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Ever have a perfect day...or come close to it?

In Tuesday's New Day I mentioned having just had the best day and also exciting news for next Tuesday.

I had a day yesterday that was far better than I deserve. The whole damn thing was just a constant series of small pleasures. I hope everyone will have such a day today.
My boss sent me secret radio waves of her desire for me to write about it. "Small pleasures." There's a small space between the thrilling realization of what we could still accomplish versus the sadness of the mess we've made of too many things. I love that little space. Hell, I live off that thin difference. I cultivate it like a garden in my mind. I pull out the weeds of depression, anxiety and apathy. I plant instead seeds of smiles and laughter I get/give every day. Heh, that's how I live sane.  

We've all had Mondays from hell, but I had a Monday this week from heaven. Got up and had time to actually completely read a couple of excellent diaries here. Noticed I had mail and found an order for some paralegal work...nice extra money. Made a pot of coffee that was much better than I usually achieve. Then gave my son an early ride to work. He was in a good mood and conversed with me like he was with a friend. Sweet.

I walked in where we both work with a cup of coffee in my hand. That was enough to make me the star of the day. "And where's MY coffee?" asks Jayden, the first person who sees me. I think to myself, "I can do that." I still had half an hour before work, so I walked around the corner to Peets and brought Jayden back a cup. The look of sheer joy on Jayden's face was a thing of beauty. Then as I passed a friend who recently had a miscarriage, I hear her jokingly mutter while she was looking down, "Jayden gets a coffee. Do I get my double something or other latte? Of course not. I don't even get a hello" Oh. I can do that. Out the door I go again. Made it back to work just in time with the double something or other latte. As I go up the stairs I hear her and Jayden laughingly trade barbs back and forth over which of them appreciates their coffee drinks more. That put the smile on my face.

Jayden went home a bit later. I see her Peets coffee on top of the piano where she apparently forgot it. I don't let it go to waste. I swear it was the best cup I recall ever tasting. It was really that good. Then Pat appears and asks, "Did someone throw out my Starbucks? Is that my coffee you're drinking?" I tell her that it is a Peets coffee I bought for Jayden. Then I realize it is actually a Starbucks. Oops. Pat jealously and indignantly says, "So you bought Jayden a cup of coffee and then you drank MINE!" Pat stays angry 10 seconds more and then breaks out with a giant hee-haw that causes the same reaction in me.

I just get through promising to bring Pat a cup the next time I work ("Sure you will, sure"), when Ricardo walks in. He works outside washing cars in front of parking meters. He's been doing that for the 16 years I've known him since he first landed here from Puerto Rico. He owes me a favor and decided to pay it off with the tip his customer just gave him - yup - a Starbuck's gift card. The hell? I give it to Pat. Happened just like that.

Then the Klezmer mercenaries march in. No divas this week. In five minutes they're playing and rocking hard. They throw in some Arabic fusion and I'm in heaven. From there the work day flowed like warm honey through my hands. When it was nearly over seven Mexican women (four of them co-workers) came in to say "Hi" after a girls night out. Brought a couple of new-born babies with them. Hugs all around. As I was leaving, another person shouted from way back, "Give me a hug." I can do that.

All that, and not a single complaint from any customer, employee or family member.

On the radio driving home comes a song I haven't heard in years (RIP Lou).

I get home and find a kosmail to the effect that the great Azazello is taking over Tuesdays at New Day for me. I'll get to start sleeping in on Tuesday. I can do that.

Do you recall any perfect days you've had? What about your best day?

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Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud

:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

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.


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

:: 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

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

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

Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom

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

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 27, 2012, Organizer: boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kosmopolitans - Formed: Aug 2, 2013, Organizer: highacidity

Silicon Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2013, Organizer: Glen The Plumber

Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2013, Organizer: EagleOfFreedom

Las Vegas NV Kossacks - Formed: Oct 22, 2013, Organizer: miracle11

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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

San Diego Kossacks Founded by La Gitane, Formed: Nov 18, 2011

Massachusetts Kosmopolitans Founded by mem from somerville, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

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:: Event Reporting ::
Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise with SFKossacks banner treatment

SFKossacks Welcome Matching Mole and bwren
with a Birding Event Plus Dinner


by navajofor SFKossacks

Last Sunday, matching mole, who flew in from the East Coast, and bwren, who flew in from Seattle, were picked up and chaffeured by the founder of Dawn Chorus, lineatus. She drove them to meet with other SFKossacks and Central Valley Kossacks to do some bird watching in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on San Francisco Bay. I'll leave the telling of that story up to lineatus in her Sunday morning series.

I'll be covering the dinner we had that evening to welcome our out-of-towners.

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Please visit navajo's diary for descriptions of above photos and access to MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join SFKossacks by sending a Kosmail to navajo.

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Dkos Asheville

DKos Asheville: LIVE!


by randalltfor DKos Asheville

Wow, the standard setters for Daily Kos group organizing just one-upped the bar again! Not only do they meet for socializing, they get themselves on radio shows to advertise the event, they invite local candidates and progressive causes to speak to our Kossacks and then fully cater an event to reward all attendees. Wow. Just wow.

More than 30 Kossacks got together amping up and organizing the Asheville atmosphere for getting out the vote. Here's one photo:

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L-R: DKos Asheville Kossacks

Please visit randallt's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join DKos Asheville by sending a Kosmail to randallt.

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LA Kossacks Meetup, Pitfire Pizza, January 18 - With Pictures


by Dave in Northridgefor Los Angeles Kossacks

LAKossacks at it again, please see diary for food pr0n details.

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L-R: DuckTape, Dave in Northridge, joemarkowitz, Shockwave and SanFernandoValleyMom

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L-R: susans, Kathy, otoelbc, Jerico, Joe Bacon, mr. gmats and gmats

Please visit Dave in Northridge's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Dave in Northridge.

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LIVEBLOG NYC Kos Meetup 1/12/14


by ericlewis0for New York City

Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!

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Photo 1 L-R: In the orange, thankgodforairamerica, ghchaucer2, sidnora, joanbrooker, dave g & kathny Photo 2 L-R: Plf515, Laura Clawson, mets102, son of broccoli, Communitygis, no exit, designthefuture & mattc129

Please visit ericlewis0's diary for the live blog commentary from the attendees! Enjoy! You can join NYC Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to sidnora.

sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.

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:: Events Currently on the Books for Kossacks  ::
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Motor City Kossacks Banner

Sunday, February 2nd

Motor City Kossacks NN14 Panel Submission Prep Meeting II

TIME: 1:00–3:00 PM
LOCATION: Available on request
Available on request • East Lansing

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Netroots Nations 14 is Coming to Detroit: Two NN14 Panel Prep Meetings Scheduled for This Weekend!
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Saturday, February 1st

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. EagleOfFreedom
2. TBone Apollo
3. John Crapper
4. Lefty Coaster
5.
Maybees:
bleeding blue
Penny GC
SilverWillow
Regina in a Sears Kit House
Latest diary: Seattle Initial Meetup
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Saturday, February 8th

Baja Arizona Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant
198 W. Cushing Street • Tucson, Barrio Historico

ORGANIZER: Send Azazello a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Azazello
2. ItsaMathJoke
3. rasbobbo
4. DaNang65
5. sneakers563
6. itzadryheat
7.
Maybees:
ramara
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, February 15th

Boston Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Midday, TBD
LOCATION: The Barking Crab at Fort Point Landing
88 Sleeper Street • Boston

ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2.
3.
Maybees:
Afterward, a walking trip to the Design Museum Boston to see the free exhibit Green Patriot Posters.

Latest diary: Boston (and New England) Kossacks - Feb Meetup? And latest comment with updates.

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February 15-17th

Mexican Kossacks & Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Welcome Reception with Tom Hayden at private home.

Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM: Annual Meeting at International Friendship Club  - (to include business  meeting, address by Tom Hayden, and presentations on Fundraising, Web-Ex training (replaces Calliflower), Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and Communications including Social Media

Monday, Feb. 17, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Presentation by Tom Hayden supporting the importance of voting in the 2014 election. Hosted at chapel across from Hacienda San Angel.

TICKET INFORMATION

Advanced Full Registration: $35 USD (450 pesos) Includes all events if you register before Feb 1st.

Tom Hayden Presentation (Monday only): $12 USD (150 pesos)  

To Buy: Email GOTVfromAbroad AT yahoo DOT com with the quantity of tickets needed for either “Full Registration” or “Tom Hayden (Monday only)”. You will receive a PayPal bill and a written notification once your payment has been processed.

ORGANIZER: Send roberb7 kosmail to connect at the event.

KOSSACK RSVPs:
1. roberb7
2.
3.
Maybees:
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Dkos Asheville
Saturday, May 3rd

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: TBD
[Address] • [City]

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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