Yesterday's gathering of the SFKossacks was a big success. Follow me below for some pictures and some sound advice.
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It's hard to stress just how much yesterday's gathering went towards solidifying my feelings of community here at Daily Kos. When I first discovered The Great Orange Satan back in 2004, I knew I had found a place where a frustrated and lonely progressive could gather news and read brilliant writing. What I didn't know about at the time was the community that was being built under my nose. It wasn't until some time later that I stopped lurking and began to participate in comments. Since then this site has become much more than a political blog to me. It has become my on-line home. My community. My peeps. It was time to come completely out of my shell and make attempts to meet in person so many people I've come to know by their monikers. I desperately wanted to attend Netroots Nation in Providence but my schedule didn't permit it. It was then that I reconnected with navajo to see if there was any interest in holding a SFKossacks event on our campus this summer. Even though there are quite a few events she is currently helping coordinate, she thought squeezing one more in couldn't hurt. With her amazing help, we put together this mixer in ten days. And what a joy it was. I was a little on the busy side to take as many photographs as I would have liked, but I did manage to get a few decent ones with Brian's help.
I'll also take this opportunity to plug navajo's New Day diary. Please hop over there to see more (and better) pictures from yesterday.
After we had all gathered and had a drink together, we were off for a tour of our ship, led by one of most outstanding students, Cadet Kelly.
Now on to that piece of advice I promised you. It's actually two-fold. First, if you ever have the opportunity to attend a local gathering of Kossacks in your area, jump on it. The bonding experience of meeting like-minded people sharing the experience of Daily Kos is important. The people I met last night were the most fun group I've shared an evening with in quite some time. Yes, we talked about politics and current events. But we also talked about ourselves and our interests. I felt like I made new friends yesterday, people I can't wait to see again.
Second, if you haven't seen any diaries announcing an event in your area, by all means get one going yourself. It needn't involve tours of ships or anything else fancy. It could be a picnic in a park, a backyard BBQ, or coffee at a local hang out. The important thing is the opportunity to meet your fellow Kossacks, to make connections and learn about each other. If you are interested in getting one of these events off the ground feel free to contact me or navajo with any questions you might have about pulling something together. I promise you, the rewards will be worth the effort.
Finally I would like to thank navajo for all the work she did helping me with this event. And a big thank you to everyone who came and made this so much fun! I can assure you, you haven't seen the last of ol' Steveningen.
Now on to Tops!