Friday, May 30, 2008

I need your suggestion...

When I am at the Democratic National Convention as a delegate on the floor of the Pepsi Center, I plan to blog here about my experiences. I will certainly post from the hotel where the California and New York delegations are staying (the Sheraton). But I also want to be able to post from inside the Pepsi Center, including photos that I take there. Carrying around a laptop on the convention floor does not seem advisable nor practical, as there will at times be a crush of people around me. Also I expect to be doing a lot of meeting other delegates on the floor, and conducting convention business. Maybe the good folks at Calitics, the DNC-accredited blog that will be blogging from the California location on the floor, will let me freeload on their bandwidth.

I am able to post to this blog via a special email address that Google gave me. My problem is that I do not have a mobile device that sends email and can include photos in the email. Do you think that such a device would be a good solution? What devices would you recommend from your experience that could fill this bill? Is it easy to compose, send and receive email, as well as attach photos to the email? Is there some other solution that I have not thought of?

I was on a Panel with Thom Hartmann at Green 960

Hey, tonight I was in Redwood City at an event called Unity Day, sponsored by radio station, Green 960. Thom Hartmann (yes, that one!) and Angie Coiro led a panel discussion, and I was the Obama national convention delegate on the panel! There was one Clinton delegate that came, Laura Spanjian, who had agreed to be on the panel beforehand. I had called and discussed the event with John Scott, the program director, on Wednesday. But I had no idea how many delegates were going to be there. Only after I arrived and introduced myself in person to John Scott was I asked to be on the panel. They wanted the panel to be balanced, so they went with one Obama delegate and one Clinton delegate.

So basically, Thom Hartmann asked Laura and myself some interesting questions for almost an hour. It was not about rehashing the past, but rather looking forward to where we go as Clinton and Obama supporters together. There were about 300 people there I'd say. It was not broadcast on air, but it was videotaped for the station to put on their website, It's not there on the site now, but check it in the next day or so. I'll post the link when it becomes available. Aside from my saying at one point that Hillary would make a much better president than Bush (DUH!!) and later searching for the word "vulnerable" and not finding it, I thought it went very well. What a thrill that I had not expected!