Friday, December 31, 2004

Here it is...

...the final one of the year.

Emily's in India. The family's in Monteverde. Alex is working. I'm alone for New Year's. This sucks.

Panera's has become my new favorite hangout. I just order a cappuchino, plug in my laptop, and off to happy land we go.

This is what I came up with:

Presenting 2004

January. I don't remember anything cool happening in January. (But I'm sure Emily will remember something for me and be angry at me for not remembering)

February. The drama with Alex and Sandra begins. Alex moves out. Drama, drama, drama.

March. And now for a taste of things to come. I see John Kerry speak in Orlando on March 3. Out of about 2000 people standing in line, only about 150 get in. I was about the 5th to last person to get in. I see him speak a week later in Ybor with Emily (who is really sick). I get to shake his hand. I also meet Allan Oliver in March, and so begins my LCV oddysey. I basically stop worrying about school work and start spending a lot of time volunteering for LCV.

April. April started off with National I'm Embarassed by my President Day. I put a brown ribbon on the antenna of my car; somebody pulls off my antenna and pours soda or beer all over my car. I also actually meet John Kerry on April 20th and a small rally on Tampa Bay. Helped plan Earth Day at Rollins. Gave a mini-speech at the kickoff of the EVP and then went to DC with Emily and Margeaux. Skipped work at the Cheesecake Factory for the March...never went back. Allan offers me a job as team leader with LCV. I accept.

May. Graduation! China! EVP! I started as a team leader 2 weeks early. Brian Riley never showed up. Another team leader never shows up either (don't remember his name). The other team leader (Raina) and I don't really get along. Stress.

June. I meet John Kerry again on June 1. I quit LCV the next day. A week later I go back and do some volunteering. I have terrible feelings of guilt for quitting, but I am not ready to devote that many hours. Steve steps in and takes over Red Team. He does a kick ass job; he turns into the cool team leader.

July. Emily and I go watch the July 4th fireworks in Sarasota. I sell a bunch of T-shirts at a theater showing Fahrenheit 9/11. I worked at MGM during most of the month of July. I got really fat because of Kraft services. Spent a lot of time volunteering with LCV. Emily is in Sarasota all summer going to summer school.

August. The start of the never ending hurricane season. Charlie postpones the start of school for Emily. The campaign gets sidelined. I crawl back to Allan and ask him if I can be an organizer for the fall. A few days later he offers me a job as a team leader. I accept, get the keys to a van, and move into LCV housing.

September. More hurricanes. The campaign stalls. I get fatter from all the fast food. I hardly see Emily. I'm working 100 hour weeks. I don't have time to sleep, shower, or do laundry. I took Emily out to Hue for her birthday. I got her the Sims 2 and diamond earrings as gifts.

October. RED SOX BEAT THE YANKEES IN 7 GAMES. RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES. I AM NOW A WORLD CHAMPION AND ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS CAN NOT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME! Nothing else matters....but....the campaign is kicking into high gear. People from all over the country pour in. I turn 26. My team keeps getting bigger (even though I keep having problems with Chip). I get assigned 42 precincts to organize for the weekend before Election Day. We also have to deal with over 40 out of state volunteers staying in Kissimmee.

November. On Election Day my team canvassed 144 canvassing shifts. We still lose. I go to Emily's hours after the polls close and fall asleep. The next day I went back to office and cried. Like a girl. All morning. I spent 8 more days in LCV housing. I got a job at Kres. I crashed at Emily's. I got an apartment with Crissie. Thanksgiving at Emily's.

December. More work at Kres Chophouse. I pick up every shift that I can. The week before Christmas I worked 8 shifts (out of a possible 11). I spend Christmas with Emily's family because my family is in Costa Rica. Emily goes to India. I spend New Year's Eve with Steve eating pizza and watching South Park in my apartment.

Come on 2005, what do you have in store?

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