Sunday, August 31, 2008

Going Green at the DNC

Having just returned from the DNC, I can attest that all things green were eagerly embraced, including hotel card keys.

These "green" card keys were made from what appeared to be balsa wood, like an old school model airplane. I guess wooden card keys decompose faster than plastic, which would have been great, if they had actually worked.

Instead, I returned to my room on three separate occasions following 15-hour days only to be denied entry. I felt like a guy playing a slot machine, slipping my key into the card reader, hoping for three bars.

Alas, the house won all three times and I slunk away.

To resolve this problem, the hotel replaced my card with an environmentally offending plastic card. I'm as green as the next guy, but not enough to sleep in the hall. Apparently, balsa wood isn't ready to cross over from model airplanes just yet.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I'm a writer. I have lots of opinions.

Yet, somewhat inexplicably, I haven't joined the blogger world. I somehow missed out on the opportunity to foist my opinions on countless other in cyberspace.

Today, I rectify that shortcoming.

That's why I jokingly called my blog "The Last Blog in America" because that's the way it feels to me. I'm late to the party, but eager to make up for lost time.

Perhaps I'm feeling this way because I just returned from the Democratic National Convention. There was a tent there called "The Big Tent" that was filled with bloggers. They drank energy drinks and carried backpacks stuffed with notepads and tiny cameras. They seemed important.

Bigwigs like Katie Couric even dropped by to see them.

Today, I join them. I'm not sure what I'll talk about, but I'm sure I'll have plenty to say. Did I mention I have lots of opinions?

And Katie, see you in four years. I'll bring the Red Bull.