This evening I got to attend my first event at the DNC:
It was the 2008 Rocky Mountain Delegates Welcome Reception and Barbecue presented by C-SPAN.
Since Jason, Craig and Rob (among others) were at some kind of "Green Concert" out at Red Rocks, featuring Craig's favorite, The Dave Matthews Band, I ended up going alone. I did meet Bob and Aaron down there, but it was my first adventure into the "wilds of Denver" all by my lonesome. It was quite the adventure!
On my way out of the hotel, I stopped to say hi to Kurt Bestor (UT delegate) and his wife, Petrina, along with Erika George (UT delegate).
First up is this beautiful church, which apparently has a labyrinth that is open to the public on Wednesdays at 11:30 am. If I'm not doing anything important Wednesday morning, I'm going to try to go!
Here's that same church, as viewed from the hotel balcony.
The walk along the 16th Street Mall was amazing. If you ever come to Denver, this area is must-see. Beware, though...while it's not apparent that the narrow brick roads would fit a bus, you should pay attention to the fine line of where the sidewalk ends and the road begins.
The free buses run up and down 16th street, as often as every 90 seconds, and they're quite packed. Besides the buses, bikes, skateboarders and horse-drawn carriages frequent these narrow roads, and provide quite the experience. Small shops of all types line the road.
I only had to walk about a block and a half from the bus to get to the Welcome Reception. I was among the first to arrive, so I got some up close photos of the artwork lining the gallery that the reception was hosted in.
The longest wall in the building was filled with these.
How Dire The Hour, when they pass the keys
to the kingdom to a Blackman, To An African,
To An African American. With the Treasury Bankrupt,
the nation in shambles, hated and despised globally.
Now they got a Smiling Brown Face To pick up the pieces.
The time for change is long overdue. Tell the people the
truth, 43 white men in succession never did. This is not a
great nation, just a megalomaniacal one. Greatness is born
with the wise and compassionate use of power, which we
rarely have ever achieved. We seek a leader not a Politician
Let them know the ship is sinking, the house is on fire!!
There were many familiar faces, along with plenty of new ones from surrounding states.
Aaron signing my 2008 Convention Yearbook.
Erika George (UT delegate) along with two women from Wyoming (I think!).
I'm not sure which events I'll be attending this week, other than Tuesday morning's Women for Obama breakfast. But, I'll be sure to keep anything interesting posted about on here, as will the other bloggers!
Update: Ooops, as the commenter noted, the artwork said 43 not 54. It was a typo on my part - it was late. :)