Archive - May 12, 2008

Upcoming Conventions

Saturday was the Democratic State Convention in New Britain. I had family events to attend to and couldn’t attend. However, Christine Stuart has this report up on CT NewsJunkie.

Tonight will be the Democratic Congressional Seat conventions. I haven’t heard details about the conventions in the first and third congressional districts. It is clear who the nominees will be and the conventions are likely to be about as exciting as the State Convention was.

Over in the Fifth Congressional District, Chris Murphy’s convention is supposed to start this evening at 6:30 PM at Crosby High School, 300 Pierpont Road, Waterbury. In the Second Congressional District, Joe Courtney’s nominating convention will take place at UCONN Storrs Campus Rome Commons Ballroom, starting at 7 PM.

While I’ve received more emails about Courtney’s convention than I have of any of the other incumbents, the most buzz right now is about the Fourth Congressional District Convention, where Jim Himes is expected to receive the nomination. It is taking place at the Cesar Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave, in Bridgeport, also starting at 7 PM.

The Himes campaign also has an interesting idea, become a Virtual Delegate. You can donate and make a nominating speech. The event is also up on Facebook and there is an after party.

Since I’m driving to Virginia tomorrow, I’ll probably miss these conventions. However, there are plenty of other great conventions coming up. Later, I’ll post information about some of the State Senate Conventions that will happen next week.

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Social Media Road Trip

Tomorrow, I’m driving down to Staunton, VA to pick up one of my daughters from college. On a good day, it is an eight-hour trip, it may be worse if I have to drive through a lot of rain tomorrow. A little later, I’m going to run over to the library to pick up some books on tape to listen on the way down. I’m checking various websites to get recommendations for good place to stop, stretch my legs, get a bit to eat, etc.

I’ll be heading out across I-76 and then down I-81. Do any of you have recommendations for places to stop and get some good local food or see some good local sights? Leave a comment here, or send me an email at aldon dot hynes at orient dash lodge dot com. Or, if you want to get in touch with me on the road, send me a direct message on Twitter. I don’t know if I’ll get much of a chance to use Twitter, BrightKite, Utterz, or other sites, but I’ll try.

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Rainy days and Mondays

I sit down to try and get through some of the emails that have piled up I see a twitter message pop up from Andy Carvin. “Chinese media now saying up to 5,000 people killed in today's quake.” A few moments, he added “NPR's Melissa Block is in Chengdu, which was hit by the earthquake, along with a team from All Things Considered.”

I flip to Google News for more details. I read about tornados in Oklahoma killing 22, continued problems with the relief efforts in Myanmar where thousands have died from a cyclone. I read about wildfires raging in Florida and a volcano spewing ash in Chile.

Some of my conservative preacher friends might use this as a chance to talk about God’s retribution for whichever is their favorite sin du jour. If anything, it makes me think of two issues. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation, and I wonder if too many of us have forgotten that in lust for profit and power.

More importantly, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, something we need to do more of as we all work together when confronted by cyclones, volcanoes, earthquakes and fires.

On the radio, Steve Earle’s “Christmas in Washington” comes on. “So, come back Woody Guthrie, come back to us now… Come back Emma Goldman, rise up old Joe Hill”. Goldman’s famous line, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution" comes to my mind, mixed together with the music of Steve Earle, Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill.

Yes, there are tribulations that people face on this rainy Monday morning in Connecticut. Some are man made, some are natural, but they all offer opportunities to gather together, to love our neighbors, to dance and to sing.

“So, come back Woody Guthrie…”

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