Technical Problems are Inevitable
Day two of the DNC, at the Pennsylvania Delegation breakfast. My flash recorder was getting a little shaky and this was the morning it decided to completely die. I thought maybe I might be able to get a few more days out of it, but after losing a great interview, I didn’t want to take my chances. It got to a point I had to hold it in a specific way and if I let go all the info would be lost. At that point, I decided it would be best to call my station’s Operations Manager to see if he could ship me out a new device. He could, but it wouldn’t have gotten to me in time. Instead, he emailed me a list of stores in my area where I could buy a new recorder. I had to fit in time to buy a new recorder in an already jam-packed day. Ah, the life of a correspondent! In the end, I got it done. No one ever sees the tech problems from the outside, as well they shouldn’t.
After the debacle with my flash recorder, I went off to take a look at what was happening outside the big DNC meeting spots and hang with the people of Denver and the political visitors. What I found were folks protesting everything. This is democracy! Everyone had a cause they wanted to highlight, a point of view to express.
Many of the DNC protesters and artists hung out in Denver’s Civic Center Park.
One of the “civic-minded” groups I found at Civic Center Park was a rock band called “The People’s Party.” They were a bunch of really fun, cool guys who traveled around the country in their truck that turns into a stage. These guys draw a crowd to the truck and then ask if everyone’s registered to vote. If not, they make it happen. They also had CDs to sell.