I’m having a hard time deciding at what level I want to participate in the Barack Obama event here in Springfield Saturday. I do know I want to take part in some way, it is a minor bit of history in the making, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to go stand in line at 7:00 AM to get a good spot to stand and watch the speech and VP rollout.
For one thing, it’s going to be hot, in the upper 80s approaching 90 degrees. And humid. There’s no way this is going to be comfortable. That means I will likely have to lug around lots of water which means, and this is important, I’ll have to pee every half hour. Which means I may lose my spot in line or place on the Old State Capitol grounds anyway.
Now, I endured the extreme cold in February 2007 to watch his campaign kick-off speech and was very uncomfortable and cold. My feet were frozen before it was all over. But I was glad I did it. This time, the day is going to be hot (at noon everyone is going to be in the sun). I’m not sure I’m up for that.
However, like I said, I sort of want to be there. So I’m thinking I might just buzz around the perimeter and get as close as I can while still being able to duck out of the heat and grab a cold drink (say, Brewhaus is nearby…). I just think that would be more tolerable and I could still claim to have “been there”.