A few thoughts:
- Landing here felt a bit like descending into the Heart of Darkness - the haze from the humidity + a heavy cloud layer was a dramatic transition! Not quite the impressive views of Mt. Rainier that we were treated to as we left Seattle, but it is still beautiful country.
- The DNC had volunteers stationed at the airport to welcome us, which was a nice surprise. There were at least 30 Delegates on the flight, some of whom broke out in cheers when we landed.
- More fun was watching the non-DNC folks look at us like we were an entirely different species. So far every local I've talked with is planning to avoid the city center at all costs this week. I asked one woman if she'd be taking in the free CarolinaFest events on Monday and she was adamant that there was no way that will happen unless someone flies her in with a helicopter. I don't blame her!
- It is even humid in the hotel's elevator.
- The hotel stocked up on WA wines in anticipation of our arrival, and has signage out as well. One wonders at the timing, though, of their chosen ads for their hotel key cards - they are all advertisements for the Billy Graham Museum with a special exhibit on how he advised so many Presidents! I am reminded a bit of Branson, MO where my inlaws live and it's feeling of clinging to a bygone era.
- The hotel and restraunt folks are not quite sure what to make of us yet. We asked our waiter last night where we can buy wine for our room and he seemed mystified about why we asked such a silly question. I explained that WA only recently has allowed the sale of liquor outside of state hands.