Jordan . . .
A good day. There were many people going by, as the legislature was in session. Quite a few people either gave me signals of encouragement as they walked by, and others stopped to personally express their sympathies. Vince Pawloski, the guy from Tucson who’s been fasting for over 40 days, paid me an interesting visit, and the two of us got into a minor verbal altercation with a pro-coal legislator.
The highlight of the day was the surprise appearance of two of my three brothers, who drove here to visit from Richmond, Va.. It was a most meaningful visit, especially as Charles, Leah, Gabe and Dea were with me at the time. There was some healthy cross-generational conversation going on, and I especially appreciated the fact that these two elderly conservative Bush supporters grew to respect each other before the day was through.
Bo and Ben also dropped by. I like that Bo’s thinking in terms of job alternatives for displaced miners if and when MTR is halted. There’s so much animosity between us and them that we really need to build some bridges in order to make a successful transition from a coal to a green economy.
Dec. 8, ’09