Paul Whalen of Fort Thomas and his wife Teena were among 22 Kentucky delegates, guests and spouses who piled into a bus in Frankfort early Sunday morning for the long drive to Charlotte, site of the Democratic National Convention.
Whalen, who chairs the Campbell County Democratic Party, didn't seem to mind.
"Meeting a lot of nice people from around Kentucky as well as learning more about the Commonwealth,'' Whalen e-mailed from the bus.
Mary Ann Christie, the former mayor of Madeira and an alternate delegate, found tears rolling down her face as she listened to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speak to the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
"I was touched by her telling her personal story, the story of her life,'' said Christie.
Hamilton County's Republican Party chairman, Alex Triantafilou, is proud of his Greek heritage; and he's been able this week to do some bonding with some of his fellow Greek-Americans at the Republican National Committee.
Tuesday night, Triantafilou left the floor of the convention to go up to the concourse of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the concession stands were located.
He walked by the Florida delegation and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Greek American, saw his name tag.