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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Sunday, August 29, 2004

    This is a tough town 

    New York is unlike anywhere else. Less than an hour after arriving here, I'd already gotten into my first traffic accident (a fender-bender, nobody hurt), and then been admonished by a policeman for walking too slowly across an intersection.

    The accident occurred when my zippy cab-driver pulled up at the East Side Marriott hotel where the Minnesota contingent is staying. Just as my cabbie darted into an open spot, a passenger in another cab opened his car door and CRUNCH. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but it left both vehicles wounded, and both cab-drivers peeved.

    My verbal reprimand came from one of New York's Finest, who was directing traffic near Grand Central Station. I waited at the intersection for the WALK sign, and when the light turned green, I started to cross the street at my usual midwestern pace. A few steps later, the officer began shouting.

    "Sir, you gotta move faster," he scolded me.





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