2008 Denver Is Difficult!
posted by August 24 at 17:00 PMon
Charles and I have touched down in Denver, though we’re currently too busy writing stuff for the print edition to have done much exploring. Damn, is it difficult to get from the Denver International Airport to downtown Denver. It’s almost an hour’s bus ride, past lots of this:
And even though it’s a RTD (public) bus, it costs $9. I never thought I’d say this, but it makes me long for the 174.
Then it took me about half an hour to navigate RTD’s trip planner, which failed to tell me that my route could be accomplished on light rail in about 15 minutes, rather than taking two separate transfers and 1 hour on the bus. I figured it out, though. Thanks, Hyatt Regency Tech Center! That’s where the Washington delegation is staying throughout this week—it’s quite a distance from downtown as well. Looks like this year’s hot swing states (Nevada, Colorado, Virginia) got the plum downtown assignments. Plus DC and Illinois and Iowa and other states with good connections. And, uh, Kentucky. (Maybe I’m reading too much into this.) In any case, the Tech Center isn’t so bad, as long as you know how to scrutinize a light rail map.
On the agenda for me tomorrow: Crashing a HRC Washington delegate breakout session to figure out what those forlorn souls are thinking/voting/feeling. And the first evening of conventioneering, with Michelle Obama headlining. Other speakers include Barack’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson (go Beavers!) and
Colorodo Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes. Sweet.