Back from the Presidential Debate in Oxford MS.

Back from the Presidential Debate in Oxford MS.

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    Back from the Presidential Debate in Oxford MS.

    Well, I am finally back from Oxford Mississippi and the Presidential Debate there on the 'Ol Miss campus.

    Don't ask me about the debate itself because I didn't see it, hear it or attend it. I was working out on the campus on my station's satellite truck and our remote broadcasts.

    I am exhausted, beat and just plain tired. And that's after I slept for 10 hours. I got back in last night at about 11pm. Went right to bed after a shower and I don't think I moved at all.

    'Ol Miss is a great campus. Very nice school and some real friendly people there. The Campus Republican club out numbers the Student Democrats by a huge margin. The Obama campaign bussed in a whole bunch of people to show their presence and the Campus Republicans still out numbered them. That was nice to see.

    There were technical glitches galore, as there always is with remote broadcasts and I was busy the entire time running around working out the kinks in everything. One of the reasons I like remote productions is that there is a new challenge ever minute or two. Nothing is ever the same.

    The thing I didn't like was, since this was on the campus of 'Ol Miss, and since it was a Presidential candidate debate, carrying was out of the question. My vehicle was searched several times, security was tight and there were plain clothes Secret Service types all over.

    One funny thing that happened, since I was part of the media I had to be checked out by the Secret Service and issued a set of credentials that allowed me to go to and into the Ford center where the debate was actually held. The first day we were there, when we went to pick up our creds, mine was not among them. They could not be found so I was told to come back later and it would all be worked out.
    I did not get a chance to come back that day as we were setting up the ruck and cameras and everything else that goes into a remote. So the next day I went to the Media center to get my creds situation straightened out.

    They had determined that there was a problem with the photo that the station had supplied with my info and as a result, my creds had not been printed out.
    I told them that if they hadn't been printed out, there really was no need to do so because there was really no reason for me to go into the Ford Center as we would not have any cameras inside as we would be taking the pool feed. A female Secret Service agent took me by the arm and told me, rather forcefully, that my picture WOULD be taken and a set of creds WOULD be issued because I was ON THE LIST!
    I was pushed into a room where there were 9 or 10 desks with manned by security types, all with cameras on tripods on the desks. I was then escorted to one told to sit down, my photo was taken, I was asked my name and proper spelling, who I worked for and other info. a few minutes later, a picture ID popped out of a printer/lamentation machine, put on a "Campaign 2008" lanyard, placed around my neck by one of the security people, and I was hustled out the door into the lobby of the Media center.
    Back in the real world again, one of the University Media Relations folks asked me if everything was taken care of and then gave me a Media Goody bag or what we call a "swag bag". It had lots of 'Ol Miss apparel, hats, T-shirts and such, lots of Presidential Debate 2008 apparel, keychains, snacks, a coffee mug and a ton of other usless stuff.

    In the end, it was fun, it was a lot of work, I got a ton of overtime and I am still dog tired after 10 hours of sleep. And, I am glad to be able to carry again and even as I type this, my Glock 23 sits on my right hip where I missed it's presence for the last 3 days.
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    ...A female Secret Service agent took me by the arm and told me, rather forcefully, that my picture WOULD be taken and a set of creds WOULD be issued because I was ON THE LIST!
    "Ma'am, Yes, Ma'am!"

    Sorry to hear that the Secret Service has them, too: a bureaucrat is a person for whom the mark in the box is more real than the reality it represents.

    Still, you got a swag bag out of it.

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    The boys and girls from the USSS just wanted to get a good photo and your data in the facial recognition software.
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    So, how'd she look;)? Good enough to be frisked by;p?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolyat63 View Post
    The boys and girls from the USSS just wanted to get a good photo and your data in the facial recognition software.
    That is EXACTLY what I am sure that was all about. No big deal really. I am sure I am already in it somewhere. I was in the Military so there's a picture in a government data base, I have had carry permits from 3 different states so there are three more.

    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryPower View Post
    So, how'd she look;)? Good enough to be frisked by;p?
    No, she was not. At all. Not even a little. In fact, she was quite a bit on the manly side. I got the feeling that we had at least one thing in common.....we both like women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    That is EXACTLY what I am sure that was all about. No big deal really. I am sure I am already in it somewhere. I was in the Military so there's a picture in a government data base, I have had carry permits from 3 different states so there are three more.



    No, she was not. At all. Not even a little. In fact, she was quite a bit on the manly side. I got the feeling that we had at least one thing in common.....we both like women.
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