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Sunday, June 5, 2016

#Bernie Sanders and Robyn Engel, Yesterday's News & A Future To Believe In

Dear Sillies,

Remember two posts ago when I jokingly displayed a fake Bernie sighting? Well, be careful what you joke about; it may come true. And the truth is way better than fiction.

On Thursday, June 2, Bernie Sanders visited Chico State University. We'd be allowed entry to the event at 5:30pm. I arrived, the tenth person there, at 12:30pm. As hours passed, the growing crowd was very kind. We bought each other snacks and shared shade; weather reached into the triple-digits. One woman distributed poster boards and markers. I made a poster: Berning in Chico!

   My good friend, Silona, wrote: Post Menopausal Women for Bernie!   
 

Time passed, newscasters showed up, saw my sign, and asked me for an interview. They interviewed a number of folks, and I'd ultimately land a spot at the beginning and end of the news-bite below! I'm posting all the links and such, because I don't know if it's posted correctly. You should be able to click on the picture. If you need to, you can copy and paste the link into your URL bar to see it too.


http://m.krcrtv.com/bernie-sanders-supporters-excited-for-northstate-visit/39879526



krcrtv.com|By KRCR

But wait, that's NOT ALL! After getting through security, I made a mad dash towards the podium. I soon found myself in swarms of people already claiming their spots as close as possible to a fence that would protect Bernie from thousands of fans.

I made my way to the second row. Then begging commenced: "Excuse me, can I have two inches of the fence, please? I won't block your view, I promise." I kept asking for a few inches.* (*We know I've done that before). My pleas were met with "No! This space is for volunteers," long snippy lectures, or -at best- "You can stand next to me, but not in front." Mind you, these people were approximately 1 to 1.5 feet taller than me. I wouldn't have blocked their view had I carried a mid-sized toddler, large banana, or your standard golf-cart on my shoulders.

I persisted, inch by inch, however. Eventually, I gripped the fence. But the people who pretended to scoot over for me insisted that I ask people on the other side to also move a bit. Really, Berners?! If you weren't resting both elbows on the fence whilst towering over me aggressively, there wouldn't be any issues now. Would there? Socialism, peeps! SOCIAL-ISM! [I ended up claiming all the inches I needed - my L.A. native capitalistic, corporate greed 4'8" ferocious mentality and all.]

The show began. Sarah Lee Guthrie played inspiring music. Susan Sarandon spoke with poise and smarts. She's GORGEOUS, and she wore pink tennies too.
Then came Bernie Sanders!

We shouted after every reasonable, passionate, earnest thing he said. And everything was all of that. He didn't look at his hand-written notes. He spoke eloquently for over an hour about our need to end racism, corruption in government, misogyny, fracking, huge college debts, etc.

At the end, Bernie Sanders walked along the fence. I got charged at by the swarms of people trying to shake hands with him, but I stood my ground (literally and figuratively), and then, it happened, my friends. It really happened. Bernie Sander's hand took my right hand. His handshake was warm, loving, compassionate, yet very firm and confident. I proclaimed "I love you!" I really did. Bernie heard me and looked at me, mouthed something, and kept moving through the crowds.


I can't guarantee it, but I'm fairly certain that what Bernie Sanders said in response to my expression of love was "I love you too, Robyn Alana Engel."

To my American friends, if you'd like a suggestion on which candidate to support, I have one. 

To all, be well, and keep smiling. 
I'll do the same.
#BernbabyBern!

53 comments:

  1. The Bern looks a bit burnt, Robyn. Either his face was red with passion or he needs to start using suntan lotion. I'm so glad he shook your hand - I wish he'd kissed it too! Kissing a woman's hand is very anti-misogynist.;)

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    1. Poor man's exhausted and sun burnt, GB. My pictures didn't turn out great. He was more handsome and less burnt in person, my Bernie.

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  2. Of course he loves you too!! You are feelin the Bern, and he is feelin the Rob!!

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    1. I'm fairly certain of it, Keith. Thanks. ;)

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  3. How lovely to have concrete proof that dreams CAN come true.

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    1. It was one of the best days of my life, EC. Yippee!

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  4. Yep, he was definitely bernin' with desire!

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    1. You can tell by the photos too, right? It's so obvious. Smiles.

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  5. I (along with 4000 of my closet friends) heard him in Savannah last fall. I mainly went because I didn't want my daughter walking around at night in that part of the city, but it was fun to see the excitement (and I sense that excitement in your post!)

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    1. The excitement is contagious, Sage. I'm glad you caught it.

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  6. Worth the burn - somehow, I knew you'd say that! Glad you held your ground and got a chance to meet him.

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  7. Great news clip -- you're a star! Glad your persistence and patience paid off. Will you ever wash your hand again? LOL

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  8. Great you stood your ground. And even got your burning to open and close the news spot. Desire sure burned through haha

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  9. what a splendid day for Robyn and Bernie. I bet he went home and told his wife, "we might have to get back to Chico soon". Good for you!!!

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  10. Aw I'm glad you got to meet him, Robyn. :)

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  11. Glad you got to see him. I know many people go on and on about how nutty he is, but he has good ideas. Is the way our country is running working for anyone but the rich? No. So something needs to change.

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    1. Yeah, there's nothing nutty about justice and fairness. Thanks, Ruth.

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  12. It's so great that you got to see him and shake his hand. How exciting for you! Kudos for being interviewed on TV too! :) I'm happy for you.

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  13. I truly admire you, Robyn. And, even though I think he's nuts, I also admire Bernie for being the only honest (and good) person in this thing. Least that's how I perceive him. I wouldn't be fearful if he got elected. Okay, maybe a little (I'm still a Conservative, after all). But, if Grandma and the Orange Buffoon got in? Great Googli Moogli.

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    1. Yeah, he began his speech by acknowledging that his popularity is due to the fact that we want an honest President (for a change). No Googli Mooglis! Thank you, Al.

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    2. All the best to you and your guy!

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  14. Did you get a lock of his hair?

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    1. No - still counting on you for that one, Jono. =)

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  15. Your enthusiasm makes me laugh. I'm glad you got this experience. :)

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  16. I'm glad you met Bernie and ended up on TV. I am also glad you were not trampled but have a feeling you have fence marks all over the front of your body

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    1. The security guards were telling me/us to "Back up!" I shouted, "I'm being pushed!" Dang. It got ruthless momentarily, Birgit. But to the peeps who pushed me and didn't get a handshake: "Neener, neener!"

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  17. My son got to climb a haybail and almost got taken out by security to shake hands with Paul Ryan. I guess socialists and capitalists have passion in common. :)

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    1. That's funny, Elizabeth. We'll see and touch our men, or we'll die trying.

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  18. I've always liked Bernie, but I worry he's going to be a spoiler like Ralph Nader and hand the White House to Conservatives.

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    1. Nah, unlike Nader or any of the others, he's earnest, honest, and insistent on doing the right (ie, left, caring, & fair)thing.

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  19. That is so incredibly awesome!!!! I love it!!! So glad you got to see him and shake his hand!

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    1. Thanks so much, JoJo and MF. I'm still smiling and Berning up. Woohoo!

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  21. Your enthusiasm, activism and support are certainly commendable, Robyn. True, Mr. Sanders should be wearing a hat in this weather --but he seems a sturdy sort. I do recall Bob Dole tumbling off a podium in your town back in '96, getting back up, regaining his perch and announcing, "I've fallen for Chico." I guess campaigners have to be pretty tough.

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  22. Look at you! You're a star :) What a fun clip and what a great day for you. I also love that he has so many young people on his side. They are the future and they are the ones that can bring about change.

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  23. Hey Robyn!

    What a wonderful, hopeful time for you and for Bernie. His passion and commitment for change is truly inspiring. Your determination to be a part of such change, shows the amazing human you are, Robyn.

    Bernie Sanders, America's equivalent to Jeremy Corbyn. The man who would oppose the most evil Prime Minister in the history of the UK, David Cameron.

    We have a ways to go on both sides of the ocean.

    In peace, hope and kindness,

    Gary :)

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  24. How wonderful for you that you got to see him and shake his hand. I am shocked that people tried to push you behind them. Really??? As tiny as you are it's clear you needed to be up front.

    You are quite brave to fight the crowd. You could of been trampled.

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  25. Of course dreams do come true! How awesome!

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  26. I'm sure he loves you. How can he not? :)
    Wow, Susan Sarandon. I'll be starstruck big time.

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  27. What a heartwarming post and a real moment it must have been. Warm greetings and best wishes!

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  28. That would have been so exciting - lucky you!!

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  29. You must have had a wonderful time with all your lovable ones.

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  30. What a cool experience!! So glad you got to actually have your moment with touching of the hands. I'm so happy for you.

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  31. Dears, I'm heartbroken now, since Clinton's declared her victory even before California's votes were in. Just toss out our entire state, lady! Anyway, thank you for the love and cheer. I'll visit you asap. This week has been slow-moving but I'll see ya in blogland soon.

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  32. "I'm burning for Bernie!" Aw, no wonder he loves you!! I know how you feel, that's what Michael Strahan said after he grabbed my ass at a photo op...and offered to marry me. No, really, it happened. I heard it. In my head.

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  33. Damn alarm clock, right? It always wakes us up at the worst moment!

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  34. It must have been your previous post that called him out to Chico. :) I'm glad you were finally able to get close!

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