Journal, Photography, Politics

Halloween Honk and Wave

There's only one way to vote: Jared Polis

Jared and I use to play high school in baseball. While I was stuck on the JV team, Jared was playing first base and pitcher for the varsity club. Jared’s a lifelong baseball fan, so for the Halloween Honk and Wave this morning, he donned his baseball uniform and grabbed his glove (from high school no less!). We went to two locations, both prime intersections with lots of commuters. Staffers and volunteers for his campaign were there to honk and wave to the driving, biking, and walking commuters.

From what I’ve learned, the hectic part of this campaign was the Primary. Jared’s victory against several other Democrats was hard-fought and well-deserved. The polls for the general election are very positive for Jared, so things are much calmer now than they were a couple of months ago.

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Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette

Jared at the Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado

The Jared Polis train continues to run. This evening, he attended another meet the constituents session at the Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado. There were over a dozen prospective constituents present at the meeting and they had their share of questions, including those on the feasibility of a single payer healthcare system in CO, a plan for getting out of and stabilizing Iraq, and the successor to the No Child Left Behind educational program.

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Gilpin County Rotary Club

Jared at the Gilpin County Rotary Club

This afternoon, we left the comfortable confines of Denver to drive up into the mountains of Gilpin County. The district that Jared is running in is quite large and covers major metropolitan areas, college towns like Boulder, and less heavily developed areas like Gilpin.

The Gilpin County Rotary Club met today inside the Fortune Valley Casino. I didn’t realize that some parts of Colorado have legalized gambling; there were a number of establishments all along Main Street in Central City.

When I was in elementary school, I participated in a four-way speech contest at my local Rotary Club. My speech was title, “Smoking: The Clouding of the Nation” and I actually won the contest! I have a photo of little Adam holding a trophy with one of the Rotary Club Members; I’ll have to dig that up and post it to accompany this article.

The people in the meeting have some good questions for Jared about the economy and healthcare. And, as always, it was great to hear Jared’s responses, which were complex and full of nuances. The answers to political questions are not always black and white, red or blue. I’ve never been really active in local or national politics, though I do have experience with my fair share of Silicon Valley protests and politics. Maybe one day, after I’ve achieved other goals in my life, I’ll join Jared on the national scene! After all, I’ve got to leave all options on the table!

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Jared at the Wagon Road Park N Ride in Westminster, Colorado

This morning, Jared Polis greeted commuters and voters at the Wagon Road Park N Ride in Westminster, Colorado. As the commuters lined up to take the bus, Jared introduced himself to each one individually. Many of the people had already sent in their mail-in ballots, and a number of them mentioned to Jared that they had voted for him.

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Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company

Jared Polis for Congress

The evening after we arrived in Denver, Colorado, Rae and I attended a meeting with Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company restaurant in Northglenn. As I wrote in my previous entry, Jared is running for Congress this year. We’ve known each other since middle school in San Diego, and I’ve always known that he would one day be running for political office. So, I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to accompany him during the final week of his Congressional campaign.

Here are some photos from tonight’s events. More to come as we march towards November 4, 2008!

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Journal

Rough Cut and Denver

On the eve of our trip to Denver, Colorado to photograph Jared Polis’ Congressional campaign, Rae and I completed our rough cut of The Qiu Jin Project: Autumn Gem. Head on over to the documentary web site to read about my struggle with Final Cut Pro and exporting the video to DVD.

Now, it’s time to cram and pack for the flight to Denver at 7:15 am this morning. I have to figure out what equipment I’ll be bringing with me. Two 1D bodies or a 1D and a Digital Rebel? Those 1D bodies are really heavy; the 5D Mark II can’t get released soon enough!

I’m looking forward to the trip, as I’ll have the opportunity to visit a number of old friends.

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Cycling

Low-Key Hillclimbs 2008 #3: Quimby Road

Low-Key Hillclimbs: Quimby Road

When last I climbed up Quimby Road in San Jose, it was during training for the 2007 Death Ride. A very difficult climb it was, with 18% switchbacks! And, we still had yet to do Mt. Hamilton that day!

Today, the Low-Key Hillclimbers went up Quimby Road for race #3. I had missed last week’s climb up West Alpine because I was in San Diego for David and Audrey’s wedding. For Quimby, I had signed up to be a volunteer, as once up Quimby is enough for me!

I armed myself with my cameras and shot photos of the riders as they climbed up Quimby. Thanks to Christine’s nimble driving up the narrow roads, I was able to get some good photos of the action in the front. I wonder if I had a hybrid hub like one of the Week One riders if I could keep up with Tim, Clark, and the other top finishers. Somehow, I think I would still need a little more power to keep up with the big boys and girls!

Christine and I drove up to the top, where we waited for the cyclists to come to us. Similar to the finish at Mt. Diablo, I waited patiently in the same position, letting the cyclist come into my photographing firing zone. I’m pretty happy with the shots… out of 811 photos, I have posted 263 onto my SmugMug gallery for Quimby, a 32% hit rate. That’s out par for the course with regards to sports shooting.

Christine was protecting this cute tarantula which was trying to cross the street over and over again. We were afraid a car or cyclist would end its life! That tarantula really need to watch where it was going!

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