So last night I did my first open mic night ever. That’s right, ever. I’ve played live before, but always opening for a friend, or at a disc golf tournament where people knew me already. This was my first time in front of strangers. It was at the Reno Music Project, a cool group of people. Apparently, last week there were 50+ people there and the waiting list to play was so long it was going to “alternates”. Last night? I was one of four acts that signed up to play, not counting the two 8 yr old girls who went up and sang songs from High School Musical 2. There might have been a total of 15 people in the room, maybe 10 of which were actually present when I sang. I did four tunes and was well liked by the organizers. In fact, it was so dead I went up later and did two more tunes. A great concept, I’m gonna go back at some point, hopefully a more popular night.
Today, I did my first caucus. Why my first? Because it is well documented I hate politicians. But I went and I noticed some interesting things. First, they ran out of registration forms (which is actually a good sign, because if NV didn’t get a good turnout, they would lose their early-caucus status). Second, a party needs to have at least a 15% support rate or they are outright dropped and will not have any delegates representing them on a county level (and subsequently a state level).
So I was going for Edwards. I had figured we’d have enough for maybe one delegate. There were a total of 91 people in my district and after the initial separation, all but 12 people were for Obama or Clinton. Wow. I knew there was some polarization but that was a bit surprising. I’m assuming a few Nevadans are upset that Edwards signed something allowing nuclear waste to be dumped in their state. Oops.
So I wasn’t in a viable party, and that annoyed me because they then allowed the parties to come over and try to convince me to go to their side. This is exactly what I didn’t want, because everyone knows if I have two people giving me opposite sides of the coin at the same time, I just shut down. It’s why I hate politics. What I learned here was that a) Obama has a laughable education program, b) If Clinton wins 8 years, that will be 28 years of two families running the country (almost a monarchy) at which point Jeb Bush would run, c) it seemed that nobody but me realized that since both people’s views are so smiliar, they will be well-backed by the Democratic party, no matter who wins.
I quietly sneaked over to the Obama side and that was that. Obama had 58 supporters at the end, Clinton 33 (giving 5 delegates for the black dude, and 4 for the white chick).
Interesting things I noticed:
– of the 33 supporters of Clinton, more than 2/3 were female
– there were literally a few black people total at the caucus, all of whom were for Obama
– most of the hispanic males were for Clinton, most of the hispanic females were for Obama
– two of the people at the open-mic night were there and I chatted with them for a while. Reno is really a frighteningly little city
Anyway, I’m now registered. Go Democrats. I’m gonna go play some disc golf tomorrow, hopefully.