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Sunday, June 29, 2003


Back from NH

posted by Editor at Sunday, June 29, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This weekend a bus load of Dean supporters left NYC for New Hampshire to volunteer for the campaign. Below is a portion of my reflection on this experience, the rest can be found on my website:

I decided to start writing this blog out on paper long hand (yes, I am a revolutionary) on the bus back from New Hampshire with New York for Dean and to transcribe it when I get home (only after showering). I think we had a very successful weekend. While the other campaign offices we saw appeared empty and closed (except one young gentleman in the Lieberman office in Manchester who did a full body double take when he saw a bus plastered with Dean for America signs drive past), we were out knocking on door after door after door. We were told that we hit over 5,000 in two days (3,300 the first day in Manchester and the rest the next in Nashua).

No, the trip was not glamorous. We slept on short, thin, and probably less than clean exercise mats at the Manchester YMCA. All we ate was pizza. We were thrown out of the Y 1/2 hour after they woke us up - that's right, no shower time!!! Oh, and the bathroom on the bus smelled like... well, you know. Also, we never got to a destination without getting lost and turning around three times.

There were, however, many upsides... Follow link above to continue


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