Technically, I'm not supposed to blog about my experience volunteering for the campaign this weekend. They asked us not to, so, I'll have to be brief and fuzzy on specific details. Anyway...
So, I arrived with the parents at the Las Vegas Hilton around 8am and shockingly, they already had a room ready. I asked the lady at the desk if it was slow and she said yes. My father read that traffic/money spent at Vegas casinos is down 8% over the last year. Economic downturn anyone? At least we didn't have to wait until 3pm to check in. I left my parents there and headed to the campaign office. At this office, there were 300+ Californians that drove in to volunteer. This doesn't include the other offices where other people were directed. I ran into two ladies at the Hilton that were sent to a different office. So who knows how many Californians were there this weekend. It's really an amazing amount of enthusiasm and everyone was super-nice. And people of all ages! Not just 20-somethings and 30-somethings.
I was a little worried about being alone, but I struck up a conversation with a guy behind me and it turns out that the two other people he was with he had only met the day before! They connected through a website for folks looking for rides and those having extra space. I spent the rest of the day with them - and they were funny/cool people. One guy was 26, the girl was a military wife a year older than me, and the other guy was maybe 34-35. The two guys had voted Republican pretty much every election but changed their tune this election. I would have totally gone out with them in the evening but with my parents around and me also being exhausted from getting up at 2:30am and driving, it didn't seem like the smartest idea. So I went to Vegas and didn't put a single solitary penny in a slot machine. How crazy is that???
I knocked on many a door and spoke to lots of folks. It was tiring but fun. If I wasn't in the middle of this remodel and my in-laws weren't in town, I would have considered going back again this weekend. The level of organization and enthusiasm is amazing and if it were possible to affirm my support for "That One" more, this weekend did that. Fifteen more days! And whoever you are supporting, get out there and vote. If you can, vote early!