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January 31st, 2004

i am not a stuffed tiger.

out of order

After getting home late last night, I slept in this morning before going to Town Hall to volunteer for Howard Dean's appearance. When I arrived, a few hours early, there was already a line of people wrapping around the block to secure their place.


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I went inside, pasted a staff badge on my suit jacket and learned how to register people. Our mission was to make sure that we have as many supporters in the database. It was pretty hectic as we registered about a thousand people using a row of thirteen laptops.

By the time we'd closed registration and the auditorium was full, the line of people was still around the block standing in the rain. The foyer was used for standing room overflow and speakers were set up so that everyone could hear the speech. Eventually, I was able to join a pack of volunteers in making a run for the auditorium. Luckily, the fire marshall didn't show up to shut the place down.

Dean was great: very enthusiastic, answered questions, and took more shots at Bush than Kerry. And the crowd loved it. This amazing response, the energy of the crowd, and getting an email from one of my letters to an undecided voter (who's voting for Dean through a religious exemption) gives me a little bit of hope for the campaign.

I stayed to clean up and went back to the office to help enter data from new supporters. We need to get people to the caucuses -- to find your caucus location, click here.