Mr. DaTechGuy goes to CPAC Pt 1…

by Datechguy | February 27th, 2010

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Mr. DaTechGuy goes to CPAC Pt 1...

To say the last 40 days of my life has been the expe­ri­ence of a life­time is the under­state­ment of the year. Start­ing with pick­ing up Robert Stacy at South Sta­tion on Jan­u­ary 14 to today life has and con­tin­ues to go in amaz­ing and inter­est­ing direc­tions. CPAC has been (so far) the cul­mi­na­tion of that period, but that doesn’t mean it is all over.

Wednes­day began with my late arrival at Mass. Due to a time mix-​up I missed my reg­u­lar parish but just made it to St. Joseph’s parish in time to receive Ashes. As I hadn’t been to con­fes­sion I received both con­fes­sion and com­mu­nion after mass and then headed home. Most of the pack­ing was done the night before so there was lit­tle to do other than con­firm var­i­ous stuff. I was rather frus­trated by my inabil­ity to find my Knights of Colum­bus Rosary, I was hop­ing to touch base with my fel­low Knights there (still ran into sev­eral all 4th degree to my mere 2nd) but my wife pro­vided me with a very nice spare that was in the drawer next to the PC.

Next stop was Dutch Kitchen bak­ery. They carry the tra­di­tional Can­noli in two dif­fer­ent sizes and sev­eral types. I bought as many as I could fit in a small box to carry on. Lucky for me Rox­anne at Haemet assured me that it wouldn’t be a carry on problem.

I arrived VERY early to the air­port, I hadn’t been on a com­mer­cial flight for 17 years (5th wed­ding anniver­sary) so it was rather inter­est­ing. Because I came so early the secu­rity mea­sures were fairly easy as nobody was wait­ing behind me. Since it had been so long since my last flight the mea­sures didn’t really bother me at all.

Next came the flight itself, I sat next to a fas­ci­nat­ing gen­tle­man who worked at Raython (I worked there out of col­lege myself). He is appar­ently an expert in Nan­otech­nol­ogy so I’m already got Glenn Reynolds Jeal­ous. I imme­di­ately found myself in con­ver­sa­tion as I held the box on Can­noli on my lap. The con­ver­sa­tion was fas­ci­nat­ing going every­where from the war to Beef Stroganoff, really nice guy, the flight time sim­ply dis­ap­peared into vapor.

But soon enough I was landed and picked up by a per­son just as nice Smitty! We had one of sev­eral great con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing the drive to his house. I set­tled in quickly and he then dropped me off at the metro sta­tion so I could reg­is­ter for CPAC proper.

The hotel was pretty impres­sive, I headed to the reg­is­tra­tion booth where I was informed that I missed reg­is­tra­tion by 30 min­utes, how­ever that gave me the chance to start the inter­views that I con­ducted over the next sev­eral days.

I’m not much of a drinker so hang­ing at the bar would nor­mally not be my scene how­ever I grew up in a bar so to speak so I’m also very com­fort­able at one. There were a fair amount of peo­ple at the place and it’s were I met the first of many blog­gers that I would befriend namely Steve Eggle­ston of No Runny Eggs.

Going from table to table I just started talk­ing and inter­view­ing any­one that struck me. While doing so I saw a face I knew but couldn’t place. It took me a few sec­onds to rec­og­nize him as Scott Brown’s cam­paign manager.

I found myself shar­ing a table with Pam Gel­lar, Bar­bara Espinosa and Evan Sayet. Evan I was meet­ing for the first time, Bar­bara I had exchanged e-​mails with and Pam I met in Boston at the Scott Brown party. I must con­fess I was a tad embar­rassed since I had once described her as “incred­i­bly attrac­tive”. She is an inter­est­ing per­son, fun but very blunt. She is the type of strong woman that reminds me of my old­est sis­ter. I also met Michael who I instantly took a lik­ing to. I would con­stantly run into over the next few days. I also met Tanya from the blog Mid­night Blue for the first ( but not the last ) time.

Shortly there­after I ran into Robert Stacy. You know it was a very good feel­ing to see him again. We spent a ton of time together com­pressed into a sin­gle week and in that time the friend­ship we formed via e-​mail and phone became solid. Stacy has been a cat­a­lyst for all the amaz­ing events that have sur­rounded me, he is like a force of nature that leaves con­fu­sion in its wake but also brings renewal and pos­i­tive change. Con­sider for a moment the irony that if Charles John­son hadn’t attacked Robert Stacy, lead­ing to my defense of him none of the events to this point would have hap­pened. Who says God doesn’t make lemon­ade out of lemons?

After a series of inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions it was time to crash, so it was back on the Metro and off to the house, where I finally opened up a youtube account and started upload­ing video and sched­ul­ing post. My excel­lent adven­ture at CPAC was about to begin.

Update: adding links after the fact since the Cel­lar clean­ing takes priority.

Update: Parts two and three are up.

Update 2: Bad links fixed

To say the last 40 days of my life has been the experience of a lifetime is the understatement of the year. Starting with picking up Robert Stacy at South Station on January 14 to today life has and continues to go in amazing and interesting directions. CPAC has been (so far) the culmination of that period, but that doesn’t mean it is all over.

Wednesday began with my late arrival at Mass. Due to a time mix-up I missed my regular parish but just made it to St. Joseph’s parish in time to receive Ashes. As I hadn’t been to confession I received both confession and communion after mass and then headed home. Most of the packing was done the night before so there was little to do other than confirm various stuff. I was rather frustrated by my inability to find my Knights of Columbus Rosary, I was hoping to touch base with my fellow Knights there (still ran into several all 4th degree to my mere 2nd) but my wife provided me with a very nice spare that was in the drawer next to the PC.

Next stop was Dutch Kitchen bakery. They carry the traditional Cannoli in two different sizes and several types. I bought as many as I could fit in a small box to carry on. Lucky for me Roxanne at Haemet assured me that it wouldn’t be a carry on problem.

I arrived VERY early to the airport, I hadn’t been on a commercial flight for 17 years (5th wedding anniversary) so it was rather interesting. Because I came so early the security measures were fairly easy as nobody was waiting behind me. Since it had been so long since my last flight the measures didn’t really bother me at all.

Next came the flight itself, I sat next to a fascinating gentleman who worked at Raython (I worked there out of college myself). He is apparently an expert in Nanotechnology so I’m already got Glenn Reynolds Jealous. I immediately found myself in conversation as I held the box on Cannoli on my lap. The conversation was fascinating going everywhere from the war to Beef Stroganoff, really nice guy, the flight time simply disappeared into vapor.

But soon enough I was landed and picked up by a person just as nice Smitty! We had one of several great conversations during the drive to his house. I settled in quickly and he then dropped me off at the metro station so I could register for CPAC proper.

The hotel was pretty impressive, I headed to the registration booth where I was informed that I missed registration by 30 minutes, however that gave me the chance to start the interviews that I conducted over the next several days.

I’m not much of a drinker so hanging at the bar would normally not be my scene however I grew up in a bar so to speak so I’m also very comfortable at one. There were a fair amount of people at the place and it’s were I met the first of many bloggers that I would befriend namely Steve Eggleston of No Runny Eggs.

Going from table to table I just started talking and interviewing anyone that struck me. While doing so I saw a face I knew but couldn’t place. It took me a few seconds to recognize him as Scott Brown’s campaign manager.

I found myself sharing a table with Pam Gellar, Barbara Espinosa and Evan Sayet. Evan I was meeting for the first time, Barbara I had exchanged e-mails with and Pam I met in Boston at the Scott Brown party. I must confess I was a tad embarrassed since I had once described her as “incredibly attractive”. She is an interesting person, fun but very blunt. She is the type of strong woman that reminds me of my oldest sister. I also met Michael who I instantly took a liking to. I would constantly run into over the next few days. I also met Tanya from the blog Midnight Blue for the first ( but not the last ) time.

Shortly thereafter I ran into Robert Stacy. You know it was a very good feeling to see him again. We spent a ton of time together compressed into a single week and in that time the friendship we formed via e-mail and phone became solid. Stacy has been a catalyst for all the amazing events that have surrounded me, he is like a force of nature that leaves confusion in its wake but also brings renewal and positive change. Consider for a moment the irony that if Charles Johnson hadn’t attacked Robert Stacy, leading to my defense of him none of the events to this point would have happened. Who says God doesn’t make lemonade out of lemons?

After a series of interesting conversations it was time to crash, so it was back on the Metro and off to the house, where I finally opened up a youtube account and started uploading video and scheduling post. My excellent adventure at CPAC was about to begin.

Update: adding links after the fact since the Cellar cleaning takes priority.

Update: Parts two and three are up.

Update 2: Bad links fixed

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