College drop off photos – We are Lobos!

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Scroll over each photo to view the captions which partially tell the tale. No time to type it all out right now!

Detroit – Tourist pics

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Here’s all my sightseeing pics from Detroit. I walked all over the downtown area from Greektown, to the Ren Center, along the Riverwalk and to the Cobo Center. It was a very walkable area even late at night. The People Mover (there are some pics of the track in the group) gets you all around anywhere you might want to go including the places I mentioned and the Tigers Comerica park baseball stadium.

Of course, the people mover also decided NOT to move on the ONE DAY I really needed it! Sunday after the final brunch over in the Ren Center area I needed to get back to my hotel pretty much on the other side of everything – which should still take only 5 minutes on the mover – and it stops. Dead. I bailed and RAN with my carry on backpack (fully packed for travel) in order to catch the shuttle bus to the airport. That was quite a feat! I was so glad that I actually AM a runner because I also had to talk on the phone while running in order to make sure the shuttle didn’t leave without me (it was prepaid). But just as it had been my WHOLE time there – the people are SO DAMN NICE! That shuttle driver came BACK to pick me up when dispatch told him about the stopped People Mover. I swear the folks in Detroit were the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met top to bottom. Whether they were in customer service or just someone I passed on the street. So welcoming.

I know I saw the best of the city of course. It’s in dire straights in many, many places. But for where I was and the time I was there, it was a great experience and I will gladly go back to explore more of the city. I’m bummed I didn’t get there early enough to join my friends at the art and motown museums and I’m also bummed I missed out on Sunday Brunch in a mansion with another group of friends!

Next time :)

Lots of focus on the cool buildings of course. I love being in older cities and seeing the great architecture.

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Netroots Nation 14 – My First Protest!

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Christina Nowacki:

My first protest! And, it made a real difference!

Originally posted on Pragmatic Progressive:

On Friday the 18th in Detroit, the Netroots Nation attendees added their voices to a planned protest against the water shut offs in Detroit. I joined in to what was my first ever march or protest. I didn’t carry a sign because I wanted to take pictures, but I did chant “Fight! Fight! Fight! Water is a Human Right!” Here’s some of my pictures:

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This was also the first protest march for my buddy Bill – he was INTO it!

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Hey, when The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) tells you to march, you MARCH! Also, yes, I was that close and yes, he was looking right at me (swoon!) :)

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The atmosphere was really fun.

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We wound up at the base of this obelisk in Hart Plaza – there was supposed to be a stage but the police took it away – so the organizers improvised.

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Where you can find me

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After a lot of years juggling many different things that I both wanted, and needed to do in addition to my day job, now that the high school years are over, I am taking a break.

While a few other opportunities to fill the time that was released when my volunteering & sport shuttling/school nagging ended, I am letting them pass.

It’s time for me to give myself permission to simply be. No guilt. No pressure. I cleaned up my patio & bought some chairs and a small table and I intend to sit out here doing whatever I want. Listen to podcasts, read books, read twitter, facebook, write, bird watch, nap – whatever!

Graduation Day

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He was up until 1:30am working on a final English assignment to turn in on the last possible day to submit work for grading (of course), but…..he did actually graduate high school. On a Friday the 13th (of course, again).

Love the decorated caps.

Love the decorated caps.

Eve & Renee out supporting The Kid.

Eve & Renee out supporting The Kid.

With Grandparents

With Grandparents

With big brother

With big brother

With the whole family.

With the whole family.

With mom & dad

With mom & dad

Not sure which of us is happier!

Not sure which of us is happier!

Tassles are a pain...

Tassles are a pain…

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Look guys! They screwed up and gave me one of these things!

Look guys! They screwed up and gave me one of these things!

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

More Indiana Pics

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Forgot these two pics from Elkhart since they were on another mom’s phone until she sent them to me. Top one from just before we all went out to dinner one night so it was a rare chance for us to have a picture taken together. As you can see from both photos, he smiles when someone else is taking the picture! (If you can’t tell, he’s in the red hoodie in the 2nd shot – oh, and it was COLD!)

Colorful Marriage Equality Map

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(Oh look, my post ideas for May list suggests I comment on an article in the news – I can do that!)

From Wikipedia:

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Of course, it is my humble opinion that this map will look it’s finest when it is entirely navy blue, but until then…this has been a pretty good week!

19 states with full recognition. 9 more with current stays delaying judicial rulings that have stricken down existing bans.

By the end of 2014, it is entirely possible to have more than half the states in the navy column.

That’s pretty flipping amazing when you consider where we were in 2008, when I thought I would lose one of my best friends because he was SO MAD at California and the Prop 8 results. I couldn’t blame him – that was such a disheartening time. But, I said then, and it has proven to be true, that every defeat is actually a small step forward because it generates more activism in response. Now, looks at us. Sure, it’s the usual pattern of the “liberal elite coastlines” that have filled in first. But hey – it started in Iowa! And there’s New Mexico sticking out over there in the mountain west area. Yes, I am happy my son will be going to college in a navy blue state.

You know what really makes me happy though? Knowing that he will largely live in times when this is no longer an issue. Looking back from the edge of 50 to when I was 18, I can tell you he will nearly completely forget what a struggle this has been. It’s happened while he was an unaware child (though he did know about what happened in ’08 and couldn’t fathom why folks were voting on the right of people to marry), and most likely by the time he really starts paying attention to social issues such as these, it will be done.

He will look back from age 50 and say “Wow, this was up for debate?!”