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DKos Florida's Premiere Meet-up a huge success!

I started New Day on July 7, 2012. Many things inspired me to start this series but there was one event in particular that compelled me to start a movement to organize regional Dkos communities in meatspace. That event was reading Vetwife's two diaries calling for comfort from this community. The first diary detailed a terrible accident at her home involving her BFF, whatGodmade, who has a prosthetic leg. After exiting the pool, whatGodmade slipped and fell directly on her stump, fracturing it, she went into shock. Vet, Vetwife's husband who has PTSD from Vietnam, attended to whatGodmade until the EMTs arrived, he spent all night with her in the hospital. Vetwife stayed with her children plus whatGodmade's two special needs children. The next day Vetwife must attend to her traumatized husband and heavily medicated, injured house guest plus all the children.

I was beside myself with her next diary telling us her husband, further traumatized by pre-Fourth of July fireworks, has bolted with the only car they have. He is now missing. (That diary had to be deleted due to compromised links.) In short, Vetwife cries for help in coping with this situation of being stranded at home as a caregiver with no one to help her or anyone to help her look for her husband. I wished then that there was a local Kossack network there that could be activated in minutes, like we have here in San Francisco. To my emotional relief, several hours later, a Kossack who wants no fanfare connected with llbear and DaNang65 as point persons. JustBob, a former stranger to Vetwife, grabs his brother and the two drive to the location that disoriented Vet is now told to sit still in, hundreds of miles from home. Vet is driven home by JustBob and his brother in Vet's car. I was so relieved to read Vetwife's diary that brought this nightmare to a happy ending.

Anyway, it was a moment that had me grinding my teeth and wishing I could help. I was so pleased that  T H I S   Daily Kos community, often technically strangers, could rally and save one another. So many Kossacks were involved with writing diaries and providing comfort/advice in the comments. It's really something to be proud of. I told Vetwife this past October that her story was one of the reasons I started New Day. She was so touched that she resuscitated DKos Florida and produced the premiere in-person event below.

So I'm happy to report that DKos Florida, currently organized by Vetwife, OleHippieChick, JaxDem and many others had their very first meet-up last Saturday. JaxDem's terrific recap photo diary is here if you missed it but it was on the REC list most of the day. Here is one group shot that is new.

DKos Florida Group Photo
Front Row L-R: Vet, Sherry (a local dem), Caedy, Second Row L-R: JaxDem, mmhayden, Orlwriter, FloridaSNMOM, Back Row L-R: Mike (a local dem), DaNang65, Charlie Grabski, Roxie, Vetwife, OleHippieChick, Gulf Gal98, Gerry (Roxie's hubby)
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(missing from photo: gordon20024 and whatGodmade and all the kids)

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obama-sotu2010
Tuesday, February 12th
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. Sychotic1
6. DrPlacebo

Maybees:

Latest diary: State of the Union Watch Party for Sacramento area and Central Valley Kossacks!
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Do you watch the State of the Union each time?
Are you watching today?
What was your favorite moment in all of the past
State of the Unions?


Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold

:: 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.

~
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.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

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)
nhox42 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, 19 members

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:  Stepping down, chancew, please contact him if you'd like to step up. He'll change the groups' permissions for you.
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

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433
Current diary: If you are in Kansas / Missouri

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

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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. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite. Current diary: Maryland needs a meetup

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
Current diary: Maryland needs a meetup

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)

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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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, 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 nhox42 an email to RSVP at nhox42@yahoo.com

RSVPs:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3. nhox
4. commonmass
5. The Marti
6. Nautical Knots
7. Nautical Knots's spouse
8. Clytemnestra
9. parsonsbeach
10. parsonsbeach's spouse
11. mayim
12. Jane
13. bjedwards
14. dvcm
15. lurker
Maybees:
vacationland
Debbie in ME
leolabeth
annieli
icicle68
knockbally
CtheO
CtheO's spouse
vacationland
simple
Latest diary: New England Kossacks; Feb. 16 Meet Up Update!
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Saturday, February 16th

LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speakers Dana Siegelman, Daughter of Don Siegelman and OPOL by Skype

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Shockwave a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dana Siegelman
2. Shockwave
3. One Pissed Off Liberal (by Skype)
4. Dave in Northridge
5. jakedog42
6. Joe Bacon
7. SanFernandoValleyMom

8. RLMiller
9. delphine
10. jared the bassplayer
11. Ducktape

Maybees:
norm
 

Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks meet next Saturday downtown and we have a guest speaker
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Saturday, February 16th

Houston Area Kossacks 4th Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Chuy's
2706 Westheimer Road • River Oaks

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. Delilah
4. Tacey (Honorary Kossack)
5. suesue
6. Mr. suesue
7. PDiddie
8. Mrs. PDiddie
9. Crabby Abbey
10. doraphasia
11. Libby Shaw
12. Mr. Libby Shaw
13. teemel

Maybees:
cosette
mengelhart
 

Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, February 16!
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Sunday, Febuary 17th

Kossack Meet-ups Coinciding with Forward on Climate Rally

WHAT: Forward on Climate Rally
TIME: Noon
LOCATION: The National Mall • Washington D.C.
SPONSORS: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus
WHY: To tell Barack Obama it's time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

ORGANIZER: Send eeff a kosmail if you're interested in connecting the night before or the night of the event.

RSVPs:
1. eeff
2. blonde moment
3. angelajean
4. EricS
5.
Maybees:
 
Latest diary: MOT: 350.org, The Sierra Club & Hip Hop Caucus
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SFKossack Attending the 350BayArea.org Forward on Climate Rally

Pre-Rally Lunch TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Market Bar
1 Ferry Building • San Francisco
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to be included in reservation.

1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. citisven
4. no way lack of brain
5. boatsie
6. boatsie's friend
7. dharmasyd

RALLY TIME: 1:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: One Market Plaza
1 Market St • San Francisco
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to connect with other SFKossacks and RSVP directly at 350BayArea.org.

RSVPs:
1. citisven
2. Glen the Plumber
3. remembrance +TLOTM
4. navajo
5. Meteor Blades
6. dharmasyd
7. leema
8. no way lack of brain
Maybees:
There are more solidarity rallies around the nation. The ones above have Kossacks involved. Please see this link for details in other cities. If you want to connect with other Kossacks in one of those cities, let us know and we'll help you attract others.

California: Los Angeles, Monterey and San Diego Details
Colorado: Denver Details
Illinois: Chicago Details
Oregon: Medford Details
Washington: Olympia Details

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Colorado COmmunity

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Sunday, Feb. 24th

Colorado COmmunity - Denver, CO Kossack Meet-up!

TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Ernie's
2915 W 44th Ave. • Denver

ORGANIZER: Send Leftcandid a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Leftcandid
2. Maverick80229
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Denver/Colorado Kossack MEETUP: February 24!
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Graphic Mash by Papa Manzano
Saturday, March 2nd!!
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin

TIME: 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Opal Divine's Penn Field restaurant and bar
3601 S. Congress Ave • 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. mr pea
 9. anotherdemocrat
10. Odysseus
11. suesue
12. mr sue sue
13. blue armadillo
14. texasmom
15. texasdad
16. htowngenie
17. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
18. afisher
19. manoffire
20. Wino
21. Mrs. Wino
22. VinaMist
23. doraphasia
24. Urban Owl
25. Texdude50
26. icelus
27. entrelac
28. Mr. entrelac
29. JayRaye
30. cosette
31. belinda ridgewood (honorary TX Kossack!)
32. Carol in San Antonio
33. krwheaton
34. +1 from Harris County
35. KTinTX
36. Libby Shaw
37. Libby Shaw's husband

Maybees:
Mosquito Pilot
Over the Edge
yoduuuh do or do not

Austin Kite Festival 2011
Sunday, March 3rd
Austin's 84th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival

TIME: Early Afternoon
LOCATION: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd. • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send papa monzano Kosmail to connect at the event.

Latest diary: Tex Kos Inaugural Gathering, plus T-Shirts, SDEC Meeting, and Kite Festival

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Monday, March 4th

New York City Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Save the Date for a New York Metro Meetup, March 4!
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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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New England Kossacks All Day Meet-up
Saturday, March 9th

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a kosmail to attend.



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TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION I: SolToro in the Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard • Uncasville, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:


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TIME: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION II: Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street • Mystic, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:

TIME: 11:00 - ? PM
LOCATION III: TBD
[Address] • [City]

RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:

Latest diary: New England Kossacks - March meet up

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Sunday, March 10th

SAVE THE DATE: SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for a gilas girl

Guaymas in Tiberon: Time TBD
Meet at the Ferry Building and take the ferry to Sausalito. Dine at Guaymas in the sun  • Sausalito
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park: Time TBD
We'll take the Ferry back to the Ferry building and then take public tranny to the park • San Francisco
LOCATION III: TBD for early dinner
Address TBD • San Francisco

RSVPs:
1. a gilas girl
2. navajo
3. side pocket
4. dharmasyd [lunch]
5. Meteor Blades
6. Glen the Plumber
7. remembrance
8. smileycreek
9. paradise50
10. Cali Scribe
11. Mr. Scribe
12. slouching
13. no way lack of brain
14. norm
15. boatsie
16. Lorikeet
17. FogCityJohn
18. madhaus
19. Steveningen

Maybees:
edrie
lineatus
maggiejean
no way lack of brain
scaboni

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Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

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Friday, March 15th

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
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Saturday, April 20th]

Dkos Asheville's First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Otteray Scribe
4. eeff
5. people power granny
6. Joieau
7. LamontCranston
8. cultjake
Maybees:
polecat
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]

From randallt: "DKos Asheville is hosting a meet up and we've managed to cast a wide net! Asheville NC is the epicenter of cool progressive in the heart of the mountains and we have folks traveling from Eastern Tennessee, the Southern Highlands and Charlotte. So don't let the distance keep you away, come to Asheville, sign up today! You know you want to."

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Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations
June 20th - 23rd  •  REGISTER HERE



SFKossacks:
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
3. kimoconnor
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber
8. remembrance
9. jotter
10. Mrs. jotter
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty
2. mrsgoo
3. norm
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet
6. FogCityJohn
7. slksfca
8. madhaus
9. boatsie
10. maggiejean
SFKossacks:
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. shanikka
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. paradise50
5. smileycreek
6. Caddis Fly
7.
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3. vicki
4. Sharoney
5. Spousal Unit
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. murphy
5. Dave in Northridge
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora
2. belinda ridgewood
3. thankgodforairamerica
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion?
3. loggersbrat
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Misc. registered Kossacks + regions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.


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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.
16.
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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?

Originally posted to DIVA on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Connect! Unite! Act! and SFKossacks.

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