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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Tuesday, August 24, 2004

    In a New York minute 

    Greetings again. After an August hiatus, WebbBlog is back in business, this time gearing up for the Republican National Convention in New York City, starting Aug. 30.

    So here's my gig: The good folks at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Knight Ridder have encouraged me to blog at the political conventions, focusing on All Things Minnesotan. I'll still be writing daily stories for the Pioneer Press during both conventions, but this blog will serve as a less formal and (I hope) fun window into conventionland, amusing incidents, celebrity-gawking, clever quotes, Minnesotans in action, the occasional gripe, and assorted whatnot.

    And hey folks, this is an interactive world, so I encourage Viewer Mail. I've set up an e-mail account just for this purpose -- it's --and I'll try to post some of the more interesting. This will be greatly aided by my vastly upgraded computer connections. At the Democratic National Convention in Boston, I was blogging over a 28.8 speed modem (pause for shrieks of horror) and lacked easily accessible e-mail. But now, my Windows 98 operating system is as modern as the millenium.

    Our computer wizards, by the way, had this response when I brought my laptop in for an upgrade: "You've got to be kidding!"

    So, let's begin. The only rule is, try to keep it reasonably polite. If you're looking for bile-spewing partisan invective, you're in the wrong place. And if you're looking for Viagra spam or the Paris Hilton sex tapes, you're really in the wrong place.

    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at

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