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The Thurston County Democratic Party will host a community conversation on health care on June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Olympia Center, downtown (map).
Moderating will be state Representative Brendan Williams.
Confirmed to speak is:
Feel free to start the conversation here in the comments thread at Thurston County Blue.
I've been frequenting the BroHo on Monday nights lately (initially because of Red Brown and the Tune Stranglers), but I've gotten to meet a bunch of really cool folks down there as a result. I've asked these regulars how they would feel about making Monday night at the BroHo a regular OlyBlog meetup/drinking liberally kind of occasion, and everyone seemed pretty positive about it. (I know that we had a poll that settled on Sunday afternoon/evening, but I'd like to try this and see how it works out.
So, I hereby propose that OlyBloggers assemble variously at the BroHo, around 7:00 to talk Olympia issues, quaff some suds (or beverage of your choice), and then hear some swingin' tunes strangled.
Can I see a show of hands, please?
Well, I have a small break at work so I'm going to try and cram this in. If it seems short I may be coming back to edit and add things.
First, I'd like to say that I'm not going to try and single anyone out. I'm also going to go over the positive and the negative of what I saw and heard. When I go over the negative I will try and put it in a constructive way, otherwise what's the point, right? I feel the the positives that I list outweigh the negatives. Although I may have more negative points, I don't feel they are as important.
The positive: As soon as I came in and sat down it was a bit exciting, and I was feeling pretty nervous, I couldn't put my finger on it but I wasn't going to dwell on it either. I sat and just watched people interacting with one another, talking, taking pictures. The silence was broken quickly when T.J. Johnson walked into the room. You would have thought it was a famous lead-singer, or movie star with the way that the room erupted. Throughout the night this was an ongoing event, with people applauding his presence at the port. I must admit my feelings on him and his being at the port have changed some since I first spoke with him. At this point I think it was great of him to be down at the port and watching the events unfold. He chose to have a more active role as a city representative and I can't fault him for that, in fact I think it's a nice change.
Even though many people were there to cheer on their new favorite representative, you could tell that people had other goals in mind as well. I sat in my chair and while holding my girl's hand, noticed that I was shaking. I'm not one to shake, or be cold, so we both found it interesting that my hand was almost trembling. I thought it was nerves but realized I had nothing at all to be nervous about. The more I think about it the more I believe it was simple excitement. The energy that the room was putting off was incredible. It was almost intoxicating to be in the same room with everyone. The level of passion, everyone voicing their thoughts and opinions, the solidarity of this group....it was downright powerful.