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Republican National Convention adventures

Howdy blogosphere! Long time, no read!

It’s been a year since I left Korea and ended regular posts from my last project, Alex and Chickpea Do Korea.

But I assure you, I’ve been busy: A trip around the world and an almost equally exhausting readjustment to life in the United States — in an election year no less!

I’ve recently been reporting for Courthouse News covering civil cases in the Tampa Bay area. But I also some interesting moments last month when the media and Republicans descended on the Tampa Bay area.

I wrote about it for Tampa Bay’s award-winning alternative weekly, Creative Loafing.

From passionate protests and dancing vaginas to a candid interview with presidential candidate Vermin Supreme — he wants to give every American a free pony — I braved $50 million worth of security and a phalanx of law enforcement to cover this convention like no other news outlet.

And, in a homage to the 40th anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (which, incidentally, was the last time the Republicans held a convention in Florida), I ended my reporting with an unbelievable journey inside the belly of the beast. Bad tipping politicians? Republican pool parties? A hug with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich?

Yup, it’s all here.