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Summer has arrived, and with that the associated shifts in time & availability that accompany the change of seasons: some areas of home & work shift into high gear, others shift into low, some park until the next seasonal change while others shake off the dust and begin to return to a regular routine.

Nearly everyone's time and availability are affected. Everyone has a lot on their respective plates, and there always seems to be more - if our growing lists of personal, social and business responsibilities were food, we could feed the world hundreds of times over, or more.

With all the different changes in activities and responsibilities, we still try to maintain a degree of "routine" even as the specifics of that routine may shift, change or adapt. Routines help us ensure that we're moving forward, making progress, or at least not drowning in an onslaught of overwhelming (and sometimes underwhelming) change.

One routine that I'd like to protect, preserve and extend is the still-nascent establishment of the Boston Kossacks group.  We've only attempted a few meetups, and need to keep the ball rolling. We have a lot of Boston-based and area Kossacks who's like participate, but with conflicting schedules and responsibilities it's been hard to coordinate a gathering of more than a few at a time so far.

And now, I need to reach out to ask if there's at least one BosKog who could assist with planning and coordinating activities: for the next few weeks, I'm inundated in items that make it a tad challenging. I need help - ideally, a few folks to jump in to noodle about options and locations, maybe post a diary or two to coordinate and then follow up.

I'd wanted to see if we could set up from one to three upcoming events in Quincy, which is near my home & very accessible on multiple fronts, but life caught up too quickly. I can help with planning and coordinating, communications, etc., but right now I'm shy of some of the bandwidth I'd require to incorporate the full gamut of planning.

Chime in below if you're able to assist - your help will be greatly appreciated.



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  •  Grey! (6+ / 0-)

    Sorry I've been so out of commission lately.  :-(

    Well, I'm going to be out of town until the 7th of July, but will have access to the intertubes.

    I can definitely assist with planning, though maybe not taking the lead.  I have buddies on the south shore who know all the restaurants/places to go.

    Thanks for keeping up with BosKos planning!!!

    And now I know how Joan of Arc felt.

    by Knockbally on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:30:21 AM PDT

  •  i agree that (4+ / 0-)

    there are a lot of people in the Boston area who could keep BosKos rolling if we could ever manage to get together

    my problem is two-fold:  i don't have a car so I can only get to things that are accessible by public transportation, and I work weekends so when I have a rare Saturday free its hard to get me out of the house :-D

    what we might do is arrange meetups around particular activities.  there are a lot of free and nearly free interesting events in the summer, and there are cool lectures and book releases in the Fall (anyone who writes a political book comes to Boston for book tour). There are always cool events like that that people are reluctant to go to alone but might be encouraged to go to if they had someone to go with.  Or we could have a gubernatorial debate watching party or something.  It will be boring and we will spend the whole time talking to each other...!

    We could eat after an event like that, instead of having the food pr0n be the primary reason for the meeting.

    but God knows when I will able to get to an actual meetup.  It's been ten years and I never got to any of the ones tnichlsn used to have in the South End.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:04:29 AM PDT

  •  There is a lot going on in MA that needs diarists (3+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, The Marti, deltadoc

    and some stuff is coming up concerning MA's environment that should be concerning to everyone:  

    Talk a look Cld (Conservation Legal Defense) and documents about closed door meetings.

    Basically, MA is being set up as the shipping and storage grid for the Marcellus shale.

    Marcellus gas, not conventional gas as has been known, but shale gas from the super radioactive Marcellus  (Marvin Resnikoff, Phd.)  gas will be stored and shipped all over the state- through drinking water: wells, towns drinking water: big bucks for a billion dollar collection of gas investments: ratepayers to be charged 2.7 BILLION to pay to tear up the environment for gas that will be shipped abroad.

    We could really use some Boston folks to follow this, especially with the governor's race upcoming, and the slimy way this is happening.

  •  It's the afternoon meetings that prevents me (2+ / 0-)
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    Saturdays I care for my grandkids and that's not going to change for some time. That leaves me with Sundays to do laundry, shopping, all the time-consuming errands for the week.  Now the EVENINGS are open and I'd love to look up/keep track of activities/events that would be easy for a group to attend  on a weekday or weekend evening.  I've recieved invites to seminars or talks that are of political or environmental nature in the city for instance. Groupon (I know, a little corny) is always offering discounts for evening fun cruises, which would be a great gathering for a group.  They even have group painting lessons at local pubs/clubs. I suppose it all depends on what the group wants to accomplish....whether a gathering to discuss political issues, activism, social causes in New England..or just get together with like-minded people for fun.
    This may not be doable for most, but it's all I can do.
    Thanks for the post!

  •  Thank you, GreyHawk, for reaching out (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, deltadoc

    All regional leaders need at least two people to help coordinate these events for each region. I hope some people will step forward to help you.

    Thanks again, GH.

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    by navajo on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 10:14:25 PM PDT

    •  Thank you, Neeta. (2+ / 0-)
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      deltadoc, navajo

      I know we've got multiple folks around here; there's bound to be one or two who can eek out the bandwidth, tho quite likely not until after the holiday weekend.

      As for the wonderful folks who posted above - they've always been good at sharing thoughts, and I really hope that coordinating events to enable them to attend works out - I've only been fortunate enough to meet Knockbally. I'm looking forward to a chance to meet TBM & ialonelday, too, among others.

      And, of course, it'll be great to have Delta Doc, gmoke and BJEdward back for a few meetups, and Kossacks CwV and Parthenia.

      Hell, if we could get that entire group together, and maybe toss in AnotherMassachusettsLiberal and a few of the folks who'd managed to attend our epic night of drunken bloggin',1 it'd be one helluva great gathering.

      We'd go down in infamy in the annals of local myth, legend and history. (And hopefully avoid the police blotters of Quincy, Cambridge, Somerville, Dorchester and Boston).



      1 Folks not explicitly mentioned who were with us all at our December carouse those years ago are: Sharoney, mem from somerville, sardonyx and Thestral.

      •  There ya' go. That's the spirit. (1+ / 0-)
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        True Kossacks. All of you!

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        by navajo on Sun Jun 29, 2014 at 09:12:29 AM PDT

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      •  on the subject of activities.. (0+ / 0-)

        how would everyone feel about a paint night at a Boston bar or pub or restaurant? If you check out and click on the month and city you're looking for it gives you a long list of all paint nights from Boston and points north and south. There are many different artists who offer the painting lesson and you choose the painting you like! Currently, groupon has an offer for $25 admission, which is $20 off the usual fee. Alcohol is extra but allowed during painting sessions. For me, finding one in the city is best, as I work until 6 pm and to get home to my car is an hour trip on the T and bus just to drive back in!
        I'll kosmail grayhawk but everyone chime in! I wouldn't mind organizing it--getting the groupons purchased, deciding on a date and place, etc. FYI one person can purchase up to 4 admissions and additional 4 as "gifts", so it would only need to be a couple people to do the purchases.
        Let me know!

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