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Have you ever had to face down love, sex and drugs?

As Sam Clemens almost once said, rumors of my drug addictions are greatly exaggerated. Despite appearances to the contrary, I'm not a drug addict or an alcoholic. I never have been. I guess I'm what you might call a recreational user who recreates once every year or two at best.

I couldn't live with less.
I couldn't live with more.

However, if there's a gene for addiction I've got it. Just ask my two close friends I hang with every day, Mr. Coffee and Ms. Clove. How it is that my inclination for addiction has never gotten me addicted to either alochol and drugs I'll never know...it certainly isn't for lack of exposure. It is one of the mysteries of life I've had to learn to live with unresolved.

If the optics don't look good, it might not be good.
Same thing with love (or sex). Can't quite figure that one out either, but I've learned to live with it (or without it) absent any real understanding of the why and therefore of it. Always all kinds of contradictory stuff going on that just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, despite the 1001 theories floating around all over the place. Thank god.

After all, a little mystery is good. On the other hand, too much is film noir.

...I'll just be leaving now.
I've recently spent some time again in the film noir land of romance and substance abuse. Shady characters doing shady things for shady reasons. I became a little shady, or sketchy, myself in the process again. Thank god. Not enough though to damage my life. Thank god.

A little sin is damn fine. Too much of it is just damning. The view of the Grand Canyon from the ledges above is intoxicating and wonderful...unless you happen to step to the wrong side of the edge. Despite having enjoyed the view a number of times recently, I'm still not flat as a pancake, and I've managed to slowly and carefully walk back from the edge...just barely. With a smile on my face no less.

"Yes, yes, yes, yes. Yes, but no thank you. I understand, but no thank you. The tour of hell is fascinating, but I'm not interested in permanent residency. I'll just slooowly backup out of here."

And with that I turn the floor over to my fellow CUAtes, CUAistas, recovering New Dayers and back-slippin' Newdists.

Have you ever had to face down the triple threat of love, sex and drugs?

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Three Star Kossacks & Nashville KosKats Meet-up


by marykkfor Three Star Kossacks

The Three Star Kossacks and the Nashville KosKats met Saturday, March 8th for dinner and then a show afterward to welcome Sandy on Signal to town. About 15 people attended. The organizer marykk said it was the most well attended and succesful event yet for her Kossacks. State Senate Candidate Mary Mancini attended as well as a representative from Planned Parenthood due to an upcoming amendment to the state Constitution which would allow more restrictive abortion legislation.

Here's a couple of photos:

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L-R: Patrick is Lucky, sow hat, Mr. sow hat, Sandy on Signal
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L-R: Mr & Mrs JKTownsend

You can join Three Star Kossacks, which includes the entire state of Tennessee, by sending a Kosmail to marykk.
Also, you can join Nashville KosKats by sending a Kosmail to ZenTrainer which is for the city of Nashville.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!
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Saturday, March 15th

LAKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for shanikka!

TIME: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: City Tavern
9739 Culver Blvd. • Culver City

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. shanikka (Guest of Honor)
3. jakedog42
4. Gay CA Democrat
5. Otoelbc
6. susans
7. gmats
8. Mugwumpblues
9. Shockwave
10. SanFernandoValleyMom
11. Roman Smith
12. recoveringConservative
13. mooremusings
Maybees:
homogenius
Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno
BruinKid
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks - Rolling out the Red Carpet for Shanikka - March 15, Culver City
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Saturday, March 15th

Sacramento/Central Valley Kossacks, Silicon Valley Kossacks and the SFKossacks Demonstrate at "Don't Frack California"

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: California State Capitol lawn
1315 10th St. • Sacramento
YOU CAN FIND US GATHERED AROUND OUR DAILY KOS 7 ft. BANNER
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After the protest ends we'll be heading over to a local watering hole. Meet us at KBar at 1000 K Street, a couple of short blocks north of the Capitol building.

The Don't Frack California website has also arranged for buses from all over California. Places as far away as San Diego and Los Angeles. Check out their ride board and buy a ticket STAT.

RSVPs:
1. Anthony Page aka SecondComing
2. mrsgoo
3. Dan Bacher
4. smileycreek
5. paradise50
6. navajo
7. Meteor Blades
8. dsb
9. Where4Art
10. remembrance
11. Glen the Plumber
12. TLO™
13. Lusty
14. kimoconnor
15. stagemom
16. cooper888
17. gotmooned
18. aitchdee
19. ybruti
20. Lusty
Maybees:
jpmassar
dharmasyd
Glescagal
Latest diary: The California Frack Wars: Episode 3 Revenge Of The Greed

Quick re-mention of March 15 statewide "Don't Frack California" demonstrations

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Sunday, March 16th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

UPDATE: Special Guest Star! It's Juliana Forlano, known on DailyKos as IronicNews. She's a political satirist and the host of the news parody series Absurdity Today.

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. rubyr
3. joanbrooker
4. belinda ridgewood
5. MBNYC
6. jfdunphy
7. communitygis
8. No Exit
9. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
10. Denise Oliver Velez
11. Mets102
12. plf515
13. IronicNews
14. Ian Reifowitz
Maybees:
Laura Clawson
Rosalie907
kathny
Bethesda 1971
David Nir
wader
Latest diary: NYC Meetup This Sunday, March 16 - Plus NEW EVENT News!
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Motor City Kossacks Banner
Saturday, March 22nd

Motor City Kossacks Welcome Dave in Northridge to Town

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD
[Address] • Downtown Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2. Dave in Northridge
3.
Maybees:
ChemBob
Amber6541
Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks Meet-up! Sa 3/22, 6:00 PM, downtown Detroit (venue TBA). WSG: Dave in Northridge
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Maryland Kossacks

Virginia Kossacks


DC Kossacks

Thursday, March 20th

DC, VA and MD Kossacks Welcome Chaucounne to Town

TIME: TBD PM
LOCATION: TBD
[Address] • [City]

ORGANIZER: Send mimi a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. mimi
2. Chaucounne
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Announcing DC Kossack Welcome Meeting for Chacounne
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Monday, March 24th

NYC Kossacks Welcome Chaucounne!

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION:  Donburiya
137 East 47th Street (Lex-3rd) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Chaucounne
3. thankgodforairamerica
4.
Maybees:
Avilyn
Latest diary: NEW EVENT: NYC Meetup 3/24– Dinner with Chacounne!
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Saturday, March 29th

Houston Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
4738 Beechnut Street • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. htowngenie
3. Libby Shaw
4. MarciaJ720
5. Bree Davis
6. krwheaton
7. Mary (Honorary Kossack)
8. Alan (Honorary Kossack)
Maybees:
Mr. Libby Shaw
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, March 29 (plus a note on future meet-ups)
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Saturday, April 5th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. EagleOfFreedom
2. Reetz
3. John Crapper
4. John Crapper's S.O.
5. WisePiper
6. bleeding blue
7. mlharges
8.
Maybees:
Ojibwa
otto
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks April Meeting
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Saturday, May 3rd

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
9. flwrightman
10. people power granny
Maybees:
Audri
Mr Audri
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Tuesday, May 13th

SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. LeftOfYou
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
6. dharmasyd
7. Lorikeet
Maybees:
annieli
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