The Atlanta kos meetup was a huge success. Quite a few showed up. eeff had to cancel at the last minute because of work demands. He was missed, as was Annrose and a few others. Sadly, racheltracks couldn't make it due to some serious medical issues. My thoughts and prayers are with her. Sort of hoped that Vetwife could come but she has her hands full I think down in Florida. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone here for helping out with that situation. Vetwife has done so much for others, it's only fitting that Kitsap River and all you others came to her aide. You all make me proud to be a kossack.
The traffic really sucked yesterday. There was major work being done on the Interstates in the downtown area, which made things much worse than it would have been otherwise – and Atlanta on a Saturday afternoon is problematic by default. We may need to rethink the venue for our next meetup, which I hope will be relatively soon, maybe in the fall.
Predictably, we had a great time. Nothing like a crowd of liberal kossacks for a fun afternoon.
Grapes was his usual entertaining self. The man's a font of knowledge, particularly about business and corporate America (he was a business professor at Auburn University for 21 years). He and jobird are about to go vagabonding for a time. On the itinerary are Toronto, where they have relatives and Quito, Ecuador where he is going to teach a two-week business course. There's a trip I'd love to be along for. Those two are a lot of fun.
My son Daniel made a special trip from his permaculture farm in the North Georgia hill country to attend, which I appreciated very much. He's launching a new kickstarter project to help get his permaculture farm going. He may diary about it here in the near future. His kos handle is MindWideOpen.
navajo said I needed to get lots of pics, so here they are:
The lovely Burned arrived being all shy and everything. Got a great big hug from her, which may have been the best part of the day.
Leonard, a new kossak (Progressive Garden I think) and relative of the infamous hat thief, DemocraticLuntz, talking to Political Peach.
A somewhat blurry pic of the bright and beautiful Political Peach (don't know who the goofy old homeless guy shooting the peace sign is).
A lousy pic of the beautiful Michelle (pic doesn't begin to do her justice – sorry, my bad). Her and David are new to dailykos but very enthusiastic. They're going to make a fine pair of kossacks.
A radiant smile from MadMommy, the proud adoptive mother of three Chinese girls.
A poorly focused shot of the lovely and lively jobird/Mrs, Grapes (I don't know if it's my eyes or my camera going bad – on second thought, yes I do but I'm not saying).
Group shot with Michelle (just over foresterbob's left shoulder – taken by Daniel).
Group shot taken by Michelle (w/Daniel on the right between Perry (prose and thorn) in front and David in back – the orange hat I'm wearing is OPOL hat #2, the gracious gift of eeff, who sadly could not make it – he blew something up at the last minute – no, nothing like that).
Grapes demanding more beer (dude's a beast).
foresterbob (front and center) holding court – clockwise from him, parts of Perry (prose and thorn) and David (of South Africa), Michelle, Lily O' Lady, jobird, Grapes and Daniel.
Perry (prose and thorn) and David (of South Africa).
Burned and Daniel.
Our sweet Lily O' Lady.
And last but not least, the illustrious Doc Zombie (xxdr zombiexx). Such a character this guy – the hummingbird whisperer.
We spent several hours together and it was a fun and stimulating time. I only regret that I didn't get to interact more with each individual – which was partly a seating thing. I think next time I'll propose a seating shuffle or two at timed intervals so everyone gets to talk with everyone. I would love to have spent more time with each person – I had so much to ask David about South Africa, for example, but never quite got around to it.
All in all it was a good time. Even the traffic nightmare was worth sweating through. I think next time we'll try and avoid that if possible.
Here's a post-meetup shot of Daniel, the bodhisattva, with his new dog, Bear. Sweetest dog in the world. He'll be taking him up to his permaculture farm later today - which he is going to love. His previous owners left him tied to a tree for several years. He apparently learned to calmly sit zazen. He's the calmest, friendliest thing. It's sort of amazing. Next door dogs were raising hell barking at him. He just calmly looked at them like, "Sup?" Daniel and he are totally bonded and Daniel is already clicker training him. He learned all about it on the net.
Daniel and Bear.
In closing, I would like to encourage everyone who hasn't yet, to get out and meet some fellow kossacks face-to-face. Not only is it a fun thing to do but it is also a great way to build our community – and let's face it, we need each other.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort. It was lovely seein' ya.