. Still, sometimes I wonder (in that beautiful coulda-been-a-baseball-star kinda way)...

I'll be volunteering at the local headquarters this year, albeit in a much smaller capacity. The energy ramps up.

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From:boriel
Date:June 17th, 2004 02:57 am (UTC)
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umm...what are you if you are a liberal or a new democrat? or a green or alliance? up here we change political affliations as fast as we change our socks it seems. probably cause theres never anyone to vote for.

tried to call you today, but the guy that answered seemed only to speak italian....musta had the wrong area code? heh.
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From:saurons_truss
Date:June 20th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Weird, B. Area code is 760. Maybe you misdialed? Try again this week?
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From:boriel
Date:June 21st, 2004 02:25 am (UTC)
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sure, probably thursday night as i'll be out of town till then. i guess i should have been more specific in my last post though, i was attempting levity/leg pulling but obviously it didnt show thru well. What i meant was that i dont have any of your phone number. And i cant dial directory assistance as i cant remember what county you live in either. email me your number 'kay?

and btw, happy fathers day (yeah, even if you're not a father, i can still wish you one)
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From:seethrumind
Date:June 17th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
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:P
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From:saurons_truss
Date:June 20th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Well, can't let you corner the market on ALL the activism can we, Miss Verbose?
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From:seethrumind
Date:June 22nd, 2004 04:11 am (UTC)
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& ---->>>>
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From:sultryelf
Date:June 18th, 2004 07:46 pm (UTC)

Ummmmm

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Energy may ramp up but why not in the direction of deserved causes rather than puffed up politicians?????

(Don't have a go at me - I'm just feeling frisky, that's all!)
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From:saurons_truss
Date:June 20th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Ummmmm

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Ah, puting up the defenses before I even reply I see. Not fair! LOL.

Very "Pug-Chimp-ish" of you!
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From:sultryelf
Date:June 21st, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Ummmmm

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What's that they say...."All's fair in love and war and LJ posting"

(says she, pugchimpishly)

August and Edinburgh not far off now!
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From:saurons_truss
Date:June 21st, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)

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Very close now. I've got the flight from Shannon to Edinburgh (by way of Glasgow). Now just need to find a reasonable fare from NY to Shannon.
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From:sultryelf
Date:June 21st, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)

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I lurves that Icon, Truss!!

(Poor whale! - or has he/she got something exciting awaiting them aboard that there flying saucer? Ah well, at least it should be thankful it's not the Enterprise crew beaming it up to save the world from the avenging whale-like killer space-ship). Ermmm, I think I'm finally self-destructing.
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