For 193, believe it or not, I was making phone calls at midnight that night filling up their voice mails. Except, for one of their offices (Jackson-Lee I believe), the person I was leaving a message picked up the phone. I'm sure it took every ounce of energy not to curse me out on the phone as he probably wasn't too happy about being there at that hour in the first place.
Last weekend was AYF Junior Seminar in Prospect, PA. It was also ACYOA Sports Weekend. I hear Sports Weekend was great and I know that Junior Seminar was FANTASTIC! We had 400 people from all over the Eastern Region and a few Canadians. It still surprises me that all these kids come to a Camp in nowhere (some driving 14 hours in a bus) to sit through 8 lectures all weekend long. It's wild.
What a success. The kids seem to have a rejuvinated sense of morale. All weekend long, some of us tried to figure out where this came from, but it very inspiring. I overheard one kid about 10 years old saying to a friend of his to speak Armenian. Another girl explaining to a friend of hers how important it is to read about Armenian issues and that reading is better than TV. All weekend, kids were discussing world issues, Armenian politics, asking us about the Parliamentary elections in Armenia, talking about which lecture they liked most. WOW, what a great weekend!
I'm flying to LA tomorrow night to give some lectures to ASA groups, AYF, etc. about the ANCA and how important it is for young Armenians to move to DC and work within the system. They seem excited to have me and I'm just happy that they wanted me to speak. There seems to be a lot of kids in LA interested in working in Washington. In general, there are more political science majors ready to work in DC. The more the better. Just being here for 2-3 months, I've learned so quickly how much of a difference it makes just being here and knowing what's going on.
Memorial day was nice... I had a pleasant drive through... Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and back to Virginia. I had some excursions on Monday... I witnessed true American pride in Smalltown, USA on Memorial Day. Red White and Blue EVERYWHERE. But I must say, the brief 20 minutes of driving through the very tip of West Virginia was scary... I saw things that I'm not sure if I believe. weird stuff. But it's pretty.
Anyway, more from LA soon.