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-wearing today: happy st pattys day-

wearing today. it was super sunny out but slightly chilly in Denver that Monday afternoon… alas my outfit.

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a year ago today

I don’t think that I can have a blog and write in it consistently and not mention my experience last fall. I wanted to put this up yesterday, but I spent a lot of different parts of the day thinking back on it.

Last fall, I dropped everything and moved to Denver Colorado. Where I worked from August to November to help elect Barack Obama as our 44th president.

I was lucky I didn’t have to move around a bunch during those couple months. I had training in Boston, moved out to Colorado, went to Richmond, Virginia for a few days and ended back up in Colorado for the last month. It was nuts, I did a little couch surfing my first 3 weeks in Denver, and eventually started renting a room in my own house. A room I would only see for about 5 or 6 hours a night. I also had a roommate who I think was a vampire, who drank grape drink.

I made friends with people I am still close with today.

We had some pretty ridiculous adventures, especially when we had pizza night. Karma, that crackhead got what was coming to them. Conference calls that never ended. Really becoming close with spreadsheets. I was so in the zone during the campaign that my phone could be set on vibrate and wake me up in the morning for work. Oh and my phone never rang, it was always on vibrate. I learned office etiquette 101. ❤ Coffee.

I got to see old friends out in the field.

I also got my laptop stepped on while in Virginia, but thank goodness my laptop is a trooper and it was not seriously injured.

I was one of the few, (Invesco field was packed but still..) who got to see Barack Obama make his democratic nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Hope filled the air and my lungs and never left me after that night.

It wasn’t a glamorous job, everybody always smiles when I tell them I worked to get Obama elected and they tell me how great that must have been. But it wasn’t super glamorous at all. I worked everyday, 7 days a week. Some nights I didn’t know it was Friday and didn’t understand why everybody was out when I left work at midnight. But, even so I was fortunate to have a good experience. I learned a lot, about myself and about political campaigns. I was also fortunate to be able to get on camera. So was Mer.

Denver 4! I will never forget our tiny office space, with the most rotten conservatives in our building. I loved our landlady, she was fair and she was very nice. I do wanna send out a shout out to Meredith, Lauryn, Ben, Ben, Ben, Tommy, Justin, Kristine, Courtney, Sean and Katie. Those were my peeps. I miss breakfast burrito Saturdays. Dr. Pepper for me before the canvass everyday. Getting the count down so we could get our numbers in on time…

Every day was an adventure, something new to learn, people to talk to, goals to meet. I found a love for another place I didn’t think could exist. Colorado is so beautiful. I didn’t get to enjoy it’s beauty until after the election unfortunately.

After it was all over, I didn’t want to say good bye to my friends. But we did. I hope I see you all again (some I know I am going to see sooner than others.) I love you guys.

Yes we can became yes we did. But the work doesn’t stop there. Electing the first progressive, President. First Black president. First Community ORGANIZER as President. Just because the leader of the free world wants to change it, doesn’t mean he can do it alone. Don’t forget to do your part. Vote, be an educated voter, know the facts before you get to the polls. Call your congressperson and let them know how you want them to vote. Maybe you don’t like to talk about politics, but it is running your life. Tell me you are glad for the roads you drive on, the air you breathe, the schools you attended, the water you drink, etc. It’s all politics my friend. And your members of congress? They are working for you.

I will leave you all today with my favorite part of Barack Obama’s DNC acceptance speech.

“For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past. You understand that in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teaches us – that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn’t come from
Washington. Change comes to Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it – because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.” Barack Obama Democratic National Convention Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech. August 28, 2008

a picture a day

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took this in 2008 at the dnc in Denver! yes i did see give his democratic nomination acceptance speech. it was one of the most amazing nights of my life HANDS DOWN.

What to do, What to eat in: Denver

This is the first of my What to do What to eat posts, I’m not an avid traveler but I’ve been to a couple places so I’d like to share my knowledge with my readers. Plus I told you guys earlier today I’d be writing a travel(er) series! Feel free to add in your thoughts or ideas in the comments section.

The first place I’ve chosen to write about is Denver. I spent a few months living there in 2008, so I’ve spent more time there than a lot of other places I have visited. I couldn’t say that I have been everywhere especially since I spent most of my time working, but the places I am recommending are worth checking out, I promise.

My favorite place to eat in Denver is the Market. It is located on Larimer in LoDo. It’s amazing because it has food with a home cooked feel to it. Some of my favorite things to eat is the artichoke pasta salad and cream of musroom soup! The staff are super nice and there is every kind of pop you ever dreamed of next to the counter. Plus you can get coffee and tea up front. Somebody told me that Jack Kerouac used to eat there. (They also told me he ate at My Brother’s Bar on 15th and Platte) One Friday I was feeling particularly good and went to the Market for lunch, what did I get? Ice Cream.

Best diner in Denver is Pete’s Kitchen. It’s on Colfax and High, open late. Great diner food, I’ve had grilled cheese and a slew of other things. Good comfort food.

There’s another diner down the street called Tom’s diner, but it’s just not as good. Plus the you can’t miss the cute little neon sign!

DAM also known as the Denver Art Museum. There is a lot going on in there, I especially like the art that is outside. (Note to everyone the art outside is NOT climbable and don’t try it!) If you like Art, especially Art Museums, you should hit it up. It is located in the Civic Center Cultural Complex on 13th and Broadwayish.

If you are in Cap Hill City O’City has vegan fare, coffee and a full bar. Great for if you live in Cap Hill and want to stop there for your morning cup of coffee and breakfast burrito on your way to work!

Bookstore and coffee shop: Tattered Cover. You can get your morning paper, coffee (it’s 10 cents off if you bring your own mug) and a breakfast burrito on your way to work. (I did that but without the morning paper.) They’ve also got good baked goods (chocolate chip cookies!) and soups. I can say I went there everyday for almost 2 months because it was just down the street from my old office.

If you like outdoor goods you should go to the REI. It’s their flagship store which is huge and amazing. It’s on Platte Street right off the Platte River. One of my friends told me she wanted to buy a kayak so they let her take one out of the store and kayak down the Platte River to see if she liked it! Yes, they are THAT awesome. (Well I think all REI’s are that awesome.)

If you want pizza, the best pizza by the slice is from Benny Blanco’s in Cap Hill, they’re open late but if you want to sit down and play some table top Pacman and drink some old style you have to go to Two Fisted Marios in LoDo. If you do go to TFM watch your bag, and the crowd, costume party fiends like to stop by on Weds nights.

Two places that I went to the most and have the fondest memories of drinking at Gabor’s on 13th and Wynkoop Brewery. Gabor’s is a dive bar which I frequented, it is cheap, cozy, has pool tables and a sweet juke box. It’s quite the dive but the staff is great and there’s a pizza place next door (or Benny Blanco’s down the street!) The Wynkoop Brewery is also a place I frequented, it was more for work socials but it’s a sweet place. It’s quite large, 2 floors, full bar upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs is good for dinner and getting a drink. Those who are into partying hard, you should head upstairs. Upstairs has tons of seating plus tons of .. pool tables! Plus an L shaped pool table.

L Shaped Pool Table @ Wynkoop Brewery

L Shaped Pool Table @ Wynkoop Brewery

For all you shoppers out there the Cherry Creek Mall is pretty swanky and has almost everything you ever wanted and Larimer Square in downtown is good for boutiques. Most of my shopping was getting things shipped to me from home… If you really do go visit Denver, you should try your best to venture into the mountains, they are magnficent and worth every minute you can spend out there.

Other things and places that I haven’t personally been to but heard is pretty sweet in Denver: Elitch Gardens (an amusement park), Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver Zoo, and The Aquarium.

Got any input? Leave a comment below!