contact Steve Ransom
The Adventures of Steve

Episode 23: Mr. Ransom is going to Washingon

Sunday, April 18, 2004

I just wrote a $300 check to 21st Century Democrats. Starting Friday June 4, I will be attending their 4-day campaign organizer training seminar… in Washington, D.C. My quest to restore democracy in America is taking me to the nation's capital. Yes, their headquarters is within spitting distance of the White House.

There are a few obstacles between now and then, but nothing is more powerful than intention. I have now set into motion the machinery that will extract me from my current employment and begin the next phase of my adventure.

Signing up for the seminar is just half of the story. I've also applied to be a field organizer for the same organization. They are interested in placing trained campaign workers into critical campaigns across the country, and they'll pay for it too. In my application, I indicated that I hope they have something in Ohio, but I will accept any post they want to offer me.

I sent in my application with a few work-related references listed, but I think I want to try something a little more pro-active. It's time for my own personal campaign. I need your help.

The e-mail address is The person you want to write to is Kim de Courcy. Please send her a quick note regarding my ability to get the job done, whatever it may be. Put "Recommendation letter for Steve Ransom" in the subject line so that there isn't any confusion on her part. Please be straight and on the level, and I'm sure it will help.

Gary here is trying to persuade me to stay here in Columbus… after all, I did only just get here. But I can't say no to the opportunity to get paid to work against the neo-cons. I am still certain that Ohio is where the political action is going to be. Turns out that possibly the biggest player in the election this year, Diebold Inc., is an Ohio company and, in an August 14 letter, their CEO pledged that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its votes to the President." Diebold has worked closely with Columbus-based technology giant Battelle to build the easily tampered electronic voting machines. Even now, Franklin County is considering acquiring Diebold machines for the Columbus area.

But from where I'm sitting in the northeast corner of the county, all that is a long way away from here. I need to get mobile, somehow, and that probably means car. I've considered cycling up here but I'd just be gambling with my life. There are no bicycle provisions in this part of town, trails, lanes, shoulders, sidewalks, nothing. So I'm in conversation with fellow Deaniac Pat Stover who just happens to have a spare automobile.

In the meantime, spring is upon us here in Ohio. I have never heard so many birds chortling away at 5 in the morning before in my life. The weather is very pleasant too, with just a touch of the East Coast humidity I remember from my summertime visits to this time zone.

Employment hit a new low this week as I spent eight hours by myself in the mildewy basement taping pieces of paper to cardboard boxes. This is the panic week before we leave for the National Leadership Conference in Cincinnati next Monday, and there will be much gnashing of teeth. But that will be over soon.

In a side note for my Oregon friends, the aforementioned 21st Century Democrats will be hosting a similar campaign training workshop in Oregon this June 18 - 21. Where in Oregon, I'm not sure. These people are from the East Coast and don't know that there's a big difference between Portland and Roseburg, but if you're curious, I'll find out for you.


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.

design © 2004