Generally speaking, lobster scare me. They’re kind of like big spiders with skittery little legs and huge claws and something about the fact that they are bright red conjures up images of evil little devils and freaks me out considerably.
Having said all of that, I have to admit that my first Lobsterfest went better than I had expected. I’m always a little nervous when I have to interview people who I don’t speak to on a regular basis. They don’t know me and I don’t know them and I always worry that I’m going to make some kind of huge mistake that will ruin my career, my reputation and my ego and make me want to crawl into a hole and hide.
Luckily for me, that didn’t happen. Instead I got to hear a lot of information that sounded like it had been prepared before-hand. A little information that made me think people were genuinely trying to answer my questions, and a couple beer-inspired responses from individuals who will remain nameless.
Despite my nerves, and the vast amount of shellfish that seemed to be slowly surrounding me, I had a good time. Hearing local and state politicians talk to each other and to county residents about real problems and real solutions was something I never imagined I would see. Who knows what will come of the issues discussed over the country club’s cuisine, or what possible solutions there may be in the future, but seeing republicans and democrats from different levels of government discussing ideas for the future gives me just a little more hope for the years ahead.