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Episode 34: 27

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

It’s a chilly clear sunny dry autumn day here in Corinna, Maine. The summer has lingered for several weeks and I’ve had plenty of opportunity to witness its slow passing. Since June 14, I’ve seen more of Maine than I ever saw of Oregon in fourteen years. Amazing what having a car and a traveling field job can do for sightseeing.

I have had little time for intentional sightseeing in the past month. I’m on the job from early morning to midnight every day. In the political game there is one measure that matters and that is how many hours and minutes left until election day. Money, endorsements, volunteers, those are all subjective. We can’t get more time, no matter what. At this point, election day will be upon me in less than 27 days.

I’ve been doing what I can to assist thirty candidates to get into the Maine Statehouse. Mostly it’s a driving job, as they are spread over the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi. But my publishing, computer, and (yes) theater skills are often employed for the fight.

Meanwhile, my compatriots in the Bangor Democratic office are working hard to secure votes for John Kerry. There’s gobs of volunteers there every night, mostly making phone calls to what remaining undecided voters are still out there. Maine only has one electoral vote that’s up for grabs, but the grabbing is clearly fierce.

I’m doing what I can through Bush Bites. Every night before I finally let myself hit the sack, I write up one more and post it. (Thanks to Star and Rees for contributing.) You’ll find Bush Bites at Actually, you’ll find Bush Bites in your e-mail box daily. I figured since you’re interested enough in what I have to say about myself, you probably will appreciate what I have to say about someone important like the President. If I’m wrong, it’s darn easy to unsubscribe and you won’t be bothered by my political propaganda again.

Please spread them around! Bush Bites might be small, but they aren’t concerned with swift boats or Dan Rather. They’re concerned with what has happened in the last four years. Somehow I think that makes Bush Bites pretty useful.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED TO VOTE, PLEASE DROP EVERYTHING AND DO SO AT ONCE. Deadlines are fast upon us and you may have to move rapidly. Remember that you need to re-register every time you move or change your name. (Of course my international and 17-below friends are exempt from registering to vote! Thanks for your interest nonetheless!)

Well, my free time is up. Gotta hit the road and go see a candidate. Please do what you can. See you in 27 days!

P.S. Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" is now available on video. If you haven't seen it yet, please do so.


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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