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Do you remember your first day of school?

As most of you know, I start back to school this week. Teachers report on Tuesday and the kids arrive Thursday morning. There is always some excitement and anticipation at the beginning of a new school year, but nothing equals the experience of a kid's very first day of school.

After all these years, I still remember very clearly my first day in first grade (church kindergarten didn't count). My teacher was Mrs. Wolf, a gray-haired, bespectacled, non-nonsense woman who didn't mind putting a bolo paddle on a kid's butt. I especially remember our first reading lesson. Although I had been read to daily as a child, I had never really tried to read on my own until then.

In those days (1957 to be exact), we were using the Dick and Jane readers. I remember Mrs. Wolf lined us up across the back of the room. She indicated a chart with a picture of a little girl with blonde curls. She said, "This is Sally. Now, what do you think the word underneath her says?" Naturally, we all called out "Sally!" "No," said, Mrs. Wolf, "it says, 'Look!'"

Well, things went OK for me and Mrs. Wolf that year. I was always slow on my arithmetic problems and was consequently late for recess sometimes, but I excelled at reading. I remember she gave each of us a little spiral bound note pad in which she had printed one of the words we were to learn on every page. We had to copy each of them 10 times in the little note pad.

Mrs. Wolf only paddled me one time and thankfully it wasn't on the first day. We were going to the music room once and we had to go through the gym. Instead of walking in line, my six-year old self couldn't help running and jumping at the impossibly high basketball goal. "No running in the gym!" said Mrs. Wolf without a trace of irony. "Get back in line."

When we returned to the room, she came over to me, grabbed me by the upper arm, yanked me to my feet, and paddled me rapidly for about 10 whacks. I was back in my chair before I knew what hit me. I don't remember crying. I think I was too stunned. I definitely didn't tell my parents about it! Despite the paddling, my first grade memories are mostly good.

So what about you?
Got any good first day of school stories?

Photo Credits:
Sally courtesy www.tagnwag.com
Bolo paddle courtesy www.tintoyarcade.com
Frog in Tip Jar courtesy science.howstuffworks.com

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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
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Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


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:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

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

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

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

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

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

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Sunday, August 4th

SFKossacks Meet BeadLady and the Okiciyap Quilt!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine)  • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BeadLady
2. navajo
3. Meteor Blades
4. dharmasyd
5. norm
6. Lorikeet
7. side pocket
8. Pam from Calif
9. Pam from Calif's Mom
10. kimoconnor
11. remembrance
12. TLO™
13. Glen The Plumber
14. maggiejean
Maybees:
Catilinus
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Sunday, August 4th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. joanbrooker
2. mconvente
3. belinda ridgewood
4. Yasuragi
5. sidnora
6. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
7. blue jersey mom
8. kathny
9. ask
10. rubyr
11. plf515
12. thankgodforairamerica
13. No Exit
14. gchaucer2
15. Design the Future
16. MBNYC
17. andgarden
18. hayden

Maybees:
Ollie Garkey
aoeu
clenchner
nyceve
Rosalie907
PsiFighter37

Latest diary: NYC Meetup: Beat the Dog Days, Next Sunday, 8/4!!
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Sunday, August 11th

Nashville KosKats Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION:  Bosco’s
[Address] • Nashville

ORGANIZER: Send ZenTrainer a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2. ZenTrainer
3. Land of Enchantment
4. jnhobbs
5. Patrick is Lucky
6. JKTownsend
Maybees:
Sandy on Signal
VelvetElvis
ladybug53
Latest diary: Nashville KosKats Meet-Up
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
19. ceebee7
20. ceebee7's sister

Maybees:
Glen The Plumber
remembrance
TLO™

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