Well, for some, it’s Contrived, Hallmark-driven, Cheesy Holiday weekend also known as Valentine’s Day. For Rob and me, it’s CPAC/RLC weekend (and push hot fluids into Rob to make the cold viruses in his body leave post haste weekend). That means, we’re running around all weekend, meeting fellow bloggers, politicians (the most intolerable part of the weekend, although, I do like Gary Johnson).
Last night we went out with an old friend of mine. Steve Gordon and I met in 2004 when he was working with the late Aaron Russo on his campaign to become the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. I enjoyed Aaron’s company. The first time I met him, it was at a Gun Rights Policy Conference. I was carrying. It was in Virginia, I have a concealed carry permit, and I figured it was appropriate. Someone had introduced me to Aaron, and he grabbed me in a bear hug that nearly crushed my… uh… lungs as a “hello.” I laughed, and said something to the effect of “You know I’m packing, right?” I remember Aaron busted out laughing and said something about loving a girl with a gun!
I subsequently endorsed Aaron as the LP candidate for president, but the nomination wound up going to Michael Badnarik. Steve worked with him too as Communications Director.
I hadn’t seen Steve since then. Between my deployments and his job and last year’s Snowpocalypse, we’d kept in touch on Facebook and emails, but never got together until last night. And what a reunion THAT was!!!
I hadn’t actually gone to any CPAC events, but was gratified to see that many of the social conservative assholes chose not to attend this year’s conference, because *ZOMG!* there are going to be GHEYS there!!!! Oh NOES!!1!!!1!!1. I was also gratified to hear Steve say that CPAC should really be called LPAC this year, because a lot of the Republican folks present were more libertarian in nature.
I also got to meet some aspiring writers, college students who respect the principles of fiscal responsibility for the government and personal responsibility for the individual. I met Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain – not the one whom I repeatedly want to hit with the blunt object for is obsequious moderacy, but the writer.
I met new folks and made new friends, and I had a blast! I haven’t laughed so hard in years, and I wound up with a sore throat from all the laughing.
Today we’re off to the RLC convention. I plan on meeting up with some friends, attending some events, and generally having a wonderful time! Photos to follow!