Judy and I spent about eleven hours at the Alaska State Fair today. We womaned and manned the Alaska Democrats booth for six hours. Then we worked as volunteers for Valley Community for Recycling Solutions for another four hours. It was a gloriously spectacular day.
I was up early, on the phone with reporters from several out-of-state publications, answering questions about Sarah Palin.
When we got to the fair, more calls came in, as we were trying to deal with questions from booth visitors. And firedoglake was supposed to put up an article about Alaska's current political environment I've been working on and modifying for them this week.
I've been telling reporters since yesterday that Sarah Palin has about a 50/50 chance of becoming the next Tom Eagleton. Judy said to me after one really long call, "And I thought we were going to spend some time together today."
The Democrats' booth has to move next year. It is parked in what a friend familiar with Fair traffic calls "the DEAD zone." I've spotted a space I'll ask the party to consider moving to, where everyone passes.
Supposedly, there were McCain -Palin T-shirts being sold by 10:30 a.m. yesterday. They sold out by 8:00 p.m. today.
Recycling at the Fair is a big concern, with a huge volunteer roster. They fill one of those full-size dumpsters with cardboard, which has to be broken down flat, every day.
Judy and I walked around, pulling a cart, emptying trash cans of plastic and aluminum, into big plastic bags, for a few hours. Then I went around, gathering up cardboard boxes and breaking them down, from behind the booths on the Purple row.
A few people came by the Democrats' booth making rude gestures, or asking "Do you love burning American flags?"
God, do I love Alaska!