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Game’s Been Upped

February 25, 2020

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Upping my game here.

I’ve been a consistent political action volunteer for a full three years now–attending weekly postcard writing gaggles; canvassing and participating in GOTV efforts around elections; text banking, phone banking; showing up for town halls, marches, rallies and celebrations; and of course giving lots of money to candidates whose elections, or reelections, would make a difference.

As I’ve said numerous times, it’s about channeling my rage into something constructive, being part of the solution… all that.

With the opening next week of the Volunteer Center (is that what we’re calling it?) — a joint effort of Sister District CA-3 and Indivisible Yolo — shit’s getting real. Realer than ever.

Just gotta say.. there are a whole bunch–like dozens and dozens–of smart, committed people in this town who know how to organize and who are consolidating their considerable energy and talents into quite a thing. We raised $25,000 in a matter of days (I say we like I had something to do with it, I didn’t, just contributed) to fund office space for the year, collected an eye-popping amount of furniture and supplies, and mobilized a veritable ant colony of happy labor that put it all together over the course of about a week. It’s a work in progress, but when you walk into the large, two-story, multi-room space and see an operation that looks like it’s been humming along for years… it’s just impressive as hell.

There’s a leadership team comprising committee heads (committees include things like post carding, phone banking, text banking, canvassing, voter registration, volunteer care & feeding, promotion and social media, center staffing, etc.).  There are meetings like crazy and all kinds of ongoing events that will take place in the center. It’ll be the hub of all election-related volunteer activity for the next year.

It’s fantastic.

There’s a kickoff rally next week at Veteran’s Memorial (after the California primary/Super Tuesday) and an official open house for the new Volunteer Center. The purpose of all of that is to energize, recruit and mobilize hundreds of new volunteers for the coming year. And we have the wherewithal to handle that, what with all that amazing infrastructure.

That amazing infrastructure’s been taking shape for three years, but as I said above, shit’s now getting real, and the game’s been upped significantly. MY game’s been upped significantly.

I just Sign-Up Genius’d and/or blocked out dates in my calendar for regular stints of voter registration, post carding, volunteer center staff shifts, trips to Arizona and leadership meetings. That’s some serious time commitment and is only the basic stuff. I imagine I’ll add countless other meetings and activities as the year unfolds.

I did some home office organizing this evening as I prepare myself to integrate this stuff into my days/weeks/months.

And I’m a small cog! There are too-many-to-count folks who are doing far, far more.

Anyway.

Today was a trip down to Modesto Junior College for more voter reg. The pic is today’s group. It was a good day.

Note: Related, I watched the democratic debate tonight. Good lord. The field’s narrowed to Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, Biden, Klobachar, Stuyer and Bloomberg, in about that order, and we are nowhere near a nominee. Sanders is well ahead, but it’s too early to know where this is going. After tonight, I just don’t know. It was painful to watch. And that’s why we do this (the above). Distracting and sanity saving.

 

Time Was, Time Is

February 24, 2020

I’m in love with this picture.

Peter and Jocelyn, a long time ago…

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Peter’s now a senior at UCSD, majoring in physics, making a decision on where to go to grad school next year.  Jocelyn is a junior at Oberlin College, contemplating public interest law as a career.

Who could have imagined that.. when these two were romping through this San Francisco field?

Jim’s Favorite Time of Year

February 23, 2020

No question, Jim’s a Spring guy. He marks its coming each year by the budding and blooming of a particular tree in the alley between B St and University Ave.

So, drum roll… for what it’s worth… here is this year’s budding-tree-in-the-alley progression:

February 2:

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February 8:

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February 10:

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I was out of town for the period between February 14 and 21…

February 21 (late afternoon!):

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Today, February 23:

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Da dah! Spring is here.

Then and Now

February 22, 2020

Our house on the same (ish) day two years ago.

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And today (ish):

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Next year’s shot will be a wholly different deal. It’s in progress as we speak… on paper now, but a design soon to be realized. Wait’ll you see it!

 

 

 

 

 

The Gentlest

February 21, 2020

The Gentlest

It’s that third week in February
when the sharp metal of cold air starts to give way, just enough,
when the warmth that comes from the sun actually feels yellow
like it’s supposed to feel.
The air has become light and rests gently on my forearm (a bare forearm!)
and if there is even the barest of breezes, I can actually feel those tiny hairs move.
The third week in February intimates the gentlest hint of spring
when the air softens,
the emerging greens are tender and moist,
and pink and soft white blossoms yawn in delicately.
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The first photo was taken this morning on the way home from the airport. It felt glorious to arrive in Davis to 70-degree weather and that softness I tried to poet out of myself. (Reminder: poetry for me is a work in progress.)
The other photos were taken in mid February in 2016 and 2015.

It’s Been Some Great Fish

February 20, 2020

Wrapping up my swing through Southern California.

Spent a leisurely day at Matt and Michael’s. Read by the fire by the pool (they do that kind of thing here)…

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…and ate well.  Tonight’s fish foray was to the just-opened San Pedro Fish Market (in Long Beach)..

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They had a lot of bugs to work out (we were during their soft opening phase), and a lot of the meal didn’t work, but the fish was fantastic. You wandered through their fresh fish “market,” picked your fish, and they prepared it to order. They had dozens of options. I went with swordfish. Among the best I’ve ever eaten.

Now I know why they call it red snapper.

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This was our dinner gang tonight. We’re displaying a Christmas gift that Matt and Michael opened tonight from Jay and Saythong, delivered (a bit late) by Chris. They are ribbons that Saythong hand made. Beautiful handiwork by a talented, artistic and thoughtful person.

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Bev’s on the far right. She’ll be 90 on July 11. She’s been through a bout of nasty stuff, including cancer, shingles and a fall or two. She’s a trooper!

Scenes from PV and LB

February 19, 2020

Just a few more of Palos Verdes and the Malaga Cove Library, and a few from my commute from PV to Long Beach. Just because.

Front door of library.

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Newspaper room…

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Young readers room… (the fireplace is off to my right)..

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Main reading room (note arrangement of peacock feathers — iconic Palos Verdes — on the shelf)…

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An upstairs reading corner…

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A nice mail box across the street…

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Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach…

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And some palm trees, minus their tops, all filtered up…

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