Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Big Five On The Third

While in Sacramento over the weekend, I took a few out-of-towners to the State Capitol to show them the pretty dome (and to escape, however briefly, the 100-degree day outside). Three things surprised me: first, the number of tourists combing the halls on a Sunday afternoon - many of them seemingly not even from America, let alone California (I suppose those shiny gold letters over the Governor's office might have something to do with that).

Second, how much I missed working in the building (staff ID alone might've been helpful).

Third, I ran into a journo friend of mine camped outside the Governor's office with other journo friends who were half-heartedly playing a game of trivial pursuit, sending runners out for Starbucks, and generally sitting looking bored. "Big 5 meeting," she said. I realized my surprise was misplaced, though. Of COURSE they were "meeting" on a holiday weekend. It's part of the busy-beaver PR strategy. Not that I am so cynical to doubt they were actually working behind the heavy oak doors - but, well, c'mon, just take the damn weekend off and come finish it this week.

A true cynic would opine that a Sunday deal would never happen since neither the Governor, nor Legislative leaders, would waste such a story on a non-existent news cycle. I'm not that cynical, of course.


Anonymous said...

It was nice meeting you Sunday at brunch, even if we didn't get a chance to talk at all. Your British friends were also very nice.

Anonymous said...

Shi*t - that was you? Why didn't you say something? Now we need a do over brunch . . . .

Wait, you didn't say something, did you? That C-- un, NT, leaves out the important information when introducing people.

Anonymous said...

I didn't say anything; I should have. I wanted to. There wasn't really an opportunity to though. You'll just have to come back to Sacto and we'll try again.