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January 30th, 2008
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The continuing saga of local political candidate Ted Terbolizard:

In one of those bizarre the-Internet-is-three-clicks-wide moments, I just stumbled across this post at the wtf_inc community. Shorter wtf_inc: "omg turbo lizard hahahahaha."

(Nothing that your humble author didn't make note of four days beforehand.* Although to be fair, if your only interest in the candidate is his name, my original post was teal deer.)

Apparently word got back to the candidate himself; Terbo e-mailed the instigator and, oddly, put a link to the wtf_inc treatment over in the "Recent Interest" section of his campaign website. I guess it's true -- in politics, any publicity is good publicity.

EDITED TO ADD: The candidate himself -- terbolizard -- drops by in comments. Hi, Ted! :-) Also, a good profile from the local paper.

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* And now I find myself wondering -- based only on the timing -- if the wtf crowd originally picked it up from my journal. If the person who first posted that is from District 4 as they say, then they would have had any number of other exposure vectors ... but I still wonder. To the best of my knowledge, it's been a few years since the drama hamsters made a big deal of me, but the twitch reflex still occasionally surfaces.

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From:terbolizard
Date:January 30th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)

hi

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Regarding all of this, you've got it right when you suggest 'any publicity is good publicity'. Especially since this is all coming from a clique of netgeek photoshop folks; I'm one of them myself. So, to get guff from a group like this is like punk rockers hating on the Ramones, I take it all as high praise.
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From:lysana
Date:January 30th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)

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I'm not in your district, but I almost wish I was. I like your attitude. Good luck with your campaign.
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From:roaminrob
Date:January 31st, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)

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You've been handling the random LJ nuttiness pretty darned well.

Something I don't see answered on your site: what prompted you to run for Congress? Sounds like you've had a lot of fun so far, and Congress and 'fun' don't usually hang together.
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From:baxil
Date:January 31st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)

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Hello! Thanks for dropping by. :) You've been handling this with not only maturity but an uncommon willingness to engage. I wish I could speak for more than just my handful of local readers when I congratulate you and wish you good luck.

I feel dirty in admitting that my attention -- just like that of the (unrelated) WTF_inc group -- was based entirely on your name. I've been on the receiving end of enough similar jibes in my lifetime to feel guilty about being so shallow. But I do mean every word of my earlier endorsement; I wish you and those like you the best success in reclaiming the ideals of the Republican Party from the theocrats and kleptocrats.

Also, the story behind your name change is awesome. :-) Good for you guys for having the strength of character to proclaim to the world who you are. That's a precious and powerful thing, and it deserves to be encouraged. Believe me, I know.*

I guess what I'm trying to say is that yes, I was juvenile, but I've been trying my best to laugh with you, not at you. (I can't speak for WTF_inc. I don't know those people.) I'm serious about my dragon thing, and it wouldn't have occurred to me to speak up in the first place if it weren't for a sort of odd reptilian sense of kinship. ;-)

I hope you don't mind the tiny blip of added publicity if I continue to keep an eye on your campaign and spread the good word where I can. More to the point -- I know you don't mind the publicity, but I hope it's okay that I still simultaneously find your name to be awesome and amusing!

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From:roaminrob
Date:January 31st, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
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You might have an opportunity to meet the guy, if you're so inclined.

There's a fundraiser in Grass Valley on February 1st. Dinner is $100, but the 7pm lectures and etc. are free to the public.
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From:baxil
Date:January 31st, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Drat. I'll be picking up Kady.
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