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Who was the most mysterious woman or man you ever knew?
Times were tough. I found myself unexpectedly living back here in the USA. I had an infant son and his non-English speaking mother to take care of. Overnight I had hit the tarmac running as a family man. Two-thirds of my new little family had no papers. I wasn't prepared for any of that. The trajectory of my life had suddenly been turned 180 in less than a week.
At that time an acquaintance approached me and offered me some part-time work. Said he thought I seemed adept at working with different cultures and under pressure. Wanted me to meet the lady (always described as the "lady") he worked for. I met her in a restaurant for a job interview. That should've been the tip-off right there.
First time I saw her I thought of Norma Desmond.
Anyways, she was 20-40 years older than me. Her clothing, her make-up, and just the Victorian way she carried herself prevented me from ever getting a firm grasp on her age. Couldn't tell if she was older and effecting a younger age, or younger and effecting an older age. She seemingly had no mannerisms of speech that could tie her to any particular generation or culture.
She explained that her clients were wealthy people and mostly from one particular country in the Middle East. Many were of royal blood and with diplomatic ties here. Their children were here to study and needed "guidance." I was to be part of a very professional team that would supply that guidance. That meant in school and out.
I was to begin by doing research, and in the beginning that was all I did. I did hundreds of hours of research on nearly as many topics. That probationary period was over in a month.
Here I'd better pause to describe the lady in a bit more detail. For one thing, she never seemed to spell her name exactly the same. Night or day, indoors or out, she wore sunglasses. On rare times when she took off the glasses, I avoided her gaze. Her jet black hair was always at least partially shrouded by an elegant scarf of some sort. When later we began to have regular meetings at her residence, I saw many photos of her from over the years dressed the same way. Her rooms were filled with expensive and lavish art-seemingly placed to overawe the visitor.
Before I knew it, I was flying all over the country on different assignments. As an "advocate", I'd meet with administrators, deans, chancellors, counselors, professors, students, landlords, attorneys, doctors-you name it. Suposedly a mentor, in reality I worked as a repairer of reputations. A fixer. Sometimes just an errand boy. Sometimes much more. Sometimes my work represented the truth, but more often I was participating in, or constructing myself, a complex web of phantasmagorical (and mostly non-existent) achievements designed to give wealthy young people the appearance of intellectual and moral sainthood...as though they were (or would be soon) candidates for public office in their own country.
It was shady work. The lady I worked for was shady, classy-very classy, but very shady. It was shadow work-working for a shadowy figure. When I look back on that period of my life I feel like I'm peering into one very deep shadow. At the heart of that shadow was a "lady" who was never ready for her close-up.
What about you? Have you ever known a shadow? Ever know anybody who struck you as truly mysterious?
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace 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
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
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
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba
• Las Vegas Kossacks: Kosmail miracle11
• Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4FreedomNote 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.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Nice turnout for the lastest gathering:
L-R, Front: jakedog42, flowingone, deniserobb, mvanier and son,
San FernandoValleyMom, MugWumpBlues, Dave in Northridge,
susans, joemarkowitz, optimistic pizza.
Rear: Shockwave, Gay CA Democrat, otoelbc, Lisa, Richard (Mr. Lisa)
~Photo Courtesy of SanFernandoValleyMom
CityLightsLover pulled together another Indianapolis Kossack event. This time at a Mexican restaurant complete with her orangey Daily Kos tablescapes and schwag she produced herself.
Here's their group photo:
Lol. ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS... Use your imagination and guess what these Kossacks really look like. L-R: maryabein, MKDAWUSS, Tim DeLaney, CityLightsLover, im2004Lurker, Mrs. Mokurai, Furbabies2013, Dragon5616, Mokurai and MITHRA666
by randallt ♥ for DKos Asheville
Asheville, NC gets out the vote!The following is a brief roundup of the DKos Asheville Voter Registration Project's fifth outing. We've been setting up every Tuesday for the last five weeks at Earth Fare, a natural food store at Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville. We have a nice spot on the patio outside the store. This week with no icy wind and much more moderate temps. Oh it was cold alright, just not stupid cold. Back to having three of us was great. LamontCranston, David and Myself received many thumbs up and "thank you's" from passers by and shoppers and more than a few questions as to why we were doing this now. "Didn't we just have an election?". We officially re-registered one voter and took advantage of the interaction to do some Daily Kos evangelism. And here is a tease for next week. It involves llamas!
LamontCranston, our new Salvation Army bell ringer friend, randallt and davehouck
by tmservo433 ♥ for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks
tmservo433 delivered a great event. Almost 30 people attended what tmservo433 calls the first session of the evening that lasted until 11:30 P.M. The second session of the evening included about ten more people lurking outside the door and some working as hotel staff inside the room. So after the meet-up ended, on-lookers from the hall and hotel service people wanted to talk about what they overheard coming out of the ballroom. For example, the round table discussion about the importance of increasing the minimum wage resonated with the waitstaff and they chimed in about that with strong opinons. A ballroom dancing couple applauded the progressive discussion they could hear on the other side of the partition. This event united progressives within its reach!Organizer tmservo433
~Photo Courtesy of Michael Bersin
by tmservo433 ♥ for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks
L-R: Some where in this photo are Kossacks Glitterscale, Man Oh Man and tmservo433.
Please visit tmservo433's diary for a description of the rest of the attendees which were mostly non-Kossacks, but folks who should be there, such as, State Legislator John Wright. tmservo433 gathered a great group of Progressives and hopefully we can get a few more of them to join us at DKos. Kudos to tmservo433 for reaching out and uniting like-minded folk in Missouri!
by navajo ♥ for SFKossacks
L-R: SFKossacks meeting at the home of Andrew McGuire in the Wine Country
Date Moving to January 2014
Connecticut Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: The Shamrock Pub & Grill
210 Meadow St. • Waterbury
The Shamrock is a short walk from the MTA Metro North Station. If anyone wants to take Amtrak, thankgodforairamerica can pick you up in Meriden and drive you to the event.
ORGANIZER: Send thankgodforairamerica a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
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