Two Weeks: An Update
Has it really been 3 months? Wow!
Though in my last post (of 3 months ago!) I expressed interest in leaving south Texas for the summer…it’s now late July and I’m very much still here.
And it’s HOT! Texas hot!
Also, as the weather heats up so does the race towards the general election in November. The campaign I was working with during the primary resulted in a loss, and as tough as that was, life goes on. I was correct, however, that the final 30 days leading into the primary were extremely intense, especially the last two weeks of early voting. There is nothing quite as poignant as being in the back room as an election night party rages on the the main hall, and sitting with 3 or 4 guys all of us constantly hitting ‘refresh’ on our computers as the real numbers come in. And realizing, that for all our work, for the weeks of 12 hours days and living on a diet consisting of nothing but coffee, cheap south-side San Antonio tacos, and bar-b-que fund-raisers, and the 10 additional pounds resulting from this diet, we were going to lose. The numbers don’t lie, and we knew the results within minutes of the polls closing…though we still kept hitting refresh and hoping for a shift, all the while cursing that 3rd candidate who threw in his hat at the last minute and yet still managed to swing 8%…the 8% we needed. I will say however, that our candidate held up well. She faced her defeat, as well as her supporters, like a true trooper. Much admiration to her for that. All I wanted to do was go home and sleep…for like a week. And, I’ve still yet to eat another taco.
I’ve just, in the past few days, signed on to work with the re-election campaign of a Democrat Texas State Representative. As I made my way, once again, to the south-side of the city, passing the taco places along streets littered with political signs, I suddenly felt the urge not only for the excitement of another campaign, but also for a taco. Carne asada!
I also felt the urge to return here, to …things I love. It’s been too long!