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Saturday, November 15, 2003


Morning Report from Iowa

posted by annatopia at Saturday, November 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Good morning everyone! I'm taking a moment to file my second road report because I have a hilarious story to tell.
This morning we rolled out of bed around 9am. We needed supplies (coffee, ice, etc.), so Laura opened our door with the intention of heading down the hallway to the vending machines. She opens the door and who else is standing there but Joe Trippi. Laura introduced herself (she went to bed early last night and didn't get to meet him), and since we heard Joe outside we wandered out to the hallway to say good morning. This doesn't sound very amusing until you realise that three of us were still in our pajamas, and one of us (namely me) was in the midst of a raging hangover (tequila *bad*). As we're standing there chatting with Joe, Gov Dean walks down the hallway. As it turns out, he's staying on the same floor as we are (no, I haven't spotted Kate O'Connor yet). So the Gov gets a good laugh out of our pajamas, and he was kind enough to chat for a few moments and pose for a picture. So now we've officially captured ourselves in our most embarrassing moment with the Gov. That one's a keeper.
We are about to head down to the Des Moines HQ and do some volunteer work, then we're coming back to dress for dinner.
As I sit here in the hotel lobby there are tons of people milling around and nearly *all* of them are clad in Dean gear. I've seen two Kerry people and one Kucinich person. We're definitely going to have numbers tonight.
Have a great day, everyone!


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