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Episode 24: Seven nights in Cin city

Monday, May 3, 2004

Phew! What a week. What a day! Wow. I returned last night from Cincinnati, where I spent a week with the Business Professionals of America and their annual National Leadership Conference.

The conference was a full week of intense work. During the week, I was usually driving, hauling, helping, running, or selling. I did get to see a bit of Cincinnati, and one night I went for a walk and wound up in Kentucky, making the number of states I've stood in the past year a round ten. I liked the downtown area of Cincinnati, although I still think Portland has the best American downtown.

This morning I called the 21st Century Democrats as I hadn't heard from them at all. They scheduled me for an interview (phone) tomorrow at 11 a.m., so I think it was a good thing I called. The office was quiet as most everyone was taking the day off. My boss was having such a rotten day that I kept waiting for a good opportunity to hand him the envelope that was burning in my pocket, but that opportunity never came.

So just after 5 p.m., I plunked down in his office and handed it over. It was a pretty tough moment for me, tears and everything. I hate quitting, even when it is essential. But it was a great moment in my life. I felt the traffic signal of destiny going from red to green again. Even though it was clear John was highly disappointed, he didn't react in anger at all and we even talked about consulting after I leave.

After I left the office, I felt amazing. I still felt awful, but I also felt like laughing. "Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen," was the phrase running through my mind. I had planned this day two months ago and it went exactly as I wanted. In awe of life, I stood in the parking lot of Meijer, in the sun, huge fluffy white clouds cruising by overhead, my eyes closed, feeling, in a way, that I was standing on top of the world.

It's the moments that we dread so much that really shape our lives. How odd! It's amazing that we have such fear of taking control of our lives.

Right, enough philosophizing. Time to get to work.

This Saturday, is sponsoring voter registration efforts in key states, including Oregon and Ohio. If you would like more information, please see

If you haven't, please sign up on the John Kerry Web site for campaign news and volunteer requests. It's essential that the folks on the left get behind the Democratic candidate so that we can win this one.

Meanwhile, the folks from Dean for America have rebuilt themselves into Democracy for America and this group is just as determined to "make a difference in this land." See the new Web site at and get involved!

Thanks to everyone for the continued support! Here's hoping I interview well tomorrow.


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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