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Watkins Glen Italian Fest August 5, 2006

Posted by Kilgore Trout in Campaign, Local.
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So your thinking why is he talking about some festival on a political website? I went because I was hoping to get to talk to both Randy Kuhl and Eric Massa as both of their sites said they would be there. I walked around the staging area for the parade and saw no sign of Kuhl, although having never really met him I wasn’t sure if i would recognize him. I should note that there had been more to my plan but it fell through so I wasn’t as actively trying to seek out the candidates as I otherwise would have been. You’ll learn about the plan as soon as it’s first phase is completed. So then I went looking for Massa, and it wasn’t so much of a search as I simply followed the next group of white shirt that said “Massa for Congress” and soon was surrounded by those shirts with various people offering a shirt to me. I kindly refused the shirt repeatedly as at that point I was still hoping to talk to Randy. I was able to talk with Massa who was very receptive to the idea of this site. I wandered and mingled with the group of Massa supporters, talked with the chair of the democratic party for Yates county. (don’t quote me on all of these details I forgot to write things down) One person who was a coordinator from the Rochester area asked if each town then had its own leader, to which the woman turned and said there’s 20,000 people in the entire county, no we don’t have separate leaders for each town. I got a kick out of that, partially because this very sweet lady was just an absolute firecracker. She would fire right up when certain issues were mentioned, it was great. I continued to mingle, spoke with people from all over the district and soon the parade would be underway. So rather than take off and find a spot to watch while sitting alone, I decided non-partisan be damned I’m taking a shirt.

So now I’m walking through Watkins glen with the sun on my shoulders a light breeze blowing while listening to a civil war style marching band, which is intentionally perfect music to walk to, and fitting as I’m handing out literature about a military vet to people on the streets watching the parade. Off to my left are more people handing out fliers, flags and candy for the kids. Behind me is the Massa sign and two tall banners, followed by the truck and float. The float was actually a cardboard battleship made to look like the one Eric was one. It was cardboard because it had been used in the infamous Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Regatta early this summer, which I’ve never been to but it always looked fun. And swarming around the float was the mass of Massa supporters the only person who claims to have counted all of the Massa shirts put the number at 87, seeing as I had 60 in my head as a guess, its not unreasonable. And then in the midst of all that was Eric jogging back and forth from one side of the street to the next, then up to peoples porches to shake hands and answer quick questions. It was a parade after all not really time to debate the solution to global warming. There was an energy in the crowd, like at a really good concert (alright let be honest a GOOD concert has more energy but you get the point) particularly during Eric’s pep rally speech right before the parade started. So if you like parades but feel like a new perspective I highly recommend going to one that Massa is attending, just to talk to the supports and of course Eric himself and soon you’ll be wearing a Massa shirt and telling everyone how great he is, now here’s the kicker, as your singin’ his praise you’ll realise that you honestly believe in the guy.

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1. pjpoes - August 6, 2006

Sounds like it was a good time Tim, I was sitting around durring work in the sun. I defined positive reinforcement finaly, hopefully that wont be debated.

2. TomT - August 9, 2006

Even if you can’t talk to Kuhl in person, maybe you can take part in one of his taxpayer-funded Virtual Town Hall meetings.

3. Kilgore Trout - August 10, 2006

only if he calls my cell. which is too bad, cause I think I would have fun asking him questions about why he said the war was going well when a couple days later the generals said they knew thing would get bad, no one thought they would get this bad. Or why he is talking about voting for the minimum wage hike, but not untill it had a tax break for the rich attached. Id ask if the phone call I was on was being paid for from my tax money or from his campaign, and if its from taxes then shouldn’t I be able to return the favor by calling him collect and talking about the issues I think are important?

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[…] and Art of The Possible in Elmira/Corning:  So now I’m walking through Watkins glen with the sun on my shoulders a light breeze blowing while listening to a civil war style marching band, which is intentionally perfect music to walk to, and fitting as I’m handing out literature about a military vet to people on the streets watching the parade. Off to my left are more people handing out fliers, flags and candy for the kids. Behind me is the Massa sign and two tall banners, followed by the truck and float. The float was actually a cardboard battleship made to look like the one Eric was one. It was cardboard because it had been used in the infamous Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Regatta early this summer, which I’ve never been to but it always looked fun. And swarming around the float was the mass of Massa supporters the only person who claims to have counted all of the Massa shirts put the number at 87, seeing as I had 60 in my head as a guess, its not unreasonable. […]

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