We all knew November 4, 2008 was going to be a big deal. What we didn’t know was exactly how it was going to play out. And what better way to deal with uncertainty than with a large group of similar thinkers? So off to the watch parties. But first, I had a drink with Chase.
Since the theme of the evening was Change, we decided to check out the all new, very tall, Quinton’s Bar and Deli. This is a bar that went from basically a wide hallway to a full downstairs bar, a second floor bar, a third floor bar and a fourth floor terrace. Yes. Four levels. The views on all three (?) balconies/patios are great. For a moment we joked that we weren’t in Columbia.
Then we saw the water tower. Blurg!
I was interested in how well they built this thing. It certainly doesn’t feel like it was built by Missourians, in Missouri. It’s built like a tank, no jankity, ghetto going on here. Nice stuff, especially for a college town. Go there, you’ll understand. They even have outdoor couches. Nice touches like accent lighting and speakers built into the metal guard rails and 3/4″ thick glass walls just really seal the deal.
Even the bathrooms smelled nice. For now at least.
It’s very industrial, have a look!
After we had our drinks there, I just had a Monster Vodka since I had taken some vicodin earlier in the day… Chase took down a few beers. Like a man, hurrah!
Then it was drinks and Texmex with Karen (aka @ok2baprincess). Ryan and I shared the vegetarian fajitas which were amazing, his peach margarita was pretty tasty too. I just had a sip, he can be a bit of a booze hog! (j/k j/k!)
Finally we made it to the watch party at Ragtag Cinema Cafe. There we found a few other friends, but not the ones we were aiming for. Nevermind that, apparently they went to Bleu, our other haunt.
We watched The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert report the election results. Hilarious. Plus there were drinks and popcorn and it was full of like minded liberals, which are the best kind, IMHO! So many that it scared away the Republican we had in our group. Like Minded Liberals FTW!
I remember when they announced Obama won.
The crowd went wild, and thus so did the rest of the night. Well for everyone else there. Ryan and I went home to watch the rest of the festivities on the big screen in HD in the comfort of our home.
Who else absolutely loved Obama’s acceptance speech? I’ve never heard anything like it. I’ve never seen such a crowd that wasn’t celebrating New Years. It was a sight to be seen for sure! I posted the video earlier, check it out if you missed it as well as McCain’s Concession Speech which was also quite good.
This election ended as it should have begun. Anyone else with me on this? Especially for poor McCain. He would have won had he been himself, the maverick he really, and truly is. He is a hero for America and for half a decade, one of her greatest servants.
gObama. I’ll be reliving the night over and over until it finally becomes real to me. Perhaps sometime in late January 2009…
Just as I thought speeches could not get any more emotionally driven, Barack Obama accepts the presidency before an ocean of supporters in Chicago. It was as though we were waiting for the ball to drop on New Years Eve in Times Square.
Oh to be there, to experience that kind of positive energy and love. The celebratory spirit, the first time in our history that an African American was elected President-elect of the United States of America.
His speech was more of a compilation of earlier speeches, taking the best bits and creating something that captured the moment, a moment that will forever live in history and will be something I tell my kids about. It was one of those moments where you remember where you were, what you were doing and who was with you. It’s one of those moments you never can forget. It’s one of those moments you live your life for, that you dream to come true.
Tonight it did! Barack Obama is our new president and with his guidance and the support of an incredible amount of the popular vote, I think we truly can turn things around for America.
Here is his speech.
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I want to: graduate from college
I want to think: for myself
I want to learn: French well enough to bring Ryan through France
I want to see: my kids (that don’t yet exist) grow up healthy and happy
I want to try: to be that guy that everyone knows they can rely on
I want to tell: my family just how much I love Ryan
I want to touch: myself
I want to smell: good, even after working out in the 104*F heat
I want to feel: comfortable in my own skin
I want to stop: wasting my time, mind and money
I want to let go of: the past
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This trip to Raleigh to meet with my hopefully new client was a good one. We presented our proposal to board members and it went off without a hitch. We were all a little nervous that the projector wouldn’t work, that the computers might glitch up… Just about anything could happen.
We arrived at the restaurant where we would later show of our presentation, set up the computers, screen and projector and just sat tight for a bit, going over the presentation one last time and making a few last minute changes.
The members arrived around 7:00 and I was pleased to meet them. Most all of them were very familiar with my mother who has worked for them for about seven years. She has since retired and it has kind of been up to me to take her place.
Big shoes to fill for sure. It makes me the third generation in our family to work for this client and for the first time in over 15 years we have competition.
Our proposal detailed how we would take the client from print and television advertising and into the digital revolution utilizing sits and services like GoogleAds, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress Blogs and several other options including Twitter and Woopra.
This was almost all foreign to the board. While a couple of board members have their own websites, most stopped at having an email address, which they may or may not know how to work.
Explaining each of the aspects of the proposal, even something with the name Really Simple Syndication (RSS) was anything but simple.
In the end I think they really dug the ideas we presented, mixing the usual print and television advertising with new media advertising. Only time will tell. It could be as soon as July 15 that we know where their votes are headed but as late as August.
Wish me luck!