Thank you, thank you Netroots Nation organizers!

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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.

Anyhoo…

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!!!!”

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!”

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, sorry about your ear drums folks – I’m outta here.

May 14 – Trespassing!

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Arrived today! Of course I’ve been listening to the tracks streaming on his website since last week, but now I get to blast it in the car and finally load it on my phone and not be at the whims of a web stream. I’m pretty much guaranteed to love everything he sings – especially since he will never venture into country :-)

Anyhow – thanks to the vets office I was able to qualify for an account with Care Credit in order to pay them off and avoid paying interest and finance charges. This is the same company I used when I had my laser eye surgery and they do interest free loans (as long as you pay off within a year) for medical procedures for smaller dollar amounts. I just didn’t know that included vet bills! HUGE relief because paying it off over a year is no problem at all.

I think both cats are still adjusting to the events. Chip is much more affectionate today though he still does NOT want to be picked up at all. We’ve had to start a new feeding routine and Amber is NOT happy about it at all. I’m not overly concerned. She could stand to lose a pound or two and I know she will start eating what is put in front of her in due time.

Work was mellow. It was also potentially mo rtifying though I think I wore the right outfit to cover up my faux pas. I had a slight wardrobe malfunction normally attributed to guys – my fly was down – from when I arrived until 10:00 when I discovered it. Sheesh.

I ran when I got home as planned. My goal is every other day. I’m hoping to do the full 3.2 loop but at the least I will do the 2.6 route. With hill at the end of course because why not torture myself completely? I usually end up keeping rhythm with my steps as I say in my head “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” I figure it worked for the Little Train so why not me? :-) Anyhow I did the full 3.2 tonight but purposefully slower finishing in just under 35 minutes. Felt OK. Not bad, not great, but fine. Hoping to pick up the pace Wednesday night.

No homework drama tonight thankfully.

Keeping in line with last week’s events, I’ll close tonight with a line from the song “Outlaws of Love” that Adam wrote in response to the LGBT struggle but as he points out, it works for anyone who feels threatened over who they love. A Romeo and Juliet interpretation can be applied so to speak as well as his own personal feelings about his freedom to love and marry who he wants:

They say we’ll rot in hell

Well I don’t think we will

They’ve branded us enough

Outlaws of love.

Love and the law: An adoption story. | Be gay about it.

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Love and the law: An adoption story. | Be gay about it..

Not the first time I’ve linked to their site – but this may be the most important one – at the end, you will see why FULL EQUALITY is so so so important.

I support Spirit Day – It Gets Better: Google Employees

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Probably my favorite of the It Gets Better videos because rather than celebrities, these are everyday people working at a very cool company, talking about their very real history & how they made it through to find a better life.

Also – in honor of Spirit Day:

Purple from head to toe!

Purple sweater and necklace to go with socks, earrings & headband.

It Gets Better – Joel Burns

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Because everyone needs to see this, no matter what. Because we need to stop the bullying on matter what the reason. Because we need to particularly send the message to our LGBT youth that there really are more and more of us out here who believe in equality for all. Because it does get better.

 

Recommended reads for the week

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I may or may not be able to post much again this week. Every time I think I can, something comes up. In the meantime though, what I worked on last week was actually for another site. I’ll post it here later, but for now, make sure you bookmark or add Whatever Nation to your blog roll. *Especially* if you are the parent of teens.  Topics addressed over there in prior weeks include cyber safety, raves, teen pregnancy, and birth control. This coming week the topic is bullying. The stories of the recent suicides made this topic a must. In my research on the topic I found a couple of eye opening and helpful sites:

Groundspark - for sobering stats.

The Trevor Project – for more stats and also for resources on how to help the most heavily impacted LGBT youth community.

I didn’t stop my reading challenge. I just took a detour into the political book realm so I wrote up books #38-40 on Pragmatic Progressive. Book #41 will be a Dean Koontz for a quick, Intense counterbalance of fiction.

Fall birding season is here so I’ll be watching/listening for our “cold” weather visitors & listing them on the Torrey Pines Reflections site.

Finally – a comic strip featuring me as the rat. Yeah, I own this!

Pearls Before Swine