Upgrades, The Black Dude, and Other Forward Thinking

I just upgraded this blog from WordPress 1.5 to the current version, which I believe is 2.3.3. Yeah, I missed a few in there. I’m also planning to play around with the theme some, so if you read this from the source rather than via aggregator, you may see some changes.

In other news, on Saturday, for the first time in my life, a candidate I caucused for won. Wyoming Public Radio feels, for some reason, that telling you about its upcoming pledge drive (which, while very short, is unbearably annoying) is more important than telling you, oh, say, news, but happily NPR and the AP come through with the results, even down to the county.

I got to the caucus site about ten minutes before it started (under normal Wyoming circumstances, that would be early) to find a line to get in. I didn’t even have to wait in line at the DMV when I got my Wyoming license; I rarely have to wait in lines at the grocery store. I had a nice time chatting with my fellow registered Democrats, though, and one turned out to be a fellow librarian. The organizers of this caucus had somehow missed the national press attention that Wyoming was getting in the days prior to the caucus, and they had thus booked a room that holds about 25 people. There were about 300 people there, and so they had us crowd around the main floor and the balcony of the floor above.

Where I come from, a caucus means getting a bunch of people in a large room and saying, “Okay, if you’re for the woman, go over there; if you’re for the black dude, go over there.” (And then, because it’s the first caucus in the nation, you get about ten more choices, which as you may imagine is why I have never before caucused for a winner.) In this caucus, we still heard some speeches and endorsements, but then we filled out ballots sort of like this one and deposited them in a cardboard box with a hole cut in it. After that, there may well have been more, but I’ve been ill and so I left to come back home and sleep before my week of Missoula Children’s Theatre (brought to you by the Park County Arts Council, of which I am a proud member) and Thinking Ahead (where I’m going to be talking about Radical Reference).

Although it was exciting to have voted for a winner, I am not really all that excited. There’s enough background about what I think and who I’ve voted for elsewhere on this site. Suffice it to say that, while the candidates whose positions I really admired have long since dropped out, I am trying to see that having either a woman or a person of color as a major party nominee (and, one hopes, as President) is a major symbolic step for this country and the world.

4 thoughts on “Upgrades, The Black Dude, and Other Forward Thinking”

  1. You and your readers might be interested to know that my wife has earned a degree as a POLITICAL JUNKIE. The diploma hangs on our bedroom wall. It was awarded by an adjunct faculty member at Florida Keys Community College in Key West. Henry Woods, the seminar leader, grew up with Bill Clinton, worked for him and other Arkansas politicians in Washington for a number of years, and is therefore a Hillary backer. Henry’s view (this is some weeks ago) is that Hillary will take the vice presidential spot on the ticket, if offered. Some others believe that her fierce and relentless campaigning is aimed now at making it impossible for Obama not to choose her. And I add, though this is admittedly somewhat ghoulish, that more than one friend of mine has observed that Obama is the perfect target for the next presidential assassination. Let’s hope not.

  2. A good friend of mine has said she’ll be amazed if Obama doesn’t get assassinated. Ghoulish, perhaps, but unfortunately probably not implausible.

  3. How well I remember the two caucuses in Mt Vernon in 11976. The chairman of the Art department struggled to maintain order at mine. The other one consisted of your dad & the chairmen of the Philosphy & (I think) Chemistry dep’ts. Don’t know whethe sherry was served.

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