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Episode 14: Adventures in Indecision

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Well, it’s been a week now since I returned from Iowa and I am still suffering from “Storm Syndrome,” a widely-reported malady in which the former “Perfect Stormer” is entirely bummed.

I have, in general, done nothing since my return to Rancho Cordova. My parents have been more than patient with my lack of seeking a life. I have thought of lots of things to do, but I have no plans yet to do any of them.

  • PLAN A. This was the original plan. I would, via Internet and Dean contacts in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Florida, find a job or at least a couple of interviews, put all my belongings into a van, find an apartment, and then volunteer in my spare time on the Dean campaign.

    Strengths: This option, while expensive in the short run, would actually generate money. It would also position me for the larger post-convention fight against Bush this summer.

    Faults: Was dependent on Dean doing better, or much worse. Dean might still have more delegates than Kerry and he’s still talking tough, but his situation is extremely precarious. Help now is essential.

  • PLAN B. Go to Arizona. The Arizona Primary is this Tuesday. I would go to Arizona (probably today) and help canvas in Phoenix or some other city.

    Strengths: Arizona could be a crucial win for Dean. And I know something about endless suburbs.

    Faults: No ride, no cheap airfare, nowhere to stay, no word back from the campaign volunteer coordinator.

  • PLAN C. Go to Washington. Washington’s caucus is Saturday, February 7, more than a week away. I take the train to Vancouver or Olympia or Seattle, probably Monday, stay with someone I know and hook up with canvassers out there.

    Strengths: It’s cheap to get to Washington, I do know some people there, the campaign was enthusiastic about my help, also a crucial win, and Alix Doonesbury has been laying down grassroots organization for over a year now.

    Faults: It’s five days after the “mini-Tuesday” primaries, I won’t have a weekend to canvass with, still costs money.

  • PLAN D. Who cares about going anywhere, the fight is right here! California has more delegates than any state. And Rancho Cordova is just ripe for canvassing.

    Strengths: No travel costs, have a place to stay, I know the town, and how many other people are possibly working R.C.?

    Faults: “Howard Dean? Haven’t heard of him. Has he been in any films?” California is apathetic. There might not be a campaign on March 2.

So I can’t decide. All the options sound good and my crystal ball is still stuck on “Kerry’s irrelevant.” I can’t figure out if I need to be moving NOW or if I have nothing to worry about or the campaign’s doomed anyway. The one thing I do know, I’m not doing anyone any good right now, except for Stuffy, who gets a lot more kitty play time than she used to.

This is where you get to pitch in. Please write to and let me know what you think I should do. Go long term, get stable, work for the big goal? Or do what I can for my candidate NOW? Lemme know.

Oh, and by the way, there are lots of photos from Iowa available from the main page (


All of the Adventures of Steve

   Episode 1: In which Steve leaves Eugene and arrives in Rancho Cordova.
   Episode 2: In which Steve visits the Jelly Belly factory and gets a haircut.
   Episode 3: In which Steve gets a cold, a big box, and a seat on a train.
   Episode 4: In which Steve receives shiny new toys and loyal old friends.
   Episode 5: In which Steve departs for Iowa and rants a bit about why.
   Episode 6: In which Steve takes a trip to Des Moines.
   Episode 7: In which Steve gets really involved.
   Episode 8: In which Steve starts hobnobbing but is haunted by Arne Baker.
   Episode 9: In which Steve becomes a groupie and is informed that we all have love in our hearts.
   Episode 10: In which Steve becomes a media whore.
   Episode 11: In which Steve takes on Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine and Michigan.
   Episode 12: In which Steve is pitted against Fort Dodge, Iowa and seven vans of unruly Texans.
   Episode 13: In which Steve learns that all his hard work wasn't enough to put the candidate back together again.
   Episode 14: In which Steve does nothing.
   Episode 15: In which Steve reaches a decision and attempts to get virtually hired.
   Episode 16: In which we thank the good doctor for all he did.
   Episode 17: In which Steve suits up for a new life in the Cap City!
   Episode 18: In which Steve starts to realize he’s not in Eugene anymore.
   Episode 19: In which Steve switches from job seeking to home seeking.
   Episode 20: In which Steve starts to learn some things via the error side of trial and error.
   Episode 21: In which Steve experiences his first blizzard.
   Episode 22: In which Steve contemplates his next move.
   Episode 23: In which Steve prepares to switch gears... again.
   Episode 24: In which Steve spends a week in a hotel with four thousand teenagers and then gives his 30-day notice.
   Episode 25: In which Steve reminisces about his 10 weeks in Columbus while waiting in the wings.
   Episode 26: In which the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
   Episode 27: In which Steve changes everything.
   Episode 28: In which Steve finds Brood X, gets a teeny crush on a fellow trainee and learns where he's going, approximately.
   Episode 29: In which Steve starts to see how politics really works.
   Episode 30: In which Steve writes a letter to Kelly, executive director of the group that fired me.
   Episode 31: In which Steve spends a tentative week commuting to work in Maine.
   Episode 32: In which Steve learns he's just one piece on the board.
   Episode 33: In which Steve settles in for three months of intense campaigning.
   Episode 34: In which Steve is deep into the final countdown.
   Episode 35: In which Maine wins, the nation loses and Steve heads home.
   Episode 36: In which Steve doesn’t do much more than comb the classifieds and update his Web site.
   Episode 37: In which Steve slips into a normal life.

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