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We have split up the publishing duties, but we welcome everyone in IAN to do daily diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!
If you would like to fill in, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMom a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FSNMom is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.

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This week has been a tad peculiar.  But just a tad.  Among other things, we've had glorious weather, clear and cool after morning fog - and it's usually raining pretty steadily by now.

Last Monday, I went to work really early.  I had an audiobook out from the library that would be automatically checked back in at about 9:00 AM and I wanted to finish listening to it before it disappeared.  

I had already listened to it about 4 times, but I really like the book - I've lost count of the number of times I've read it on my Kindle, and when the paperback comes out at the end of November, I'm going to buy that, too.

Tuesday morning, I walked through the set-up for a flu shot clinic on my way to my office from getting off the bus, asked when they would open, dumped my stuff in my office, went back and got in line, got the flu shot and was back in my office 20 minutes before I had to clock in.  Now that's efficient.

The program I do to keep my cheap health insurance has been revamped again this year, and to keep it inexpensive for 2015, the particular program re-opened on October 7, and 1200 points are required before September 30 of next year.  This will not be difficult, actually.  I did, however, have the dregs of a cold, so I waited till Wednesday to start recording things.  I already have 35 points - see, I told you this would not be difficult.

Wednesday was the day I got on my second bus to go home and found my daughter was on it.  She has been telling me she was going to quit smoking.  I figure she means it now, since she didn't light up when we got off the bus.  I wasn't sure before.

Thursday morning, I finally managed to work up the nerve to collect the final signature of the 25 I promised to collect for the marriage equality amendment to Oregon's constitution.  

That afternoon, I had to turn a library book in so I wouldn't have a fine, and I checked out six more while I was there.  I believe I have mentioned my addiction to books a few times.  I currently have 37 books checked out and holds on 8 (one of which I may very well end up purchasing).

Friday, I dropped off the signatures at the office they have to be turned in at.

I've spent all week at work trying to get authors on our various abstracts being submitted to the American College of Cardiology for their annual scientific sessions next spring to get on the ACC website and update their disclosures (or just do them in the first place).  I still have three who haven't done them.  

I did collect the last signature on a copyright transfer for a paper that we just submitted to the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.  That particular author was out of the country and just got back.

Really exciting weekend so far.  Laundry, dishes and other chores.

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  •  I know more exciting stuff is going on, (15+ / 0-)

    but I didn't have anything to say about it that hasn't already been said.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 04:10:45 PM PDT

  •  I was deep into a pile of mending (11+ / 0-)

    and forgot to schedule this.  It's going up now, though.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 11:20:29 PM PDT

  •  OH, I'm having a MUCH more exciting (10+ / 0-)

    weekend than you are.

    Yup: I'm at work ten hours every night, selling shit. Coffee, icees, candy, ice cream, and all manner of junk food items.

    With coworkers who have the work ethic of ten-year-olds.


    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:26:12 AM PDT

  •  yep much more exciting life since I am now in (10+ / 0-)

    the sleeping 17+ hours daily cycle of narcolepsy.  I hope to come out of it next week or so.  However I must say that I have a much more exciting dream life than real life.

    waiting for some auctions to start online today; however the past couple of weeks, it seems prices have gone absolutely insane, with some lots going off for 3x-5x their max appraised value.

    OTOH I am also running out of items that capture my attention so I have fewer and fewer bids out each week now.  I really need to start re-habbing the house at some point next week to at least get a few estimates

  •  Saturday's history (8+ / 0-)

    and my Sunday hasn't begun yet.  The wedding that stressed me out so much went fine.  I played one song in the wrong place, but afterward the priest said that that was a better place for it than what he had decided earlier.

    The choir sang at 4p.m. and did an excellent job.  We were doing a song they really like, so that didn't hurt.

    Prior to all this, I went to the farmers market and got some peppers and tomatoes.  Since I did it all in one trip, I ended up with three bags of veggies, a computer bag, and my miscellaneous bag at church.  I was quite the picture walking into church with all that crap.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 04:15:38 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    Cold right now, 35 degrees, going up to 60.   Tomorrow's colder.

    Today I'm cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and walking the pups.  

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 05:02:52 AM PDT

    •  Hi broths, (6+ / 0-)

      I was advised to contact you and this group to find out, if this alert network could also be used by kossacks, who face or are in the condition of homelessness.

      Horace Boothroyd III wrote a fundraiser diary for JTinDC on last Friday and Horace contacted me beforehand to tell me about JTinDC's situation. He is a kossack in my geographical area and I have met him once on a meet-up. Jamie G in MD has seen him several times.

      What it comes down to in cases of homelessness is that many might not find a shelter place or refuse to accept one, as the conditions are so awful there. I am also not quite sure how unsafe a situation he is in.

      He, like probably many others, has no internet access anymore (we were very lucky to have a donation of a laptop for him), but for him to reach out to a real person, there is only a phone with some text messages left. I can vividly imagine that a homeless person can get beaten up and even the last straw to connect would be stolen and would be gone.

      Gordon20024 said we may think about to extend the IAN to include homeless kossacks "to knock, knock" in here.

      I could imagine that might work. I was thinking about to set up a "hot number like 911" to set up for kossacks, who only can text but not post anymore. We would then find kossacks, who live in the geographical area of the homeless kossack and try to see how we could help.

      It seems to be very difficult to handle this without giving up anonymity and safety, but I wanted to ask you the question here to have the group's input.

      PS I have set up for a short time a specific tel number to text into for JTinDC, but he hasn't responded yet.

      PS Please spread my question to others here in the group. Thank you.

      •  I am sure that IAN members would support this (6+ / 0-)

        concept with space, tips and recs.  That being said, I am not sure what else would be expected.  Are you and HBIII going to join IAN and post diaries as needed?  

        Everyone is welcome to join and become an editor, but we are not really set up as a fundraising group or as a research group, but more of a check-in group for emergencies like weather or computer issues.  We have "buddies" within the group that are able to keep us from worrying if a member goes offline for a while.

        What do the rest of you think?  Can a response to homelessness fit with our mission somehow?

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 08:05:48 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with you that people can join and (6+ / 0-)

          check in here daily.   That's what we are all about.  

          In all actuality IAN only has a small amount of members who actually check in, and we are spread out all over the country.   I'm not sure what we could actually do to help someone in dire needs.

          More input from members please.

          I am a work in progress. Still.

          by broths on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 08:38:08 AM PDT

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          •  I have to say that anonymity is most (4+ / 0-)
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            important in these cases. I can join IAN, but my diary writing will be very limited. In case I am physically involved to meet a homeless person to hand over funds we might be able to raise, I will post a short follow-up for it, to make sure every kossack's donated money has been safely transferred into the hands to the homeless kossack that needed it.  

            What I thought of this potential "IAN / Homeless Kossacks group" to have is a tel number to text to, if they have no other means to reach out. To promote a yet to be worked on diary template that lists all steps a homeless person could take to find safe shelter or room, hopefully for all major geographical areas in the US, should be posted with each diary (similarly to NEW DIARY or other recurring templates used here in other groups). A homeless person on the street may not be able to guard his laptop from being stolen. So, the second step in this is to find the person a safe room.

            In how far any kossack is able to connect potential people who know of a safe room for the homeless kossack, who needs it, is unknown to me. But here you come in to give your input.

            I don't know if Markos would allow an email address to keep as This way someone who has no internet access anymore, but still mobile phone minutes can anonymously email into it under his kossack handle and we can go from there. I just try to think about all the ways that could be abused and I am not smart enough to know what could happen and certainly don't think straight right now. Others may.

            Once a homeless person has a safe enough living situation to keep a laptop, he has than the option to share with us anythings he wants or to remain silent.

            I am thinking in the raw right now. Have never done this before.

            One can also think of a way to keep one account for the IAN/Homeless Kossack group and give one trusted dailykos user to send out the checks to the homeless kossack, as hopefully there is still a place where a homeless kossack can receive mail.

            Sigh, what a  ...

            •  correx: give one trusted dailykos user the (4+ / 0-)
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              BadKitties, loggersbrat, weck, Kit RMP

              authority to send out checks ...

              •  I am not sure that IAN is the right series for (3+ / 0-)
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                supporting homeless kossacks in the whole country.  DK does have groups which include this as part of their mission, and members who have already committed themselves to working on this problem.

                In the past, what has worked, although not perfectly, is that a diary will be written to bring attention to the problem and that individuals can respond.  
                Not that long ago, many of us including me, became entangled in a situation with someone who was lying.  Consensus at that time was to have one or more other kossacks confirm that they knew the person and that the situation was genuine.  Individual diaries which show that the person in need is known to the community will get responses, and this "IRL" or "long-time kossack known to many"  filter helps prevent getting burned again by someone whose "need" was fraudulent.

                It would be a daunting task to have the IAN members  try to be the helpers or the filter, when the community at large has so much more information available to it.

                I still think that IAN members would not mind republishing a diary, or being asked to tip and rec a diary to help someone.

                Some might even be able to respond with personal offers of help or information; but that isn't what IAN is about, we are pretty much a social group with a buddy system overlay, not an action group.  We have little diaries and a daily check-in.  

                If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

                by weck on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:29:29 AM PDT

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  •  We impulsively went out last night to celebrate (7+ / 0-)

    partner's birthday.  No new dishes or pans!  Like a present for me, too!

    Going to have a relaxing Sunday, with odds and ends planned or maybe a visit with my dad during the football game.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 05:03:01 AM PDT

  •  I'm shamelessly pimping this diary to help our (6+ / 0-)

    PQ. This is very important and I beg anyone who is able to contribute for Triciawyse's babies.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 06:00:24 AM PDT

  •  Hey all :) (6+ / 0-)

    I'm here, got the housework done, things are settling down. I'm thinking of doing the quilting/sewing tomorrow because there's a figure skating competition I want to watch coming on at 4 and I don't want to sew/quilt under time constraint. Maybe I'll do some cutting, I don't know yet for sure.

    Bit is starting to feel better. Draco sounds like his is trying to go into bronchitis. We'll see how he's doing by tonight/tomorrow. Right now he's asleep, the cold meds we have are working to help him a bit. If he can kick it before we run out that would be nice. I can't get more until Wednesday.

    It's nice and cool out today, in the low 70's right now, supposed to go up to 80. I have had the windows open since 6am, so hopefully we won't need to run the AC at all today.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 09:18:16 AM PDT

  •  Making carnitas, taking DD skating =) (5+ / 0-)
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    I got indoor wheels the other day. I wanted hybrid, but it's really easy to take the wheels off and put on.

    Yay for book addictions, loggersbrat!! I love the library =)

    I'm still reeling in shock. Two friends, married for 30+ years. Two grown children, both married in past 3 months. Met these friends and a few others for tapas last night. Oddly, husband vanished. Was outside on phone. Wife wanted to sit next to him. Also a little odd.

    They didn't come with us for a nightcap. Turns out husband has a girlfriend =( He got an apt for wife near me. WTF. She is moving in on Wednesday. I am shocked and had weird, awful dreams =( I'm worried that she might drink or do stupid stuff. Not drugs, but spy on her DH or something. But she does like to drink =(

    Supposedly, they will still attend parties together. Good, because I don't want to meet the girlfriend. Ugh. DH does business with the husband. I might have to meet the girlfriend =(

    Bully tried to torture DD, too. I hope to have a diary on bullying up later. Thinking about Mimi's posts, will respond.

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 10:23:37 AM PDT

  •  Hello everyone. (5+ / 0-)
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    Just a gorgeous fall day here, couldn't be any prettier. Wish we could go from this to a little bit of snow in Dec. (no freezing rain!), and then right into early spring. I don't ask for much :)

    I ordered a couple of books for research early last week via the inter library loan system. It's always fun to see where they come from. Usually, they're from somewhere in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), but these came from VA and AR.

    As to the IAN/Homeless idea, I can't think it through well enough to ask good questions. The more eyes and minds on someone's situation, the better the likelihood of help, I guess. Beyond that, I don't know.

    Hope you're all having a good day!

  •  :o) (5+ / 0-)
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    I'm very late; hope all is well in Kosland.

    This quilt is from Pacific International Quilt Festival which is this weekend. Expect to see more quilts in the future ;o)

    Out Of Time~ Liz Piatt

    Out Of Time~ Quilt by Liz Piatt

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