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Friday, August 22, 2008

 10:55 PM 

Delegate Diary: Arrival in Denver

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Stan Davis
During the flight to Denver, I wondered how I would start my first blog entry from the Democratic National Convention. As I watched them unload the shuttle that I had taken to the hotel and did not see any sign of my luggage, I wondered no more. The genius who had felt the need to question whether I was old enough to know what "in like Flint" meant had apparently neglected to put my luggage on the shuttle (which appeared to be his one and only purpose for being there). The crisis ended about two hours later when a gentleman arrived with my bags, one of which held the very computer on which I am typing now.

Other than the luggage drama, everything about our arrival in Denver was great. There were greeters (who were wearing cowboy outfits for some reason) to answer questions. As you can imagine, Denver has really rolled out the red carpet for the event. The entire hotel is being occupied by people attending the convention. We are here with the delegations from Illinois and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I still can't quite figure out why you would ever leave the Virgin Islands if you lived there, even to come to the convention.

I also saw my first celebrity (sort of) while waiting in front of the hotel for my luggage to show up. Mark Shields, who used to be the moderator of CNN's "Capital Gang" and is now on whatever they call the old MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour on PBS these days. He said "hi" as he passed me, but he looked as though it had been a rough day, so I left him alone. No offense to Mr. Shields, but I am hoping that the celebrity sightings get better.

The last amusing, but not surprising, note is that Packers fans came all the way to Denver from Wisconsin and are now sitting down in the bar watching the Packers/Broncos pre-season football game.

-- Davis is a government relations partner at Axley Brynelson, LLP.

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