Holy smokes do I have much less free time than I thought I would this school year! School’s been great, and I love the people I work with, but I have been completely exhausted every day. I’ve made it my goal to let Saturday be a day of doing what I want to instead of work, mostly because if I didn’t tell myself that on a weekly basis, I’d end up working 7 days a week without any problem.
Yesterday was one of our more exciting Saturdays yet! I got a text from an old teacher Friday night that she had extra tickets to see President Obama speak in Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Obviously I took her up on it and grabbed two right away.
Josh and I ended up about a mile and a half back in line (if not a little more) when we got there at a little after 2:00. The doors opened at 2:30. I think we finally moved forward at about 3:15. For those of you who know Milwaukee, the line started at the south entrance of Summerfest grounds and wrapped around Discovery World. We were just ahead of the Calatrava on the art museum, but the line almost stretched to where the yacht club storage is at the point when we last looked. The good news is that we were by some really friendly people and I got a few good pictures of stereotypical Milwaukee lakefront things.
Once we started moving, we cruised. But by the time we got inside, we had missed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaking. We did get to see the last few minutes of Wisconsin’s out-going senator, Herb Kohl, and Democratic candidate for senator, Tammy Baldwin.
This was Josh’s view of Tammy Baldwin:
This was mine:
Needless to say, we discovered what different perspectives we have while in a crowded place for the first time. Once President Obama began speaking, I was on Josh’s back to be able to see.
I didn’t get teary-eyed as much as the couple times I saw him speak in 2008, or when I watch him on TV (he can pull at my emotions pretty well), but my tear ducts were struggling when he mentioned federal loans making a Marquette education possible.
I was SO grateful for our spot when the rain started. If we had been six inches back or to the right, we’d have been soaked.
I’m totally psyched for November after yesterday. I have this weird love for America when it comes to being able to vote, and having the opportunity to be in the same venue as the leader of the free world again reminded me exactly why.