Last weekend I headed to Richland Washington to meet with fellow members of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. Most of us stayed at the Richland Red Lion on the main drag named George Washington Way.
The Tri Cities bring back plenty of memories. When I grew up in Walla Walla, the Tri Cities of Richland, Pasco, And Kennewick were the closest ties thing to civilization. They had TV stations, rock radio, a huge mall, and all the national chains of restaurants. That was considered good back then.
On Friday nights at a political event, there are usually "Hospitality Suites" hosted by various interest groups. This one was no exception although there were only 4 that I know of.
George Fearing For Congress hosted one which was far from all of the others. That actually was a suite the opened up to the courtyard. Also hosting suites were Stonewall Democrats, Primary Democrats, and Black Caucus. My favorite was Black Caucus, even though it did not serve alcohol. The food was good and the discussion was lively.
Many Seattle area Democrats do not really care to travel to Eastern Washington. The attendance was less than spectacular and some of the smaller meetings were cancelled. I travelled down to Walla Walla and saw my brother Steve and his girlfriend, and still made it back to Pasco in time for lunch.
The meeting was called to order shortly after 1:00 that afternoon. It was short and I was able to make it back to Maple Valley by late evening.