|Weeks ending 14 Sep
|Gearing up Obama's campaign office -
With Saumya's guidance the Obama office is getting organized.
- Making telephone calls - polite
inquires about voter preferences
- Canvassing - door-to-door queries
about the same
- Contributions - accepting any that
come through the door and supplying merchandise when people
want signs and buttons
- Data entry - keeping statistics on
then: the Republican convention threw a wrench in the
works by nominating
Palin as the candidate for Vice-President. It took
the Obama campaign about 3 nano-seconds to decide that Alaska
was a lost cause (although it took them longer than that to tell
us). So our organizer, Saumya, has been transferred elsewhere
and we are currently in limbo.
Sustainability cruise - Another
awareness/fundraising activity by Kat and Steve Haber, in this
case a cruise across Kachemak Bay to Stillpoint Lodge. We had
rotten weather going over but the lodge was warm and cozy, the
Sourdough Express outstanding and entertainment by the
The Palpitations was hilarious.
|Week ending 21 Sept
|Women for Obama - And yet another
event by the Haber's, this time for women only. Judi
attended and there were many inspirational speeches, signs made,
and more funds raised to support the effort.
Limbo - The beginning of the week was
consumed with communicating with the Obama office in Anchorage
to understand the campaign's plan with regard to Alaska in
general and Homer/District 35 in particular. By the end of
week it became clear that the office has been turned over to the
Alaska Democratic Party to push for the election of Democratic
candidates for the US Senate and House and local offices, Saumya
is in Nevada and we have the option to share offices with the
other candidates. Obama reduced the funding for offices in
Alaska from 11 to 3, and we are not one of the 3. The new
organizer and some local volunteers decide to seek a new office
and raise funds to support it.
Yantzse river talk - And on the
personal side the local theater is showing documentaries all
week and one of them happened to be about the Yantzse River that
we visited in 2001. So a phone call later we have signed
up to give a 5-minute introductory slide show before the
documentary. It was fun and went over well.
|Week ending 28 Sep
|Move to new office - The volunteers
and new organizer acted quickly and by the weekend we packed up
all of the office stuff and moved it to new quarters. A
quaint log-like cabin, it had many memories for the locals as
restaurants, previous campaign HQ, and probably more. We
think it is a bad idea to spend so much money on a new place,
but we'll pitch in to help as we can.
Berkowitz fundraiser - And speaking of funds, this is the
season as Alan & MindyParks jump in and provide a forum for Berkowitz to
explain his positions and ask people to contribute. We
have never been to any political fundraisers in our lives
before, and now they seem to come out of the woodwork.
Anchorage trip - And we take out a
couple of days to have Bob get a follow-on exam in Anchorage (we
scheduled a PET scan in October) and collect as many Obama artifacts as we can since we
find there appears to be a high demand for yard signs, bumper
stickers, and buttons of all kinds.