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) WORKER: How are you? Good, how are you?
Good. Are you feeling better? Much better, much better.
You (inaudible) Oh thanks, I had to meet with some um, with
some clients so. I got dressed a little bit more than usual. WORKER: (laughs) So. Yeah I got some stomach bug or something
and I couldn’t keep anything down, then you know you go through that type of thing and you just don’t want to eat anything. WORKER: Yeah. Then you go in and try to weigh yourself Exactly…
(inaudible then laughter) VIDEOGRAPHER: So yeah, I’m finally feeling better. And I
was out and about yesterday, I was going, they have listed on BarackObama.com one of the volunteer poll watching things with the Harris County Democrats. So I get there yesterday morning and the doors are locked and there’s no event. So anyway but I emailed them as soon as I got back and they sent, and they sent I guess all of the times for the upcoming events and stuff like that too. So anyway.
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But and then I was supposed to meet Veronica yesterday morning and we rescheduled because she had some family coming into town or something like, so um, I’ll try and call her again this evening. I texted her today but I didn’t hear back from her so I guess she’s probably, she was tied up so. Anyway but… WORKER: Well that’s cool that you go out and (inaudible) So but she was really excited, she seemed
really excited about I guess trying to figure out what we want to do but I really want to meet with her as soon as possible because we’re running out of time and if… WORKER: (inaudible) So crazy I can’t believe.
Isn’t that (inaudible) It’s 35 days, it’s just nuts.
Everyone is (cross talk and laughter) It’s so stressful! So stressful!
It’s funny, I was looking at a picture of my
friend and she was like oh you find it really fast. Actually she’s not my friend, she’s a coworker and um she posted this. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Mm hmm. (laughter)
In 45 days. And I was… So stressful.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: It’s pretty stressful. But yeah um, Jane Anne is
having a (ph.) phone bank this Sunday. VIDEOGRAPHER: I’m going to try and go to that because I
feel really bad since I missed the last of the… WORKER: She didn’t have it last… That’s right, that’s right because I had
texted her because I ended up getting back from Austin later and um I texted her telling her I wasn’t going to be able to make it and she said that they canceled and I checked my email later and she said that you know. WORKER: Yeah because there wasn’t enough people. I just don’t know what to do to get more
people to come. WORKER: Talk to her and she’ll (ph.) phone bank. I mean that’s the only…
Way and it’s Monday so I mean based on how, you
guys still have an entire week… VIDEOGRAPHER: To try and get people to come. Because one
of, when I was talking to, is it Megan, in Austin? One of the things she was recommending because I was telling her, I said, you know it’s like we call these people, they say they’re going to come, they don’t come. Or even just getting people to show up, people talk about how they’re interested in getting involved and no one actually wants to get involved. And so, I mean because I’ve talked to so many people that you
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO know will be at the grocery store or whatever, oh yeah I really want to get involved and then you know you try and get them to get involved and then they just don’t. WORKER: Right. I mean that’s fine. But one of the things
she suggested that I do is next time we have an event and we have people confirmed that the day before and even the day of just to call everyone that’s confirmed and you know to remind them that if people can’t make it exactly on time it’s okay. You know you can come in at any time. WORKER: Yeah. It’s not like you have to be here at this
time and you have to stay until that long. So I think maybe you know it’s the timeframe commitment or something, people may not want to spend that much time. But I feel like if I can you know convey that look if you can come for thirty minutes, come for thirty minutes, if you can come for an hour, come for an hour. WORKER: (inaudible) Because if Adam is like it’s from 1
to 4? What 1 to 4? VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: That’s so long! It’s a whole afternoon.
You don’t have to stay the entire time, just stay
as long as you need to. But no that’s a really good best practice just confirm because that for Jane Anne
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO she did say no one confirmed. The company she calls (ph.) lady-form and actually decreases the (ph.) play (ph.) crate by like 60%. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: If you don’t call people?
If you don’t call the day before. Because people forget you know, people are
busy and it’s a busy time of year and… WORKER: Exactly. And sometimes you sign up for things and you
VIDEOGRAPHER: don’t. WORKER:
You forget. It happens. You do. Especially if it’s not something
that’s a huge priority. WORKER: Priority. Yeah you have other things going on.
Exactly and that’s why you can’t really blame. It’s true. Well and when you’re dealing with
volunteers it’s just that way, you know, it’s very difficult, it’s like I heard someone once say it’s like trying to herd cats, you know. WORKER: That’s what I said! Was it me or was it someone
else who (laughter) VIDEOGRAPHER: But I mean it’s very much like that because
you get people who are I mean they’re giving their time so there’s only so much you can, you can expect. WORKER: You’d be surprised a lot of people, there are
people who love, who really like responsibility and so
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO you’ll see that a lot of them want to take on more so if you give them the like the word that you know well can you do this, next time can you bring snacks for everyone or whatever. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Right.
You know that kind of… (crosstalk) especially the
people who have a lot of time on their hands then that might work too. VIDEOGRAPHER: So but yeah I really want to get in touch
with Veronica because I’m sure especially with everything they do, they have to have you know tons of people that we would be able to get in touch with to try and get involved. And I would imagine that they’re going to be the types of women who would be much more likely to be willing to get involved with something like this too. WORKER: Right, no exactly. So, anyway but we’ll see. But Austin was
good, it was really good. I didn’t get to spend as much time at the office as I had planned to but it’s a really neat office. WORKER: Yeah. It’s kind of bizarre.
Isn’t it? Yeah.
Isn’t it so “Austin-ish”?
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO VIDEOGRAPHER: It is because I was getting, you know you
walk around and you get lost, it’s like a hall this way, all these rooms off on the side or whatever but it was really neat, it was really neat. Um and I think like for making calls and stuff it’s kind of nice because you have like a little more space. WORKER: Yeah. So it’s not like everyone is on top of each
other. So I was able to make some calls and stuff like that, just so it was neat. It was neat. WORKER: Good I’m glad that you’re getting closer to that
(ph.) oh-faith (inaudible) VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Yeah.
It’s good to know each and every (crosstalk) it’s
good. Um I definitely do want to see like your concern like more people come. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Yeah.
I really just think it’s about maybe giving it a
try of just doing the (ph.) equipment (ph.) calls. Um… like thirty minutes every day, every other day, not even every day. VIDEOGRAPHER: Well do you have any because I’ve gone
through the list that I have and I need to bring it back. WORKER: Beak? VIDEOGRAPHER: I haven’t. Do you know how to use Virtual (ph.) Phone (ph.)
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: Do you have a laptop? I do. Yeah.
Do you? Okay. Because if you do that then that’s
just automatic entered, you don’t have to do data entry. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Oh okay.
So do you have a (ph.) Book Builder account yet? I don’t think so because I really I don’t
like all of the computer stuff. WORKER: Yeah but this is really simple, you can just go
in and click on the phone and then hit start. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Yeah. It’s made for people like me. Okay. (laughter) That is easy. (laughter)
And me. I’m not a data person as you can tell,
(ph.) suck at data. VIDEOGRAPHER: I mean everything at my house is all paper.
I put notes everywhere and I just. WORKER: Yeah (inaudible) Technology is just a necessary evil, it’s
not something that I go out of my way to use. WORKER: Yeah. I have a Kindle and that’s as technological
as I ever want to get. WORKER: Do you use it to read?
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO VIDEOGRAPHER: I do. I still read actual books probably
just as much if not more than I use my Kindle because there’s something about actually having a book. WORKER: Yeah. I don’t know I just.
Then you want to turn the pages. I know, it’s just…
And looking at a screen. I guess I don’t buy a
Kindle because I don’t… VIDEOGRAPHER: Well I have the really old one and I like it
because it’s not like if you’re looking at an iPad or something where it’s backlit, it’s really neat because it actually looks like a page in a book, I mean it doesn’t look like you’re staring at a screen the whole time or anything like that. So I really like it for that but at the same time I don’t know I think I’m just too old school with all of that stuff. (laughter) WORKER: You’re so young, we’re so young we’re like too
old school for that stuff. VIDEOGRAPHER: I know, I know. It’s not like I’m an old
lady or anything. WORKER: What’s your last name? Warren. W-A-R-R-E-N.
I actually have one, I just (inaudible) It’s possible.
You just have to reset it. Okay.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: Okay sent. Yay.
Okay what you would do when you log-in and you
fill in like your info and stuff you see this is what it looks like. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay.
And then you would scroll down until you see the
buttons and click on, headphones. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Oh and that’s all you have to do.
And yeah then you select this list you want to
call which is that one. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay so for volunteers.
And this is all Obama’s supporters and
everything. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay good.
So then you just use this one. Oh great.
And fill it in and click next, but to schedule
for your event you have to select this little calendar for the event this Sunday and you can look it up by the date by selecting the date on the calendar. VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay.
So the 7th. You just scroll down until you see it… And then that tells I guess the system who
we’ve called for that event so like if Jane Anne was doing it she wouldn’t call the same people it would know.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: Exactly. Okay all right.
You automatically like filter them out. I see.
And (inaudible) schedule and then save
(inaudible) and that should help. VIDEOGRAPHER: Okay. Oh that’s good then, I think I can
figure that out. And there’s a link in the email. (laughs) WORKER: Let me know if you get it though, (crosstalk) Okay I will.
Check emails. I definitely will. Yeah because I’ve been
getting emails from all things Obama related and from this office too I think. WORKER: Oh really? So I should get it I just have to actually
open it. (laughter) WORKER: That’s the first step. That is the first step.
No, well I’m glad you’re still involved. Yes.
That says a lot about you and you know I think
you’re doing really good like Clinton he’s kind of fairly new to this and he’s, he’s hosting, he’s putting his own events together. VIDEOGRAPHER: That’s awesome.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: By himself, it’s really cool and so. That’s fun.
Yeah see if you can do it. That’s really fun.
So how did your meeting go (inaudible) Is it a
new client? VIDEOGRAPHER: Yeah it’s a new client and it went really
well. It was just kind of an initial, I’m sorry my allergies are killing me today. Just an initial consultation so just to see the lady, don’t who she is… Hello. FS: Hi! (inaudible) Hello.
Hi. I’m just trying to register. Oh okay. Great. Just fill out the form
(inaudible) FS: Okay. You can give me this (inaudible) okay good. So do live at Happy Spring by the way? Mmm-mmm (indicating no)
Okay where do you live? I live like Cyprus-ish, other side. Yeah
north but north west. WORKER: Oh okay, there’s a huge team out there. Is there really?
Yeah but they’re so big I mean, you’re… Hard to get (inaudible laughter) They have
all bases covered up there, huh?
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: Yeah exactly. That’s funny.
So do you want to stick around and make some
calls? VIDEOGRAPHER: No I actually, I have to get going but I was
going to see as far as all of the registering for Florida, where do I get the forms to do that or not register but voting for Florida for the absentee? WORKER: So what you’ll have to do is you’re going to call
into Florida and call, are you going to do what I think you’re going to do? VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Well I mean if no one is going to know.
(laughs) You are so hilarious (inaudible) the
election office, um… WORKER: Okay I’m just going to print this out for you,
you just have to fill it out and then I think (inaudible) anyway I’m going to print it out. VIDEOGRAPHER: Okay. Yeah because I have several friends
who have done that and they said that it’s no problem so I figure. (crosstalk) No one knows. WORKER: Come up with like if anyone checks say "I don't
know". VIDEOGRAPHER: Just because I mean it’s so important
everything that we’re doing here is so important that there’s no absolutely no way if I have an opportunity to make my voice heard I’m going to make my vote twice. I’m going to make it heard twice. So…
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: WORKER: Okay. (walks away and comes back) Here. Excellent. And so then all I do.
I’m not quite sure actually. Oh there’s instructions up here by mail,
okay. I’ll figure it out. Excellent. Okay. WORKER: You can find the mailing address there. Okay. And this is to request abstinee
VIDEOGRAPHER: ballot? WORKER:
Yes and then they mail that to you. Excellent.
Give me one sec. (silence) Is your first name
Martha? Hey. FS: Hi. Are you interested in maybe volunteering or
getting involved? FS: Possibly. Okay.
I’m just trying to make sure I’m registered to vote. The basic.
People are telling me to go and make sure so I’m not making sure, just doing it.
Good. Make sure to let everyone else know too.
Oh they are. They got the Obama website going so they’re saying just check to make sure.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: Here you go and if you don’t mind just signing in
so we can send you updates of our upcoming events and things like that. FS: Thank you. Thank you.
WORKER: (silence) WORKER: FS:
Is it (ph.) Neary?
(ph.) Nirene. (ph.) Nirene.
WORKER: (silence) WORKER:
If you’re interested in volunteering with us just
sign in on your way out and we’ll like send you emails of upcoming events. VIDEOGRAPHER: FS: It’s a lot of fun.
Thank you, thank you. Yea so anyway, well I have to head out but I
will definitely be by like I said as soon as I can get in touch with Veronica and we get together, I’ll come right by so we can kind of brainstorm or whatever because I really want to get… (inaudible) WORKER: So I can make her an account and she can
volunteer (inaudible) VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay. Yay. Well I appreciate it.
You’re Welcome. Thank you so much. No problem, no problem.
Just a few weeks left. I know, we can totally do this.
PROJECT VERITAS OFA HOUSTON TAPE TWO WORKER: We can do it. Let me know if you have any
problems with the (inaudible) VIDEOGRAPHER: WORKER: Okay I definitely will.
Have a good day. You too bye bye.
(leaves office and gets into her car)
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