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Have you ever been in front of the public as a performer of any kind?  This includes everything from portraying a carrot in the school play to marching in the school band to singing in a choir to to high school debates to performing bad (or excellent!) karaoke  to professionally wowing them on the big stage. What was your first public performance like?

I peaked early. One day in second grade my teacher kept me after school, handed me an index card, and asked me to read aloud the paragraph on it.  I stumbled through a couple of the words but after correcting my pronunciation and having me read it again she was smiling broadly and told me to practice it at home.  I read the paragraph to Mom, who corrected me on one stubborn word and remarked with an equally big smile that while she had no idea what it actually meant it sure did sound impressive when I read it.  To this day I still don't remember the context of what I read and only remember a few of the bigger words I stumbled over, including implications, baroque, contrapuntal, and explication.

A few days later at the school's outdoor Parents' Assembly I was stood up on a box in front of a microphone to read the portentous paragraph again. As I was reading I could hear murmurs and chuckles which made me worry I was doing it wrong, but when I looked up at the conclusion all the adults were smiling or laughing. It seems my teacher had turned over her pompous introduction to the upcoming choral piece to me, understanding that it would be irresistibly funny to watch this pint-sized person perfectly and innocently enunciate highbrow academic analysis to the crowd.  I sat down, both mystified and gratified by their applause.

What was your first public performance like?

I'm listening.


Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold

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:: Current Diaries in Planning Mode ::

BALTIMORE IS CURRENTLY ORGANIZING DEBATE WATCH PARTIES: See this diary, Next Baltimore Kossack meetup by sreeizzle2012.

To join Maryland Kos send sreeizzle2012 a Kosmail.

:: Regions Organizing! ::

Portland, Oregon Area:  Kosmail: Horace Boothroyd III to be included in the group.

Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Area:  Kosmail: GenXangster

These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.

California Central Valley Kossacks - Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Organizer: Clytemnestra

Houston Area Kossacks - Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Organizer: papa monzano
Current diary: Meet-up Planning Take 1

Central Ohio Kossacks - Organizer: VetGrl

ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005, More than 80 members

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011, More than 54 members

New York City Founded by Eddie C, More than 58 members

Baja Arizona Kossacks Founded by buddabelly, Formed: Feb. 13. 2011, 90 members

Three Star Kossacks Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011, 46 members

Nashville KosKats Founded by ZenTrainer, Formed: Jan 30, 2012, 28 members

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011, 67 members

•  Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 18 members

:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
Saturday, October 13th

New England Meet-Up

TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

ORGANIZERS: Common Sense Mainer and Bill in Portland Maine - Send Common Sense Mainer an email at to RSVP. (He prefers his email listed.)

1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. Clytemnestra
4. polisigh
5. Brillig
6. Mik
7. K1
8. K2
9. Simple
10. fennster
11. commonmass
12. GreenMountainBoy02
13. Sadiesue
14. rick deville
15. bouidi08
16. bjedward
17. mayim
18. Debbie in ME
19. Thestral
20. Ed Tracey
21. parsonbeach
22. Mr. parsonbeach
23. vacationland
24. sfbob
25. sfbob's friend

26. loreleiHi
27. cailin ard
28. Jim Wilson
29. Angela Quattrano
30. Angela's boyfriend
31. nhox42
32. Anothermassachusettsliberal
33. Jillian
34. knautical knots
35. Linda

1. kestrel9000
2. paulitics
3. moody loner
4. mommyp00ka
5. jarbyus
6. DamselleFly
7. BobBlueMass
8. radical simplicity
9. Not the Username I Wanted
10. lurker
11. annieli
12. DowneastDem
13. gracielove
14. Sobermom
15. Bogey Bill

Latest diary about this event: New England Kossacks Meet up.

Saturday, October 13th

Houston Area Meet-Up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: La Mexicana Restaurant
1018 Fairview Street

ORGANIZER: Chrislove - Send a Kosmail to RSVP.

1. Chrislove
2. cosette
3. Delilah
4. disconnect the dots
5. GrannyOPhilly
6. GrannyOPhilly husband
7. jkojak67 (maybe)
8. krwheaton
9. Libby Shaw
10. miscanthus

11. Mosquito Pilot
12. nomandates
13. OrganizedCrime
14. PDiddie
15. PDiddie wife
16. suesue
17 Texdude50
18. Texdude50 partner
19. txscorp

Latest diary on this event: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-up scheduled for Saturday, October 13!

Saturday, October 13th

Baltimore to Washington Area Meet-Up

TIME: 4:00 PM (JamieG from MD staying till 7:30PM)
LOCATION: Downstairs Food Court (the halfway point between each end of the food court, underneath the "up" escalator on the opposite side of the foot court from Flamers, and near the Aditi Indian Kitchen) in Union Station
Washington DC


ORGANIZER: JamieG from Md - Kosmail to RSVP

1. JamieG from Md
2. JamieG from Md's husband
4. webgenie
5. JanetT in Md
6. JTinDC
7. sreeizzle2012
8. it really is that important
9. Trs
10. billlaurelMD
11. mollyd
12. JR
13. LeoDaLion
14. Hastur
15. ConfusedSkyes
16. cpinva
17.  JG in MD
18. Chris Bowers
19. louisev
20. mimi
21. agrenadier
22. yellowdog

23. AnswerGuy
24. Malachite
25. randomfacts
26. IndieGuy
27. oxley
28. TeacherKen

Deep Harm
a gilas girl
Something the dog said

Latest diary on this event: VA/DC/MD Meetup Saturday Oct. 13, Check your kosmails!

Friday, October 19th

SFKossack Red Carpet Rollout for Dave in Northridge

TIME: 1:00 PM
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St., San Francisco

ORGANIZER: navajo - Send a Kosmail to RSVP.

1. Dave in Northridge
2. navajo
3. Lorikeet
4. Steveningen
5. jpmassar
6. kimoconnor
7. norm
8. MrNavajo
9. remembrance
10. Glen the Plumber

11. Dharmasyd
12. boatsie
13. side pocket
14. FogCityJohn
15. Kamakhya
16. Frugal Granny
17. madhaus (maybe)
18. enhydra lutris
19. Shockwave (maybe)
20. Catilinus


Monday, October 22nd

DAILY KOS HQ: SFKossacks watch the final Presidential Debate Party

TIME: 5:00 PM Pacific
LOCATION: Daily Kos Office
(address will be given to RSVPs by Kosmail)
5 min. walk from Ashby BART

Plan on street parking outside of the very limited parking in the office complex.

ORGANIZERS: Markos and navajo - Send a Kosmail to RSVP.

It's time to organize the food and drink for our Debate Watch party on the 22nd.

Markos is going to spring for pizza and the rest of us are going to bring side dishes, drinks and dessert.

My drink calculator says we need:
20 six packs of beer (-14 from volunteers = 6 packs are now needed)
34 bottles of wine (-31 from volunteers = 3 bottles are now needed)
8 six packs of water (boatsie's got this with Peligrino + bottled)
8 six packs of soft drinks (-8 from volunteers = 0 packs are now needed) Feel to bring other beverages, tho.
2 six packs non-alcoholic beer (ceebee7)

From the volunteers:

side pocket - Stuffed Mushrooms
kimoconnor - chips
shanikka - Spinach Artichoke dip
dksbook - Spinach Artichoke dip and bread
cooper888 - hand-cut salsa, chips
Lorikeet - Fruit
lineatus - Hummus
boatsie - carrots for hummus
[anonymous] - Guacamole & Huge Costco size bag of Chips
justiceputnam - Crostini, Bruschetta
Isara - Meat & Cheese tray

We need more salads!

navajo - Huge green salad
shanikka - Spinach Salad
dksbook - Large Green Salad
edrie - Arugula, mandarin orange, tomato, onion, gorganzola & walnut salad
delilah 52 - Pasta Salad

We need more desserts! Cookies and brownies, i.e. desserts that don't need a plate.

From the volunteers:
jpmassar - Brownies
mwk - dessert
Dharmasyd - Brownies
[anonymous] - Cookies
Maudlin - Homemade cupcakes

This is handled:
80 appetizer plates (mber)
80 sturdy paper plates (mber)
80 disposable forks (mber)
100 napkins (mber)
80 plastic cups for wine (mber)

~I'll be bringing a huge healthy green salad, 4 bottles of wine, (2 white, 2 red) and a large ice chest with ice for the cold bevs. -navajo

SFKossacks, Please volunteer in the comments and let me know what you're going to bring.

1. Markos [PIZZA!]
2. Susan Gardner
3. Kaili Joy Gray
4. Faith Gardner
5. Will Rockafellow [PIZZA!]
6. Meteor Blades
7. navajo [Green Salad, 4 bottles of wine]
8. citisven* [1-6pk beer]
9. Glen the Plumber* [1 red wine, 1-6pk beer]
10. jotter* [6 wines]
11. kimoconnor* [2 white wines, chips]
12. jpmassar* [brownies]
13. norm*
14. precinct1233* [4 red wines]
15. Ebby* [Apple cider & such]
16. lineatus* [Hummus]
17. ceebee7* [2-6pks non-alcoholic beer]
18. Dharmasyd* [Brownies]
19. madhaus* [4-6pks sodas] offers ride from San Jose
20. [anonymous]* [1 white wine, 1 red wine, 1-6pk beer]
21. [anonymous]* [Guacamole & Chips, Cookies]
22. remembrance* (maybe)
23. paradise50* [6-6pks beer]
24. Jeff in CA*
25. Kamakhya*
26. side pocket* [2-6pks beer, Stuffed-Mushroom appetizer]
27. Mary Rickles*
28. mwk* [1 white wine, 1-6pk beer +dessert]
29. boatsie* [Peligrino & carrots] offers ride from NorthBay
30. shanikka* [SpinachArtichoke dip, Spinach Salad]
31. shanikka's DAH
32. mber* [all disposable plates, cups & utensils]
33. Cathie* [2 wines]

34. The Awful Truth*
35. Lorikeet* [Fruit]
36. dksbook* [Spinach Artichoke dip and bread]
37. mr. dksbook*
38. The dksbook's SIL
39. Pluto* (maybe)
40. cooper888* [hand-cut salsa, chips]
41. GotMooned*
42. Raven Brooks*
43. Navi Ganancial*
44. melfoley * [1-6pk beer]
45. means are the ends*
46. Isara* [Meat & Cheese tray]
47. Isara's partner
48. AoT*
49. freewayblogger*
50. Shockwave*
51. Shockwave's guest
52. wiljago*
53. Fe Bongolan*
54. G2geek*
55. justiceputnam* [Crostini, Bruschetta]
56. Kygre* [2 wines]
57. delilah 52* [Pasta Salad]
58. jakedog42*
59. edrie* [Arugula/Mandarin Orange Salad]
60. iVote2004* (Maybe)
61. Maudlin* [Cupcakes]
62. Maudlin's husband
63. BlueJessamine*
64. July4rocks*
65. Catilinus
66. LinSea* [3 wines]
67. foolrex* [1 red wine]
68. EricS* [2-6pks Diet Coke, 1-6pk beer]

*HQ Office address emailed or Kosmailed
Also, FYI, the entire San Mateo bridge will be closed from Friday the 19th at 10:00 p.m. to Monday the 22nd until 5:00 a.m. It should be open for your late afternoon commute to our party, but you never know. Just a heads-ups to check before.

More on the logistics of this event.

The dinner will be served "cocktail-party style," meaning that many will be standing with plates and mingling. There will be no tables for sitting. But the various seating described below will be available for, well, those who must hold court during cocktail hour.

There will be limited seating for the debate, the office has about 30 assorted seats, another 15 or so will be able to sit on a diagonal stairway to view the big screen. I will make sure that those who cannot stand will have a seat. We are hoping that those who are able, can sit on the floor in front of the couch seating area, that should be about another 20. If anyone has folding chairs or camp chairs they can bring please tell me in the comments or send me a Kosmail.

I could also use 3-4 card tables and one 6ft banquet table for the food staging areas. Let me know.

PORTABLE CHAIR LOG: navajo+2, side pocket+2, dharmasyd+1, LinSea+1, jakedog42+1, mwk+3,
Thanks, SFKossacks, this is coming together nicely. You ROCK!
Saturday, November 10th
Northern California Central Valley Kossacks Potluck Lunch

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Kestrel's home in Sacramento
There will also be a pre-meet up birding adventure at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

ORGANIZERS: tgypsy and Kestrel - Send tygypsy a Kosmail to RSVP.

1. tygypsy
2. Kestrel
3. Sally Cat
4. Mr. Cat
5. mrsgoo

Latest diary: CV Kossacks: Post-Election Meet Up


DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

Sunday, November 11th
New England Kossacks MEET-UP

TIME: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
LOCATION: The People's Pub
24 Federal St
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 773-0333

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a Kosmail to RSVP.

We will be collecting donations for the Native American Netroots project Okiciyap at this Meet Up.

1. Clytemnestra
2. Remembering Jello

1. annieli

Latest diary: New England Kossacks - November Meet Up


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