Ok. So I am driving along listening to Dave Elswick (Arkansas' leading Conservative Talk Show Host) on KARN as I do everyday. And I KNEW Sarah Palin was coming in to town last night, but I didn't want to pay $35 to go hear her. (Listen, Matt and I are trying to pay down some debt so don't think me cheap, even though I am cheap.) I hear the announcer say, "Dave has worked out a special deal with the Verizon Box Office. Go to the Box Office before 6:00pm tonight and tell them, 'Dave Elswick sent me' and receive your ticket for just $20!" Now, $20 I can do. There were a few problems though.
1. I had a dentist appointment at 4:00 on the far side in West Little Rock at the END of Chenal Parkway.
2. I LOVE my dental hygenist, but she talks more than anyone I know. Really, it's true. Appointments can run long.
3. It's tax season. So, you know I was going to have to go alone.
4. I have no idea where the Box Office was.
5. Traffic heading downtown on 630 is an absolute disaster. Not to mention the jerks who drive down the left lane and cut you off (which I NEVER let anyone do).
6. I have to go home and feed my dogs.
7. I have to buy dog food to feed my dogs.
8. I have no cash to pay for parking when I do in fact make it to the event.
So, I finish working by 3 and rush to the dentist. I'm in the chair at 3:50. After Jenae and I discuss my impending cavity I tell her, "Jenae, Sarah Palin is in town tonight and I need you to get me out of this chair as fast as possible so that I can get downtown and buy a ticket for just $20. She worked her magic, because she is the best dental hygenist after all and got me out of there by 4:30. Love her.
So, I rush downtown and I pray and pray and pray and traffic is really not that bad. Thank you, Jesus. I exit the Broadway exit and make a couple of illegal U-turns and ask a couple of security guards and they tell me where the Box Office (B.O.) is. I go there, they tell me they moved the B.O. I run up a hill, they tell me they moved the B.O. back down. Run back down the hill. They tell me it is indeed up the hill. I run back up the hill to another location. Find the B.O. Tell the B.O. that "Dave Elswick sent me". Pay $20 and sign a form that says the RPA (Republican Party of AR) will be contacting me asking me for $. Sure, ok, fine. Whatever to see Sarah Palin for $20. Run down the hill past all of the old people to my truck. Make it to Maumelle, run in to Kroger to buy dog food and cokes, push the cash back button and I'm golden. Run home, feed the sweet puppies. I let them outside to play and change clothes and make a sandwich to take in the truck with me. I let the puppies back in and they are covered in mud. LOVELY! Especially since they were bathed Monday. I grab my copy of GOING ROGUE and run out the door. I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I grabbed Kleenex expecting to get a little emotional seeing my hero.
So, I make it down town. Now, I am by myself in downtown NLR and wanted to bring in my mace but knew they would check my purse. So, I decide to park as close as possible. For $10, I parked in the First Security Lot which was lit and had a police officer there. I felt safe. Matt was worried, but felt better when I told him that.
I go in Verizon, find my seat and begin to read my copy of her book waiting for her arrival. Mind you, I have arrived an hour early. I sat next to the sweetest couple from Arkadelphia and they even held my seat so I could potty before she started.
Ok, the speech. She is magnificient. The excitement surrounding presence was palpable and the crowd loved her. Here are the reasons I love her.
1. She's consistent. She said the exact same things she said during the 2008 campaign. You know she means what she says.
2. She believes in a common sense approach to the government. She believes in limited government and that the national government is to step back and let small businesses and local government take care of things. We don't need Big Government or Big Business to run the show. When that's the case, only the insiders win- and they win with big pay days.
3. She wants taxes cut. She would do it too. She did it in Alaska. She walks her talk.
4. She was a small business owner. She and her husband Todd ran a commercial fishing company and she knows what it means to run an organization. I think that is so important experience wise.
5. She believe in strong national defense. She thinks we should stop apologizing for our actions to foreign nations and get back to building up our country.
I have about a billion reasons I like her, but I figured I would spare the 3 people that read my blog (who have probably stopped reading this tremendously long post already) and only list 5 things.
Sarah Palin, I love you. All of that running around was worth it and I am thrilled all of the cards fell in to place. The end.
10 months ago