“Woke up. Got out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head.”
It’s been forty-four years since the Beatles recorded “A Day in the Life” as the last single on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Where have the years gone?
Imagine the same background vocals with a day in the life of a lawyer/Senator who is 49 days away from Election Day. Here it goes …
5:45 a.m. Wake up. Do P90X chest & back exercises, while watching Sports Center. Feeling huge!
7:00 a.m. Shower. Wake up kids, then walk them to bus stop.
8:00 a.m. Arrive at work. Scan through 50+ emails and phone messages. Return emergency calls and messages. Vaguely recollect a new trial coming in ten days.
10:30 a.m. Sign 150 thank-you notes to recent donors.
11:30 a.m. Drive to Arlington for lunch with various NOVA business owners. It’s a fundraiser, so leave holding a few checks.
1:30 p.m. Arrive back at law office. Telephone call with PG County Attorney’s office re pending case in Maryland. Draft quick memo to paralegal to follow up.
2:15 p.m. Photography session. Spend next hour posing for pictures for upcoming media campaign. Action shots include shaking hands with supporters, walking in a group, and striking Heisman pose.
3:30 p.m. More photos back at Moore House (my great-grandmother’s home). Joined by wife and four children, including baby, in various states of distress. Vainly attempt to take family photo, while passing drivers heckle us and third child scowls. Eventually give up.
5:00 p.m. Drive to Chantilly. Tape four talk show segments and TV commercial for Indian cable channel at studio off Walney Drive.
6:15 p.m. Arrive at Greenbriar West Elementary in Fairfax to greet parents for “Back to School” Night. Shake hands until dark.
7:45 p.m. It’s dark. Knocking doors and putting up yard signs in City #2 precinct. (ed. note: Don’t do this unless you know people personally). Accidentally fall off front porch, when screen door swings open too fast.
8:15 p.m. Pick up dinner from carry-out. Take home to hungry family.
8:45 p.m. Bedtime wrestling match with six-year old son. Pinned! (that’s me).
Tomorrow. Rinse & repeat.