On Friday, a group of devoted Mudflatters in the Pittsburgh area decided that they’d like to meet up, speak to each other in real audible words, enjoy each others physical company, and put a face, instead of a snowflake avatar, with the name. HamletsMill was the organizational brain behind this event and sent photos and a great story (see below).
So, let’s hear from HamletsMill about Mudstock Pittsburgh!
Friday night’s Mini-Mudstock three hour event held at Rolands in the famous Strip District of Pittsburgh was a wonderful celebration of the amazing worldwide Mudflats phenomenon! We are sure many of you were there in spirit worldwide!
Eleven Mudpuppies and their MudGuests came to commiserate in person!
By professions identified, we had three lawyers, two university professors, a medical doctor, a nurse, a software engineer, an automotive structural engineer, and an architectural construction planner!
The dinner conversation was lively and the food was first rate!
We originally had thirteen signed up, but two had to cancel due to catching colds during the toxic spill evacuation in a town 40 miles north of Pittsburgh which made the national news earlier this week. (Hmmm. Was this a direct Rovian National Security conspiracy to affect our MudStock turnout?)
Our two very special guests from the local Obama Campaign asked that in this write-up we stress to everyone out there across the nation to try to help with the GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts in your area if you can. Over 400 people have shown up in Pittsburgh to help with this where they have set up individual three hour slots to knock on doors to encourage identified voters to vote. A volunteer can take one three hour slot. Each identified voter will be visited four times by different volunteers. People are also needed to drive people in their local area to the polls on November 4th. Otherwise, just keep doing what you’re doing, with as much juice as you can summon! Anything helps!
We all agreed in passionate discussion that with the dire problems we are facing, this is the most important election since 1932.
We all had such a good time that we have agreed to meet again a week to ten days after the election to re-orient and re-adjust our energies, based upon the outcome. Hopefully it will be health food and back rubs for all, rather than a fifth of Jack Daniels! But none of us can let up for an instant now. Everyone just do what you can!
At the end of the night, four of us were talking with our coats on, when our undecided Libertarian waiter came over smiling to tell us that he found us so interesting and compelling a group, and just loved waiting on us so much that he said he is now going to vote for Barack Obama! Wow! It was a very loving moment! (He also loved our very nice tip because we enjoyed him so much too! Hey…and such a nice tip from us after the ongoing Wall Street meltdown hell!)
We don’t know if we were the first place to hold a Mini-MudStock in celebration of AKM’s amazing Mudflats Blog phenomenon, but we hope we will be the first of many local get-togethers WORLDWIDE as we all go forward after the election.
And, finally, in our report we must bring up the Washington Redskins Election Predictor Legend from 1936 onward since the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football on Election Eve November 3rd, 2008.
Check out the analysis on Snopes.
The Washington Redskins Election Predictor Legend was true for 68 straight years, but did NOT hold in 2004. So it appears the Steelers are off the hook!
However, we are thinking a NEW PREDICTOR TRADITION may emerge! This is that if the Washington Redskins lose in the re-establishment of the accuracy count it will be a CRUSHING LANDSLIDE NATIONAL MANDATE VICTORY by the Party coming back into power!
Since Mr. Dan Rooney, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave Barack and Michelle Obama a Terrible Towel when they visited Pittsburgh during the Pennsylvania Primary, we MudBurghers have decided to take it upon ourselves to offer a special dispensation by the Steeler Nation that anyone here who TWIRLS ANY CLOTH MATERIAL OF ANY KIND on Election Eve during that game, it will count as a Terrible Towel! We are asking that even you Dallas, Boston, Indianapolis, and (we know it is tough) Cleveland fans put past differences aside and all be terrible towel-waving FANATIC STEELER FANS for this one night of your life! We must pull together on every Cosmic level. Even this! Just sayin’!
We send loving greeting to all Mudpuppies worldwide!
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin – Reporting