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New Day Grand Canyon Sunrise Banner
Every day is a new day and with that, a new opportunity.
EVERYONE is welcome and please join us each morning at 7:30 AM PACIFIC
to tell us what you're working on, share your show & tell, vent, whatever you want...  
...this is an open thread. Nothing is off topic.

What positive and constructive activities are you
planning to embark upon in 2013?

Last week I asked the question: "How did 2012 feel to you?"  Today I want to know what are you proactively going to do in 2013?  I know lots of folks make New Year resolutions.  I really don't, but I do go forth into the new year with some plans at least to proactively do things I feel are positive and will help our larger community.  I am not the type to do things with only my own gain in mind.

Last year I had to forsake this as I knew I was going to spend the bulk of the year being treated for cancer...and longer than that...recovering from the cancer treatments I received.  This year I am very excited to be able to once again do my ritual of launching myself towards goals that hopefully will be beneficial for more than just me.

First off, and this may sound a bit selfish, I plan on fixing as much damage as I can from the cancer treatment I received.  This includes dental work and trying to get my body to work correctly again.  Even though this may seem a bit selfish, it really isn't because the better I am in all ways, the better I can then be for the greater good of all of us.  So, I recently got a brace to help with "scapular winging" so I can hopefully use my right shoulder and arm more normally.  I also am going to get back into bike riding and going to the gym like I used to but simply couldn't last year.

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Next, I'm going to be doing a ton of gardening.  This too is pure mana for my soul, which in turn will benefit everyone.

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On January 13, 2013 at 1:00PM at the Pageant Theater in Chico, CA I'll be tossing my hat in the ring to hopefully become a delegate for the Democratic Party of the State of California.  Any of you reading this who lives in the Chico, Paradise, Cohasset, Yankee Hill, Forest Ranch area...or any place in the 3rd Assembly District, please show up to vote for me.  That's how I'll get in!  I need enough votes to be in the top six male vote getters.

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And I'm going to get a group of us around our area to meet-up for a Kossack group dinner.  I'm going to try to get that to happen initially within the next two weeks.

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Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold
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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meat-space community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.

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THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

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:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Area:  Kosmail: GenXangster

Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Indianapolis Kossacks: Kosmail CityLightsLover

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy, 23 members

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
GreenMountainBoy02 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont), 116 members

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove, 20 members

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano, 8 members

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl, 16 members

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: kj in missouri

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash, 23 members

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231,
Current diary: After a "Brief Delay" Pgh. Area Kossacks Gets Rolling

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking
Current diary: Twin Cities Kossacks-when should we meet? Poll included!

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Organizer:  chancew
Current diary: Dallas Kossacks, I need suggestions!

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Shockwave

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005, More than 80 members

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011, More than 54 members

New York City Founded by Eddie C, More than 58 members - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks Event Organizer: Azazello, 90 members

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011, 46 members

Nashville KosKats Founded by ZenTrainer, Formed: Jan 30, 2012, 28 members

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011, 85 members

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 18 members

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 25 members

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude, 13 members

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente, Formed: Aug 29, 2011, 15 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail asterkitty to sign up

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, 33 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 12 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.
Okla-homies, let's get together (new regional organizing group)

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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Saturday, January 12th
New England Kossacks MEET-UP

TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Fire and Ice
One Providence Place • Providence, RI

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2. AnotherMassachusettsLiberal
3. Knockbally
4. CTLiberal
5.
Maybees:
aaraujo
gchaucer2
annieli
Moody Loner
mommyp00ka
Littlep00ka
RubDMC
bjedward
dlcmassage
dlcmassage's partner
Latest diary: NEK: January Meet Up: 11 days away!
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Saturday, January 12th
Los Angeles Kossacks MEET-UP

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
 613 South Grand Avenue  • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Shockwave a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. Dave in Northridge
3. occams hatchet
4. equern
5. delphine
6. Neither Nor
7. Gay CA Democrat
8. SanFernandoValleyMom
9. susans
10. Joe Bacon
11. jakedog42
12. BruinKid

Maybees:
Dretutz

Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks 1st Meeting. Way cool dudes!
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Saturday, January 19th
Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks MEET-UP
TIME: 12:00 Noon
LOCATION: The Old Spaghetti Factory
3191 Mission Inn Avenue  • Riverside

ORGANIZER: Send SoCaliana a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. SoCaliana
2. jakedog42
3. pucklady
4. RedlandsDem
5. OjaiValleyCali
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Maybees:

Latest diary: Inland Empire Kossacks - RSVP
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Saturday, January 19th
Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Cafe Adobe
2111 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) • Houston

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. Crabby Abbey
3. doraphasia
4. suesue
5. suesue husband
6. Delilah
7. nomandates
8. cosette
9. PDiddie
10. PDiddie wife
11. Texdude50
12. icelus
13. Kellybee
14. krwheaton
15. htowngenie
16. Tacey (Honorary Kossack)

Maybees:
VinaMist
Chrislove's BF
miscanthus

Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, January 19!
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Saturday, January 19th

SAVE THE DATE: Dinner with Dave in Northridge

TIME: TBD
LOCATION I: TBD
LOCATION II: After dinner, The Mint, for karaoke!

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. Dave in Northridge
3. Steveningen
4. scaboni
5. Lusty
6. side pocket
7. lineatus
8. norm
9. FogCityJohn
10.
Maybees:
Lorikeet
slksfca
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Sunday, January 20th
New York City Kossacks Welcome Onomastic & Yasuragi!

TIME:  Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
         101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Sidnora
2. Onomastic
3. Yasuragi
4. belinda ridgewood
5. plf515
6. joanbrooker
7. rubyr
8. blue jersey mom
9. ask
10. Design the Future
11. kishik
Maybees:
mconvente
matt129
Ian Reifowitz +kidlet
Its the Supreme Court Stupid
Latest diary: NYC Meetup 1/20: Ono? Oh yeah!
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PRESIDENT'S
Monday, January 21st
Watching the 2013 Inauguration - Swearing-In, Inaugural Address, and Parade

TIME: 8:00 or 9:00 AM - Noon (TBD)
LOCATION:  Kestrel's place in Sacramento
Directions will be provided by private email to those who RSVP

ORGANIZER: Send tgypsy a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Kestrel
2. tgypsy
3. cooper888
4. gotmooned
5. paradise50
6. norm
7.
Maybees:
mrsgoo
Latest diary: Central Valley Kossacks: Two Meet Ups in One Diary
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Tuesday, January 29th
Watching the 2013 State of the Union Address

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION:  cooper888 and gotmooned's place in Sacramento (Natomas)
Directions will be provided by private email to those who RSVP.
ORGANIZER: Send tgypsy a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Kestrel
2. tgypsy
3. cooper888
4. gotmooned
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Central Valley Kossacks: Two Meet Ups in One Diary
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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Saturday, February 16th
Northern New England Meetup in Portsmouth, NH

TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION:  Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road  • Portsmouth

ORGANIZER: Send GreenMountainBoy02 a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. GreenMountainBoy02
2.
3.
4.
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Northern New England Meetups in Portsmouth, NH
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Saturday, March 2nd or 9th
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin

TIME: TBD
LOCATION:  TBD • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send nomandates Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. anotherdemocrat
 9. Odysseus
10. suesue
11. blue armadillo
12. texasmom
13. texasdad
14. htowngenie
15. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
16. afisher
17. manoffire
18. Wino
19. Mrs. Wino
20. VinaMist
21. doraphasia
22. Urban Owl
23. Texdude50
24. icelus
25. mr pea
26. entrelac
27. Mr. entrelac
28. JayRaye
29.
30.

Maybees:
 1. Mosquito Pilot
 2. Over the Edge

Latest diary: Turning Texas Blue: Lone Star Spring Meet-Up
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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

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Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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