January 28, 2014
I learned a valuable lesson: that people thought it was adorable for a child to come to their door offering to sell them a donut, and they’d almost always buy something.
Of course, I also mowed lots of lawns beginning in late elementary school and middle school. And I spent a few summers stripping and waxing floors in Saginaw’s schools, helping to get them ready for the following school year. It was … character-building.
Later, in high school and early college, I worked as a waiter, cook’s helper and bartender. I also worked at a Wendy’s, in a dormitory cafeteria and as a desk clerk in a hotel.
One of my best jobs was as an orderly at a children’s hospital where my mother worked. The nurses were her friends and had watched me grow up. Of course, they loved the smart-aleck oldest boy of Billye Watson.
They showed this love by giving me the nastiest tasks they could find, which taught me another valuable lesson: there are a lot of really disgusting jobs in a hospital.
The Academy was the bright idea of Mark Strama, the genuinely missed former state Representative who stepped down from his seat last year.
(By the way, the special election to replace Mark is today; if you live in northern or northeast Travis County, you may need to go vote. Here’s a map of the district. I’m supporting Celia Israel in the race.)
After Mark cruelly left the Legislature to run Google Fiber’s operations in Austin (I’ll never understand that switch), the Campaign Academy needed a new home. I’m glad to host it with the Travis County Democratic Party.
This is a great chance to provide meaningful help on a real, important campaign while learning about politics and policy. The Academy strives to ensure that everyone in it has a rewarding, challenging experience as they make a real difference for Texas.
The Campaign Academy will run June 2 to July 11, with sessions Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
See you this summer!