First of all thanks to everyone who checked out my examiner articles it’s makes a different and covers a bill or two.

Second I’m no longer going to be keeping the running totals at the top of the blog, I’m just going to put up say 3 posts a week like this one to let you know what’s happening on the Pa-12, Ga-4 front. So here goes…

On the Pa-12 front I have seen absolutely no interest from people. In terms of contributions I’ve picked up nearly…nearly 1. So I am still $440 away from spending my birthday watching Tim Burns win in Pa. UPDATE $390 to go now He sure will with ads like this:

If you think Stacy & Roxeanne are right hit DaTipJar and help get me down there. Maybe I can even talk Roxeanne into coming too. (specify Pa-12 in comments). The clock is really ticking fast on this one. For every extra $150 over the amount over the $440 I’ll stay an extra day (Roxeanne permitting).

As for the Atlanta trip. My pal Vinnie has offered to put me up so lets call that worth $250. That leaves me $880 to go, the one problem is the closer I get to the travel date the more the price can change. If you want to kick in toward that one again hit DaTipJar and put Ga-4 in comments.

I’ll put up about 3 of these updates a week for now. On June 1st I’m going to go all out to find out just how much I’m worth compared to Andrew Sullivan. Stay tuned.

Update: The Call for help in Pa-12 is sounded by Robert Stacy, can you help me get there to see it?

Wednesday the 14th started very tired for me. Due to the great culvert debate the planning board meeting ran so late that I was unable to get the extra memory card I wanted for the day. The plan was to get up for 4 and try to get the first train to Alewife. I ended up waking up at 4:30 instead (no alarm, didn’t want to wake the wife) and making to the station by 6.

As usual I took only a minimum of cash in Boston, just enough to cover parking, I went with full dress including the trench coat and the pocket watch and my best dress fedora. On the train I met a mother and daughter who were going to the rally so we traveled together. I had expected a bigger crowd, and was shocked when I got such a good spot at the garage. When we got to the common I was even more surprised by the total lack of people. It was very early but every Sarah Palin event I had seen or heard of drew people very early but when I got there the reporters outnumbered the public. That wouldn’t last.

I was treated very well by my fellow attendees, they watched my laptop while I mingled with the growing crowd asking questions and taking pictures. Like at CPAC I found that in a crowd full of conservatives my property was very safe. After filling my camera with video, I headed back to my spot right by the stage, working through the much larger crowd, however I ran into card error losing several videos at the end and without either the time or the recovery software to make up for it.

The crowd was very friendly, it was the kind of feeling a gamer gets at a convention, the knowledge of meeting like minded people. People made many connections with each other. In addition to the very polite crowd had the pleasure of meeting Michael Graham and Sissy Willis before the Palin Speech while running into old friends Roxeanne de Luca of Haemet and Richard of the Conservative Forum of the Commonwealth afterwards. It was after my second Camera dump that they both played a role in the excitement that would follow.

It was just after I interviewed Levi Russell. I half jokingly asked about getting a ride on the Tea Party Express to Washington. When to my surprise I wasn’t met with a blanket refusal it was time for action. Roxeanne suggested having Stacy McCain vouch for me since they knew him but I had no cell phone, however on election Night she got his number. After about 10 minutes of searching she was able to find it and get ahold of him. Stacy talked to Andrea Shea King and before you could say Have Fedora will Travel I was climbing on the blue bus on the way to Washington.

I found myself sitting with two MSM photographers. They were interesting fellows who seemed to consider their work more a matter of art than mere information. They explained the point. Out of hundreds of photos they needed to convey the message of an event simply through an image. It was actually a rather profound way of looking at things. The difference between “hitting a button and telling a story.” I have a great respect for people who are experts in their field and these men certainly knew images.

It was on the bus where I encountered a few technical problems. The internet connection was unsteady so my photo uploads crashed on a semi regular basis. The battery life of the pc was iffy and most of the plugs were already taken so I found myself with the laptop near the rest room blocking the hall while the machine charged. I was also working off of very little sleep between the early day that morning and the sleep study the night before, so I found myself pretty tired.

The toughest moment actually came after my pleasant meeting with Victoria Jackson. Journalistic making it on the bus was a real high point, but when I called home my oldest answered and informed me his mother was not not available to take my call nor inclined to do so if she was. It was a strong rebuke that left me brooding on the grass until the bus left and subdued and depressed later. It took some time to shake it off and get back to work.

There was also an unwelcome side effect of my wife not taking my calls. I didn’t have Stacy’s number (although the wife did) and because Smittypalloza III was going on nobody was answering my e-mails. It wasn’t until just before we hit Delaware that I managed to get a response from Barbara Espinsoa who graciously offered to allow me to crash at her suite where Stacy was out on the couch.

The overwhelming problem became apparent when I did a map check. The Tea party Express bus would be unloading 3 1/2 miles from Barbara’s hotel and the EST was near 2 a.m. As I had only $10 on me my plan was to walk. Ms. King who was a pleasure to speak to during the trip insisted on giving me a few dollars to cover a cab. My plan had been to go to Wendy’s first and have a bite and catch a cab from there, but as I started walking I had my second wind and began to leg it figuring I’d hail a cab along the way. Apparently 2 a.m. is not a good time to get a cab because it wasn’t until I had walked about a mile past the barred windows and empty streets of Washington that at 10th or 11th street I finally managed to find a cab to get me to the hotel where I was looking forward to a few hours rest.

Do you like a good dinner and a little smoozing well here is the deal. For $250 plus transport I will show up in your town and I’ll join your group at the local restaurant/bar/Grille/house of your choice, hang out and talk, politics, baseball, Dr. Who, gaming, blogs, religion or whatever. Continue reading “Dinner with DaTechGuy Yet another offer/plan”

Well here comes the bleg…

I owe debts of gratitude to Stacy McCain, Barbara Espinosa for their assistance in Washington. I owe a particular debut to Andrea Shea King who helped out a total stranger on the word of someone else. Finally a tip of the Fedora to The Charming Roxeanne of Haemet who provided moral support.

Thanks also to all who have linked and all who have read or commented on the posts I’ve put up and will put up on the subject.

As regular readers know I’m about 6 weeks from the end of my unemployment. Although I had a free ride down I racked up an extra $250 of expenses consisting of The train Ticket home ($135), Memory Cards and batteries ($40) and cell phone stuff ($70).

If anyone is able and willing to help offset these expenses I would really appreciate it. Just click on the “I’ll do it myself Tucker fund“. Please specify in comments that it is to offset Washington so I don’t put it toward Ga.

I’m still offering my Have Fedora will travel services for a full week of blogging & filming etc to anyone with a story they want told. Price $1000, plus flight, hotel and rental car.

To any who can kick in from $5 to $500 I will not forget it.

And of course if anyone wants to hire a full time telecommuting staff blogger let me know.

Update: Wow! It’s one thing to get an instalanche, it’s another to get one on a tip jar request. What an amazing thing to wake up to after a day of illness. Thanks to all who stopped by. when it no longer hurts to look at the screen I’ll thank you properly.

Update 2: You guys are really something. Washington is paid for, anything extra will go to the Ga Trip. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Because I am now on the Tea Party Express bus heading for Washington with nothing but my laptop, camera, IPOD, the clothes on my back, and of course the Fedora.

The internet connection is so so thus posting will be as I am able to do so.

I’d like to thank the Tea Party Express for letting me on. It’s an open question if thanks is the word my wife is thinking of right now.

as Stacy McCain demonstrates.

He was kind enough to extend the loan of his casual fedora — my favorite from the Scott Brown campaign we covered together — which has made several guest appearances here at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

He treats me very generous in that sentence, he treats me even more generous in the paragraph that he closes with:

Please, help Da Tech Guy find the story that will allow him to travel as widely as his fedora has been traveling lately. Other assignments beckon me soon, but I sure wish y’all would send Da Tech Guy down to Savannah to cover the Ray McKinney campaign. It just so happens that the campaign has been making news lately, and Ray has two Republican primary opponents who might like to be interviewed by the founder of the Fedora Brotherhood.

You know if you’ve got friends like Stacy & Smitty you try to give you a hand when you need it you’ve got just about everything.

…but I dropped a line last night to Dan Benishek suggesting that now that he is getting some notoriety he may want to keep up the momentum by perhaps hiring a gentlemen in a Fedora to come out there and blog and cover his attempt to defeat Stupak. It would be quite interesting to see what people in his district say.

I’ll let you know what he says. My taxes should be done later today and my wife’s birthday has passed so the only bump is my Anniversary on the 9th of next month. So lets see what happens.