Saturday, February 17, 2007

Letters, Letters, Letters

In about a month I'll be taking a trip to Washington D.C. to visit with various Congress folks to discuss the importance of science funding. I have mentioned that I went on this trip last year and have been invited back for another round. I love Washington D.C. so I'm excited to have been invited back. Jason will be joining me this year since there was enough down time last year to make it worth it for him to be there. Plus there are a couple days on the trip when I won't have any meetings so we'll be able to do some sightseeing.

The first step of this process is to write letters to the offices that have been assigned to you. So after fighting with Word on my old laptop and just about throwing the laptop across the coffeehouse and then coming home and fighting even harder with Open Office, I decided it was time to get the iWork Suite on the Mac. And what do you know, click one thing and viola a letter template was up and easy to use. Why people even use machines other than Macs is beyond me.

ANYWAYS, I am in the throes of getting the letters together and trying to appeal to these people as I live in their district, have lived in their district, have in-laws that live in the district, have cousins or nieces or step family...or you get the idea. Then I absolutly have to get the meetings made within the next two weeks due to my they are going to hate me by the middle of next week as I'll be calling twice a day if they don't give me a meeting....but then I'll have the meeting :-)

We did go running yesterday, a bit over three miles and my toes were really cold and numb afterwards. We are going to try and go about 5 miles today since it's a *bit* warmer today. Then tomorrow I'm guessing it'll be between 5 & 6.


Firefly's Running said...

Leah, I believe that letter writing is SO important to get the message out to our Senator and Reps in Congress, even at the state level. I have had a lot of success in helping getting important legistration started in the state and national level, just by writing to my Senator and Represenative about it. Words move people, but people have to make the first step to write.

LeahC said...

it's not so much asking for support but rather for a meeting. then we go to washington and meet with them to talk about our message. I guess we ask for the support in the actual meeting.

Firefly's Running said...

That sounds even better. I have only been in Washington DC once in my life, even got a chance to watch a Senate voting as it happened. SO exciting! But that was **cough** 18 **cough** years ago. I would love to go back again if given the chance.

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

I'm a big believer in wearing two pairs of socks.  Keeps your toesies nice and toasty.