Contact

trblair-at-ozemail.com.au

Monthly Archives

Most recent entries

Links

Achewood
Acidman
Andrea Harris
Andrew Bartlweet
Andrew Bolt
Andrew Landeryou
Angie Schultz
Ask An Imam
The Australian
Bastards Inc.
Belmont Club
Bernard Slattery
Big Pharaoh
Bill Quick
The Bitch Girls
Bjørn Stærk
Blithering Bunny
Catallaxy
Cathy Seipp
Charles Austin
Chase Me Ladies
Chuck Simmins
Clive James
Club Troppo
Coalition of the Swilling
Colby Cosh
The Corner
Currency Lad
The Daily Grind
The Daily Telegraph
Damian Penny
Dave Barry
Dave Lee
David Frum
David M.
Dawn Eden
Day by Day
Decision '08
Derek Sapphire
Dissident Frogman
Dr Alice
Drooble
Ed Driscoll
Drunkablog
Dylan Kissane
El Cid
Environmental Republican
EURSOC
Flashman
Florida Cracker
Fraters Libertas
Free Will
Gay Patriot
Glenn Reynolds
Hablog
HispaLibertas
Hit & Run
Hugh Hewitt
Iain Dale
Iowahawk
Iraq the Model
Jack Lacton
Jack Marx
James Lileks
James Paterson
Jawa Report
Jeff Jarvis
Jennifer Marohasy
Jessica’s Well
J.F. Beck
Jim Treacher
Joanne Jacobs
Joe Hildebrand
John Hawkins
Jules Crittenden
Ken Layne
Ken Summers
Kitty Bukake
Kiwiblog
Les Enfants Terrible
Libertarian Leanings
Little Green Footballs
Lubos Motl
Mahmood's Den
Major John
Man of Lettuce
Mark Steyn
Mary Katharine Ham
Matt Welch
Megan McArdle
Melanie Phillips
Menorah Blog
Michael Jennings
Michael Totten
Michelle Malkin
Midwest Conservative Journal
Mike Jericho
Miranda Devine
Natalie Solent
Ned Wynn
Nick & Nora Charles
Ninme
Norm Geras
Oliver Kamm
Opinion Dominion
Opinion Journal
Pajamas Media
Patterico
Paul Bickford
Pejman Yousefzadeh
Peter Briffa
Peter Risdon
Pixy Misa
Pommygranate
Popular Mechanics
Posse Incitatus
Powerline
Protein Wisdom
Quentin George
Questions and Observations
Rajan Rishyakaran
Reason
Rezwan
Right Thinking
RightWingDeathBogan
Rob Hinkley
Roger L. Simon
Romeo Mike
Ron Hardin
Sam Ward
Samizdata
StraightShooters
Sheila O'Malley
Silent Running
Spartacus
Spin Starts Here
Stop the ACLU
Tim Newman
Tim Worstall
Time Goes By
Tony Pierce
Tony the Teacher
TramTown
Vampus
Venomous Kate
Virginia Postrel
Vodka Pundit
Warwick Hughes
The Weekly Standard
Whacking Day
Will Type For Food
Wog Blog
Wonkette
Zoe Brain
Zombie Time

Previous Tim

Tim Blair on Spleenville

Tim Blair on Blogspot

Search


Advanced Search

Syndicate

Statistics

This page has been viewed 30906418 times
Page rendered in 0.1192 seconds

Referrers

Powered by ExpressionEngine

Sunday, June 11, 2006

INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTION FILLS HOTEL

DailyKos functionary Susan G. revels in the nation-changing success of the YearlyKos convention:

What is amazing about us in the flesh is our diversity.

Our energy, we all knew about. Our intelligence, both collective and individual, has always been on display here on the site itself.

But when we fill up a hotel ... well, we are the most incredible cross-section of America.

You’d be even more diverse if you included the sane.

When you walk down the hallways and through registration area, the people who are sitting cross-legged on the floor, backs to wall, logging on, are every age from 16 to over 70. You can hear accents floating through from every corner of the country - twangs, drawls, short Northeastern clips ...

... stammers, ululating, unmedicated screams ...

Remember all that talk about people feeling shy? Pffffft. Forget about it. Of course, there may be people lurking in their rooms, but for the most part, it seems barriers are really down. You just walk up to a clump of people, or turn around to whoever is walking down the hall behind you, introduce yourself, and are welcomed as a long-lost friend.

Or first-ever friend, as the case may be.

We are hungry, hungry for each other in person. If someone is spotted with the orange lanyard around their neck, you fall upon them. Who are you? What’s your screen name? Ack! We recognize it!

Ack! It’s the Holy Fellowship of the Orange Lanyard! Pity any other conventioneers currently in Vegas who might be wearing similar identification. Hello! Will you be my friend?

The media is, of course, in fascinated attendance and it seems like every fourth person you run into is here covering the phenomenon of ... us.

We’re worth it, too. We are something else.

You are only 1,000 people at the Riviera Hotel. Check the attendance at these conventions, also scheduled for Vegas this month:

* Western States Roofing Contractors Association: 4,000
* Las Vegas Hair & Nail: 12,000
* Electrical Apparatus Service Association: 4,000
* Intl Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conference: 33,000
* Coffee Fest: 8,000
* Casino Chips & Gaming Token Collectors: 5,000
* Truck Show: 30,000

Kinda puts this little party in perspective, doesn’t it? These netroots folk amount to just one-fourth of the Electrical Apparatus Service community. Susan concludes:

We are here. We are at the gates. We will no longer remain passive and meek in order to court favor. We, the people, are coming to power slowly and indefatigably, here in Vegas and here on the blog. We have arrived.

I salute your indefatigability!

And we’ll never go back to silence again.

Sorry? You were saying something?

(Via Wonkette)

UPDATE. YearlyKos saves a life!

UPDATE II: “Remember when Davey Jones showed up at Marcia’s prom? That was nothin’.”

Posted by Tim B. on 06/11/2006 at 09:58 AM
(139) CommentsPermalink
Page 1 of 1 pages