Editor's note: The following bio was written by me, not by Emily, and therefore contains glowing excerpts from a letter of recommendation I wrote for her in 2008. Emily Anthon is not only a person who sparkles, bringing happiness to those around her, she has tremendous initiative. She begins: My current dream started a few years ago when I wasn't happy at what some would call a dream job, but it just doesn't working for me. Because I love movies so much, my roommate suggested that I move to L.A. and get paid to work in the entertainment industry.
On Saturday evening, my 11 year-old David announced, I think I'll watch the presidential debates. You will? My husband and I have talked about the upcoming election intermittently (upon telling our 7 year-old the basics of the democratic and republican platforms, she's already declared herself an Independent), but presidential politics isn't really part of our everyday patter. Until yesterday. Perhaps because early Friday morning, with the country astir over the Iowa caucuses, I thought -- wouldn't it be fun to attend a Mitt Romney town hall in advance of the New Hampshire primary, and wouldn't it be fun if David went with me. I'd never been to a political rally, neither had he, why not make this whole presidential campaign more tangible?