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What a revitalizing conference we had!  

Even though I red-lined through the whole event I was able to survive:

-minimal sleep, (I am over 50 so this is no easy feat)
-BBQ three nights in a row plus other restaurant meals
-too many beers, margaritas and red wine

...to document my trip to Austin where I moderated a Native American Caucus and a FLICKR GROUP PHOTO POOL.

My personal photo album is HERE.

WARNING :: Massive amounts of photos below!

Las Vegas was a blast,  Chicago was even better and Austin BLEW ME AWAY!!!!

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I arrive at 5pm to see everyone meeting in the lobby for drinks:
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We begin with the Cheers & Jeers meetup in the lobby to go to dinner:

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Common Sense Mainer and Bill in Portland Maine taking a head count to call in to the restaurant:
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Sharoney!
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Cheers & Jeers, Party of 40 arriving at the restaurant:
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Jerome à Paris and Bill in Portland Maine (Bill seemed particularly crotchety this trip)
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Common Sense Mainer and Timroff shrugging their shoulders:
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Burnt Orange reception and the Cedar Door:

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This guy cracked me up.  He has produced playing cards that feature many republicans that are gay.  He was selling packets like crazy.  I particularly like the Larry Craig card.
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Oh that reminds me;  it was reported that someone put a sign on a men’s bathroom door: "Larry Craig Caucus."  LOL.  There are photos below in the comments, highlarious!

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And speaking of republicans;  I loved this guy’s shirt:
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Mike Stark and and Matt Browner Hamlin.  Matt works on Mark Begich's Senate campaign
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Reality Bites Back
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It was 50 million degrees outside of the Burnt Orange event so we left and back at the hotel we see Darcy Burner arriving as she runs into Markos and Ari.  Ari is going to be one handsome dude:
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The Awful Truth and Darcy Burner:
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Mem from Somerville:
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msrpotus
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Suz in Seattle and Rickeagle
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Mindoca and NYBri
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THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008

Scout Finch:
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Markos and SusanG
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Melody Townsel
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Howard Dean arrives and gives a rousing speech at noon after his rally at Crawford earlier that day, he said about a 100 folks turned out there.
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Miss Laura
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mcjoan
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Charlie Brown
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Lee Camp on the left there
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Juls from Calitics
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Lithium Cola
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Casperr
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JeffLieber and Land of Enchantment
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teacherken and his high school speakers
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Katie Halper
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trashablanca and clammyc
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shayera and withthelidoff aka Lucas O'Connor of Calitics
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Elfling, Hunter and offspring
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Elisa and ct
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eugene aka robert in Monterey
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And later that night:
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dday
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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008
The Maze of Injustice Panel including Amanda Flott, center with Amnesty International and Pretty Bird Woman House board of directors Tinnekkia Williams-Three Legs on the Left and the director of Pretty Bird Woman House, Georgia Littleshield.  
Blissing’s diary recapped this panel.
http://www.dailykos.com/...
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And SallyCat, this one’s for you; this is Georgia Littleshield waving and smiling at YOU:
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BetsyNY aka Betson08;  the blogger who has organized many fund raisers for the shelter:
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Andy T, who had the brilliance to organize this panel
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Me (navajo) Tinekkia and Georgia
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Shockwave  :: XOXOXO!
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Mary Rickles; one of the chief organizers of this convention
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Myself ::  navajo
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Davefromqueens waiting to ask his 4 questions rolled into one and David Boyle right behind him  :: nice socks dudes, both of youse
davefromqueens waiting to ask his 4 questions rolled into 1

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Markos, ct, Miss Laura and Nate Silver aka poblano
Markos, ct, Miss Laura and poblano!

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SFKossack, Vigilant Meerkat
vigilant meerkat

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nyceve blogging
nyceve blogging

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Pastor Dan, Loggersbrat, Andy T and Mrs. Pastor
Pastor Dan, Loggersbrat, AndyT & Mrs. Pastor

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Mrs. Sidepocket, Sidepocket, Rob aka Mr. Gina Cooper and his bro
Mrs. Sidepocket, Sidepocket, Mr. Gina Cooper & Bro

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And at the candidates event that night
PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES!!
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Kid Oakland
Kid Oakland!

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cskendrick
cskendrick

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highacidity and Sadie Townsel ( yes, I got Melody’s permission to post)
highacidity and Sadie Townsel

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Nybri and Christine Pelosi
NYBri and Christine Pelosi

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Raven Brooks, finance director of Netroots Nation
Raven Brooks

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Netroots Nation SuperHero :: Nolan Treadway
Nolan Treadway

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exmearden
exmearden!

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Elisa, could she be any prettier?
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Free margaritas from Markos
Free Margaritas from Markos
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Conga line
Conga Line

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DHinMI with norm in the background
DHinMI
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Al Giordano :: The Field
Al Giordano :: The Field

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Smintheus and highacidity
Smintheus & highacidity

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EddieC
EddieC
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Left Coaster
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theKK, thereisnospoon and hekebolos
MaryKK, thereisnospoon and hekebolos
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SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008

OMG!!!!!!!!  IT’S AL GORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Al gore is here!!!!!!!!!
Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and Gina Cooper

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JeffLieber sees the photos I posted of him in his diary, he is sitting right next to me
Jeff Leiber sees my posted photos of him

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Floja Roja
Floja Roja

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Moody Loner :: Gamer Extraordinaire
Moody Loner  ::  Gamer Extraordinaire

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Netroots for the Troops
Netroots for the Troops

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Cedwyn dreaming again
Cedwyn dreaming again

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DemocraticLuntz
DemocraticLuntz

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Obama’s video address to us
Barack Obama's video address to us

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Spawn of OPOL, OPOL, malacandra and??
Spawn of OPOL, OPOL, Malacandra and ?

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Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom

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Phil N De Blanc  :: where's yer lanyard dude?  lol
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Gloryous1, Jotter and David Boyle in the distance
Gloryous1, Jotter and David Boyle in the distance

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SherriG reclining
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Paradox
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Debra Bowen and norm
Debra Bowen and norm

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Van Jones, Expect to hear more from this amazing speaker, he just got back from an Artic trip with Jimmy Carter and many other dignitaries.
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Obvious superheroes :: blackwoof and wolfmanspike came to my Native American Netroots caucus.  wolfmanspike has Seminole ancestors.  
Don't know who the cutie is in the hat. The cutie in the hat is Josh Holland from Alternet.  That’s me between the superheroes.
Muscles at Netroots Nation 2008

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Jeff in CA and the Mrs.
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Jotter
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vcmvo2 and dadanation :: RESCUE RANGERS!
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Me and Blissing
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So there!
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There is more at my personal photo album HERE.

And even MORE at our FLICKR GROUP PHOTO POOL.

Originally posted to DIVA on Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 03:52 PM PDT.

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