The Pepsi Center Tonight

I just got back from the Pepsi Center and will upload my photos and video and some thoughts as soon as I download and edit them.

It was an exciting night -- especially since I ended up with a floor pass and was able to roam the entire Pepsi Center, from the bottom-most level where all the production stuff was going on to the club levels and private suites and the floor where the delegates sat and news networks were recording.

Caroline Kennedy looked absolutely goregous, as did Michelle Obama. On the way out I saw Theresa Kerry and asked to take a photograph, but it came out completely blurry. She looked terrific as well.

I also have video (if any came out) and will be back soon to post it all, along with some thoughts and sightings.

I was very proud of Denver tonight.

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    Can't wait (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by indy in sc on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 11:19:44 PM EST
    to see your pictures and here your thoughts on the night!  Your excitement at being there comes through in your posts and makes me wish I could be there.  Your updates are helpful in making me feel like I am.  Thank you!!

    Where those kids as cute in "person"? (none / 0) (#2)
    by samtaylor2 on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 11:25:19 PM EST
    Missed the primetime stuff (5.00 / 7) (#4)
    by Dadler on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 11:48:32 PM EST
    I was at a foster care workshop, catching up on my hours needed to keep up our foster care license.  Waiting to adopt a young boy (7 years old) from the foster care system.  The good feelings that gives me make up for the weak and boring convention stuff I saw before I had to leave for the workshop.  And I urge all relatively well-paid liberals to start adopting older children from foster care -- everyone wants the babies, but there are SO many older kids (and I mean older like five and six, not teenagers, but they are even MORE in need).  These kids are thrown onto the streets basically when they hit 18.  Which is beyond inhumane.  You want some real change, start by giving a needy little human being a home.  If we won't do it, who will?

    Sounds like you had fun, J.  You deserve it.

    and by relatively well-paid liberals... (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by Dadler on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 11:50:40 PM EST
    ...i mean all of you with a heartbeat.  ha ha.  then again, with five million a year making you rich, we all must be pretty damn poor.

    Well . . . . (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by nycstray on Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 12:19:14 AM EST
    I'm middle class and not making 4.5million. The Obama's are really stretching that one  ;)

    Good on you for fostering and adopting. I never felt settled/secure enough for adopting. But may go the foster route when I resettle in my home state. Right now all my fostering and adopting includes 4 legs and fur  ;) If I don't go the fostering route, I'll end up on the teaching track.


    I've thought about it.... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 10:53:22 AM EST
    if I ever make the big score and get financially secure, but always assumed a guy like me would be forbidden from adopting or being a foster parent.

    "Guy like me" meaning a single degenerate gambling stoner...I'd imagine the state might have a bit of a problem leaving a child in my care:)  I think I'd be pretty good at it though...I learned from the best, my parents and siblings.


    Bless You (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Jane in CA on Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 12:27:43 AM EST
    Your post was moving and eloquent in its simplicity, and the message is one that cannot be repeated enough.  I worked in child welfare services for several years, and you are so right about these "waiting" children. All too often they are still waiting for a good placement when they are aged out of the system, and into the streets.

    I admire people like you more than words can say.


    At a workshop a few weeks ago... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 10:29:59 AM EST
    ...there was a gay couple, both of whom had been in the foster care system as kids, who had taken in a 16 year old boy who'd been bounced around his whole life.  It had only been two months, and they were struggling so hard to help this kid, and it was just heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time.  We all tried to encourage them, tell them they were doing better than they thought they were, since this boy obviously had started to grown and accept love in their home.  They told us about his recent confession that he had lied to them a few days prior, which is a huge step for any of these kids, who see lying and hiding things as a survival mechanism -- if they tell the truth, admit to their failings, wham, they expect to be tossed out again.  Just makes you cry.  

    What I've also realized, at least here in San Diego, is that black folk, church folk and military families (San Diego is a huge military town, after all) seem to foster and adopt from the system at a far higher rate that folks of means should be doing.  Curious, but that's that way it is.  My workshop last night was with five feisty black ladies, a military couple, and all of them evidenced a spirit of giving and love that is off the charts.  Yes, some people foster simply to get a check (that is supposed to be for the child's care, but can end up paying for everything but), but the majority do it out of an unbelievable sense of obligation to help those in need.  These are the Christian people that keep me from EVER making fun of religion or bible thumpers.  I may be frustrated that my lack of faith is so often ignored by pols and conventions, but when faith leads to these kinds of acts...it forces me to open my mind that much more.  Not that it makes me a believer, but that it makes me infinitely more accepting of whatever people need to get them through this often unfair life.



    I'm confident that (none / 0) (#8)
    by weltec2 on Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 03:53:36 AM EST
    if one is there at the convention all of the meeting old friends and making new ones makes the convention worth while. But beyond wanting to hear the Clintons give their speeches... I'm finding it difficult to care about the prodeedings themselves.

    Even with Kerry, I wanted to hear the speeches. I didn't care that much about Kerry himself even though I voted for him. But I had a good feeling about the party so I cared about what everyone was saying.