September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008
Welcome to my very early Monday!

I started my day off at 5am having to wake up to my soon to be destroyed alarm. I hate getting up this early in the morning. Fish aren't even awake this early. But since I had to be ready for Lindsey at 6:30am, I knew I had better set my alarm for 5am so I would have time to wake up and get ready to go. All too soon it was time for Lindsey to be here even though I could have used more time. I hate leaving Chipper right now while I know he is not feeling good. Neither Lindsey or I were feeling our oats this morning and I could tell we would both rather be in bed. But being the great doobies we are we headed to the Veteran's Center for the event.

I was amazed how many people were already there when we arrived. I would estimate the crowd at between 5,000 and 6,000 people which was very impressive given it was very, very early on a Monday morning to boot. Several protestors holding signs were standing across the street and chanting. As far as the eye could see there was one person after another hawking all sorts of McCain/Pallin merchandise. There was also a local high school band, cheerleaders and performers. Secret Service people were everywhere. DWF had about fifteen people show up wearing our red shirts which unfortunately did not stand out since everyone was asked to wear red shirts. I was even frisked when I went through the metal detector. I thought I was going to have to ask the guard to take me out to dinner if he touched me any more than he did. LOL. They also searched everyone's bag and made them throw out any liquids which I thought was strange. But then when I noticed the concession stands were open for business, it made more sense. The Center probably made $20,000 in concession sales during the three hour event. Most of the major Republican politicians including our mayor, governor, sheriff and many others were in attendance and gave speeches during the event. Finally around 9am, Senator and Mrs. McCain made their way to the stage and the crowd erupted in applause. The speech McCain gave was articulate and geared toward the people of his party with only a couple of shots at his competition Senator Obama. Then with little fanfare the event was over. Now comes my biggest complaint. When most sporting events end in Jacksonville, they have tons of police on the streets letting traffic out to make things flow smoother. Today there was not the first cop to help flow traffic so it took us almost an hour to drive the 15 minute ride back to Riverside. Lindsey and I stopped at the Derby House in 5th points to grab some early lunch before taking me home. It was great seeing Louise and Roy who are the owners and old friends of mine.

After taking the dogs outside, it was time for me to catch a quick nap before my meeting at NFAN this afternoon. I called Nathaniel before laying down to find out what time he would be picking me up. When my alarm clock starting screaming at 1pm, I was ready to throw it against the wall. I was sleeping so good for a change. So I threw my clothes on and was ready for Nathaniel when he showed up at 1:30pm. We are the co-facilitators of a new men's monthly HIV support group here in town called Men of Hope. Today we had about 8 guys show up for our second meeting. One person did show up who I really do not care for but I dealt with it. It was a pretty good hour long meeting where we discussed up coming projects for the rest of the year. It will be interesting to see how the group turns out. Afterward, Nathaniel gave me a ride home and we had a good talk.

Then it was time to take the dogs outside before I will be collapsing back into bed for probably the rest of the day. Headed off to bed for what will probably be the rest of today so I will sign off for now.

Hope you had a great one.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab