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What's the biggest difference you ever made in someone else's life?

Somtimes the path to helping someone isn't as easy as it seems at first....

There's a scene in "The Magnificent Seven" when the efforts of the seven gunslingers (Samurai in the original & better version) to help the townfolk seem like they're not working.

Calvera: What I don't understand is why a man like you took the job in the first place, hmm? Why, huh?

Chris: I wonder myself.

Calvera: No, come on, come on, tell me why.

Vin: It's like a fellow I once knew in El Paso. One day, he just took all his clothes off and jumped in a mess of cactus. I asked him that same question, "Why?"

Calvera: And?

Vin: He said, "It seemed to be a good idea at the time."

Despite the cynicism of the quote, of course the gunslingers did end up saving the day. I often think of that exchange when I'm in the middle of something that is going South. I've jumped into a lot of cactus over the years. Mostly it didn't turn out so well, but sometimes it did.
Plan might've been flawed from the start....


I bought a house once for my mom. Seemed like a good idea at the time. She had lost her own house after having never rented in her life. Renting made her feel very insecure and off-balance. I found a house for her about 90 minutes from me. She said she loved the house and loved being able to have a dog again. She seemed really happy about the whole thing...until I talked on the phone with my sister.

My sister revealed to me that my mom had been very sad since leaving LA. I hadn't foreseen that she'd miss Los Angeles where she had lived all her life (except for a few early years in France). Same for my sister who had lived near her in Los Angeles. Kind of a major oops on my part. That caused a number of months of regret on my part. I talked with my mom about moving back to LA, but she was against the idea. Overall I think she was happy with her new house, but it did have that major unforeseen drawback.

So at that moment when it may seem that the best-intentioned efforts to help have gone in the wrong direction, it may not always be true. Imagination and being somewhat prone to exaggerate might be playing a huge part in the drama. That's at least speaking for myself.

Little man, lets you & your mother take a trip up North.
Then there's the way-too-long-to-recount-here story of smuggling my son into this country as a baby. I don't know if that really counts as helping someone else out or not. I guess I could've just abandoned him there as I was living back in the U.S. by the time he was born. At least I know many folks who have done such things. Bringing him up here was probably the biggest difference I could've made in his life. It certainly was the biggest difference I've ever made to my own life. My life at the time would've seemed unchanged on the surface if I hadn't brought both his mother and he up here, but something would've changed inside myself. As it is, I think it is one of the most (if not the most) important decisions I've ever made. The happy family of the three of us together didn't work out, we divorced five or six years later, but we've maintained a relatively happy family life in two distinct households. From where I sit, I call that a success.

Everybody has tried to help someone else out at some point. Some times it works out great, and some times it doesn't work out...exactly as planned.

So have you ever jumped into a "mess of cactus" thinking it would help somone, and it actually did?

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Koscadia Meet Up, May 4, Photos


by Sara Rfor Koscadia

Ten, count 'em, ten Kosacadians got together for political conversation and trendy food truck cuisine at a food truck pod in Portland. They've reported that everyone in attendance enjoyed it.

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Please visit Sara R's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Koscadia by sending a Kosmail to Sara R.

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DKos Asheville Meet Up News


by randalltfor DKos Asheville

The Asheville Kossacks had another successful meet-up with excellent food supplied and prepared by Gordon20024. There's excellent food pr0n in the diary, btw. Steelergrrl brought tomato plants to give away. randallt handed out large Register to Vote signs along with information handouts on the new North Carolina voting law and a comprehensive guide to obtaining an ID for voting. Asheville Kossacks have been setting the example of GOTV for the rest of us. Kossack cultjake told an informative story on his new work on the precinct level of politics. randallt also made Asheville Kossack nametag lanyards for everyone. I'm impressed with all the ideas he's thought of to Connect, unite and activate his group.

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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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Los Angeles Kossacks -- Meetup and 33rd CD Politics,
Part I (WITH PHOTOS)


by Dave in Northridgefor Los Angeles Kossacks

On April 26, a number of us Los Angeles Kossacks assembled at Casey's Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles for the first of THREE political events, each connected with the huge field of candidates running to replace Henry Waxman in the 33rd Congressional District, which covers the beach areas of Los Angeles from Malibu in the north to Palos Verdes in the south and swings inland to cover some of the more liberal bastions of the West Side. Our candidate today was David Kanuth, the youngest of the 18 candidates and, possibly significantly, the best fundraiser.
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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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Saturday, May 10th

Kansas Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Rudy's Pizza
704 Massachusetts St • Lawrence

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Kansas Kossack Gathering(s): May 10, May 17..


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Saturday, May 17th

Kansas-Missouri Kossacks Attend the Moving Kansas Forward March & Rally for Progress at the Brown v. Board 60th Anniversary State-wide Event

TIME: March starts at 10:30 AM - Rally at State Capitol starts at 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Brown v. Board of Education Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe St. • Topeka

Schools still aren't equal in Kansas.

Busses are available that will transport people from: Salina, Hays, Pittsburg, Derby, Wichita, Kansas City with car pools from Lawrence, Manhattan and elsewhere. If you are in Kansas, we'll do anything possible to have you gather in Topeka to celebrate this important milestone.

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Kansas Kossack Gathering(s): May 10, May 17..
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Saturday, May 10th

Boston Kossacks Attend
Singing for the Planet Concert

Tickets are $25; $20 students/seniors, proceeds benefit www.350MA.org

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street • Boston

ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2. HawkWife
3. WarrenS
4. Knockbally
Maybees:
Latest diary: Next BosKos Meetup - Sat 12 Apr at the Cafe Barada
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Tuesday, May 13th

SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet
for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. LeftOfYou
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
6. dharmasyd
7. Lorikeet
8. jpmassar
9. maggiejean
Maybees:
annieli
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Saturday, May 17th

DC Kossacks Potluck Picnic on the National Mall

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: National Mall • Washington, DC
Here is how to find the DC Kossacks picnic: take the Blue/Orange line to Smithsonian Metro Station. Exit the escalators and walk straight ahead across the first small lawn to the trees and grassy areas directly ahead. Look for a large plain orange cloth. That'll be us.

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2. webgenie
3. mimi
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]


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Saturday, June 28th

DC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: TBD
TBD • Washington, DC

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2. mdmslle
3. webgenie
4. mimi
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, May 24th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2. bleeding blue
3. wise piper
4. flamingogirl
5. John Crapper's SO
6. Grey Fedora
7. TBoneApollo
8. N in Seattle
9. momomia
10. momomia's friend
11. Piren
12. Gemina13
13. cinnamon68
Maybees:
LeftyCoaster
Eagle Keeper
oakroyd
wackoliberal
Penny GC
Latest diary: Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks - Come Together!
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Saturday, May 24th

LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speaker:
Marianne Williamson, US Congress candidate

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Otoelbc
4. Lisa
5. Mr. Lisa
6. Lisa's Guest
7. Dave in Northridge
8. jakedog42
9. SanFernandoValleyMom
Maybees:
Chiwere
714day
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - Political Season Meetups II and III


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LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speakers:
Matt Miller
, US Congress candidate for CA-33 and Sandra Fluke, California Senate candidate for the CA-05 Senate district. CA-05 Senate and CA-33 US Congress overlap 50%. Both candidates agreed to speak at the same meeting.

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Otoelbc
4. jakedog42
5. Joe Bacon
6. tmservo433
7. SanFernandoValleyMom
Maybees:
Chiwere
Lisa
714day
Latest diary: CA-33; a record breaking and highly visible district
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Saturday, May 31st

Houston Area Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
4738 Beechnut Street • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. Bree Davis
3. MarciaJ720
4. cosette
5. Mary
6. Alan
7.
Maybees:
Mr. cosette
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, May 31
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Saturday, June 14th

Inaugural New Jersey Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Cranberry's Gourmet Cafe
10 Cedar Brook Drive, Cedar Brook Corporate Park • Cranbury

ORGANIZER: Send Avilyn a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Avilyn
2. belinda ridgewood
3. zitherhamster
4. avamontez
3. Christin
Maybees:
Trosk
profewalt
Latest diary: First New Jersey Kossacks Meetup!
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Wednesday, July 16th

Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Shockwave
10. a gilas girl
11. susans
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
14. sidnora
15. Mr. sidnora
16. thankgodforairamerica
17. brillig
18. mik
19. K1
20. loggersbrat
21. Dave in Northridge
22. 714day
23. NormAl1792
24. texasmom
25. texasdad
26. a gilas girl
27. peregrine kate
28. provokingmeaning
29. justiceputnam
30. tmservo433
31. Mark E Andersen
32. Son of Mark E Andersen
33. winkk
34. theRoaringGirl
35. shermanesq
36. Doggie269
37. shanikka
38. jakedog42
39. ramara
40. skohayes
41. DebtorsPrison
42. gmats
43. Adam Blomeke
Daily Kos Staff:
1. Markos Moulitsas
2. Susan Gardner
3. Will Rockafellow
4. Meteor Blades
5. Joan McCarter
6. Faith Gardner
7. Laura Clawson
8. Chris Bowers
9. navajo
10. Jen Hayden
11.
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44. LuLu
45. Chicklette
46. PerfectStormer
47. 4Freedom
48. DemSign
49. vicki
50. Cedwyn
51. jotter
52. aha aha
53. Dennis Shreefer
54. ohmydem
55. Brainwrap
56. Mrs. Brainwrap
57. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
58. Anne Savage
59. BlueBarnStormer
60. sandiegodem
61. Pam Miles
62. TexMex

Maybees: N in Seattle, Turbonerd, winifred3

Latest diary: Connect! Unite! Act! ATTN: DC, Tucson & Seattle Meet-up Info! +Q: Roll Call, Are You Attending NN14?



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Friday, July 18th

Daily Kos Detroit VA Hospital Service Project

Sara R delivers 65 quilts, hand knit scarves and hats, books, 65 teddy bears, hand made greeting cards, and phone cards from the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, the Readers & Book Lovers, IGTNT and individual Kossacks to the nursing home at the Detroit VA Hospital. This is a wonderful project that many people can be involved with even if they don't attend the convention. If you care about veterans in a nursing home this is your project. Please volunteer to help.

DELIVERY TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Volunteer Office of the Detroit VA Hospital
4646 John R St. • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a Kosmail to participate in making the gifts and/or deliver them.

RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
2. NormAl1792
3. Winifred
4. Ninepatch
Maybees:
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?



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Plenary Session Tables during the rest of the Convention

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to have a seat reserved for you in the main ballroom of the convention center for the big events. These table will be there so we can all find each other as a group. The seating is not assigned. You can float from table to table. I'm counting to see how many tables I need to reserve.

Cheers & Jeers Table:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. brillig
4. mik
5. K1
6. loggersbrat
7. N in Seattle
8. vicki
9. Cedwyn
10.
Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. provokingmeaning
3. 4Freedom
4. Brainwrap
5. Mrs. Brainwrap
6. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
7.
8.
9.
10.
SFKossacks Table:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl
2. justiceputnam
3. Sara R
4. DebtorsPrison
5. tmservo433
6. shanikka
7. Dragon5616
8. jotter
9. aha aha
10.
Los Angeles Table:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Dave in Northridge
4. gmats
5. 714day
6. jakedog42
7.
8.
9.
10.
New York Table:
1. sidnora
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
4. thankgodforairamerica
5. Dee Oliver-Velez
6. hayden
7.
8.
9.
10.
Maybees:
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,
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