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Sunday, October 19, 2003


Greetings from Burlington

posted by Editor at Sunday, October 19, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Scott is probably enjoying weather that is a bit warmer than it is here in Burlington, VT. I'm here at DFA visiting friends on the staff for the weekend. It's quite something to finally see the headquarters. There's a definite feeling of energy and excitement here. From the short time that I have been here, it strikes me that this must be the most amazing campaign in America to be working on. I know the campaign is often described by the media as fueled by anger - but everybody here is so friendly, welcoming, and hopeful.

The operation itself is amazing. There are people everywhere working away on any one of a number of the many, many computers. It's really something to behold.

I've also been able to see some of the Dean Nation alums who have moved up here to be part of the staff and put some faces with the names of others. All in all, a good trip.


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