During those years I was out, I worked mostly low-level gigs in a variety of legal fields
I also got super-involved with politics
The car still had that massive dent in the side when I gave it to a 3L back in 2015.
I got elected Vice Chairman of my county party in March 2003. I got removed in March 2005.
I was also far more competent at the job than my successor.
To the rest who weren't clinically insane, the failures of the guy who came after me made me look that much better
A local lobbyist was looking for an assistant, and she knew I needed a job to pay for school
They banned LGBT folk from the 2004 state convention and celebrated like it was a good thing
And a national cigar entity.
Very long tangent to the story short, I basically take over the backend of the office in addition to lobbying work. The accounting, the compliance paperwork, all of it.
You just showed up at the General Assembly, took legislators out for lunch, asked them to pass a bill you wrote
I'd just been homeless a few years prior
The thought of regularly eating out – and paying for others to do the same – was a *totally* foreign concept
"Act like you've been in the end zone before" he'd say
Turns out I was hired to be his token conservative to keep the other side appeased 😂
He'd rent out an entire restaurant in N Raleigh with one client's money. A second client would pay for the food, a third for the alcohol. And the cigar company would send a dozen boxes with a variety of high-end cigars.
Keep in mind I'm still a student, with homework. I don't drink. I don't smoke. And I was only 25 at the time.
Meaning I stick out in all the worst ways possible.
And I'm sitting in the back of the room with the auto company rep (who was also young and didn't drink/smoke) 😂
He also sees that I'm not smoking...
And he walks over to my table...
👴🏼 (👱🏻♂️ back then): "Oh, well I'm afraid I don't smoke, Mr. Speaker."
👨🏻🦳: "You don't smoke?? Well hell's bells son, you work for [Boss]! You represent [CigarCo]! I don't know if I can trust you ['trussya']!"
I had no idea at the time, and felt like I was suddenly in deep 💩 and was definitely going to get fired
👨🏻🦳: "Well?? What do you have to say for this blasphemy?"
👱🏻♂️: "That's the rules, sir."
👨🏻🦳: "The rules??"
👨🏻🦳: ::ponders:: "Yes, I reckon I've heard that a time or two."
At that point, without missing a beat, I pick up my Sprite-with-lime-wedge, raise it toward him, and go
👱🏻♂️: "...and sir I've picked my 2."
He puts his hand on my shoulder, squeezes it mid-laugh, and goes "Boy you'd fit right in down at the legislature!"
The future lady Congresscritter, for example, *loves* cigars and had a minutes-long dissertation on cigar quality she shared with us
One of the committee chairmen, plastered, got up onto a table and recited Kipling's Gunga Din from memory
I hated wearing blue, so that was the only matching tie I had until my first senior year 😂
He stressed the 1st syllable, not the 2nd. So my tweet should've read "SIH-gahr" instead.
I regret the error 😂
When I was younger folks said Tom Cruise; when I first went bald and Transporter came out, several said Jason Statham. Angle is a new one