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Darrell's Famous Blogger's Breakfast

Hi, I'm Charlene (MViMV) and catamount (BFA).  The place is filling up.  Sorry that I'm delayed Bob. Thank you for being here.  We're running ragged but having a wonderful time.

This is my first Blogger's Breakfast despite having been at the past two events.  I always attended to get to the Blogger's Breakfast before, but there was always an organizational item or a fire to put out that kept me from it. 

Jessica Falker (jjem), Cofounder of DemocracyFest, welcomed us, explained the unfortunate news that Darrell could not be with us, but his intent was for her to provide the story of how DemocracyFest got started.

Posted by Charlene Johnston on July 16, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


Hi from thw Bloggers' Breakfast! We're all having a great time!

Posted by: Jessica | Jul 16, 2006 11:06:05 AM

Hi Charlene and all the DFest group!! Glad to hear from you and hope to get a little run down the events so far - and what's planned for this busy Sunday. We're in the heat here in the northeast - close to 90 degrees and humid - much like the national political scene. Have a great breakfast!


Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:08:28 AM

It's pretty hot here too. Today is the Root Camp and Latinos For America trining. Last night was the big show with Gov. Dean, Al Franken, Paul Hackett, etc. It was great!

Posted by: Jessica | Jul 16, 2006 11:12:48 AM

Woa, no kidding Jess. I was in long pants yesterday; thank goodness the softball field and Open Air Theater for the Blowout were nearby.

Last night was a blast! What a great lineup and Dean was--of course--amazing and fired up the crowd.

Posted by: Charlene | Jul 16, 2006 11:17:08 AM

Hi Jess - thanks for joining in. Was there any main message from the three - Gov. Dean, Al and Paul? Anything that particularly inspired the crowd?

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:17:29 AM

Charlie Grapski, candidate for House of Reps in Florida, just took the podium and is telling/reminding folks of Darrell's first blogger's breakfast in Iowa.

I tried to grasp a few choice words as he explained what happened at the first bloggers breakfast. "at one point people started standing up and introducing themselves and for the first time we became a person to person community. "We were a community and that community has continued to grow." We are building a national community and that's what is going to take back this country."

Posted by: Charlene | Jul 16, 2006 11:24:33 AM

Sorry that I'm not being quick with this. Folks are chatting and people are taking the podium...hard to concentrate with so little sleep.

I got the most sleep last night. 4 hours -- continuous! Wow, I feel better...could even put contacts in this morning instead of wearing glasses again.

Posted by: Charlene | Jul 16, 2006 11:27:16 AM

That's pretty neat - I know the feeling. We get the same feeling with my student blogs - it really does bring the group together.
Is Quintus around - I'd like to hear how the climate change and economics panel went...

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:28:50 AM

Not to worry Charlene - it's just great that you're there and relaying the excitement of the fest. You're doing a great job as usual. Thanks.

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:33:58 AM

Arshad Hasan from DFA spoke. By the way ladies, he's a cutie. : )

He told us how he gets questions from nonbloggers about bloggers. Nonbloggers often think we're a group of folks without lives. Arshad dispels that theory by telling how active we are in our communities and how our actions are making a difference on the political scene.

We're going around the room now announcing what our blogger names are and what our real names are. Laurie (thankful) just started by saying "Dean's First."

That got a big laugh and round of applause.

Posted by: Charlene | Jul 16, 2006 11:38:00 AM

Guess I have a pretty bland handle. ;}

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:43:16 AM

I forgot to mention that I took the podium and told why we started the blog at MViMV. It was to capture the expertise of the wonderful DemocracyFest trainers and speakers. Folks out in the field trying to implement the tools they've gathered from DemFest still need followup help.

I'm not getting much typing done because of all the clapping. ; )

Posted by: Charlene | Jul 16, 2006 11:47:13 AM

Hi! This is Liane (mataliandy). This is my third DemocracyFest, and I continue to be amazed by the awesome things the people came are doing. It's so inspiring.

We owe a LOT to Charlene, Jessica, and Al for getting this thing started. The networking and learning that's happening at DemocracyFest is the real key to the future of our country.

Posted by: Liane | Jul 16, 2006 11:51:14 AM

I certainly feel that blogs are a teaching tool, and it can unite people from all over that want to express a common passion.Thanks for starting the MViMV blog!!

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:51:34 AM

Hi Liane! Keep up the great work - you're also an inspiration to us. We truly value your knowledge and drive.

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:54:26 AM

We're a bit over half way through the intros.

An announcement was juast made: DFA activists will be meeting in the back of Montezuma Hall today at 12:15 today.

Posted by: Liane | Jul 16, 2006 11:58:36 AM

Just want to thank everybody that joined in today for taking the time from their very busy schedules to talk with us - and those listening in. This has been the first special DFest Sunday blog and it was great to be part of it - the fest sounds awesome.
Just a reminder that LFA will be joining us Monday, July 24 for a Spanish blog.
Other than that - have a great day of activities and a safe trip back to you all. Thanks Jess, Char & Liane...

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 11:59:05 AM

I'll be there in spirit! :]

Posted by: Bob | Jul 16, 2006 12:03:11 PM

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