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When did you first have a best friend and are they still your friend?

I was thinking about my friends over the years. I've had them all throughout my life. Some are still friends to this day. Most, of course, are long gone. They claim most friendships last only two years.

Since facebook came into existence, some friends from the past have found me again. Usually, I discover they have become quite conservative in their politics...and that means radical as far as I'm concerned because they were not like that when we were friends. I've never understood how people who were once inclusive and accepting become exclusive and intolerant.

I met my first friend on the first day of kindergarten. Yep, literally that's true. His name is Bernie and we are still friends to this day. He's quite an interesting guy. He's fluent in five languages and even got into Poland back in the "Solidarity" days. Somehow he was able to both sneak in and sneak out.

Bernie and I have had many adventures. He was the guy who was fearless about trying stuff. When we were 16 years old, he somehow got us into Sid Caesars, a strip club on East Colfax just east of the Capitol Building in Denver. We got front row seats and had drinks. I'll never know how he pulled that off. That's what Bernie could do. Now Sid Caesars is no longer a strip club. It's turned into a business that brings Broadway Shows to Denver and Boulder while also bringing plays to towns around the mountain towns of Colorado.

Bernie and I sneaked into several concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater west of Denver. We climbed up and over the huge rock sides (very, very dangerous) and down into the place. We also found some small hole that we used to tunnel in. The best concert we sneaked into was Bonnie Raitt.

See that little crack in the face of that rock cliff in the pic below? We would climb up and over from the back of that and get into the opening in the side of that thing and shimmy down the little crack until we got to the bottom. Nuts!.

red rocks

Bernie and I took 'cid more than a few times in San Francisco.

A few years ago, Bernie called me out of the blue and wanted to come visit me for "100 hours." Why? He decided it was time to get off of heroin (chiva) cold turkey and knew he could do it at our place and that we'd get him through it. I bought a special herb that I brewed up in batches and made him drink four cups a day while he went through it. He'd quit heroin cold turkey once before which was horrible. He told me he experienced only 1/4th of the sickness he had before the first time he went cold turkey. He honestly thought the herb concoction I gave him had somehow thwarted his getting clear from the heroin because the ill effects of doing that when he came to our home and did it under our care had been so mild. I assured him it was no trick.

OK the reason it worked is because we have four opiate receptors. Opium and it's derivatives hook up to two of those opiate receptors. The herb I gave Bernie hooks up to the other two receptors thus lessening by a great deal the effects of quitting opiates cold turkey. Knowing some pharmacology and physiology can really be your friend (pun intended).

I'll always be Bernie's friend anytime he calls and anytime he wants to visit.

So, tell me about your first friend. Let me know if they are still your friend.

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Thursday, May 16th

Chicago Kossacks Celebrate the 101st Anniversary of Studs Terkel's Birth

TIME: 6:00 PM (drinks & apps) 7:00 PM (dinner, optional)
LOCATION: Pegasus Restaurant
130 South Halsted St. • Chicago (Greek Town!)

figbash will be dressing like Studs and others can do the same. There will be SWAG for all attendees. Plus door prizes!

ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.

1. figbash
2. broths
3. Mr. broths
4. NormAl1792
5. winifred
6. Empower Ink
7. BobboSphere
8. Marzook
9. ipmurphy
freshwater dan
Tim DeLaney
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks and Studs Terkel: Thurs, May 16th
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Saturday, May 18th

LAKossacks Meet-up

TIME: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: PitFire Pizza
5211 Lankershim Blvd. • North Hollywood

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

1. Dave in Northridge
2. poopdogcomedy
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - May 18 Meetup, PitFire Pizza, NoHo Arts District
Peach State Kossacks regional banner for meet-ups in Georgia
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Saturday, June 1st

Atlanta Area Kossacks Kick-off Meet-up

TIME: 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue Northeast • Atlanta

ORGANIZER: Send racheltracks a kosmail to attend.

1. One Pissed Off Liberal
2. racheltracks
3. annrose
4. nawlinscate
5. Burned
6. treesrock
7. Grapes
8. jobird
xxdr zombiexx
Lily O Lady
Latest diary: Atlanta Meet-Up

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks


NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08 (if event is in April)
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]

Netroots Nation Header
June 20th - 23rd  •  REGISTER HERE  •  BOOK YOUR HOTEL!

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Please VOTE RIGHT NOW (!) for our Kossacks to win a scholarship to NN13:
You can also help by asking your networks to vote. Anyone can vote, no need to be registered. Please send your contacts your favorite links below. I don't recognize most of the nearly 100 applicants. I think they're from outside of DKos. So please give our SEVEN Kossacks a boost. I would like to hear each one of these voices be heard at NN13.
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Some call me a "solution facilitator," others a "professional irritant." I help people, businesses & organizations clarify & resolve issues.

I've wanted to go to Netroots Nation since its inception as "Yearly Kos." I finally made it to one - NN12 - and hoped it would be the first of many. The economy's slow fizzle has kept job opportunities limited: my foundering 1-man consulting business isn't growing, my writing projects are not producing viable income and the job market is still lousy outside of seriously under-employment, part-time gigs which I've had to take on in order to meet the bills. Netroots Nation participation is good for the mind & the soul: it helps renew the desire to keep fighting, to push boundaries and not give up in the face of ongoing inanity and insanity in our government. It also allows us to network with others, spawning a myriad of opportunities to make & have an impact - and possibly find new ways to engage & employ ourselves. I believe I deserve a scholarship because I can use the opportunity to work with, meet and engage others in way that will inspire additional, effective efforts for the netroots, and to help build opportunities to expand the impact & awareness of the public in several areas. Read more and vote here.

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Young Maryland Progressive, Community Activist, Cancer Research Fundraiser, Medical Student, Baltimore Ravens Fan, Pianist, and Singer.

This year and scholarship is my best chance to go to Netroots Nation. I will be busy with medical school starting in August. Most importantly, I want to grow as an activist and broaden my activism nationally. I was able to make a difference locally through college, volunteering at hospitals, and free clinics. Netroots Nation is the ideal next step and place to grow and learn with new people. They will provide me with new opportunities and challenges. I will make new friends and allies. I will inspire them while they teach me a lot. I have already inspired people on dailykos, Obama campaign volunteers, and people suffering the wrath of the insurance industry. Read more and vote here.

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Long-time activist dealing with LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS, Veterans Health & Benefits, PTSD & Suicide prevention.

I am proud of the moral fabric the guides and sustains liberals in a time of economic distress. I hope to share organizing and fundraising strategies that I was taught, and I would like to continue to knit together groups of people like veterans, senior citizens, gays and lesbians, and people with interests in green energy - especially The Veterans Green Bus. Read more and vote here.

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Sara R

Founder of the Community Quilt Project, Gallery Kos, and manager of Kos Katalogue, I love to see people come together in positive ways.

My plans for NN13 are to have a signature quilt for signing to benefit a progressive campaign. (This year, I'd like the quilt to benefit Elizabeth Warren's new PAC, if she would agree). So far, the Netroots Nation signature quilts have raised over $17,000 for progressives. Help me get there and raise this total! In addition, I am collecting 35 wheelchair quilts and lap throws to be delivered to the Palo Alto VA Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit -- and hope to bring some folks from the conference with me. Read more and vote here.

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Horace Boothroyd III

The Transgender Gore Vidal.

Because despite it being an economic hardship for me to afford internet access, I make that sacrifice as to educate others. Making it possible for me to attend will allow me to increase my networking size, thus improving my blog posts. Read more and vote here.

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I walked my first picket line at 17. At 71, I actively campaign to protect SS, public education, health access, marriage equality and peace.

Health care costs have impacted many of us. I own a health food store, and am studying how to help customers and my family maintain or re-gain health through diet and nutrition. Working with Vermont's Green Mountain Care, I want to help encourage prevention in Vermont as a model for the rest of the country. There is a strong educational component to my work, and I'm working on a series of essays and a book on self care. At Netroots Nation, I would like to network with those interested in improving health through diet and nutrition. The health of our nation is important to me, and I think through networking with other activists, I can help raise awareness of how we can better care for ourselves and our families. This will save pain, suffering and money. Read more and vote here.

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Scottie Thomaston

Writer and activist, living in south Alabama, focusing on LGBT legal issues, disability rights, and criminal justice.

A scholarship to attend Netroots Nation will afford me a rare opportunity to connect in person with other activists and attempt to work on new projects. With my background I have a unique voice and perspective that deserves to be heard by like-minded activists, not simply for my own sake but for others in my position who haven't had the opportunity to be as active or as open. We benefit when we get to hear from everyone, including those who might have limited resources or live far away from where activist conventions are held. I should be there because I've been a political activist for most of my life and deserve to share my perspective. Read more and vote here.


I am newly unemployed thanks to the Hostess hedge funds. I married into a top notch gene pool and have two genius daughters to show for it.

In November I wrote "Inside the Hostess Bankery" about the contract offered to the Bakers Union at Hostess. I posted at 5 am and laid down for a few hours. When I woke up it was on the front page of Reddit and CNBC asked me to go on as the voice of a Hostess worker. A day later I heard it read out loud by my favorite Tweeter/Kossack David Waldman on Kagro in the Morning. Thank you DKos community. It would have never had legs without you. Read more and vote here.

You can apply for a scholarship also. Voting ends 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 7th, 2013.


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Wednesday, June 19th

Cheers & Jeers-* New Day * Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: The Brit (Britannia Arms)
173 W. Santa Clara St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose

Every year since 2007, Common Sense Mainer has organized a dinner for the readers of Cheers & Jeers who attend Netroots Nation. It has grown every year. Last year we had over 100 Kossacks attend. CSM always chooses a restaurant willing to handle a large crowd WITH SEPARATE CHECKS. (!?!) Yes, I know, hard to believe but it's worked the last several years. This year CSM has negotiated with The Brit for a special menu and separate checks are secured. If you'd like to join us please leave a comment in this diary and you'll be put on the RSVP list below. This year * New Day * and SFKossacks are co-hosting. All regional groups are invited to attend in addition to the loyal C&J following that Bill and Michael have.

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend or leave a comment.

The plenary table list below will also be the RSVP list for this event. Dinner attendees will have an asterisk by their name.


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Wednesday, June 19th

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

Our friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. Gov. Howard Dean will be there!

TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Tech Museum

201 South Market St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose
Arrive early on Wednesday to pick up your credentials at the Convention Center which will get you into the Liquid Courage event.

Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations

1. side pocket *
2. mrs. side pocket *
3. kimoconnor *
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber *
8. remembrance *
9. jotter *
10. aha aha *
1. Lusty *
2. RainyDay *
3. norm *
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet *
6. madhaus
7. boatsie
8. maggiejean *
9. paradise50 *
10. smileycreek *
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd *
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5. BeninSC (Honorary)
6. sfbaytransplant
7. Senor Unoball
8. paradox
9. slouching *
10. shanikka
1. edrie *
2. Jeff in CA
3. Mrs. Jeff in CA
4. mber *
5. Susie Raye *
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo *
2. Meteor Blades
3. 4Freedom * (maybe)
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. TheFatLadySings
9. TFLS's guest
10. TFLS's guest
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. Kestrel *
3. Caddis Fly
4. Sychotic1
5. peregrine kate (honorary)
6. ProvokingMeaning (honorary)
7. mrsgoo * (mrgoo *)
8. ToKnowWhy *
9. MaKettle *
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates *
2. texasmom *
3. texasdad *
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42 *
3. susans *
4. murphy
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora *
2. belinda ridgewood *
3. hayden
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica *
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. loggersbrat *
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6. llbear (Maybe)
Cheers & Jeers Readers:
1. vicki
2. Sharoney
3. Spousal Unit
4. brillig *
5. mik *
6. K1 *
7. cskendrick
8. Arenosa *

Gay Men of ANY Certain Age:
1. gizmo59
2. gizmo59's partner?
3. Dave in Northridge *
4. Steveningen
5. scaboni?
6. cooper888
7. gotmooned
8. FogCityJohn
9. slksfca
10. sfbob *
Misc Kossacks, new tables?:


Community Quilt Project

Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo

smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17. Dr. Lori (not attending, quilt only)
18. MsSpentYouth

Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Joan McCarter
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue GF
Dave in Northridge

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!

Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

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