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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:11 PM

This DU in Charlotte update sponsored by VISIT MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA



The Congressional Black Caucus and Visit Myrtle Beach.com are sponsoring a hospitality suite for media, and we got an invite. Food and drinks are ON THE HOUSE! To show your support for the DU Admins, consider a trip to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next time you go on vacation!

http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com

http://thecongressionalblackcaucus.com

Here we are enjoying FREE food and drink. Yummy BBQ and local brew. The pulled pork is effing delicious.



EarlG partakes of the all-you-can eat buffet.



We actually snagged a booth. Thankfully, they have a charging station for my iPhone, which was already down to a dangerously low 12%!



My Media credentials for the Visit Myrtle Beach "Hospitality Central." Yes, we are "Media" -- it says so right on the thing.



But enough about Myrtle Beach. Let's talk about CHARLOTTE!


THE DAY SO FAR

First stop: Charlotte Convention Center to pick up our Credentials.



Then we took the light rail to the Time Warner Cable Arena.



As you can see, EarlG is very excited to be experiencing a Real American Nominating Convention. (He's foreign.)



The Media Room for The Rest of Us. (Networks get the restricted-access second floor. Teeny media gets a big room with shared tables.)



First view of the convention floor. Smell the EXCITEMENT!



Samantha Bee interviews Kooky Convention Guy.



Don't get sucked into the CONVENTION VORTEX!!!!



CNN Election Express Bus. Riding the highway to irrelevancy...



WTF is the "CNN Grill"? God they suck.



The "MSNBC Experience?" Translation: Only slightly less awful than the CNN Experience.



More updates to come! Michelle Obama speaks tonight!

Look for more updates here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/dnc2012

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Reply This DU in Charlotte update sponsored by VISIT MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA (Original post)
Skinner Sep 2012 OP
ohheckyeah Sep 2012 #1
onehandle Sep 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2012 #3
The Wielding Truth Sep 2012 #4
cyberswede Sep 2012 #5
nuxvomica Sep 2012 #6
tosh Sep 2012 #13
pinto Sep 2012 #7
skeewee08 Sep 2012 #8
OriginalGeek Sep 2012 #9
TBF Sep 2012 #10
HappyMe Sep 2012 #11
Generic Other Sep 2012 #12
annabanana Sep 2012 #14
aquart Sep 2012 #15
pinboy3niner Sep 2012 #16
calimary Sep 2012 #17
Kingofalldems Sep 2012 #18
AlbertCat Sep 2012 #28
nolabear Sep 2012 #19
FirstLight Sep 2012 #20
dsc Sep 2012 #21
Starry Messenger Sep 2012 #22
SaveAmerica Sep 2012 #23
Curmudgeoness Sep 2012 #24
cwydro Sep 2012 #25
nobodyspecial Sep 2012 #26
AlbertCat Sep 2012 #27
lonestarnot Sep 2012 #29
Cryptoad Sep 2012 #30
libodem Sep 2012 #31

Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:14 PM

1. We'll be anxiously awaiting updates.

Hope you guys have a great time! It's very cool you are there.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:17 PM

2. You had me at Samantha Bee. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:17 PM

3. I am so happy you're both there!

Talk about having an inside track to our convention!

Yay!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:17 PM

4. Media, you are "MEDIA". It's official! Make us proud. Lov' the Pics.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:21 PM

6. "CNN" and "grill" just don't go together

I wonder of some higher-up told Blitzer, "You need to do more grilling" and he wasn't aware it has a meaning in journalism.

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:46 PM

13. So true!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:23 PM

7. LOL. Convention Vortex...

Enjoy it guys. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to Michelle Obama's speech tonight. And really interested in SA Mayor Castro's comments.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:27 PM

8. WOW I'm so excited

can't wait till tonight.....Great job guys....

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:30 PM

9. If you wander around near Strawberry Hill apartments

at the corner of Sardis and Providence, there's a Fresh Market there that makes croissants that are worth the drive from Florida. That was always one of my favorite things to do when visiting my dad in Charlotte.

Of course it's been 10+ years since I visited and 26+ since I lived there so things might have changed.


I remember a pretty decent head shop near there too...closer to town though...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:33 PM

10. Julian Castro also speaking tonight (Texas, represented!)

I will wave from here (my living room) if I see you in the audience.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:34 PM

11. Yay!

Have fun!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:44 PM

12. What wonderful thing for you to share with us all

Way more than I have ever learned about what goes on at a convention than I ever learned from the mainstream media.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:47 PM

14. keep 'em coming..

I'm loving this stuff

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:52 PM

15. Myrtle Beach spoiled you with the pulled pork.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:18 PM

16. "HEY YOU! ..."

"HEY YOU! I WANNA SEE YOUR PAPERS!1!!"

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #16)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:25 PM

17. ROFL!!!! This is great!

Great photos, and I LOVE what you did here, pinboy3niner! We also need the squirrel, the US gymnastics girl, and that cop with the pepper spray!

Love this photo chronicle of the road to the DNC!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:26 PM

18. If you see O'Keefe please get a picture

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #18)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:28 PM

28. If you see O'Keefe please get a picture

He'll be wearing overalls and a red plaid shirt, no shoes and a straw hat, with a stem of hay in his mouth.

Y'know, dressing like a southerner to blend in.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:30 PM

19. Thanks for taking one for the team, guys. And NORTH Carolina has some fine beaches too!

I can tell you're suffering, so let me throw in my unfailing support.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:46 PM

20. omg, I am getting so excited now!

I wasn't very pumped up for the convention, no tv so i was just going to follow it here at DU...

and now i get better coverage than anyone!!!!!


omg - they fed you and gave you a table space!
you are officially media!
that's so cool!!!!


(as i prepare to return to J-school in the spring, you guys are definitely getting me jazzed!)


keep up the great work and FUN! Love the pics, especially the vortex!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:50 PM

21. hope you have decent hotel accomodations

evidently the press is quite unhappy.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 04:53 PM

22. Hey, DU needs a bus too!

Next time! Thank you for all the updates guys. This is like Disneyland for political junkies and it's great getting the DU perspective.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 07:07 PM

23. So as far as I know that CNN Grill is very new, a suit said put together Friday

When we were there last night it surprised me to see it, it wasn't there last time I was there. So I asked the suit at the door how long it had been the CNN Grill and he said since Friday. They must carry that sign around in their trunk....

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:01 PM

24. Hey, Skinner! Should we visit Myrtle Beach???

Just wonderin'.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:05 PM

25. Hope you didn't get rained on today!

Welcome to Charlotte from a native Charlottean

It's better in the fall...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:07 PM

26. Looks like you earned your beer and food for tomorrow

Love the updates

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:22 PM

27. For those who don't particularly like a big commercial beach...

... There are indeed many small, "rural" beaches around, especially up the NC way.

And south of Myrtle Beach are the Brookgreen Gardens & Hunington Beach State Park. Both well worth a stroll. The gardens, full of (a lot of deco) sculpture is really beautiful in the spring when azaleas are blooming.

So, yeah.... c'mon down!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

29. K & R!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 09:13 AM

30. The best sea food ,,,,,,

is just north of Myrtle across the NC state line in a small community named Calabash!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 02:27 PM

31. so cool

Happy as heck for you two to be there.

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