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The Adventures of Steve


Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Yesterday, the sun was bright and the sky was blue. My cell phone weather report was reporting imminent snow, and I made jokes about it all day. "If this snow keeps up like this, I'm going have to break out my summer gear," I quipped unwisely.

When I raised the window shade this morning, I was shocked to see a blizzard in process. There were four or five inches of show on everything, and sheets of ice were wafting down and around in the blowing wind. Sure made me reluctant to walk to work at 7:45, as if I really needed a demotivator.

Well, I sure ate my words. After getting into all of my Iowa "Perfect Storm" gear, I finally cracked my door and instantly a cloud of the stuff flew into my face and eyes. Wild! There was even a pile of snow against my front door.

There was so much ice out there, no sane driver should have been on the roads. There was no visibility, and all lights that faced north were completely covered up. Cars were slipping and sliding all over the place. But if driving was crazy, that was nothing compared to me; there was nobody else stumbling around on foot, waddling through the snow banks and clutching a scarf trying to stave off the insidious stinging ice flakes. I felt like Luke struggling out of the Wampa cave.

It took about twice as long to get to the office today, but I finally, finally learned my lesson about wool. Yes, wool, somehow, is impervious to snow. My shoes, coat, scarf and gloves were covered with wet white clumps but my pants remained oddly indifferent to the stuff. Hanna will be relieved to know that I finally got it.

The storm peaked about noon, when, of course, I stumbled outside to go to the bank and pick up some lunch at home. I nearly got buried before I made it back again.

So I am fondly remembering the West Coast again tonight.

I purchased a few more home furnishings on sale at Meijer. I'm trying, bit by bit, to add some color to this place. Instead of a white trash can for the kitchen, I found an apple red toy box of about the same size, which will work nicely. I found two dishtowels, one yellow, the other rust colored with the word "Cheese" on it. I don't know what that's about, but I had to have it.

All in all, I'm settling into this full-time schedule and adjusting to my new home well. It is gratifying to be earning some cash again. The motivation to be working politically has so far been elusive, but hopefully the Dean event on Thursday will get me determined again.

Everything has worked out fine so far. I'm sure things will happen exactly when they need to.


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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