Faith restored in people

Something happened today at Thursday night DNC that warranted is own post.

During VP Joe Biden’s speech tonight there is a woman who ended up having some type of medical emergency. The paramedics were discreetly called over but after a while it was hard to hide the fact that someone was in need of medical attention.

When other delegates and the press noticed paramedics attending to someone, cameras in the immediate area turned in the direction of the patient. Instantly the delegates that were seated in front of the woman stood and held up their sign so that the media could not record or take pictures of the woman. I was moved by the fact that while people could have been focused squarely on the speech or wanted to put themselves in view of the camera to get on television or video, the delegates decided to protect the identity of the woman and not make her fodder for the press.

I should add that during the course of the afternoon emotions were running pretty high. This is mainly due to the fact that since there was limited seating in the new space for the president’s speech, people were saving seats in a way that was making people pretty crazy. Between saving large blocks of seats for people who would not arrive for hours combined with being in close quarters in Charlotte over the past week, people are pretty tense and ready to go home.

That being said, the fact that those emotions were pushed aside instantly to protect the integrity of a fellow delegate just reminded me that we all know on some level how to take care of each other when the time comes.

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Most random lunch ever!

This afternoon I attended the luncheon by the California Correctional Police Officers Association in honor of Kamala Harris. I had to duck out midway for a radio interview with a local San Francisco station, KALW. I had to end that interview halfway through because during the luncheon I saw that Rev. Jesse Jackson made a surprise appearance!

After wrapping up the luncheon, I went outside to get a breath of somewhat fresh air. As I was checking messages, I saw three more people arrive and walk through the door at the same time: MC Hammer, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

I wouldn’t say that I was starstruck, however it’s hard not to get a little bit of enjoyment out of seeing all of these different people in one place.

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LYFE at the DNC

I had the pleasure of stopping in to Oasis2012 / LYFE Kitchen event at the DNC. They will be here through Thursday. I happily tweeted chef John Mitchell last week about it and was surprised that he recognized me. I’m already a fan of LYFE Kitchen and visit their restaurant in Palo Alto. I also purchase their prepared foods at Costco.

Speaking their marketing team today, a learned that the prepared foods will soon arrive to Safeway stores!

Here are some photos from the event including one with me and Chef Mitchell as well as one with me and Ariana Huffington.

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