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First Time for Everything

First Time for Everything

If you're like us, you're new at this, and you know that new things can be hard. It's easy to let the same old tasks slide to the bottom of your to-do list, and hard to get the ball rolling to try something unfamiliar and maybe a little bit scary.

At least, that's how it is for me. I've got a dirty house to clean and here I am, writing another blog post.

HOWEVER, I visited Senator Gardner's office for the first time last week to discuss the Senate approach to Health Care Reform. Before you get mad at me for asking you to make an in-person visit when I hadn't done so myself, I have to admit that it was because I was scared!

Why? I don't know! Have you noticed how many fears are irrational? But there was no getting around my nerves, so I decided to call upon a friend to accompany me and make sure I followed through.

Sure enough, it was a rocky start. The elevator wouldn't go to the 5th floor, and while there was a sign outside the elevator that said, "See security for First American Title," there was no indication for Senator Gardner's office, which is on the same floor. Additionally, only one of the main floor security desks was staffed, so we ended up calling the management to find out where to look for the security guard.

Located just around the corner, the security guard let us up to the fifth floor, at which time we found another security guard outside the title office, and a video cam doorbell at suite 525, Senator Gardner's office. We rang the doorbell, were let right in, and gave our comments to a friendly staffer sitting behind bullet-proof glass.

That was it. I'm glad I asked the staffer to read his notes back to me so I could make a minor clarification. I gave him my full name and ZIP code and mentioned that I am a Colorado native. I was crystal clear in my request for the Senator regarding an upcoming vote on health care.

It was very quiet, aside from the telephone. The staffer did not answer the phone while we were there. When will you make your first visit?

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