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TODAY'S COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION FEATURE:




What countries have you visited? What countries would you like to visit?




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In my late 20s I was fortunate to land a job that sent me to Europe to buy women's designer clothing for a major retailer. I was sent to England, Italy and France.

Later, for World Cycling races, I was able to visit England again and take the train to Scotland.

Proximity to the U.S. allowed me to venture slightly into Canada and Mexico.

There are so many countries I'd love to visit. Here are just a few in no particular order: Bali, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, India and more.

And now for some teaser photos of our SFKossack event last night:

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The guest of honor, angelajean and her two handsome sons

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Part of the SFKossack's crew

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side pocket's homegrown-organic-picked-that-morning-fend-off-the-
MOFO-gophers-effin'-awesome tomatoes that were so killer someone couldn't
even restrain themselves from snagging WITH THEIR FINGERS a slice while I'm shooting. w. o. w. Who was that???

The diary tomorrow will be devoted to the rest of the photos from the event.

Stay tuned...



YOUR TURN: What countries have you visited? Where would you like to visit?
I'm listening.

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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 I'm here for advice.
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THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

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

Red Carpet DOUBLE Rollout for the Tim Delaney Oyster FigBASH!

TIME: Noon
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!

RSVP LIST:

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. Deb (Friend of Paradise50 and smileycreek)
19. no way lack of brain
20. Oke
21. rfall
22. Kamakhya (Maybe)
23. maggie jean
24. Sally Cat
25. Mr. Cat
26. Anonymous SFKossack #1
27. Anonymous SFKossack #2

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

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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.
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:: Events Currently on the Books for NYC Kossacks ::
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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.

RSVP LIST:

1. Blue Jersey Mom -- confirmed
2. Rubyr -- confirmed
3. gchaucer2 -- confirmed
4. Phil S 33 -- in spirit and in our hearts
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 (Maybe)
15  sidnora -- confirmed
16. Belinda Ridgewood -- confirmed
17. MBNYC
18. TiaRachel (Maybe)
19. Design the Future
20. FindingMyVoice (Maybe)
21. ericlewis0

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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 (Heaven)
5. murphy (Silver Lake)
6. Shockwave (God Knows)

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

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JamieG from Md has posted a diary to gather Kossacks from Virginia and Maryland.

Please kosmail JamieG from Md if you'd like to be added to this list.

Interested in future meetups:
1. JanetT in MD
2. stevenwag
3. A Mad Mad World
4. dadadata
5. Noor B
6. Diana in NoVa
7. mollyd
8. mimi
9. VexingEyes + husband
10. Mikesq
11. angelajean

:: New Regions Organzing! ::
Central Valley Kossacks
Organizer: tgypsy
Send her a Kosmail if you'd like an invitation to this new group.
This region includes Redding, Red Bluff, Chico, Yuba City, Marysville, Woodland, Winters, Davis, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding towns nearby.

This region has always been included in SFKossacks and we still welcome anyone who wants to attend our events.

Kudos, tgypsy for taking the reins!

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.

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Okay. Floor's open.

Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?



Originally posted to DIVA on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 07:30 AM PDT.

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

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