4 Days in September: A Political Journey

The pace is quickening in Virginia.  The last few days have featured beautiful fall weather.  Temperature in mid-70′s.  Bright sun and blue sky.

Everything is moving faster.  Here’s the schedule for this week …

Thursday, Sept 13:  I’m in the Holy City today. (That’s Richmond, not Jerusalem).  Multiple meetings at the Assembly building in the afternoon.  At 5:30 p.m., I walk down the hill  to “Cha Cha’s Cantina” on East Cary Street in Shockoe Bottom, where I am hosting a small fundraiser.  Hang out til 7:30 pm, then walk back to my hotel on Broad Street.

Friday, Sept 14:  Meeting this morning with Sierra Club on a bill regarding navigation rights for Virginia’s waterways.  (More on this later).  Drive back to Fairfax and go to work.  At 6:30 p.m., I’m out at Bull Run Regional Park for the annual KORUS (“Korea-US”) Festival.  Exuberant dancers.  Delicious food.  Brilliant sunset against the rolling hills.  Drive back to Fairfax to cut ribbon at new turf field at Robinson High School.  What a game.  Rams’ tailback rolls up 435 yards rushing against T.C. Williams.  Check it out in the papers.

Saturday, Sept 15:  Wake up early and get in marathon training run (18 miles)  down Ox Road.  After kids’ soccer games, it’s over to Oakton to meet volunteers and open up a campaign office for Tim Kaine off Hunter Mill Road.  Then down I-95 to attend Mark Warner’s annual Pig Roast in King George County.  It’s a beautiful drive.  College football on the radio.  Lots of folks there from all over the Commonwealth.  It’s a 30-minute wait to have photo taken with Mark; a 2-minute line to get lunch.  Guess which one I chose?

Sunday, Sept 16:  It’s back!  The 5K race to benefit Paul VI Catholic High School is tomorrow at 8 am.  I’m running with two oldest daughters.  Can’t wait.  After church, I’ll have a two-hour window to do some canvassing for Tim Kaine from the new Oakton office.  A brief drive-by to Sharon Bulova’s annual “Oktoberfest” in Lorton, then it’s back home to flip on the TV and some Redskins-Rams.

Man can’t live by politics alone.



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