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What are your thoughts on the Olympics so far?

IMG_3423 Adam Duvendeck's Tattoo
2004 and 2008 Olympian Adam Duvendeck's Tattoo
I shot at the Hellyer's American Velodrome Challenge 2008 in San Jose

I've been so busy since the Olympics started that I haven't had the TeeVee on to watch. I've only caught little snippets here and there.

Like it's a shame for all you beach volleyball spectators that the weather is cold in jolly old England. I've noticed that the girls are wearing their bikinis over their warmups. Sorry about that.

I've also noticed DKos commenters offering tidbit opinions which I find interesting. I've heard people mentioning their new favorite athletes.

Tell me more.

What's impressing you? Do you find something annoying? If you're not watching the Olympics what are you watching?


YOUR TURN: What are your thoughts on the Olympics so far?
Tell me.

I'm listening.


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

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 I'm here for advice.

WIN WIN WIN !!! BUMPED TO THE TOP! SUCCESSFUL MEETUP BY LOUISIANA KOSSACKS! See photo diary recap here. Major high fives to mlharges for organizing and executing this event. Kudo city!
NOLA Kossack Meetup, The Wrapup
:: Events Currently on the Books for SFKossacks ::
Sunday, August 5th

Sunday Streets + BBQ at kimoconnor's Flat to Meet angelajean

TIME: 11 AM to 4 PM for Part One
LOCATION: Valencia Street from 14th to 24th and 24th Street from Valencia to Hampshire
HOSTS: citisven and kimoconnor

San Francisco Sunday Streets sets pre-determined Sundays throughout the year when major streets are closed to car traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists, plus vendors take over. The local businesses flourish with increased foot traffic.

Transportation and Parking Directions Nearest BART station is 24th St. and Mission. Closest parking lot to kimoconnor's place is the Mission Bartlett Garage 90 Bartlett St (between 21st St & 22nd St, Mission and Valencia).

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Walk on your own around and visit all the booths and stores.

Here is my last diary about this terrific event:
San Francisco's Sunday Streets: Murals in the Mission [photo heavy]

TIME: 4:00 PM to ? for Part Two

Then, we'll all meet at 20th and Valencia at 4:00 PM. We can walk in a group to Kim's flat.

There are stores along the way you can stop in to grab stuff if you do not wish to bring it ahead of time to Kim's place, including Valencia Whole Foods at 999 Valencia (at 21st St). Or you can walk over to Bi-Rite (18th street between Dolores and Guerrero). There are corner stores all around to grab beer or wine etc.

At 4:15 PM we'll all invade kimoconnor's lovely city garden for a backyard POTLUCK bbq. Food items can be dropped off in advance at Kim's place between 10:30 a.m. and noon before you walk around the Mission.  

Our Red Carpet Rollout features angelajean! She's visiting relatives in the Bay Area and will join us at this event.

angelajean is a military wife who writes extensively at Daily Kos about that experience.


1. kimoconnor
2. citisven
3. navajo -I'll need to skip the SF Streets part. I'll be to Kim's @ 5:30.
4. angelajean (directions Kosmailed)
5. remembrance (directions emailed to GTP)
6. Glen the Plumber (directions emailed)
7. Lusty (directions Kosmailed)
8. norm (directions emailed)
9. Dharmasyd (directions Kosmailed)
10. Meteor Blades (directions emailed)
11. side pocket (directions emailed)
12. boatsie (Maybe) (directions emailed)
13. Lorikeet - Looking for a walking companion that day, volunteers? (directions emailed)
14. Shockwave (Maybe) (directions emailed)
15. Lineatus and Harlan (directions emailed)
16. Fog City John (Maybe) (directions Kosmailed)
17. maggiejean (directions emailed to side pocket)

Kim's address will be sent via Kosmail to those who RSVP!

Sunday, August 19th

Red Carpet DOUBLE Rollout for the Tim Delaney Oyster FigBASH!

TIME: Early afternoon TBD
LOCATION: Heart's Desire Beach at Tomales Bay State Park
HOSTS: navajo, side pocket and DBunn

Tim Delaney is flying to visit his sisters smiley creek (+Paradise50) and mimi2three in NorCal. After his visit there he's going to spend a few days in the Bay Area. The NorCal contingent will roll down with him.

figbash is flying from Chicago to attend. We can't wait.

Stay tuned!


1. Tim Delaney
2. figbash
3. navajo
4. side pocket
5. DBunn
6. smiley creek
7. paradise50
8. mimi2three
9. norm
10. Meteor Blades (Maybe)
11. Dharmasyd
12. kimonconnor
13. citisven
14. Ebby
15. Bustergirl
16. Glen the Plumber
17. remembrance
18. GTP & r's offspring
19. no way lack of brain
20. Oke
21. rfall
22. Kamakhya (Maybe)
23. Deb (Friend of Paradise50 and smileycreek)
24. maggie jean
25. Sally Cat
26. Mr. Cat

The per car fee to get into Tomales Bay park is $8 and $7 for seniors, credit card only.

How to get there: From San Francisco, take Highway 101 north over the Golden Gate Bridge and continue 7.5 miles to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Take that exit west and drive 20 miles to Highway 1. Turn right on Highway 1 and drive 100 yards to Bear Valley Road. Turn left on Bear Valley Road and drive 2 miles to Sir Francis Drake Highway. Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Highway and drive 5.6 miles to Pierce Point Road. Bear right on Pierce Point Road and drive 1.2 miles to the entrance road on the right for Tomales Bay State Park (well signed). Turn right and drive 1.5 miles to the parking area and the trailhead at Heart's Desire Beach.
The SFKossacks have a reputation for Rolling Out the Red Carpet for out-of-town visitors. You just have to Kosmail me and we'll set something up for you if you ever visit us.

:: Events Currently on the Books for NYC Kossacks ::
Sunday, August 19th

North-East Tri-State Meet-Up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (cross-street Ludlow)
Directions by subway: J,M,Z,F to Essex St./Delancey Street Station.

HOSTS: gchaucer2, Phil S 33 and sidnora

If you're coming in from outside the city:

From Grand Central: take the downtown 6 train (6 stops) to Bleecker Street Station, walk downstairs to Broadway-Lafayette station, change for the downtown F train (2 stops) to Delancey Street Station.

From Penn Station: walk one block east to 34th St/Herald Square subway station, take F train (10 stops) to Delancey Street Station.

From Port Authority Bus Terminal:take the downtown A,C, or E train to West 4th Street Station (4 stops), walk downstairs and take the downtown F train (3 stops) to Delancey Street.

Any of these trips takes about 20-25 minutes.

If you are driving, there's a very inexpensive municipal lot a block or two away, on Delancey Street.


1. Blue Jersey Mom -- confirmed
2. Rubyr -- confirmed
3. gchaucer2 -- confirmed
4. Phil S 33 -- confirmed
5. mconvente -- confirmed
6. asterkitty -- confirmed
7. hayden (Maybe)
8. Roxine
9. Actbriniel
10. davidseth -Can give rides to ppl in Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam Counties or near Taconic Parkway
11. kishik
12. DawnN
13. Missys Brother (Maybe)
14. kathny
15  sidnora -- confirmed
16. Belinda Ridgewood -- confirmed
18. TiaRachel (Maybe)
19. Design the Future
20. FindingMyVoice (Maybe)

Los Angeles is trying to organize! If you're interested please visit this diary:
Los Angeles Coffee Klatch/Meetup?
And/or send a kosmail to DontTaseMeBro.

Interested in future meetup:
1. DontTaseMeBro (Silver Lake)
2. susans (Long Beach)
3. jakedog42 (Orange County)
4. occams hatchet
5. murphy (Silver Lake)

Shockwave has been organizing Los Angeles events since 2004. He'll be directed over here to connect with you all.

You can also tell us here in a comment that will be passed onto DonTaseMeBro.

This diary is an example of what SFKossacks do year-round to build our community.
Personal bonds are strengthened and more are feeling comfortable
creating events on their own.

SFKossacks has been organizing since 2005.


Okay. Floor's open.

Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

Originally posted to DIVA on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:30 AM PDT.

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

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