Rock, Barack, and the Boys

It’s been a busy couple weeks (it seems like its always been a busy couple weeks), so this post is a bit of a mash-up of things.

First my family came down to the cities over the weekend.  We told them it was to see the new Indian Jones movie, but we really put them to work hauling 6 tons of rock!  I’m not sure if they would’ve come had they really known how much rock was going to be dumped in our driveway.

We worked them to the bone, so hopefully they’ll come back again.  I think the boys will make sure of that.

After that relaxing weekend, we heard the amazing news that Barack Obama was coming to St. Paul on the night of the SD and MT primaries!  We scrambled to get a babysitter, then Meg and I drove to St. Paul and parked at my work and started walking towards the excel center.  The walk was a fairly long one, and block after block, we got more and more excited.  Somewhere around 6 or 7 blocks away from the Excel center, we saw massive group of people walking towards us.  At first we thought it was some sort of march, but when we asked the person at the front of the line, she said they were people walking from the beginning of the line to the end of the line, which we had just reached.  She said the line snaked around block after block, and was around 4 miles long!

Block after block, there were whispers circulating around the crowd about Barack getting the democratic nomination, and that Hillary had conceded, or that she was asked to take the VP and had accepted, then a man in front of us raised his blackberry in the air and shouted “Barack clinched the nomination!”.  The whole crowd exploded in cheers.  From then on the excitement built until we started getting close to the Excel center.  They must have opened another set of doors, because suddenly the line broke into a swift walk, then a trot, and eventually an all out run.

When we finally got to security, we could see a small piece of the crowed in the center from the front doors.  Right as Meg and I were going through the metal detectors, the crowd inside broke out into a deafening cheer.  We knew Obama had just arrived.  We ran up all the stairs and escalators, and were able to find open seats at the very top of the center.  The place was packed.

Some day when my boys are older, I’ll be able to tell them that I was at the rally where Barack Obama became the first African American Democratic Candidate for President.

Speaking of the boys…

3 thoughts on “Rock, Barack, and the Boys

  1. Jess

    Thanks for the update, guys. Patrick looks so big in this new picture! And Michael looks like he’s cooking up all sorts of new adventures.

    I am so excited that you got to see Obama. After seeing him in GF, I can’t even imagine what the energy was like in the Xcel Center with so many more people AND the day he became the presumptive Dem nominee.

    Hey, had I known about the rock, I could have brought the HOBY kids over last weekend. They’re experts at moving rocks.

    You guys are doing an awesome job on your house–it looks cooler all the time. Miss you!

  2. Aunt Claudia and Uncle David

    The Shannon men are a hearty lot! Wish you guys were down here today to help David do some landscaping…much less labor intensive than hauling rock. I love your blog. Your boys are beautiful and getting big so fast. A friend and I were able to go hear Michelle Obama a few months ago…she is very impressive and I was glad she came to Lincoln. Being part of history does make you stop and remember that our lives do count. Love to you, Aunt Claudia

  3. Mom

    It was a wonderful weekend see your family and your wonderful home was worth all the rock moving. I need some new grandbaby bragging pictures…..they are so big already….more Shannon men in the making…..Happy Fathers Day Mom

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