October 22nd, 2004

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Went to the Kerry rally on campus after work yesterday. Ran into cyfis as I was about to line up, and the company made the nearly two-hour wait to get through the metal detectors a lot more bearable. ^^ Lots of people selling pro-Kerry pins which ranged from bland to inane, lots of pro-Bush frat boys walking down the line with hand-drawn signs that made the pins seem witty and nuanced by comparison. No one selling bumper stickers, though, so my quest to brand the Slackmobile with Kerry has been foiled again.

We ended up getting to the rally location just as Kerry arrived, so we were spared the condescending, incoherent, and hopelessly boring attempts at speeches from local celebrities and Democratic officials (which I have listened through already at Kerry's rally at Pitt a few months ago and Gore's rally at CMU four years ago), and got there just in time to hear Teresa introduce her husband. Unlike at the Pitt Rally, I managed to get relatively close to the stage this time around, so I could actually be sure that it was the Senator up there at the podium in spite of all the heads and signs in front of me. Sometimes it pays to be tall ^^

The speech itself was largely a rehash of the topics covered during the previous rally and the debates without going too far in depth on any of them, but it was delivered eloquently and effectively, which is not something I could say about Gore's showing last time around, or any of Bush's attempts at rhetoric. More importantly, none of the ideas within the platform managed to rub me the wrong way quite as much as Gore's did. While I refrained from clapping on a few occasions, I wasn't tempted to boo, and at one point Kerry even managed to elicit a Deanesque yell of approval from me.

All in all a worthwhile outing that did nothing to dissuade me from voting for Kerry in a few weeks or make me regret contributing to his campaign. Might even consider volunteering, as long as it doesn't involve knocking on doors, manning phones, or skipping work.
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Just came back from one of the most insane poker games I ever played. In the course of an evening of playing Texas Hold 'Em with 9 people we saw two four-of-a-kinds, a straight flush, and quite a few full houses. I had the devil's own luck too, coming out $14 ahead on nickel stakes in spite of playing a very conservative game.
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