Bling

You always hear about the fashion at political conventions and from what I saw this week,  it can be divided into three categories. The good, the bad and the bling…

The good could be a reference to the state delegation gear.

The Texas delegation was all suited up in matching shirts and hats.

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Donated to their delegation by Stetson, they waived the hats continually from their seats on the convention floor.  I think it was their way of showing applause, or maybe it was just hot down there, or maybe they were just thinking big hair needed big hats ha ha!

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But they did stand out in the crowd!

I had to snap this pic of the Hawaii delegation… They had matching shirts and dresses complete with flowers in their hair and lays around their necks.  Adorable!

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If you look closely, you can see my Senator on the left is perplexed and not sure who I am photographing since I am…well, taking this of their back side, probably not the most flattering angle just saying.

And, a Montana delegate….from the back side.

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I think I have an issue with taking people’s pictures….

But, the Senator doesn’t. Best example of bling.

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He really isn’t shy when it comes to photo ops.

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But, Oklahoma really did look sharp in their matching navy blue blazers. On this particular night, the navy blue blazers were worn with red shirts.

Twinning…..note the clear plastic bags.

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A pic of the flag suit dudes..from the back side.

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These guys were talking to the media who could be distinguished not only by their gold colored badges but also with the backpacks they were allowed to bring into the arena. Hence my reference above to the clear plastic bags regular folks were forced to carry for security purposes. Well, not forced. But, you get my drift.

Here’s a pic from my Senator’s camera.  Clearly, he’s not afraid to ask for a photo.

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And this hat…IMG_6949The lady to the left saw me sneaking a pic. She thought the hat was funny too.

One more from the back side haha…but, cute elephant skirts none the less.IMG_9136

Looks like the Senator snagged a better version…go figure.

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Can’t wait to watch the DNC this week to see if all the bling is a universal convention theme or a one-sided phenomena.

The Morning After

Having stayed up most of the night before reveling with our fellow conventioneers, the long schlog home from Cleveland, was just that. Looong.

I had big plans to grab a nap for the first leg of our very full Southwest flight, and plopped down in a middle seat so Cliff could have the coveted aisle. Must have been feeling the love in my sleep deprived state. Ha. Ha.

Sitting by the window on our row was a man who seemed harmless enough and rather preoccupied with his phone, so I settled in for my nap….or, so I thought.

This nice gentleman to my right became engaged in a continual convo with the lady seated behind me for what seemed like an eternity!  Even though I had my earplugs in with some Big Daddy Weave blaring, the man with the personality was rocking my world.

I couldn’t help but overhear their entire conversation.  It was about politics and the RNC and all I could think of was this guy had an excessive amount of post convention energy or an adult case of ADD. That said, when the pilot came on to alert us about some possible weather and turbulence, my seat mate pulls up his navigator app and radar app and kindly explained to me how those tools work.

Based on his knowledge of both, I asked him if he was a pilot, because that was going to make me feel better about the dangerously dark clouds outside the window.  He was not, but his command of the subject matter could have fooled me anyway.

At this point, my Senator decided it was time to wake up, sensing some competition for Mayor of Flight 2357, and joined our conversation.

Come to find out, both were Rubio delegates from their respective states at the convention.

Come to find out, he was from Arkansas and was flying on to Little Rock.

Come to find out, he is Tim Griffin, the Lt. Governor of Arkansas…the same Lt. Governor of Arkansas who I wrote about here. Oh my goodness!  Can I not get a break!

Immediately, I began to feel a strange remorse for all the evil I had wished upon him previously!  Who needs sleep after an all-nighter, when you can chat with a rising political star from a neighboring state, right?

At this point, our plane had landed and we were walking off with our seat mates, who had now joined up with Asa Hutchinson, the Governor of Arkansas (also on our flight).  Nice people.  Small world.

I am sure there is a moral to this story somewhere, but I am still recovering from our incredible, once in a lifetime experience in Cleveland this past week.

A Very Late Night

Sharing a few pics from our very late night in Cleveland.  Not sure where they came from because my phone died about half way through Ivanka Trump’s speech!

Don’t ask about the banner…it was liberated before it hit the dumpster.

Lots of Okie friends having fun on the plaza post convention!!!

This guy!

Mayor of the After Party!

I haven’t pulled an all nighter since college and kids and now I know why.  Paying a big price for all that post convention fun and from my view at the airport, so is everyone else.

More from the last night of convention after a few hours of sleep…but, man what a night!