Saturday UPDATE: Heard some most excellent City political scuttlebutt whilst at Winter Chautauqua workshops this AM. Because it's scuttlebutt, I won't repeat it, but I will say this: The City has recognized some complaints as actual threats to incumbents, not just the Ward 5 incumbent, and has made moves to mitigate those conditions complained about. Nice try, Team Wilson-Vanhooser, but your record remains carved in stone and if you're doing an about-face on your previous positions, it only means that your record is indefensible. You can't re-write your record.
And so I am commencing to be insufferably smug for the rest of the day.
Monday UPDATE: A supporter has stepped forward to pay for the printing of some mini hand bills. It's January and the campaign is...well...snowballing. It's all good.
After the door-hangers ran out, a lot of people around Ward 5 got some version of this under the windshield wiper:
|It's not all about just the Ward 5 incumbent, Dale--it's all about that base. You know--the base that Vanhooser gave me. You're not even close to objective, are you. Pay attention, son.|
Today, it's getting typeset and machine printed.
Message: never spend money you don't have but always work with what you have already paid for...then spend the money that *does* come in on exactly the thing it comes in for.
The cost of the campaign so far is still under $200 which includes the $100 filing fee.
The cost of the unlined index cards used for the above hand bill = going-back-to-school deal of 3 packages of 100 cards for $1. Staples Rewards discount was used to buy the Sharpies, also on back-to-school sale when purchased.
Staples "cover stock" (not card stock) purchased for making DVD envelopes with was reg. price of $11 and change, on sale for $9 and change, purchased during their "everything that fits in the bag is 20% off" sale. When the DVD envelope material was cut and set aside, the left over cuttings were used to make the door hangers. The work and effort put into all of it: priceless. ;)
As Paul Harvey would have said, "Now you know the rest of the story."
And a huge thank you to the volunteer ground troops out there. You're better than any purchased advertising because you're not just getting the word out, you're also making the case. You're the greatest! I see a victory party in your future!
For the pro-Koch Nitrogen people regarding the water issue, I come with unique skills that the incumbent does not have, and we can talk water processing in detail. I've run and maintained polishers at the Illinois Power Company's Baldwin generating station and I come in knowing more about treatment steps all the way from the initial screen, chlorination (yes, I'm hazmat qualified, and I'm talking about chlorinators fed with straight chlorine gas from railroad tanker cars), floc, mechanical de-aeration (necessary for boiler tube circulation water as well as for turbine steam), and the cation bed, the anion bed, and the mixed bed. (The most fun I had was checking the control calibrations of a radio operated train, and I'm not talking about the kind of train you find under your Christmas tree. This was a full sized locomotive which brought coal in from the coal yard and loaded up the crusher hoppers).
At Motorola, it was "DI" water, as in de-ionized water. And if you think that was all fun, just imagine how much fun it was working on those massive boiler feed pumps. Speaking of pumps, nitrogen as a fertilizer isn't the only nitrogen I'm familiar with. There's the liquid nitrogen required for cryo-pumps, which produce vacuum measured in Torr rather than in inches of mercury column. Koch folks who want to talk details of water with a City official, you'll get somebody more literate in that field with me than with the incumbent.
I would be able to read the entirety of a FEMA flood study and actually understand it.
I am also familiar with wiring codes, residential and industrial, 3 phase, and I would actually enjoy talking to and working with the City engineering department.
Speaking of Levesques, I hope the relations out by the Cape Cod and Fall River vicinities are safe.
Tuesday mini-UPDATE, You-Can-Bet-On-It Edition: I looked up WGBH, clicked on their Contact Us link, and fired off a communique regarding THIS American's Experience doing patent research, and how they got a few things wrong about the phonograph according to patents filed and granted.