It's been a long week and it'd be lovely to sleep in longer. That said, it's Saturday morning the 19th of April. A good day to meet neighbors!
Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis). Remember this tree:
I do love the DC transit system generally speaking; the DC Metrorail on the weekend can be a bit trying. Single tracking was in effect on the Red Line. There was a Washington Nationals game gearing up and then the Easter weekend tourists. Metrorail trains were packed and at the Metro Center transfer point, it was only on the 4th try that assertively squeezing onto a Blue Line train to Smithsonian Station was possible. In other words, I was about 25 minutes late.
While mimi and webgenie's numbers were known to me and I'd notified them of my delay, I hadn't gotten numbers for the other Kossacks joining us. We hadn't met yet, and well, it seemed an awkward request to make. I'm going to rethink this stance because having a way to contact on the fly would have been helpful.
I must say that it was good to arrive on the National Mall for the first time this spring. This is the view as you look down the Mall toward the US Capitol.
I knew webgenie was several trains behind me. And like a beacon, the Great-Orange-Yard-O-Cloth again worked like a charm. She found us with no problem. And she gave me a present! webgenie is thoughtful like that. Always thinking of something that might ease an aspect of someone's life. Thanks, friend.
A few minutes after that we committed to a picnic spot.
And then the splendor already beginning, truly began. Do you believe me? Let me show you.
There was splendor in terms of food, yes, of course:
May I comment here, that there were no dish signups. We just brought what we felt like sharing with each other and voila! Total splendor!
There was splendor, too, in terms of we who gathered. So much to say to one another! The beginning of our stories to share. Oh we'll get around to the serious discussions and the activism and being the change we wish see, and/but today was about reconnecting, meeting new neighbors, sharing food together and beginning something ridiculously good.
This is webgenie. We met a few years ago at a meetup held at Union Station before she even moved to the area. We've become good friends since then.
This is Kossack Edward Adams. He contacted me a few weeks ago wanting to join DC Kossacks. So glad you did.
Next time we will do a group picture. I solemnly promise, navajo! (Inclusion in pictures at DC Kossacks meetups are not mandatory. Please don't let that stop you from joining us!)
Our DC Kossacks inaugural picnic was open-ended, and four hours flew by before next obligations pressed us in our various directions. mimi, Edward Adams, webgenie, Sasha, it was lovely. I cannot wait to do this again.
If you, dear reader, have never met your local Kossack neighbors, you simply, absolutely, unequivocally, must. Without delay. Do not quibble. Do not fuss. Do not make it too complicated or perfect. This is about connecting with your neighbors. When you do connect, you will understand. And you too will have splendor wherever it is that you meet one another. Contact navajo or the Connect! Unite! Act! group and find out the closest Daily Kos group to you. If you cannot get there easily, get their help in starting a chapter in your immediate area.
DC Kossacks will regularly meet the third Saturday of each month at noon. May 17 is the next gathering. Location TBD. Please plan to join us next time, or the time after that, etc. RSVP to NinthElegy to attend a meetup or to join the DC Kossacks group on Daily Kos.
DC Kossacks? Just...yes.