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This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread series that randallt and I try to deliver every Saturday morning. We would like this series to reinvigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who these people are that we stand with, work with, and share with in the political process. We hope, through this community, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

The meetup was wonderful.  Well, except for the sunburn.  The setting was nice; sitting beside the French Broad River seems always to sooth one's being a bit.  And the food was great.  And the people, our group, absolutely wonderful.  It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with you all.

If you missed it, gulfgal98 published a great diary about the meetup here with lots of cool pictures.

Steelergrrl also posted her take on the event here, with further details about the shirts.

Navaho also gave us a mention in her New Day diary here, which includes a listing of attendees.

And after much discussion and the testimony of expert witnesses, it was decided that we should endeavor to hold similar events on a quarterly basis, which would put the next meetup sometime in July, when it will presumably be a little warmer.  I'm hoping to remember to bring a hat.

There was also some discussion about doing less elaborate get-togethers on perhaps a little more frequent basis, though nothing much was decided beyond that, though I do recall that there was mention of brew-pubs.

Today, I'm planning to head out to LamontCranston's open farm day, though the forecast is for rain followed by continued rain throughout the day.  I'll try to remember to bring a hat.  Oh, and the website said no flipflops.

Let us know what you're doing, or what you're thinking about, or what you think we should know about.

And thanks again everyone for a wonderful meetup!

Enjoy your Saturday.

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  •  Thanks for coming everyone! (11+ / 0-)

    I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. Haven't set the July date yet, still working on my unsettled schedule for summer. Some of the engaging crew.

    DKos Asheville

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:35:03 AM PDT

  •  Asheville is a special place (8+ / 0-)

    It makes me sick to read how the legislature is doing its best to impoverish the City of Asheville by stealing its water system.  What galls me even more is that the bill to steal the water system now has exceptions to a couple of big city systems so that their systems cannot be taken in the same way.  

    For the life of me, I do not understand how this is not an illegal taking since no compensation is being given to the City of Asheville for its investment of tax payer dollars into the water system.

    I am amazed that there is no concept of home rule to protect local govts. and their taxpayers from theft by the state legislature.  Dave thanks for writing about this issue before.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:17:30 AM PDT

    •  Oh, and BTW (8+ / 0-)

      I fully intend to be there for the next meetup in July.  And I will be heavily armed with sunscreen and a hat too.  My nose still glows like Rudolph due to lack of preparation stupidity on my part.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:19:35 AM PDT

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    •  Local exposure of this issue (6+ / 0-)

      Hey gg! Hope your day is a nice one. Stay dry! Looks like a lot of rain heading your way. Our friend and Kossack, Asheville's Gordon Smith, writes on this often at Scrutiny Hooligans.

      Here is his latest, insightful piece from Tuesday.

      Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

      by randallt on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:59:16 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent commentary by Gordon Smith (4+ / 0-)
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        There is an old saying that local government is the cornerstone of democracy.  What they are doing in Raleigh is the exact opposite.  My mostly apolitical husband commented that the Republican legislature is acting like socialists (in the pejorative sense) instead of those who are opposed to big govt.  

        As I posted on davehouck's diary on this issue, these actions by the legislature actually serve to make local govts think twice before investing in infrastructure.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:44:54 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you; and yes, Asheville is a special place (6+ / 0-)

      In a meeting last night, I made the point that the people that come to Asheville do so in part because they want to change their way of living, and they want to live in a community that supports those changes.  They want to make changes in their lives that reduce their footprints upon our Earth.  They want to live more sustainably, they want to purchase organic foods, they want solar panels on their roofs, they want cars that are moving away from internal combustion fossil-fuel burning engines.  They value living closer to the Earth, being able to walk in quiet forests, sitting by a creek, or upon a high bald gazing into pristine valleys and coves.  They feel a connectedness with our Earth, and that connectedness fosters a desire to do what they can to lessen their impact upon it, and to preserve it for future generations.

      But there are of course many in our state, and in our country, who resist change, who fear change, who fear that which might disrupt the false sense of security that their tight hold on what they choose to believe about their lives provides for them.

      And now they have the opportunity to fight back against change, to punish those that disrupt their perception of how the world should be.

      Asheville is a natural target for them.

      ______________
      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:01:30 AM PDT

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      •  Great speech Dave (3+ / 0-)
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        Why is it so hard for people to see this?  

        What this appears to be is a punative measure against the City of Asheville, the charge of which is being led by Buncombe County and Henderson County state legislators.  It is sad that petty political feelings are being used to try to destroy a great place.

        But then, when haven't Republicans acted petty, regardless of the level of govt. in which they operate?

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:49:44 AM PDT

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    •  It can't be possible that it involves (7+ / 0-)

      Asheville being such a bastion of progressivism that sticks in the craw of the legislature...? If this keeps up, North Carolina is going to start resembling Tennessee. Believe me, you good folks don't want that!

      There are no second class citizens in America, and there are no second class marriages in America. - Eleanor Holmes Norton

      by Captain Sham on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:11:44 AM PDT

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    •  I shutter to think what this will do to the.... (0+ / 0-)

      established brewery industry here in Asheville.  

      Will we still be able to claim "Beer City USA" in the near future?  Asheville is all about tourism, and that has over the past few years, helped the city get publicity, and more dollars spent here.

      “The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.” - Voltaire.

      by LamontCranston on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:36:20 PM PDT

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  •  Asheville is (1+ / 0-)
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    one of my favorite places in the world because being an artsy fartsy longhaired tie dyed vegetarian atheist who plays guitar and takes her dogs everywhere makes me perfectly ... average.

    We've been to the beach twice since 2005 because every time we get a free long weekend, we look at each other and say, "Let's take the dog(s) to Asheville!"

    I'll post a separate comment with an update on the shirts. It's been a warm but drizzly Saturday in Charlotte so far.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:07:23 PM PDT

  •  Asheville 4/20 shirt update (1+ / 0-)
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    If you gave me a shirt(s) to dye at the meetup, please kosmail me the size(s) so I can put your name on them. I should have thought to do it there, but I left in a Green Man ESB haze. Joieau, audri, gulfgal98 and alicia, please let me know the sizes you need (I can get your pattern choices next week if you're not sure.)

    If you took your shirt(s) home and want them dyed, I can either dye one of my blanks and swap out with you or you can send me the shirt you have. If any shirts are left after the orders are accounted for, I will probably dye them orange and bring them to the next meetup.

    Don't worry about extra charges for the dyeing. I don't want to complicate things any more, it's been confusing enough! We can handle shipping/delivery on a case by case basis.

    All of this has convinced me it's time to open the Etsy shop I've been thinking about for months. Once I get it up and running, I'll share it here and get it in the Kos Katalog. Feel free to contact me with any questions or special requests!

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 04:08:14 PM PDT

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