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!
Due to circumstances beyond my control…particularly my coming to the realization that my current job is running out at the end May and I haven’t spent a moment looking for another…I’ve made the decision to step away from blogging for a couple of weeks.
To any who may not know, I currently work as a Political Advocacy for the Democratic Party and in particular I’m involved with the campaign of a candidate running for local office in the Democratic Primary. The Primary election here in San Antonio is scheduled for May 29th. If we win the primary, and that possibly is looking very good, I have been offered a position with the campaign working towards the General Election in November. However, as well as the campaign is going, it’s far from a definite. Also, I’m not sure I want to spend another summer in south Texas… where we’ve already experienced triple digit temperatures. This, combined with my wishing to continue in my Robert Heinlein quest to learn and take a role in as many different experiences as possible in my lifetime, leads me to wanting to look elsewhere…not only new employment, but also a new location. This will require some focus on my part. There’s no question that working on a political campaign has been interesting, eye-opening, and at times both exciting and exhausting, and that the final upcoming 30 days towards the primary will no doubt be the most intense and interesting …which is all the more reason for my needing to take a small break from blogging.
Since I usually only post two or three times weekly, I doubt my contribution here will be missed much…however I will greatly miss having the time to go over the wonderful posts of friends and those I’ve come to know in my 5 months here. It’s something I’ve grown to love and I WILL BE BACK. To any wanting to get in touch for any reason I can be reached via email. I will, regrettably, not be able to respond to any comments. In the meantime…don’t stop pursuing the things you love!!