Don’t Make Me Wear a Rick Santorum Sweater Vest!

You may have noticed that I’m trying to win a scholarship to Netroots Nation? If I am selected, this will cover a significant part of my expenses to travel to this 3 day conference plus the 1 day LGBTQ by-invitation-only preconference.

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I played the “I used to intern for Rick Santorum” card the other day – amazing how that still draws gasps of shock – and, rest assured, I have no qualms about capitalizing on that 23 year old connection to promote the gay agenda.

Pittsburgh needs to be at this conference and talk about ALL of the issues – environment, public transportation, hunger, urban living, small business, etc, etc, etc. And the LGBTQ issues, too.

So I have tossed out a challenge – if I win the scholarship, I will wear Pittsburgh gear during the entire conference. It is a pretty laid back event so that can include anything from socks with my sandals (I’ll do that!) to tee shirts to baseball caps and more.

Might I wear this?
Might I wear this?

Would you be in contributing a piece of attire for my trip? Over 4,000 people attend this event. I’ll also be sure to give my “sponsors” shoutouts on my blog and via my live coverage of the event. And you know how the Pittsburgh Nation works – people will come up and tell me all about their Pgh connection the whole time I’m there. I’ll learn about their grandpaps, their grandkids, their college days, the reason their will never be another Terry Bradshaw, their favorite Primanti’s sandwich, the time they got lost in Beechview, how much they love Kennywood and so much more.

And I will love every single moment of it.

 

Especially when I wear my “Ya Jagoff” gear and Ledcat has to explain what a jagoff is – that’s fun for me because her father forbid her to use that word while she was growing up so I giggle when she says “what a jag!”

What types of items count?

  • tee shirts
  • tank tops
  • socks (I’ll wear socks with sandals inside the AC – no worries)
  • baseball caps
  • scrunchies/barrettes  (my hair is pretty long)
  • maybe a light zippered sweat jacket? It can get chilly in convention centers.
  • ??? – I’m open to suggestion

    Commonwealth Press
    Commonwealth Press

If you’d like to be part of the fun, I’ll list you as an official sponsor on my blog and provide some social media shout outs and all that good stuff. Plus, you’ll get exposure to a ton of progressive minded people (and folks in San Jose when we sightsee.)

I can’t really afford – I can’t afford at all – to purchase an entire Pittsburgh wardrobe, so my BACKUP plan will be to wear my “Charlie Batch Christmas” tee shirt – get it?

I doubt this nice lady will be sewing my conference outfits ...
I doubt this nice lady will be sewing my conference outfits …

I hope to add a Brooks Orpik shirt to my collection – he’s from San Francisco (right across the bay from San Jose) and he contributed a video to “You Can Play” which is an LGBTQ initiative AND of course – he’s a Pittsburgh now. So really, that’s pretty much the ultimate item to wear. Except for my Rick Santorum sweater vest, right?

 

UPDATE:

  1. Our friends at YaJagoff.com were first to bat with the donation of a “YaJagoff” tee shirt – this is sure to generate some comments from *real* Pittsburghers in the crowd.
  2. Tee Rex Syndicate has committed to donate a shirt if I win the scholarship! Thanks, yinz guys.
  3. Commonwealth Press has donated a “Everybody Loves Pittsburgh” tee shirt. And we love CW Press!
  4. Friends with The Pirates are donating some team gear. Remember, they made one of the first “It Gets Better” videos in MLB.

Don’t forget to vote for me please!

 

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