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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 11:32 AM
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BAND Fun-Raiser was fantastic!!!
Edited on Fri Sep-16-05 11:34 AM by Lisa0825
Major kudos for JohnCoby and the rest of BAND for pulling off a fantastic event!!! The turnout was phenomenal, Tequila Willie's did a great job taking care of us, and the speakers were in rare form! It was a really uplifting, energetic, and optimistic night!

I'll post a couple pics here, and you can see the rest at the photobucket link.


Groupshot:
front row: WestHoustonDem, intheflow, CitySky; back row: PDittie, JohnCoby, Lisa0825


Me with future Governor Chris Bell :loveya: :loveya: :loveya:


See the rest here: http://photobucket.com/albums/a68/Lisa0825/BAND/?action...

My evening started out a little bumpy. I got there around 6:20, and the house was already almost full! I snagged 4 unmarked seats for our group and staked claim, waiting for the others to arrive. Lo and behold, 20 minutes later, when practically every seat was taken, some folks come up to me and inform me that I am sitting in their seats! Their friends on the other side of the table had reserved their seats by placing personal items there, but the rest of the table looked unclaimed, so I had no way of knowing. So, not wanting to cause issues with their group, I gave up our seats and spent the next 20 minutes attempting to find a new place to sit.

Finally, I saw a couple I knew at a table up front, and asked if I could have the waitstaff add another small table to the end of theirs. They said sure, so problem solved, right? Wrong!LOL! 10 minutes after I claimed THAT spot, someone came forward to inform me that that table was reserved for Chris Bell's group! It was getting pretty loud in there, 'cuz we Texas Dems are a rowdy bunch! So, I tried to explain that that table I was at wouldn't be there except that I'd asked for it to be put there. They seemed OK with the explanation, but I was afraid I was stepping on toes by being there.

That being said, we ended up on the front row, much better than my first pick!LOL! Plus, Chris Bell and David Van Os and his wife were all at *our* table! Everything happens for a reason, right? :evilgrin:

So, PDittie, WestHoustonDem, and intheflow arrive. intheflow is a terrific person! I don't know if you all read about her situation or not, so here's the link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... She is from Denver and drove down here to donate a camper to an evacuee.

Now, I gotta say it: JohnCoby, you ROCKED the house!!! :yourock: Damn, you were on fire!!! I can't wait until you run for office! You are going to make one hell of an exciting candidate when that day comes!

David Van Os was ON FIRE as well! His speech was so passionate and exciting! The best I think I've seen from him, except possibly for his talk to DFA at the Texas convention.

David, I am sorry, but I have to post this picture. You can call it the "flash effect," but that look in your eyes is a perfect way to show how fired up you were! :rofl:



I think between JohnCoby and David Van Os, the rest of the speakers just couldn't help but give it their all! Jay Aiyer, John Sharp, and Nick Lampson were all more animated and enthusiastic than I think I have ever seen them. Lampson told stories about his mom and sister that were really touching. I've had my doubts about him before, due to his muddled explanation of where he stands on choice, but I was really impressed with him last night. Sylvia Garcia looked great in red, but made it clear that she's true blue. I don't think I've heard much from her before, though I have seen her in person. She was energetic, articulate, and adamant about turning Texas around on all levels.

And as for Chris Bell... well, what can I say.... I admit it. I'm totally smitten. He looked great as ever, and gave a terrifc speech, hitting all the high points from his kickoff party speech and then some. Don't worry Chris, no one in that room will forget your name!!! (reference to a story he told about a man in a small town who heaped praise on him, mentioned him running for president, and then asked, "What was your name again?" LOL)

It's always great hanging out with the Houston DU contingent, and it was wonderful meeting our Denver visitor, intheflow. As much hell as Texas gets for being the supposed hometown of Bush*, no one should judge Texas Dems until they see how we can throw a party! Texas Dems ROCK and I'm proud to be a part of it! :yourock:
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WestHoustonDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 11:38 AM
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1. What a great night!
:party: :party: :party: :party: :party:
:hangover: :hangover: :hangover: :hangover: :hangover:
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 11:52 AM
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2. See what happens when you mention "Rove" to DVO?
He turns into a demon.
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TexasThoughtCriminal Donating Member (890 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 01:12 PM
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3. Go Houston!!
I love the stories & pictures about all these energized Dems all across the state. With this kind of enthusiasm, we WILL take our state back!
:yourock:
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 01:41 PM
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4. What a great bunch of people
You all look fabulous! Looks like you had a great party. Congratulations!

I know David gets fired up, but that picture looks scary.


Sonia
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johncoby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 02:46 PM
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5. What a GREAT picture!!!!!
And what a great crowd! Next time I will reserve a table specifically for DU. Our event is coming in May. It is called BAND Aid.

And once again, we will ROCK!!!!!
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 06:46 PM
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6. Great picture of the EvilDUers!
Sounds like a great night. :thumbsup:
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CitySky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-05 03:56 PM
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7. THANKS FOR POSTING!
I love your pics. :) You really see how excited we all were after the event. I like the one where we dragged in Nick Lampson -- even he looks like he's having a great time.

The atmosphere was electrifying. Kudos to April, Coby & the BAND for a great event!
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-05 11:08 PM
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8. Bay Area Democratics ROCK!
:headbang:

I had GREAT time at the BAND event! It's very cool to know more about the liberal Texas political scene, I had no idea you had such wonderful candidates. Personally, I vote David Van Os for Attorney General of the United States!

But look at me in the front row of that top photo. I feel like an impostor, only visiting from Denver. :)

I need to shout out thanks by the million to


  • WestHoustonDem for hooking me up with PDittie.
  • PDittie for giving me a ride there.
  • JohnCoby for getting me in the door.
  • Lisa0825 for getting my bar tab.
  • CitySky for getting me "home."


You all made me feel right at ease and welcome. Thanks for a unique window into Houston politics. I really feel like there's hope for Texas to turn blue one day!

Did I mention, :yourock:
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