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Thursday, June 01, 2006

I like my ice water

The Seattle P-I has an article about Drinking Liberally, and surprisingly, I'm mentioned in it, although just briefly:
On the TV in a corner of the Montlake Ale House, the Clippers battled the Suns in a pro basketball playoff game. But on this Tuesday night, as on every Tuesday night, the barroom talk focused on a spectator sport of different sort: politics.


And everyone was Drinking Liberally -- even Andrew Villeneuve, a teenage blogger from Redmond who stuck to ice water.
I do indeed go often to Drinking Liberally, and I always stick to ice water. I like ice water. It's refreshing and keeps my focus sharp so I can both work and talk to other bloggers and activists. Even if I was of drinking age, I'd just stay away from alcoholic beverages.

I also believe in living a healthy lifestyle. I don't smoke, I walk and bike whenever I get the opportunity, and I shop for organic food at PCC Natural Markets. (If you don't, you should - the food is not only better for you, but tastes great!)

The P-I's Gregory Roberts didn't mention my age, instead just describing me as a "teenage blogger". That's a pretty broad age span. If you're curious, I'm actually 19, and only eight months away from being twenty. I'm officially two decades old a few weeks after 2007 rolls around.

I firmly believe that more young people should get involved in politics. Unfortunately, Drinking Liberally would seem to discourage aspiring young activists who aren't 21 from taking part, but you can certainly come and not drink. I do.

But I think Democrats and progressives ought to figure out a strategy for reaching out specifically to young people (individuals of high school or college age) and getting them involved. Maybe that means putting on a regular event like Drinking Liberally, but minus the alcohol, and probably making it less frequent.

For example, a regularly scheduled monthly meeting could be organized at a Seattle area restaurant (not a bar though) where young people could have a bite to eat, discuss political strategy, and enjoy ice water.

One of the great things about Drinking Liberally is certainly the continuity. It goes on every Tuesday night at the Montlake Ale House. If you're in the mood to talk politics with other activists, you just show up. And you can bring your laptop with you: the Ale House is Wi-Fi equipped so you can surf the blogosphere or just get some work done.

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