This’ll be quick because I have to get up at 5:30am to partake in a 7am 90 minute trail run tomorrow and since both those time are already less than 12 hours from now and I’ve had a very very fulfilling day – I’ve gotta get to BED!
I’ve spent the last three days doing my best to both participate remotely in Netroots Nation 2012 and also distract myself from feeling very sad that I wasn’t there. It’s the first such event I am missing since they started 8 years ago and I truly hated breaking my streak as I’ve already mentioned.
The organizers setup live video feeds from a few of the conference rooms and from the main stage so that I was actually able to watch several great sessions and all of the keynote events. Today was the best because I wasn’t distracted by that pesky day job nonsense and could really watch and listen all day.
My most favorite session of all was the one integrating sports and politics – first of it’s kind at an NN and it was FANTASTIC! Perfectly times too because it just popped into my head that I kind of want t flesh out a post about the fact that – despite ALL of the advances in equality and acceptance for the LGBT community in the last 10 years – there is still NO openly gay male player in any major league in the US. Raising a bit of a sports hound son as I am right now with 15, I am acutely aware that the male sports world is sort of the last bastion of acceptable homophobia and it REALLY bothers me since I do so LOVE and am a huge fan of many sports. I’m feeling conflicted at this juncture about the lack of acceptance there.
But I digress – it was just a perfectly timed and well staffed panel of commentators who spoke on an issue that had been tumbling around my mind this week.
It was fun too – because while I was watching the livestream I was also monitoring the NN12 twitter group that I created and one of my friends was in that session and then I saw another one ON CAMERA in the crowd and I got such a kick out of that :-)
Then they started the closing keynote session which is when they always announce the location and timing of the next Netroots Nation. I think you guys know that I was desperately wishing for
a) something later in the month of June or even just about anytime in July and
b) somewhere close – west coast at least so no time change or huge travel days
Well, after the usual barnstormer speeches by Ben Jealous of the NAACP and then the ever enthusiastic (and my personal favorite person to see and meet at any NN event other than Chris Hayes) Van Jones, I had almost forgotten about the announcement. OK, not really – I was literally on the edge of my seat holding my breath as Van segued from his conclusion to “And we will see you next year for Netroots Nation 2013…………………………….
….. June 20-23rd in SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA!!!!”
As the news traversed the facebook and twitterverse and my phone buzzed with texts, there was much celebrating and grinning and not a few tears of happiness knowing that all my friends are coming out west and that I can and WILL get there.
Particularly since I texted Marcus who had come by to take me out to lunch and had to listen to my tale of woe about missing my friends and his response was “Yes, I will make SURE you get there!”
So thank you thank you Netroots Nation organizers – first for setting up those live streams and making sure they worked (most of the time) and keeping those of us who couldn’t attend still somehow connected with all the tweets and email updates – and then secondly for making it possible for me to roll over the NN12 registration that I bought last year into a ticket for NN13 once I knew I couldn’t get to Providence – and then lastly for finally bringing the event to the West Coast proper (Las Vegas does NOT count) making it possible for me to even consider driving if I want AND for having it pretty much on the most perfect weekend possible. NO conflicts with 15s school or my work.
OK, sorry about your ear drums folks – I’m outta here.