Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 1, Part 1)

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 1 / Part One ————————————————————

Greetings, 3rd party afficianados!

Right off the bat, I’d like to say I’m pretty excited about the reporting I’ll be doing this weekend. Since I am a delegate and volunteer at the convention, my perspective will be rather different than that of your typical reporter covering a convention. That said, I’m hoping that my different, gonzoesque (minus the drugs and my attorney) style of journalism will come across as fresh. This will not be pure journalism, it simply will be a personal diary done in a newsy way. I plan on asking attendees whether or not I can use some information. If you don’t like that, well, meet me in Portland and take over for me. I promise this should be fun!

Since I doubt I’ll have the time or inclination to sit down every night and sum up the day in whole, I’m going to try to break things up with a few writing sessions a day.

Here I go…

I woke up this morning at 6:30 AM ET, which is unspeakable early by this time zone’s standards, to make it to Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l with plenty of time to spare for my 9:50 AM flight. The flight over was a breeze and I found PDX easy to navigate, which is something because I hardly ever fly.

I took the light rail system directly from the airport to within a couple of blocks of the hotel, which is in the heart of downtown Portland. Outside the terribly expensive cost of flying to Portland, I’m so far thinking that this was a good location for the convention. The light rail system was great and the area around the hotel appears to have a good bit of stuff for a twenty-something Libertarian to do.

Portland is a very clean city with a nice mix of new and old styles and buildings. One thing that I quickly noticed on the train and in downtown is that Portland sure does have a lot of hippies walking around in the middle of the day. When I got off the rail right by a crowded downtown park, I walked over to a hippie girl who was, I swear I’m not making this up, currently lighting up a bowl right there on the street.

I see a lot of folks drinking out of brown paper bags on street corners in Atlanta, but rarely do I see hippies smoking bowls in the city in broad daylight. So far, the score between the 2004 location of the LP convention breaks down like this:

City Cleanliness: Portland
Mass Transit: Portland
Airport: Draw
People Intoxicating Themselves On Street Corner: Portland, though I should say I think we have more of them in Atlanta, it is just that the bums in Portland seem to have better product than Wild Irish Rose

Currently, my plan is to stop typing for a while and go get a burger and a beer. Specifically, a Fat Tire. My parents own a package store in the Atlanta area and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had the conversation with folks about how you can’t get Fat Tire east of the MS river. Drinking a fat tire truly will be an experience to remember. Hopefully, I’ll be able to consume as much ale as possible on this trip without it interfering with my volunteer efforts.

5 Responses to “Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 1, Part 1)”

  1. Hammer of Truth » Libertarian Party Convention Recap (Saturday) Says:

    [...] Don’t miss Friday’s 3-part series as well (part one, two, three): As the meeting was going on, other LP superstars, including Hammer of Truth and newly anointed LP Communications Director, Stephen Gordon, were in and out of the audience. I was glad to see Stephen there, regardless of his opinions on the Libertarian Reform Caucus. Our party leadership should certainly keep their ear to the ground and, well, this is as ground as ground gets. [...]

  2. Austin Cassidy’s Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » Joe Magyer’s Convention Journal Says:

    [...] Day One - Part One: Joe arrives in Portland and begins to size things up. [...]

  3. BarbaraHGordon Says:

    ‘Bet you had a hard time making those 6:30 breakfasts.

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