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Call me paranoid, lunatic fringe, hormonal, whatever.

I picked up my Community Credentials pass to Obama’s acceptance speech.  I’m one of the few 30,000 Coloradans that got a pass into this sacred event.

So why am I suddenly uneasy?

My seat is so high up in Invesco field,  I’m at risk for altitude sickness.  This stadium is a place where typically on Sunday afternoons the benign Broncos are lazily playing football and fans are drinking beer and stuffing their faces with hot dogs and popcorn.

Out of nowhere,  I suddenly had an image of sitting in the nose bleed section being witness to and part of a mass panic, a terrorist attack, or a bloody non-violent revolution started by Recreate 68.  

  

I thought of  Cheney, Rove, the Bohemian Grove...are these guys really going to relinquish all the years of hard work they’ve spent to gain the power and control they have?

Are they really going to roll over and let a black man, well okay, 1/2 black man with liberal anti-war, alternative fuel, pro-American views, win the Presidency?

I ran into a friend on the Pearl  Street Mall.  I told him with excitement that I was going to Obama’s speech next Thursday afternoon.  He shook his head and said, “Oh man, there’s no way I would go to that.  You are going to be in danger!”

I hate it when that happens.

Then I thought of my cozy SAFE home with the obscene and capitalistic big screen TV and how easy it would be to watch the speech at home—all the great close up’s I would see and no hassle of getting down to Denver and fighting the crowds...or losing my life.

I can’t be that crazy.  Even Hillary was paranoid and cited the Bobby Kennedy assassination as one of the rationales for staying in the race.

I’m going to put all instincts aside, irrational or not.  I’m a mother at heart and I have my motherly duties.  I think of my children, and especially my 2 sons.  If their mother ends up some kind of casualty of some terrorist or even more intriguing, government conspiracy (Loose Change move over), boy, are they going to get the girls.



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      Susan Haley wrote Aug 20, 2008
    • Oh, and I work so hard at not being guilty of envy! :)

      You go girl! And scream some for me! I’ll be with you in spirit, nose bleed or no! I also work SO hard at not letting my own paranoia show in my “Let’s Talk Politics” column. Oh well, sometimes, ya just gotta let loose!

      Susan Haley



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      Emily Hansen wrote Aug 20, 2008
    • I hadn’t even thought about those things and I am trying to decide right this second if I want my teenage son to go with me because I actually got two credentials... I probably need to just not think too hard and go register my tickets.
      Have a good time and enjoy this historical event!
      Em



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Aug 21, 2008
    • Hi Susan and Em,

      Oh that damn paranoia.  Honestly, it’s just fear and I’m so determined to never make any decision out of fear.  Susan, I understand the paranoia—you start wondering if your phones are being checked!

      Em, holy moly you must take your son!  I hope you registered those tickets—weren’t you supposed to do that by yesterday?  They are hard to come by.  I think it will be most amazing to go and be a witness to all of this.  I’ll wave at you and your son :)

      Mary



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      Susan Haley wrote Aug 21, 2008
    • LOL! My only fear is that he won’t win. I guess I’m paranoid about other folk’s paranoias!

      My best friend lives out there in Westminster. I’ve been out so many times and wanted to go for this so bad! Just couldn’t swing it and probably wouldn’t have been able to get in anyway. It would have been fun just to be ‘there‘.
      When he was in Tampa at the Devil Rays’ stadium, you couldn’t get near the place! Frankly, I don’t understand the polls. The crowds are unbelievable everywhere he goes.

      I love your humor, by the way. Great columns.

      You guys enjoy!



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Aug 21, 2008
    • Susan,

      I don’t understand the polls either.  If 70% of Americans are unhappy with this current administration, and John McCain is clearly the same old...I don’t get it.

      However, I don’t represent Lorraine’s views (this is Mary) so I need to make that disclaimer.  Despite the fact that we are best friends, we are very different, we discuss politics all the time but we don’t go to the part of who who is going to vote for whom, although Lorraine knows where I stand.

      I am going to go.  Going to try to get signed up to go on a bus going down from Boulder as part of the Democratic party.  I decided not to give in to any fears.  Besides, if something awful were to happen, my children would always have a great story to tell about their mother.  It sounds cavalier, but my mother spent 15 years suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia and it is not a good way to go!

      Okay, I’m getting ridiculous here.  So glad you like our sense of humor.  As our role model Erma Bombeck says, “If you can’t fix it, laugh at it“.

      I’ll think of you when I’m at the speech.

      Now, who is going to be the VP??????????????????????????



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      Susan Haley wrote Aug 21, 2008
    • Well, I must have just been seeing the columns you wrote because I didn’t realize there were two of you. :)) I confess, I don’t see all of them when I’m swamped. There are times I’m doing good to get my own up.

      But, Erma Bombeck is one of my favorites so it stands to reason I’d like yours then. I’ll watch for Lorraine too.

      You will have a great time and the VP is going to be Biden, I’m guessing. That would probably be his best choice since they are always nailing him on experience. I do like Biden too. He’s not a panderer. Pretty much says what he thinks and the devil take the hind seat. In fact, before I got familiar with Obama, I was leaning to Biden when he was running. I just think we need to get a way from thirty darn years of a Bush or a Clinton. There’s too much ‘power’ in place there and too much power is dangerous. It corrupts. I strongly favor term limits throughout the Legislative branch, too. But it will never happen because they won’t vote away their own ticket to the lap of luxury. None of ‘em. I guess poliicians are a necessary evil, but the masses do need to keep a hand on the leash I think.

      Best,
      Susan



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      Emily Hansen wrote Aug 22, 2008
    • So I did register my tickets. I am really not paranoid about some sort of attack. I think it is going to be a very exciting and historic event and even though my son and I will be in two different sections I am sure we will have a great time.  

      I am riding the light rail from way down south at Lincoln and I-25. I am hoping to get on the train around noon and then I expect to wait in line for a couple of hours to get into Invesco!

      em



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Aug 22, 2008
    • Hi Susan and em,

      Waiting with baited breath for Obama’s VP announcement.  I’m such a sucker for drama.  

      Susan, I agree...let’s just have a different last name in office.  This will be a very interesting week.

      I’m replacing my blog...it’s too fear based and negative...

      em—I’m so glad you‘re going with your son—what a great memory he will have.  I’m trying to get on a bus leaving from the Obama headquarters in Boulder.  

      Thanks again for all the comments...Obama is my last hold out for hope in politics.  If he gets elected, or let me say when he gets elected, if he turns out to be the same old same old, I’m done.  I will become cynical like everyone else.

      Happy weekend,

      Mary



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