Some of you may be familiar with Kickstarter, a sort of crowd-sourced venture capital site. I've supported some of the projects. It feels good to help small businesses especially because a lot of times it is people really pursuing their dreams...
I was browsing the site today and saw a Kickstarter project that stroked my memory like a crumb of madeleine. It seems that Gerry Leary of the Unseen Bean is running a project to expand the business. For those of you that weren't there or don't remember, Gerry is blind and was advocating for the disabled while providing free coffee for the bloggers at the Big Tent at the 2008 DNC.
Anyway, seeing Gerry's Kickstarter got me thinking about that time, a time of optimism and coming together. It was an amazing experience for me. I remember chatting with all of the bloggers that I had read for many years. I remember sitting next to Baratunde Thurston of Jack and Jill Politics during Biden's acceptance speech and hearing that Obama was on his way for his first appearance. I remember sitting in the bowels of the convention center with all of us trying to get an outlet to report what was going on upstairs. It was there that I first met Kos, and BarbinMD, and DemfromCT, and mcjoan, and so many others.
So I wanted to offer to you all the opportunity to remember that time with me. Here's some contemporary diaries:
And finally some of my posts:
In any case, thanks for listening to me reminisce and if you have a few bucks consider kicking in to The Unseen Been. If I remember correctly the coffee was pretty good too.
P.S. And here I sit on my couch watching Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth sitting in the same media box I was in those 5 years ago...