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What do you want to talk about? I'm thinking about water and summer!

It will be May next Wednesday which kinda blows my mind. Smileycreek has been sending me things that she'd written on DailyKos one year ago at this time. As I read them, well, it kinda blows my mind too because one year ago seems like it could have been an entirely different lifetime, not just last year. What I do know is that I've got to be the luckiest guy on the planet for everything and everyone...and that really blows my mind.

Fortunately, smileycreek and I had a plan for an activity last summer we thought would be perfect for when we both knew we'd be fried (for me literally)...and when I'd still be pretty weak. I sold my mountain bike then spent that money getting an inflatable kayak. Here's a pic of the very same inflatable kayak we have (those folks are not us):

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I want to go kayaking really soon. We only started doing that last summer and I love it. There is just nothing so calm and pleasant as paddling around on a lake. We have gotten the routine down so well it only takes about 7 minutes to inflate the kayak (using an electric pump and the car battery) then push off from the shore. Once in the water it's untroubled serene certainty. If you are anywhere near a body of water and you'd like a quick and easy way to exhale and let go...get a kayak. We only have to drive 15 minutes from our home to get to Paradise Lake, which is very cool.

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We've seen River Otter's more than half the time we've gone kayaking. Once we saw seven of them...two parents and their five pups. The pups make cute almost bird-like chirping noises. The parents, once they got glimpse of us, made disapproving harrumphing snorting noises. They were mostly just miffed because they kept swimming towards us with their pups. They dive underwater for a while then pop up somewhere else. They simply passed us by in the lake clearly not feeling we were dangerous to them.

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And that reminds me how much we also love going to the rivers and swimming in our favorite swimming holes too. Our favorite and closest ones are on the West Fork of the Feather River:

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So, do you do outdoor water sports stuff in the warm seasons?


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Friday, April 26th

Kansas-Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence, KS

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Glitterscale
3. Midwest Cohouser
4. Syoho
Maybees:
kcdesigngirl
Latest diary: Springfield Missouri Get Together Update (It's ON) and Lawrence, KS 4/26
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Sunday, April 28th
NYC Kossacks Brunch and a Show!
ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to attend.

 Whym Restaurant NYC
Brunch:
TIME: Noon (with Show at 3PM)
LOCATION: Whym
889 9th Avenue (between 57th & 58th) • NYC
RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Denise Oliver Velez, Guest of Honor
3. devtob
4. LuLu
5. MBNYC
6. friends of LuLu
7. mconvente
8. joanbrooker
9. kathny
10. Todd Beeton
Maybees:
belinda ridgewood
thankgodforairamerica
 PlayBill Ann Richards
Theater:
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: The Vivian Beaumont Theater
150 West 65th St. (Broadway) • NYC
RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Denise Oliver Velez, Guest of Honor
3. devtob
4. LuLu
5. MBNYC
6. friends of LuLu
Maybees:
Latest diary: Reminder: NYC Meetup and Matinee, 4/28!
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Saturday, June 1st

Atlanta Area Kossacks Kick-off Meet-up

TIME: 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue Northeast • Atlanta

ORGANIZER: Send racheltracks a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. One Pissed Off Liberal
2. racheltracks
3. annrose
4. nawlinscate
5. Burned
6. treesrock
Maybees:
pragmaticidealist
xxdr zombiexx
eeff
Ashaman
lam2b2g
foresterbob
Lily O Lady
Latest diary: Atlanta Meet-Up
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New York Hudson Valley Kossacks

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DATE TBD

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08 (if event is in April)
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Wednesday, June 19th

Cheers & Jeers-* New Day * Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: The Brit (Britannia Arms)
173 W. Santa Clara St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose

Every year since 2007, Common Sense Mainer has organized a dinner for the readers of Cheers & Jeers who attend Netroots Nation. It has grown every year. Last year we had over 100 Kossacks attend. CSM always chooses a restaurant willing to handle a large crowd WITH SEPARATE CHECKS. (!?!) Yes, I know, hard to believe but it's worked the last several years. This year CSM has negotiated with The Brit for a special menu and separate checks are secured. If you'd like to join us please leave a comment in this diary and you'll be put on the RSVP list below. This year * New Day * and SFKossacks are co-hosting. All regional groups are invited to attend in addition to the loyal C&J following that Bill and Michael have.

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend or leave a comment.

The plenary table list below will also be the RSVP list for this event. Dinner attendees will have an asterisk by their name.



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Wednesday, June 19th

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

Our friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. Gov. Howard Dean will be there!

TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Tech Museum

201 South Market St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose
Arrive early on Wednesday to pick up your credentials at the Convention Center which will get you into the Liquid Courage event.



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Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations

SFKossacks:
1. side pocket *
2. mrs. side pocket *
3. kimoconnor *
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber *
8. remembrance *
9. jotter *
10. aha aha *
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty *
2. RainyDay *
3. norm *
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet *
6. madhaus
7. boatsie
8. maggiejean *
9. paradise50 *
10. smileycreek *
SFKossacks:
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5. BeninSC (Honorary)
6. sfbaytransplant
7. Senor Unoball
8. paradox
9. slouching
10. shanikka
SFKossacks:
1. edrie
2. Jeff in CA
3. Mrs. Jeff in CA
4. mber *
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo *
2. Meteor Blades
3. 4Freedom * (maybe)
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. TheFatLadySings
9. TFLS's guest
10. TFLS's guest
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. Kestrel *
3. Caddis Fly
4. Sychotic1
5. peregrine kate (honorary)
6. ProvokingMeaning (honorary)
7. mrsgoo * (mrgoo *)
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates *
2. texasmom *
3. texasdad *
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42 *
3. susans *
4. murphy
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora *
2. belinda ridgewood *
3. hayden
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica
7.
8.
9.
10.
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. loggersbrat *
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6. llbear (Maybe)
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers Readers:
1. vicki
2. Sharoney
3. Spousal Unit
4. brillig *
5. mik *
6. K1 *
7. cskendrick
8. Arenosa *
9.
10.

Gay Men of ANY Certain Age:
1. gizmo59
2. gizmo59's partner?
3. Dave in Northridge *
4. Steveningen
5. scaboni?
6. cooper888
7. gotmooned
8. FogCityJohn
9. slksfca
10.
Misc Kossacks, new tables?:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


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Community Quilt Project

Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo


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smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17. Dr. Lori (not attending, quilt only)
18. MsSpentYouth
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Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Maybees:
Joan McCarter
slksfca
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue
BoiseBlue GF
Dave in Northridge
Timmethy

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?


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