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The Presidential Campaign Comes to Denver for a Day

Thursday, January 31, 2008 3:39 PM

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in Denver on January 30, 2008

Yesterday, the Democratic Presidential campaign came to Denver for a day and Andrea and I were at both events.  First thing in the morning, we attended the Barack Obama rally at the University of Denver.  The doors to Magness Arena were supposed to open at 8:30, but when we arrived, there were already thousands of people in line.  We barely got into the lobby of the arena before the Secret Service slammed the doors shut.  We ended up watching Federico Pena and Rod Smith's speech on the small arena tvs before they had everyone go outside to the lacrosse field.  I was impressed the Obama himself took the time to visit both of the overflow locations in person to thank people for coming out.  The best quote of the day was when he said on the lacrosse field that, "It looks like we need a bigger boat," as there were about 14,000 people at the event.  They then played the main speech over the loudspeakers and we left after that.

While we were waiting in line for Obama, Andrea's friend, Faith Winter, got us volunteered for the Bill Clinton fundraiser for Hillary in the evening.  We had to be at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek at 5:15 pm for a brief training fro the fundraiser.  People started flowing in around 6 pm for the event and we finally started letting people in around 6:30.  I was assigned to check tickets at the door.  I made the mistake of stopping the head of Mr. Clinton's Secret Service detail.  She was dressed like anyone else and when I asked to see her ticket, she said "I have one better, I have a badge."  She then introduced herself and kept on checking the security arrangements.  I also met former Denver Mayor, Wellington Webb, though I didn't recognize him at first.  He was very much less than impressed that I asked to see his ticket.  He was a much larger man than I imagined, 6'6"-6'7" and easily 300 pounds.

It was definitely interesting people watching at the Clinton fundraiser.  Tickets were either $100 or $1000 to the event, yet it was still a cash bar!?!?!?  We had a good time joking with the Denver police officer assigned to the door during the lulls in traffic and got to go in and hear Bill speak for about 30 minutes.  I was definitely surprised that, given Bill's reputation as a charismatic speaker, he wasn't half the orator that Obama was. 

I came away from the day even more impressed with Obama than I had been before.  I had been planning to vote for Obama in the caucus on February 5th, and nothing I saw during the day changed that.  All in all, it was a great day getting to experience a political campaign up close.

 
By: Shane
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Rockies Season Tickets

Friday, January 18, 2008 10:12 AM

Colorado Rockies - 2007 National League Champion

We got the final invoice for the Rockies season tickets that we are splitting with the Krells yesterday.  Andrea got me the tickets for Christmas and I couldn't be more excited.  It's only 4 weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!  We will be sitting in Section 304, Row 1, only 3 seats down from where Lauren has her season tickets.  Opening Day is April 4!

 
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Update

Friday, January 18, 2008 10:04 AM

Once again it's been way too long since I posted an update on here.  Last Saturday, January 12, was my 29th birthday.  Andrea made her wonderful quiche lorraine for breakfast.  We then went to see I Am Legend in the afternoon.  It was a good movie.  I liked it a lot more than Andrea and I think she thought it was a little slow.  I enjoyed the movie, but I would have preferred a little more development of the back story which would have cleared up some of the "whys" in the movie. 

After the movie, we got dressed up and then went to Fruition for dinner.  I had the Pasta Carbonara starter and the Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and Andrea had the Green Oak Leaf Salad and the Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I also had the Deep Dish Bourbon Pecan Pie and Andrea had the Carmelized Banana Pudding for dessert.  It was an excellent dinner and I would highly recommend it.  We then went home and had a slice of the truly excellent German Chocolate Cake that Andrea had made from scratch for me.

It's also been a busy week since then.  Grandma and Grandpa invited us to brunch at their place on Sunday.  Then Tuesday evening was filled with Fujitsu and Turnverein meetings.  It was nice to meet my new boss, Yarub Al-Ahmad, for the first time and I was impressed by him.  Wednesday I had a number of meetings at church, and tonight we're going to the Avalanche vs. Blackhawks game.  It's the first Avs game I've been to in over a year.

I hope everyone is doing well.  Happy Birthday to Kim, Lacy, and Bethany who have all had birthdays since my last post!

 
By: Shane
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Happy Birthday Andrea!

Friday, January 4, 2008 6:35 PM

Happy 26th Birthday Andrea! Today is Andrea's 26th birthday!  Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife!
 
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, January 4, 2008 6:33 PM

Andrea and I with our Christmas Tree

For Christmas, Andrea and I drove out to Iowa to visit her family.  On Saturday, we mostly relaxed and then went and got haircuts and Diana's salon.  On Sunday, we had pictures taken with the entire extended family and then went down to Grandma Bice's new house for Christmas with that side of the family.

On Christmas Eve, Andrea and I attended the 3 pm service at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.  This was the small service with approximately 3000 people.  It was far and away the largest Lutheran church that I've ever seen.  At the same time, it was the most un-Lutheran Lutheran church that I've ever seen.  It was very much an evangelical megachurch as opposed to what we expected from a Lutheran church.  While we both believe that there are definitely some lessons for Holy Shepherd that can be learned from Hope, both of us agreed that if Holy Shepherd ever resembled Lutherand Church of Hope, we would no longer be going there.  After the service, we went back to Andrea's parents' house and then drove to Grandma and Grandpa Love's house for Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, both Andrea and her mom had come down with the flu, so we had a subdued Christmas morning and then just relaxed around the house for the day.  On Wednesday, Andrea was still not feeling well, so we stayed in Iowa another day and I just worked from their basement.  On Thursday, another blizzard hit all of eastern Colorado, so we decided to wait another day and then ended up just staying for the weekend.  We finally got home to Denver on Sunday, December 30. 

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Years.  I also want to remember our across the street neighbor, Kent Yoh, who passed away on Christmas Day.  He and his wife, Ina Claire, have lived across the street for the last 39 years and he will be missed.

 
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