I’ve had a chance to read some posts this week extolling the Virginia bloggers’ conference in Martinsville. Due to family commitments (to be explained in my next post), I could not make it. However, I have very fond memories of Martinsville from earlier visits.
My former House colleague (and great friend) Ward Armstrong lives in a beautiful house a couple miles north of the city. I stayed there several times during the LG run. Not unrelated, Ward’s house had a full-size kegilator with an old-fashioned wooden tap. Yeah, we poured ourselves a couple cold ones after a long day on the campaign trail. Isn’t it great to be an American?
My last time in Martinsville was in May 2005, when I had a chance to address the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. We talked about economic development along the Rte. 58 corridor and how a new state university could rejuvenate that community much more than yet another fly-by-night “call center.” Although I didn’t get many votes out of there, it was a valuable learning experience, especially for someone from northern Virginia.